Page 1 of 3 1 2 3 LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 36

Thread: BMW Scoot-why should I spend $10k for a scoot???

  1. #1
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    Eastern KY
    Posts
    3,104

    BMW Scoot-why should I spend $10k for a scoot???

    I've currently got scoot fever. It's a disease possibly that's only cured by a machine purchase & in full view of my wife who thinks one is too many( I have several) when it comes to 2 wheels, except bikes, & to her that means "with pedals"!
    I've been on "Battle Scooters" on ADV and mfgs websites & currently seeking other good scoot forums for info???
    So far what cranks my crank: (& w/o a ride & other than 49cc scoots) I've focused on the Aprilia in 250's & the Piaggio BV 250/300/350 & their Scarabeo & the Kymco People GT 300i. I'm going to ride a People 200cc (too small for my use) just for what it says about that brand and its close to me. The BMW scoots & Burgmans & a few others don't fill my niche as too big & hvy and BMW is waaayyy too pricey too. I'm attracted to the 16" wheel scoots that are larger engines but smaller tupperware & wheelbase. The Kymco with Bosch ABS looks like a good machine but another larger one.
    I'm trying to stimulate some useful discussion here toward my search for a scoot & to hopefully discover suggestions for other scoot forums with a decent activity level.
    "If I had my life to live over, I'd dare to make more mistakes next time...I'd relax,I'd limber up... I would take fewer things seriously...take more chances... take more trips...climb more mountains...swim more rivers...eat more ice cream." Jorge Luis Borges at age 85.

  2. #2
    Outlander Omega Man's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Mansfield,MA
    Posts
    5,903
    "It's more fun going fast on a small bike the going slow on a big bike" or something like that. I wish I still had a Mini-Trail 50. OM
    "Well they say.. time loves a hero but only time will tell.. If he's real, he's a legend from heaven If he ain't he was sent here from hell" Lowell George
    2009 F800GS 1994 TW200
    Part of the Forum Threadside Assistance Program

  3. #3
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    Posts
    107
    You're in the wrong place to start a "BMW scooters/maxi-scooters are not for me" thread my friend - if you want a forum focused on smaller machines, try Modern Vespa.

  4. #4
    What, me worry? GILLY's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    Evansville, WI
    Posts
    1,918
    One really good scooter shop I know that has an informative and entertaining site is Scooter Therapy in Madison WI, I am sure you'll get some good info there on a purchase. Randy, the owner, and I go back to the early 90s when we were both involved in the MSF program. He calls it like he sees it and doesn't get involved with junk scooters he can't repair due to lack of parts, for example. He has a good following of college kids at UW Madison.
    http://www.scootertherapy.com/
    87 K75S, bought new, now sold
    07 K1200GT Bought new, now traded in
    13 C650GT
    MOA 44606

  5. #5
    Old man in the mountains osbornk's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Location
    Marion VA-In the middle of some of the best riding in the country.
    Posts
    3,208
    You should have ridden my Burgman 400 last week before you left early to get home. It's not nearly as large as Ted's 650 and feels very light when riding. By the way, by creeping through the mountains like I did, I got 68.3 MPG.
    'You can say what you want about the South, but I almost never hear of anyone wanting to retire to the North.

  6. #6
    Cage Rattler wezul's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    Glen Ellyn, IL
    Posts
    3,524
    You want squirrely try an ET4 at 60 mph.
    The CGT is relatively heavy but man that CG.
    Very stable in the slows.

  7. #7
    Registered User WalterK75's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    Mississauga, Ontario
    Posts
    519
    Quote Originally Posted by wezul View Post
    CGT
    ???????
    That which the Fascists hate above all else, is intelligence.
    Miguel de Unamuno

  8. #8
    What, me worry? GILLY's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    Evansville, WI
    Posts
    1,918
    Quote Originally Posted by walterk75 View Post
    ???????
    cgt=c650gt
    87 K75S, bought new, now sold
    07 K1200GT Bought new, now traded in
    13 C650GT
    MOA 44606

  9. #9
    Cage Rattler wezul's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    Glen Ellyn, IL
    Posts
    3,524
    Quote Originally Posted by GILLY View Post
    cgt=c650gt



    Yes sir.

  10. #10
    rsbeemer 22600's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    New Braunfels,Texas/Taichung, Taiwan
    Posts
    318

    Go small as you can

    I've ridden a 125cc kymco for the past 13 or so years without any problems. I Just change the oil and go; add new tires sometimes. It has 90,000 kilometers on it now. I also ride a new 2012 180cc kymco, mostly on the weekends as the 125cc is my weekdays bike. The 180cc has all the power I need.

    I have seen the 300cc Kymco you are talking about. It's a great looking bike, with lots of power. If you are looking for the most scooter for the buck then Kymco is the way to go. I like the smaller frame scooter also; they are lighter, easier to move around and park in a big city like I live in.

    Actually, for the city, all you need is a 125cc. If you want to get on the freeway, then get the 250 to 300cc. If you want something bigger, the 400 Burgman will take you and your close friend anywhere you want to go; you don't have to have a high priced 600 or bigger to do that.

    DW
    1978 R100rs MOA#22600 125cc Kymco
    The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.

