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Should I sell my car and buy a scooter

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by Roparadise, Jul 7, 2012.

  1. Roparadise

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    I'm considering selling my car and buying a scooter in the 125 to 150cc range. Right now It costs me $110/month in basic insurance,so if it gets stolen or in a wreck thats my fault I'm out of a vehicle. Full insurance for a nice scooter will cost about $50/month. I will also get up to 80mpg compared to the 29mpg my car gets.

    The only issue is that I have never operated any kind of motorbike before,but if I do decide to do this I will take some lessons.
     
  2. AR!ZONA

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    It depends on where you live, are they scooter friendly? I think they're great for running around an old, well developed downtown area, although out in the streets they could be more dangerous. My city is sprawled so they usually stick around the hub.

    Riding one is easy if it's automatic, just wear a helmet!
     
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    You won't need lessons to ride a scooter, they're very simple.

    It depends if you take a lot of trips, probably wouldn't want to go out of town on a scooter.
     
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  4. Roparadise

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    This is the one I'm looking at now, 1303949778984.jpg
    Its on sale for $1800 including shipping
     
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    Not if you ever want to get laid.
     
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  6. AR!ZONA

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    That things a piece

    Check for an old Vespa, or something more likely to get you laid because of "character"

    Hipsters here ride em AND get laid
     
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    The suggestion to not take safety lessons is not part of my mindset by any means.

    My adult daughter recently bought a Honda 250 Rebel (she is a little thing) and I paid for her to take safety lessons even though I could have shared them myself as I have a lot of miles under my belt riding. A disinterested third party is well worth the few dollars you would spend to keep yourself safe.

    I would rather see you go with a Motorcycle as opposed to a scooter as you can maneuver to avoid issues better due to them having more horsepower which translates to speed.
     
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    Go pick up a hot piece of ass in one of those and see what happens...the date will be over before it started.
     
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    I agree. Friends or family members that try to "teach you the ropes" can often forget simple things like proper evasion tactics. Get some lessons at your DMV or local riding instructor.

    I guess it all depends on the type of chick. My ole lady despised the ballin ass whip I picked her up in on our first date, she said it looked like "a drug dealers car." I agree that it may be hard to pick up a first date on a scooter though, try meeting somewhere first!
     
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    I'd say get a scooter if you're looking for low range cc's bikes.

    The Vespa motor scooter is very nice, but there are many other options like for example the Gilera's.

    If you want a real motor, take a look at KTM, Honda, Yamaha, BMW...

    For those kind of bikes it's a good idea to take some lessons, they are heavy!
     
  11. Roparadise

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    Do you think this is a good choice for someone on a budjet? http://www.scooterdynasty.com/250ccsx-rmotorcycle.aspx
     
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    If you live in India or other places where drivers are bad, for your safety don't. I've seen many... disturbing gifs.
    While it may save you money you should consider it has nothing for safety. Is the total loss of any kind of safety worth $60/month and some gas?
     
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    I had to make a choice last month when my registration was up on my $1500-2000ish car, either pay the $99 registration fee and keep the $50/month liability insurance, or drop it all and sell the car.

    The car is a POS, it doesn't even run right now, something is majorly wrong with it, new battery didn't help, new alternator didn't help, its looking to be a sinkhole. Its a 2001 with 150,000 miles on it, power windows/seats/locks all broken, it would probably be several hundred to repair, at least.

    I decided to pretty much sell it as is for $1000-1200, and buy a $500ish used scooter for getting to places around town. My gf has a pretty nice car that I pay for anyway, there is no need for me to get something else right now. If I found a good deal on a truck, I'd probably jump on it, but I think a scooter would work just fine.
     
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    I don't think you'll find anything but air cooled at that size but I could be wrong there... if you are a smaller guy that might not be a bad bike, OP, but if you are over 150 pounds I would think it would lag some... I personally would want something with some history... Hondas just plain do not break down and that is why I steered 43 to a Honda.

    That could be a solid brand but I've not heard of them personally.
     
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    You might be better off going to CL and finding a pre-owned motorcycle with that budget.
     
  17. Roparadise

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    I weigh about 210 right now,but couldn't I install better air filter and spark plugs to increase the HP to make up for my weight?
     
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    I'm about 185 and too heavy for a 250CC... I did ride 43's bike to make sure it ran OK but I would never buys something that small for myself... a 750 is more in line with our weight class.
     
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    if you weight about 210 forget about scooter. It will be too slow.
     
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    Sparkplugs and a filter change won't get that much power. I'd suggest looking locally for a used ride.