Advice on a scooter
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Joined: 13 Oct 2019
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Location: Orkney (Scotland)
Sun Feb 21, 2021 10:39 am quote
Hi all I recently got myself a second hand Peugeot speedfigh 100cc
Which turned out to be Very poor mechanically so I had to cut my losses and give up.
Now I'm in the market for a replacement and I was wondering what people could think of. I'm looking for a 100-125cc with good quality and reasonable miles before having to refuel.
Thanks in advance everyone.
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2005 Vespa LX 150, 2005 GT 200
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Location: Hackettstown, New Jersey
Sun Feb 21, 2021 11:01 am quote
Genuine Buddy 125. Rock solid reliable and will do 55 mph all day long. You can find good used ones for under $1500, or new ones for around twice that much. Everyone who I know that has them, loves them. I have two of them.
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Sun Feb 21, 2021 11:20 am quote
It'd be useful if you could put your location in your profile - as a moderator I can see you're in the UK. Whereabouts in the UK would be useful too.

I assume you've just a CBT, not a full licence, so 125cc is the max.

I'd recommend Vespa, of course, but Sym and Kymco are also well thought of, and have good dealership support. Honda is another reliable make.

Also consider an electric scooter - more expensive to start with, but far lower ongoing costs, and future-proof against city-centre emissions regulations.
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Joined: 13 Oct 2019
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Location: Orkney (Scotland)
Sun Feb 21, 2021 11:26 am quote
Advice on a scooter
Thanks everyone for your answers.
I'm in Orkney Scotland.
Are there any good budget scooters?
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Vespa PX 177 Settantesimo, Vespa GTS Super 300 HPE
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Location: London
Sun Feb 21, 2021 11:48 am quote
Lexmoto make very cheap bikes.

Piaggio and Peugeot have some decent bikes if a Vespa is too expensive.
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GTS 300ABS, Buddy 125, Buddy Kick 125
Joined: 29 Dec 2007
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Location: Oregon City, OR
Sun Feb 21, 2021 11:50 am quote
I am with Mopedlar, PGO scooters are imported to the US using the Genuine brand name. I am not sure of the current importing and branding arrangement in Europe. I can say that we own 2 of their 125s. One of them is an '07 which we have owned since new. These scooters have been the very model of reliability and good performance for their size.
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ex 1986 Vespa PX125, 2007 Vespa LX150
Joined: 11 Feb 2021
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Location: Italy
Sun Feb 21, 2021 2:57 pm quote
Peugeot Tweet 125.
Used one for work when I was a pony express, quick, nimble and good reliability (we used to trash ours but they just didn't seem to care).
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In garage: Yamaha Tricity 155 Urban 2019 - MV Agusta 125 RS 1956
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Location: Latina (Italy)
Sun Feb 21, 2021 11:25 pm quote
johnymoore wrote:
Lexmoto make very cheap bikes.

Piaggio and Peugeot have some decent bikes if a Vespa is too expensive.
My apologies for a clarification, we must remember that Peugeot buys its engines from external suppliers. They are currently of china or taiwan manufacture but were previously supplied by Piaggio.
But Piaggio engines were expensive (why better?)... and so they changed.
This clarification in case you buy a used is useful to check which engine is there.
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LX125 (in bits) , Honda sh300i & NC750x
Joined: 05 Aug 2013
Posts: 329
Location: NE Scotland
Mon Feb 22, 2021 12:04 am quote
I see you are in Orkney!! As someone who lives in Aberdeenshire i may be offer advice a little closer to home.

Go for one of the big 4 japanese brands built in the last 10 years or so to tip the scales of parts availability and reliability in your favour.

As you are much more remote relative to the mainland i'd consider what servicing/support is in your area aswell

125's in our part of the world that aren't someone's first bike who have scrimped on the maintenance/ genuinely don't know how to maintain and haven't ridden in the salt ridden winter are a lot fewer and farther between than you might think.

Whats your budget?

Range wise. i'd maybe be looking at the maxi 125s. they tend to have a bigger fuel tank and thus range!
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Mon Feb 22, 2021 3:54 am quote
Mauro150LX wrote:
Peugeot Tweet 125.
Used one for work when I was a pony express, quick, nimble and good reliability (we used to trash ours but they just didn't seem to care).
I think I understand that he wants to buy it used ... therefore, the Piaggio Liberty 125/150 would be a good choice. It is very reliable (in Italy it is used by the national mail service), as a second choice any Japanese scooter but not too old and too used; the control criteria of the vehicle (mainly the engine) are the same regardless of the brand: spare parts availability and service center near your home.
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