Hooked
'13 Buddy 125 Seafoam
Joined: 25 Oct 2018
Posts: 305
Location: Southcoast, MA
 
Hooked
'13 Buddy 125 Seafoam
Joined: 25 Oct 2018
Posts: 305
Location: Southcoast, MA
seamus26 wrote:
Some scootering updates from the long weekend.

I put my wife's bike, the Buddy 170i, back on the road and we took our first ride of the season together. During the ride, the Stella quit and we decided not to take any chances at getting stranded. (I knew we'd be fine, but my wife was worried so we went home.)

Yesterday morning I hopped on the Buddy and went about 100 miles. I rode out to Holland State Park to look at the big lake.

The thing that I thought of the most during the ride was what a great little bike the Buddy is. Seriously worry free riding. I was cruising right around 60 with room to spare and it gets nearly 100mpg. And I don't even have to think about it ... it just runs.

So it got me thinking after buttoning up a few things on the Stella this season perhaps selling it and getting into something a little better. Thinking Vespa, of course, but on topic is it really worth the investment?

I'm considering the 150. Reason being I will never ride a scooter on the highway. In Michigan, the speed limit is 70, so unless you are doing 80 you spend all your time holding up traffic. The 300 wouldn't be enough. Everywhere else is 55 and the 150 would be fine for that, especially considering the price difference.

Still, the Hooligan - same setup as my wife's Buddy only a little larger bike - is $3399 new while the Vespa 150 is $5349/$5649. That's like two grand.

I dunno. Knowing me I'll just keep hammering on the Stella. But I thought perhaps a good time to resurrect an old thread and share my thoughts. With current gas prices there are probably lots of folks considering scooters, and there was lots of good info in this thread.
i know what you mean...my buddy 125 is just for around town and trips here and there where i can avoid the highway...i feel like if i want to ride on the highway around here i'm either looking at a larger footprint scooter or a motorcycle...the highways here have speed limits of 65mph but everyone drives 80mph...i thought about a vespa 300 or a royal alloy 300 but i said at that point i may as well just buy a motorcycle (have a soft spot for a ktm duke 390)...the only sub 250cc scooter that i have heard performs past its displacement as far as the top end goes is the honda pcx150

Molto Verboso
Dongfang 170cc, CF Moto Fashion 250
Joined: 07 Dec 2008
Posts: 1678
Location: Hyde Park, New York
 
Molto Verboso
Dongfang 170cc, CF Moto Fashion 250
Joined: 07 Dec 2008
Posts: 1678
Location: Hyde Park, New York
Point37 wrote:
the only sub 250cc scooter that i have heard performs past its displacement as far as the top end goes is the honda pcx150
The Yamaha SMax, if you can find one, can approach 80 mph according to most road tests and anecdotal evidence.

Member
2005 Vespa GT200
Joined: 07 Jun 2022
Posts: 5
Location: San clemente ca
 
Member
2005 Vespa GT200
Joined: 07 Jun 2022
Posts: 5
Location: San clemente ca
Vespa isn't a scooter it's a vespa
Chinese scooter is a scooter and a
Completely different vehicle
Vespa is in a league of its own.

Molto Verboso
2021 GTS 300 HPE +2013 GTS 300ie + 294 Polini
Joined: 12 Dec 2017
Posts: 1896
Location: Pretoria, South Africa
 
Molto Verboso
2021 GTS 300 HPE +2013 GTS 300ie + 294 Polini
Joined: 12 Dec 2017
Posts: 1896
Location: Pretoria, South Africa
You can drive a Ferrari Daytona Spider...
or you can drive a Miata.

Both have four wheels, two doors, are convertible and look vaguely similar.
Both can give you pleasure.
That doesn't make a Miata into a Ferrari.

Ditto with Vespas and other cheaper brands.

Molto Verboso
Dongfang 170cc, CF Moto Fashion 250
Joined: 07 Dec 2008
Posts: 1678
Location: Hyde Park, New York
 
Molto Verboso
Dongfang 170cc, CF Moto Fashion 250
Joined: 07 Dec 2008
Posts: 1678
Location: Hyde Park, New York
Nitro200 wrote:
Vespa isn't a scooter it's a vespa
Chinese scooter is a scooter and a
Completely different vehicle
Vespa is in a league of its own
You have to catch up on your mottos.

It's "Only a Vespa is a scooter. Everything else is something else"

It's up there with "If I have to explain it. You wouldn't understand"-Harley Davidson. Circa 1966

Molto Verboso
1979 P200E (sold) / ZNEN Amore 150 (sold) / Genuine Buddy 170i / Genuine Stella 4T /Aprilia Sportcity One 50
Joined: 31 Jul 2014
Posts: 1642
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
 
Molto Verboso
1979 P200E (sold) / ZNEN Amore 150 (sold) / Genuine Buddy 170i / Genuine Stella 4T /Aprilia Sportcity One 50
Joined: 31 Jul 2014
Posts: 1642
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
Fudmucker wrote:
That doesn't make a Miata into a Ferrari.
Especially when you have to open your wallet for service.
   

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