For those who own both - What % scooter riding, what % MC?
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Ossessionato
LX150, GTS300, BV350, EN650
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Mon Dec 03, 2018 5:06 pm quote
I have both a motorcycle and scooters. The last few months, about 2/3 (67%) of my rides are on scooters. However, I tend to ride 3 times as many miles each time I ride the MC.

How does your riding get spread around and when do you decide to take what, where?
Hooked
2015 GTS 300 Super ABS and 2015 Sprint 150 ABS
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Location: OR & WA
Mon Dec 03, 2018 11:32 pm quote
I love my Vespa, but generally I ride it only when my wife rides hers. We have great fun riding together, but it is really just joy riding, and we do not travel far.

For covering long distances at high speed, such as my weekly 300-mile round trip commute, I ride my motorcycle (or drive my car).

My 2015 Vespa has about 3,000 miles on it, whereas my 2018 BMW RT that I bought just a few months ago already has about twice that...
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Kymco Downtown 300i ABS
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Tue Dec 04, 2018 12:53 am quote
I've solved that problem by trading in one of each for a machine that is both. Namely the Kymco AK550. It has scooter bodywork and storage and scooter twist and go controls, clean toothed belt final drive. But it also has motorcycle suspension, Brembo brakes, well over 100 mph top speed with better acceleration than my modern Triumph 900 twin. So far every mile of riding has been pure pleasure. At a time of year when the Triumph would have stayed unused in the garage for weeks if not months the Kymco gets a run out at least once a week.
Ossessionato
2017 Vespa GTV 300, 2017 BMW C650GT
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Location: Downtown Toronto
Tue Dec 04, 2018 2:23 am quote
In my case I guess about 50/50. The odometer on both in the last year is about 7 k each however I have done much longer trips on the 650 than the Vespa. In the city I suppose I hop on the Vespa more often for day to day as it is easier to get around on and filters better. If I know I'm going a long distance or need the extra storage capacity almost always the BMW. In many ways it is my car replacement. Wife wants a new tree stand? No problem....


PS - great tree stand. Will never use another!

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'08 Gunuine Buddy 150 St Tropez 'Simon' '04 Honda Metropolitian 'Archie' [Sadly had to trade it away ;-( ]
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Tue Dec 04, 2018 6:41 am quote
There’s a scooter and a Yamaha R6 in the garage. The scooter logs about 6000 miles a year, the R6 less than 500.....
That about spells it out, 90/10(ish)...
Hooked
2018 Yamaha XMAX 300
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Location: Denver, CO
Tue Dec 04, 2018 7:25 am quote
For me it's about 60% Scooter 40% motorcycle. I ride my scooter to work and in bad weather. I ride my motorcycle when I'm not working and on weekends to reduce the mileage on my scooter.
Molto Verboso
2013 Vespa 300 Super, 2007 Burgman 400
Joined: 30 Mar 2014
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Location: Minneapolis USA
Tue Dec 04, 2018 7:44 am quote
Two Scooter Solution
Like many of you, I learned to ride on a motorcycle. Although motorcycles are cool, I am kind of moving past shifting and heavy weight.

I use my Vespa GTS300 around town and my Suzuki Burgman for longer
cruising rides. I find the foot forward and short lumbar support on the Burgman more confortable for longer rides.

I was really pleased when Vespa started offering the larger engine capacity models that afforded the ability to get up and go on the freeway. The previous Vespa 150 models just did not give this 200 lbs rider the get up and go I needed.

"The Tale of Two Scooters"

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I do take the Vespa on long rides.

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My ride of choice on long cruises Suzuki Burgman 400

Hooked
2017 GTS Super 300ie 'Sofia', 2014 Suzuki SV650
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Location: Berlin, Germany
Tue Dec 04, 2018 8:37 am quote
80/20
Vespa/Motorcycle

The GTS is my main form of transportation in the city, so it is in action most of my ride time. The motorcycle is for "stretching my legs" outside of the city for day trips or for longer rides.

That said, I realize more and more that the Vespa is simply more practical than the motorcycle (I really miss the leg protection when it is raining while on the motorcycle). Plus, I don't feel so badly about messing with the lines of the Vespa while adding a topcase or strapping things to it. A topcase on a naked sport bike... well, it just isn't right in my eyes, so I'm always carrying my helmet and packed items every time I stop. That sucks.

