Which brand would you recommend?

by Sam

I am interested in a scooter and was hoping to get an unofficial recommendation from someone there.

I want something beyond the 50cc class, but not a highway cruiser. I live in a rural area and want something fun for local riding and errands... something that can keep up with 45-50 mph traffic and be enjoyable, ideally with good underseat storage, easy maintenance, secure handling, and a smooth ride.

I'm considering the following:
  • Honda Elite 110
  • Piaggio Fly 150
  • Yamaha Zuma 125
  • Kymco Agility 125
  • Kymco Super 8 150

The new Honda seems like a great all-arounder, but it has a power deficit relative to the others despite being the same price. The Piaggio also seems very nice. The Zuma and the Agility might be a little more primitive—do they ride as nicely? The Super 8 might lean towards a more overtly sporty demeanor than I need.

Your thoughts? Best overall package? Best value? Most likely to be easy to maintain and hold up over time?

Many thanks!

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Jul 10, 2010
Kymco Warranty
by: Tony

I forgot to mention the warranty. I got a 4 year parts & labour warranty with my Super 8. I figure that with that much warranty Kymco have to be very confident of a quality product. In my 1st comment I had done 400 kilometres. Now I am up to 1048km & have had no problems with it. A very well built reliable scooter indeed.

Apr 29, 2010
by: Tony

I don't know about the Super 8 150 but I live in Tasmania & have a Kymco Super 8 125. So far it has been a good reliable scooter that appears very well built. I have just clocked up my 1st 400 kilometres & it will easily leave most cars at the lights. As it is my 1st scooter I have nothing to compare it with except bigger more powerful motorcycles but it handles well on corners & the front disc brake is excellent. Really cheap to run & a great scooter, I love it. I would recommend you take one for a test ride & see for yourself

Apr 22, 2010
Super 8
by: Jim Zeiser

The only thing that makes the Super 8 appear sporty is the paint job and decals. It's a good, solid everyday scooter that will do everything you want at a bargain price. It's about the fastest of that bunch so if you venture into a heavily trafficked situations it will serve you well. Quality and durability are definitely there so you won't regret it. You'll have it a good, long time.

Apr 22, 2010
The Honda & here's why??
by: Dan

Of course I'm biased because I ride an Elite 110 but from experience with some of the other "larger" cc bikes the only speed deficit is once you hit 55mph. The Zuma & Vino 125's will reach 60-65 but if you're staying off highways then 55 is more than enough. The Honda feels a lot quicker and powerful than the 108cc implies. Carrying a passenger doesn't slow it down either, my wife and I ride together a lot and it even climbs hills well. The best thing is to try out some of them and make a choice from there. The Elite has been the perfect match for me and I average 95-105mpg. Hope this helps.

Apr 22, 2010
Try a Kymco
by: Nancy H

If you buy a Kymco, they come with a warranty and there are dealers all over. I own the People 150 and can easily keep up with traffic while running errands or just out enjoying the Florida weather. There is not too much under seat storage, but it comes equipped with a rack for tie downs. I wired a small basket to mine and it's perfect for a grocery bag. Plus, Kymco has been in the scooter business for over 40 years! Hope this helps!

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