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Old 05-22-2008, 06:20 PM   #1
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Decided to grab the bull by the horns, gettin' a scooter

After much thinkering and Math, I came to the conclusion buying a scooter to go back and forth to work just make sense. I recently sold a car I wasn't using and can pay it cash. And its actually FUN to drive!!!!..and has a dual seat for romantic gethaways with the GF..

As a plus, it will reduce wear and tear, maintenance cost and keep my car's resale value. I know.. I drive a WRX..I promise my next car will be better on gas

Oh btw, its a 2005 BEEWEE !!!!! (BW'S in canada, zuma in USA)



People report a solid average of 80 MPG +. I'm planning on hypermilling on it
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Old 05-22-2008, 06:40 PM   #2
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I say why not, they are very popular in places where gas is much more expensive than here in the US.

Now getting my wife on one would be a miracle.

We just leave her 21.8 MPG Murano in the garage and take my 50+ MPG VX.

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Old 05-22-2008, 06:41 PM   #3
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Jacket, gloves and helmet at a minimum..

When you come off you will put your hands down without thinking, it's nice to have something other than flesh and bone grind against the asphalt.

Everyone else on the road is a cretinous homicidal psychopath in a multi ton death machine, they are out to get you and it is only your ability to evade their frantic efforts that stands between you and the long dirt nap.

Nice little machine it looks like, kind of like a Bugeye Sprite on two wheels..

I have a fondness for Yamahas.
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Old 05-22-2008, 07:50 PM   #4
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I myself am getting a scooter tomorrow. A 2005 Honda Metropolitan.
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Old 05-23-2008, 04:00 AM   #5
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Ditto on that ! I'm looking at full face helm already and all the nice stuff they have for bikes at the store (a padded jacket sounds overkill though).

It'll be fun...filling the car last time cost me 75$ !!! I'd rather see my money go elsewhere than to the oil company even if it means I break even on my purchase.

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Jacket, gloves and helmet at a minimum..

When you come off you will put your hands down without thinking, it's nice to have something other than flesh and bone grind against the asphalt.

Everyone else on the road is a cretinous homicidal psychopath in a multi ton death machine, they are out to get you and it is only your ability to evade their frantic efforts that stands between you and the long dirt nap.

Nice little machine it looks like, kind of like a Bugeye Sprite on two wheels..

I have a fondness for Yamahas.
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Old 05-23-2008, 04:33 AM   #6
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Jacket, gloves and helmet at a minimum..


Everyone else on the road is a cretinous homicidal psychopath in a multi ton death machine, they are out to get you and it is only your ability to evade their frantic efforts that stands between you and the long dirt nap.


I have a fondness for Yamahas.
I've thought about a scooter in the past, then I looked out at the state hw.... errr I mean auto bond, and decided I'd rather have steel wrapped around me.

12 miles both ways with expressway ... 18 mpg
24 miles both ways without expressway ... 80 mpg ... path for scooter, bike, or walking. If it was an option, I'd just walk. Darn river and power layout planing. No Public Transit worth mentioning. I work retail (big box superstore) so I pick up everything I need at work, or mail order it.

Granted I'd slightly double my economic range, but what about time and safety.

A motorcycle would probable do me better.

O well.
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Old 05-23-2008, 05:23 AM   #7
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I like this one, would get it if I lived in Chicago.

http://www.cobrasales.com/delivery.htm
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Old 05-23-2008, 05:59 AM   #8
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Are there any 50cc bikes out there these days without a CVT? 50ccs would be great for mileage, but a manual transmission would be better for efficient pulses and hill climbing (wide throttle at low RPMs to minimize pumping losses.)

The old Honda CUB had a 50cc and 3-speed tranny with centrifugal clutch, and it could be bump started. Probably not as efficient as bikes with modern engines and aerodynamics, however.
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Old 05-23-2008, 06:09 AM   #9
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Hmm if you ask me, the cub looked more aerodynamic
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Old 06-01-2008, 10:51 AM   #10
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Well here's the beast finally.



I got 68 MPG on my first thank! I think I can do better..that tank included driving with the GF 2 times and some "definitly needed" WOT

The EPA rate those at 123 MPG, but from what I read on the Zuma/BWS forums..that's being quite optimistic...

Very happy with my purchase!



I "Can't" wait for those tires to wear out, I want to buy some semi-slick (road) tires.
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