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Moto Giro Titan
2009 GTS 250 Super Lucrezia Borgia, 2013 Ducati Hyperstrada, Little Big Red
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Location: Carrollton, Kentucky
Tue Dec 04, 2018 9:05 am quote
SnookerInBerlin wrote:
80/20
Vespa/Motorcycle

The GTS is my main form of transportation in the city, so it is in action most of my ride time. The motorcycle is for "stretching my legs" outside of the city for day trips or for longer rides.

That said, I realize more and more that the Vespa is simply more practical than the motorcycle (I really miss the leg protection when it is raining while on the motorcycle). Plus, I don't feel so badly about messing with the lines of the Vespa while adding a topcase or strapping things to it. A topcase on a naked sport bike... well, it just isn't right in my eyes, so I'm always carrying my helmet and packed items every time I stop. That sucks.
Love what you've done with the GTS!

I have panniers on my Duc, so actually more storage on the bike. After riding several times in Europe with a top case, I might just have to get one for Lucrezia. Oh, and I'm probably 60/40 GTS.
Ossessionato
2017 Vespa GTV 300, 2017 BMW C650GT
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Location: Downtown Toronto
Tue Dec 04, 2018 10:27 am quote
wmak wrote:
Love what you've done with the GTS!

I have panniers on my Duc, so actually more storage on the bike. After riding several times in Europe with a top case, I might just have to get one for Lucrezia. Oh, and I'm probably 60/40 GTS.
Agree! The GTS looks awesome!

I went with the C650GT for many of the reasons SnookerInBerlin brings up. I wanted a bigger bike but did not want to give up the benefits of a scoot. Still for so many reasons I find myself getting on the Vespa. Piaggio to date has been very good about not making drastic changes to the Vespa line and I'm sure many of us hope it stays that way. Nothing else is a Vespa.
Molto Verboso
2013 Vespa 300 Super, 2007 Burgman 400
Joined: 30 Mar 2014
Posts: 1299
Location: Minneapolis USA
Tue Dec 04, 2018 10:48 am quote
Nice Combination
SnookerinBerlin,

Nice combination of Wheels. You may have the Scooter/Motorcycle for
all occasions. Also, the Suzuki is amazingly reliable. My Suzuki Burgman is
11 years old with 40k miles. The Suzuki has only required routine maintenance without any mechanical issues.

Roadster,

I looked at the Kymco AK550 on U-Tube. Wow, what an impressive Maxi-Scooter. You really get the scooter feel and all the long legs that a motorcycle can provide.

Giddy Up,

Bob Copeland
Frost Bite Falls Minnesota
(All my Scoots are sleeping in the barn for the Winter)
Molto Verboso
Vespa GTS 250ie
Joined: 02 Jun 2015
Posts: 1032
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
Tue Dec 04, 2018 4:04 pm quote
I have Kymco 550 envy...
Hooked
BV 350
Joined: 22 Nov 2016
Posts: 155
Location: Nebraska
Mon Dec 10, 2018 12:32 pm quote
Trips or miles?
In terms of trips, the scooters go out 3 or 4 times as often as the bike (FJR1300). For any trips in town, either the SH150 or the BV350 (depending on how much Interstate is involved) get the nod. Both have far more storage that the FJR (unless I mount the side bags) so runs to the grocery store, hardware store, gym, farmer's market, library, etc. are scooters.

But I put about twice as much mileage on the bike as I put on the scooters combined. When the FJR comes out, I generally run through a tank of fuel (220 miles ) or more. Comfortable, fast, and begs to keep going. I wish my aging body could stand to ride all day.

I've also become addicted to the bike's electrically adjustable (while riding) windshield. Probably impractical on a scooter. Easy to adjust airflow as the day warms, or pop it all the way up on cool mornings.

Probably shouldn't admit it, but I tend to wear more protective gear on the bike as well. On the scooters, a helmet and (sometimes) gloves are it. The bike gets armored jacket and boots added. So I can gear up for a scooter ride on the walk out to the garage. Bike rides take a little longer.
Ossessionato
2018 Yamaha Xmax, 2006 Vespa GT (Rocket): 2005 Vespa GT (Razzo): 2007 Vespa GT (Vanessa): 1965 Lambretta Li 125
Joined: 26 Sep 2006
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Location: Jacksonville, Florida
Mon Dec 10, 2018 6:30 pm quote
I put around 16,000 miles on a Honda NC700X, then loaned it to a friend who put another 5,000. Then sold it to him.

So I now put 0% on motorcycles.
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