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I just got back my 2004 GT200l from
my mechanic.
Nothing is wrong with the bike.
It has 14k miles.
It’s just getting old and things down the road might start acting up.
He suggested to consider getting a newer/newer bike
I want to trade up to a 300, but would I even need it? It’s going to be for city riding.
I live in hilly San Francisco with a pillion.
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Molto Verboso
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I feel like you can answer this better than a stranger can. Have you had problems with acceleration/top speed?

I've taken my 300 HPE up Twin Peaks, around the Presidio, up through the Robin Williams Tunnel, up Mt Tam - in each case both solo and with a pillion. It's handled them all admirably.
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Veni, Vidi, Posti
73 & 74 Rally, 76 ET3, 80 P200, 06 PX150, 59 Ser 2, 65 Silver Special, 90 V5N 50, 2015 HD Road Glide Special
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You could get away with a 150 in SF but there’s more advantages to a 300 then just larger displacement:

1. Larger tires give a smoother ride
2. No problems with any of the hills
3. Can go on the interstate/ any bridge
4. Opens up travel to other parts of the bay (Tahoe weekend, Santa Cruz, Mt. Tam etc.
5. Never a problem with the pillion
6. Gives you that warm, fuzzy feeling that itll be reliable.
7. 300 HPE engine is punchier and livelier than its 200 counterpart.
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LX190 Friday afternoon special, [s]Primavera[/s], S50, too many pushbikes
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14k?
It's just a young fella.
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2006 Vespa GT (Rocket): 2007 Vespa GT (Vanessa): 2009 Yamaha Zuma 125: 2018 Yamaha Xmax (Big Ugly), 2023 Vespa GTS300 (Ghost)
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I still own three GT200s and continue to ride them everywhere.

These rides have included mountains and highways.

I often ride with others tiding 300’s and never have a problem keeping up.

As for mileage, mine have 100,000 (first engine lasted to 76,000), 36,000 and 20,000 and are all running well.

I recommend you keep your GT200.

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Hello!
My LX150 has the same mileage and is 3 years younger; to me it's new and I really don't understand why one should be worried of the mileage as long as the scooter has been taken care of regularly and with care
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My 07 250 has about 24000 on it. And yes its getting old I expect something will go wrong somewhere down the road, especially as it replaced a sport bike and gets treated like one - being caned ruthlessly to run with my friends much larger bikes.

But its paid for, reliable, fun, pretty as hell and gets me lots of smiles per mile.

Run it! Its good for many more miles yet, then you fix it and run it some more.

If you feel you need a new bike thats another thing, that itch that occasionally needs to be scratched, but the GT doesn’t need replacing...

Maybe it just needs an update... some chrome... a nifty seat... a pretty girl draped over said seat... a nice pipe, not a hukka, one of those stainless jobs...
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1980 P200E - "Old Rusty", 1976 ET3 Primavera
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You could keep riding it for 40 years if you wanted to. I think it really just comes down to if you want a newer scoot and/or aren't interested in the maintenance that comes with age
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2007 GT200, 2008 Yamaha C3, 2009 BV250
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Does the mechanic that suggested trading your 200 in for a 300 work at the dealership? What will the 300 do for you your current bike can't handle? They will give you $700 trade in on a bike that will set you back $8,000+ I can't imagine why he would suggest this....
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I love my 03 BV200. Last year I did the Skyway and TOG for a 180 mile day. Unless there are major problems it's going to be a lot cheaper to take care of wear items like fuel and water pump etc

Now if you want a new scooter I can fully understand that but if the BV does what you need I would hang on to it.
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Thanks for all the suggestions!
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ScooterRaton, what's the scooter behind the BV?
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Mauro150LX wrote:
ScooterRaton, what's the scooter behind the BV?
62 Heinkel Tourist 103 A2

I was on an isolation trip to Western Michigan to pick it up and brought the BV along as a rider. I needed to isolate for a few more days before visiting my mom so went for some awesome rides.

It's a solid runner!
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Thanks a lot!
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The mechanic that sometimes works on my sports car is very much in favor of me keeping it at least until his kids get through college. I am surprised that your mechanic is advocating that you get a new bike.
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