Ok, I'll tell you ahead of time that this post has little to do with Vespas, but it is about scooters (Has anyone considered a modern scooters bored? An all brands version of this place would be nice).
I'm prolly within a week of getitng my first scooter after a lot of research, online shopping and the like. Me and my husband will be getting a pair of Kymco Vitality scooters ifn Lucy's Joyrides still has the leftover 2004, though its been quite a few weeks (settling in to a new job and moving atop financial problems makes buying a scooter difficult). Why that choice? Relatively chep, long warranty (2 years P&L), and lots of recommendations. Really I think it might be the best choice for a scooter, not fast enough to get you in trouble, recommended for reliability with a warranty to back it up, and reasonably good looking. What do y'all think?
As to other brands, lets see, here's what I was told...
UMD, I think that was the one I was first lookintg at, the nearest dealer'd stopped carrying them, didn't think too highly of them
TnG, good quality, bit slow though compred to similar scooters
TGO, not sure of this name, Taiwanese like Kymco, also very good, but rare
Honda, Yamaha, other big names, a bit over priced and under warrantied, but good
Derbi, good, but its going botique, meaning parts are available as assemblies and everything's more expensive
Stella, very good, all steel scooter, no negatives
Bajaj, one dealer, and she's fond of them
There were prolly a few more that I forgot, but that pretty much covers it. My opinion of the various low end Chinese stuff is that its more a matter of QC, they'll sell anything they make, good in their home market perhaps, not so good here. Throw in far too many schysters in the sales chain, and what you have is an inconsistent product with no support network. Prolly a good buy ifn you're capable of dealing with any problems you might run into, but a bad choice for the newbies they appeal to.
While I am planning on getting the Vitality, I plan that as a stepping stone and am seriously considering a Stella for my next one. I like the company's enthusiasm, take a look at Genuine Scooter's site, it has a nice fun small company feel. Plus, they have the oddity of being made in India when it seems nearly every scooter regardless of brand is made in China, and I do love things that just don't conform.
My scooter wish though is for a dual sport (I think that's the right term), something with a bit more aggressive tires and more aggressive suspension, almost a necessity out here where you have to deal with either roads under construction, or desperately in need of it. That's when you're not in one of the areas not yet paved, done pizza delivery on the occasional dirt road out here (You might be a redneck if the directions to your house include 'Turn off the paved road').
So, thoughts, opinions, recommendations folks?
Oh, forgot, I's a newbie, in fact, this is my second post. I'm a coffee addict in Phoenix AZ, where nearly everyday is sunny (350+ days a year), making a scooter the perfect economy transportation solution (12 or so miles one way to work). For a laugh, my day job is as a route driver for a vending company, I drive an Isuzu NPR, one of those big ass cab over delivery trucks, a fun contrast in vehicles, no?