Purchase Suggestions?

by Zac

I am looking to purchase a scooter. I will be using it around a small town, and will be going a minimum of 45 miles an hour or so. I'm researching, and test driving when possible, various scooter models to get a feel for what would work best for me. Here is what I am looking for:

- Enough power and a large enough seat to comfortably ride two
- Under seat helmet storage
- Reliable brand that can be worked on by American mechanics (does this limit me primarily to Yamaha and Honda?)
- Abilty to buy used - I'm keeping my eyes out of good deals on used scooters. I'm not in a huge hurry, and am waiting to find the right deal.
- Right now, I'm primarily looking at older Honda Elite 150s, Yamaha Vino 125, and Yamaha Zuma 125.
- Completely open to other models as well

Any suggestions?


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Apr 12, 2010
Kymco Service
by: Jim Zeiser

In my neck of the woods the local Honda dealer is also a Kymco dealer. You would have to check out the yellow pages or the Kymco web site to find a local dealer. The smaller scooters are simple beasts with carburetors but the bigger ones have fuel injection which requires an investment in diagnostic equipment small establishments just don't have. Motorcycle shops are dealing with that everyday.

Apr 11, 2010
Vino or Reflex?
by: Floyd in Tennessee

I have both a Yamaha Vino 125 and Honda Reflex and both are great scooters. The Vino is my wife's scooter and does 50-55 OK, but is sluggish on hills, while the Reflex has plenty of power and gets good gas mileage. I'd opt for a Reflex. I got mine off craigslist.org.

Apr 11, 2010
by: Zac

Thank you for the imput. Kymco scooters seem to be reliable, quality scooters. Where can they be taken for maintenance? Can parts be found for them?

Apr 11, 2010
by: Jim Zeiser

Keep an eye out for scooters on Craig's List and in the classifieds. Old Helix and Reflex scooters should serve you well. If you could track down a used Kymco 250 that is a quality scoot. Piaggio makes a good 250, but finding those cheap is darn impossible as well as can be said for 250 Vespas.

Apr 11, 2010
Honda Reflex
by: Anonymous

Honda Reflex is the best.
I have one and put 8000 miles on it last year with out a problem. Parts are easy to fine and a used one can be purchase for around $2500. Do go with 2004 or higher. It is the most reliable scooter made. I put 2200 miles on mine in one trip. Rode the Tail of the Dragon.
Anything smaller than a 250 cc and you will be nmoving up in a year or so.

Apr 11, 2010
purchase suggestions
by: Scooterchick

I'd guess that 125cc might not be enough for two of you to ride at 45mph, without an awful lot of strain on a small engine. I think you may want to opt for no less than 150cc for that by yourself. And, a scooter with a carburated GY6 engine is not that fast.
I'd opt for at least 200-250cc for regular two up riding, and to cruise at that speed, consider liquid cooling, especially if you intend to ride in the hot summer months like that. Kymco or maybe even Vespa would likely be the best choices, and Carigslist and eBay are loaded with deals right now.
Happy Hunting!

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