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Wondering if any other Gixxus owners have both ends of the spectrum covered and also own a scooter? I just got a 2008 SYM HD200. 171 cc, carbureted and water-cooled, has 16" wheels (unusually large for a scooter but helps soak up the bumps). Been bringing maintenance up-to-date and learning all about variators and such. It is a blast to ride and have had it up to 80 mph indicated, which is optimistic like most 2-wheelers, but not sure by exactly how much. I remember Joe Garfield sold his GSXS when he moved to Hawaii and bought a scooter, but do any of the rest of you have a scooter or small-displacement bike, like a Grom? What do you have and how do you like it?
 

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Yep, I have a 16 Zuma 125 Yamaha. It gets a lot more use than I care to admit, I use it to go gym, grocery store; parks, etc. my area is speed limit 25-40 and my zuma goes 60 so I can go everywhere on nice days locally. Love the darn thing, only fill up couple times a summer. 110mpg or so
 

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or small-displacement bike, like a Grom?
I don't have one, but a friend let me use his for a weekend of racing with the Texas Mini GP. It was a weekend of hilarious stupid fun and now I really want a mini bike. That's me, number 3.



Note, I did really well and took home the 1st place trophy for the Grom class. I mean, just because I WAS the Grom class doesn't mean anything, I was first place!!!
 

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They scare me.

Yes, I know, it makes no sense: I ride a GSXS, I've hit 175 on an R1 on public roads, I've wrecked an FZ1 at the track. Scooters scare the **** out of me.
Possibly because there's no power to get out of situation? At 70-75 mph mine is pretty much wrung out, so no reserve to pull away if you needed. It'll do freeways but I probably won't make it a habit.


I don't own one, but I must admit that I've been salivating over one of these:
Honda Super Cub
Interesting...I hadn't seen that before. Definitely will be a head-turner.
 

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I live in Thailand and the normal transport is Scooters,

My main scooter is a Honda PCX 150 - so much more practical than the bike, lots of space under the seat, hooks to hang shopping bags and i don't care where I park it.

There is also a Honda Click, Honda MSX or grom and a Kawasaki Z300 all sitting outside leaving me a choice every time I go out - unless i'm shopping the GSXS usually wins
 

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Yep, I have a 125, max speed of 60 solo, and 60 with a passenger chic (im 150 and they are usually 100lbs) but for my max speeds of 40-45mph roads and all my cities/towns are connected by backroads its great. My gym is 1 mile down road, stores are 1 mile down road, all my parks and local recreation places are like 5 minutes away. Lol Ride around with a milkshake. I can hold a crap ton of food under my seat, so its great for just misc running around. I dont use bike if its that close, it isn't even warmed up by time I get somewhere.

paid 3k for my scooter brand new. dang used ones with like 10k miles was 2k still and older
 

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I still have a drz but I've never been able to convince myself that scooters are a good idea. Something about not being able to hold the bike with your knees and those tiny wheels. But I love small light vehicles. Maybe a mini bike is in my future. I should probably work on making myself a little more mini first though lol.


I once met a bloke who had a busa and a cbr300. He said he rode the 300 more because it was better for short trips and lots of fun. Probably something in that. Thats the eternal curse of bikes though. The perfect number of bikes is N+1 where N is number you currently have.
 

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I still have a drz but I've never been able to convince myself that scooters are a good idea. Something about not being able to hold the bike with your knees and those tiny wheels. But I love small light vehicles. Maybe a mini bike is in my future. I should probably work on making myself a little more mini first though lol.


I once met a bloke who had a busa and a cbr300. He said he rode the 300 more because it was better for short trips and lots of fun. Probably something in that. Thats the eternal curse of bikes though. The perfect number of bikes is N+1 where N is number you currently have.
I've tried N+1 and it really is a pain moving the bikes around, cleaning chains, constantly paying servicing and road taxes.
1 bike a year is enough for me now, plus you can always scrounge a demo ride if you have a few different dealers in city.
1 bike is your friend, 2 is jealousy, 3 is a crowd, 4 is way too much effort and less riding time. Never been past 4 at the same time.

I've been considering the next bike to add to the VStrom 1K; a Suzuki 400cc scooter or a SV650X. (can't break the addiction).
The SV as an owner of many SV's, the look of the drop bars on the SV650X rekindles my love of sportbikes, but in a more usefull (for old me) a streetable bike.
The V Strom adventure bike I replaced the GSXS1K was the 'new experience' for last year. Trail bikes, I am too old for them now. Done the cruiser thing, that just gave me bad back.

A scooter for a new experience ?
Last one I rode was 10 years back and the feeling of riding a unicycle was very strongly unwelcome.
As sparehead said the lack of leg/knee bracing in turns is pronounced. I am not sure which is more worrying to ride -Scooter or a Goldwing?

Rode a Suzuki 400cc scooter once, but as it was a used bike for resale on the lot, so I have no idea of what the suspension set up was in hindsight. It bottomed out hard at the rear which didn't help build trust.
I rode a Burgerman 650 demo around the same time, but far too dear to consider then.

The best scooter I did demo ride around 15 years back was the Yamaha Majesty 500, it was the pick of then crop, so if I was Scooterista keen, the 530 would be my choice to start with as the comparison scooter. Great in the city and on the freeway and very stable, and surely improved in 15 years for sure.

Rob.
 

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I've ridden scooters when on holiday in Rarotonga but never owned one. They're great fun. However, having done 5 organised Iron Butt 1000 miles in under 24 hour rides in NZ on big capacity bikes, I still have a hankering to try for one on either a Honda C90 or a Sachs Madass with a long range tank. Could be fun!
 

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I used to go on ride outs with a group that included a guy on a Suzuki 650 Burgman he never got dropped unless we were on very fast roads, and then he blamed his missus for slowing him down.
Not a scooter but this is what I passed my test on aged 16, aha them were the days.:laugh:
 

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I had a Suzuki GSF400 Bandit. Those of you not in the US can thumb your nose at the little plentiful wanna be sport bike but over here they are super rare as they were only brought here in small numbers for two years. I sold it to a buddy who has put more money into it than it deserved, but it's sweet now.

That said, I'd just put my FZ1 into the side of a car that pulled out in front of me and wanted to ride to a TWT pie run so I pulled out the little Bandit. A local group of Burgman riders offered to let me ride. With the exception of ONE scooter, all the rest out displaced me in engine size. I hung back with their trail rider as I was newer to the group and I know how to have fun in the back. Hint: Don't blast down the straights, let the squids in front take off and then catch them when they park in the turns. The older lady riding trail told me she liked how I ride. Her friend leading the group was watching us back there and when we got to a particularly twisty bit of road he turned us loose out in front of the group and we had a blast. Those little tires didn't hold her up at all and later she showed me all the bits of the bike she'd dragged down in the Austin hill country. Neither she nor the bike were scared of any turns. Certainly was an eye opener for me. They are way more capable than they seem. If I had room in the garage, I might have one too.
 

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I take my Zuma off road all the time, lol I see paths or woods and I dart down into them. The little nobby tires work well. It’s fun, not a dirt bike but capable off road terrain some
 

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I had a scooter as my first road going motor powered two wheeler when I about 14 50cc two stroke. We track/race Honda 110’s at Josh Herrins (moto America and world super bike rider) Compound in GA. That is about as close as I get to a scooter these days. But I don’t ride on the road much.
 

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I did have to replace the crank, cylinder and piston. As far as mods, I installed a Uni filter and a top box, but I save the mods for the gsxs.
 
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