  11. #11
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    Eastern KY
    Posts
    3,104
    Quote Originally Posted by jiminsf View Post
    You're in the wrong place to start a "BMW scooters/maxi-scooters are not for me" thread my friend - if you want a forum focused on smaller machines, try Modern Vespa.
    "My friend", "my thinking" is to derive some information from those that might have tried the other machines prior to riding the BMW & other large scoots. This would be a possible place to get those opinions. No insults intended , ride whatever you want to & have a safe, fun time doing it.
    "If I had my life to live over, I'd dare to make more mistakes next time...I'd relax,I'd limber up... I would take fewer things seriously...take more chances... take more trips...climb more mountains...swim more rivers...eat more ice cream." Jorge Luis Borges at age 85.

  12. #12
    What, me worry? GILLY's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    Evansville, WI
    Posts
    1,918
    Looks just like mine except Mischlers had the trunk all installed already, you going to get a trunk? Really happy with how everything fits in to the space I have for commuting. I picked it up a week ago (last Saturday), temp never got over 40 degrees on the 70 mile trip home, but was fine, felt better with my feet forward, wind always trying to blow up my pants leg when in the lower spot.
    So far was able to commute Monday and Tuesday this week, what rotten weather we've been having! Got caught up in all the mess driving the bus to OHare this week, took it for a little swim on 72 (Higgins) during the storm, reminded me of being in New Orleans a couple days after Katrina with the bus.
    87 K75S, bought new, now sold
    07 K1200GT Bought new, now traded in
    13 C650GT
    MOA 44606

  13. #13
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    Eastern KY
    Posts
    3,104
    Quote Originally Posted by osbornk View Post
    You should have ridden my Burgman 400 last week before you left early to get home. It's not nearly as large as Ted's 650 and feels very light when riding. By the way, by creeping through the mountains like I did, I got 68.3 MPG.
    Ken, my 3 yr old grandaughter was at my chicken house waiting on me as I made the run up my private gravel road to home that evening. Priorities, priorities! I wanted to ride it but the day was 392 miles total for me & just no time. I have already read that the 400 Burgman is a much different machine than the 650. Hopefully there's another day
    "If I had my life to live over, I'd dare to make more mistakes next time...I'd relax,I'd limber up... I would take fewer things seriously...take more chances... take more trips...climb more mountains...swim more rivers...eat more ice cream." Jorge Luis Borges at age 85.

  14. #14
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    Posts
    107
    Quote Originally Posted by kantuckid View Post
    "My friend", "my thinking" is to derive some information from those that might have tried the other machines prior to riding the BMW & other large scoots. This would be a possible place to get those opinions. No insults intended , ride whatever you want to & have a safe, fun time doing it.
    No insult intended here either, was just flagging that this probably isn't the ideal spot for what you said you were looking for! (The overlap of BMW riders and little scooter owners doesn't strike me as all that large, and you're not actually asking anyone for the info suggested by the thread title.) I was serious when I said try Modern Vespa - it's a very active forum for riders of smaller scooters (but all sizes welcome) and you'll no doubt get a ton of useful info there.

  15. #15
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    Eastern KY
    Posts
    3,104
    Quote Originally Posted by 22600 View Post
    I've ridden a 125cc kymco for the past 13 or so years without any problems. I Just change the oil and go; add new tires sometimes. It has 90,000 kilometers on it now. I also ride a new 2012 180cc kymco, mostly on the weekends as the 125cc is my weekdays bike. The 180cc has all the power I need.

    I have seen the 300cc Kymco you are talking about. It's a great looking bike, with lots of power. If you are looking for the most scooter for the buck then Kymco is the way to go. I like the smaller frame scooter also; they are lighter, easier to move around and park in a big city like I live in.

    Actually, for the city, all you need is a 125cc. If you want to get on the freeway, then get the 250 to 300cc. If you want something bigger, the 400 Burgman will take you and your close friend anywhere you want to go; you don't have to have a high priced 600 or bigger to do that.

    DW
    My nearby Kymco dealer( a multi location, multi brand dealer for mostly Kawa,Victory & ATV has the People200i on the floor. The sales guy(from SA,TX & a rider) told me they were bullet proof. The offer for an ordered in new/2013 Kymco People GT 300i was $4,700 plus sales tax & very small token amt. add on fee. that scoot has 21 hp/so torque and the Piaggio BV 350 (that I am more attracted to) has 32hp/33 torque which sounds like lots more zoom for a 215# boy & his luggage. No city traffic here, its the hwy or no way if I leave home. The used BV250's out there have same power specs as the Kymco 300i. One weakness in both the Kymco People & the BV 350 is there's no ABS in USA. With Kymco here there is one scoot with ABS, the K-XCT 300i with the same engine , 13" wheels(wider) & different body style.
    If I were going the urban scoot machine route I'd buy a Yamaha or Kymco People 200i from what I've seen while looking larger.
    "If I had my life to live over, I'd dare to make more mistakes next time...I'd relax,I'd limber up... I would take fewer things seriously...take more chances... take more trips...climb more mountains...swim more rivers...eat more ice cream." Jorge Luis Borges at age 85.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •