Kymco People S200
I got nothing to do but sit around and dream about scooters and scootin' and my blog subject matter reflects this fact here lately. It's just too darn cold outside!
Oh, I get in a very tiny ride now and then when I go over to the storage unit and crank up Squirt and MAYBE ride her 150 yards up and back the line in the frigid cold.
Just enough to whet my whistle, just enough to makes me nuts to ride again!
But alas, winter holds her grip and so I retreat into my head again and dream of scooters and scootin' the back roads in the spring.
Mostly my mind wanders to ponderings of a bigger scooter choice for my ride.
Nothing new there.
Since my move to the burbs I have become painfully aware that 50cc (actually 49) put me in a dangerous situation on most of the roads around here.
This is an unhappy acknowledgement, but true none the less.
Most roads are a minimum of 45mph and I can only barely get up to 43mph and then that is optimistic.
I've got no room to maneuver in tricky situations. None.
I am the proverbial "sitting duck".
Not only that, I need more power to get me back out into my beloved rural back roads without it taking all day long.
This is a must for mental survival.
Then there's crosstown expeditions like maybe a scooter club get together. I've got to have more power to get me over the posted speed limit roads and keep up with the crowd once I get there.
Now there's two ultimate solutions to all this: 1) I get a bigger scooter or 2) I add a scooter rack carrier to my SUV and haul my 50cc to the country and ride out from there.
Forget scooter rallys, forget riding around on any local roads where I could get killed anyway. Just sit home most of the time. Right.
I don't like #2, so #1 must be the solution.
Let's talk "bigger scooter". I don't like maxi scoots for their weight, looks, or handling. I need a 150-200cc range ride. Or something faster than 49cc. 50+ mph would be the most versatile option.
More power=more maneuverability and ease of handling. It must be easy to store in the winter. It must have a bigger profile for visibility, but not the weight of a bigger machine.
I've got to feel safe on it, it's got to "fit" me for handling at stops and in motion, and I've got to find it fun to ride.
I think smaller scoots are more fun to ride and I feel safer on one anyway.
Downside? I don't like small wheels if I can get bigger ones. Bigger ones are more stable, less prone to a rough ride on rural back roads, and less squirrely to handle.
Big wheels help to avoid feeling like the ride is that of a roller skate at 55+ mph.
However, big wheels are usuall fitted for taller riders. Hmmm.
Well, let's explore some Big Wheels anyway! Let's look at some of the Big Wheels of the scooter world. The 16 inch Bad Boys.
I've read over and over again that these wheels provide the stable ride of a motorcycle and that is a good thing since I've decided once and for all that I do not want a motorcycle again.
Oh, I know, first thing in your mind is "but a scoot with 16 inch wheels is going to be TOO TALL for a 5'4" woman with a 29 inch inseam".
It IS a possibility, like I already pointed out. But not all of them are as tall as some. Besides, once I am sitting on it rolling down the road will I notice that at all?
No, I don't think so, but I could be wrong! At a stop if I can slide and tippy toe to balance the scoot, then I ought to be ok. At least in theory.
So I've been reading and researching about 3 scoots in particular: Kymco People 150, Kymco People S200, and SYM HD200.
All are fine looking and highly esteemed models with most of the features I would be looking for on an "all around" scooter. By that I mean a nimble about towner or a day ride tourer.
Not the heft of a maxi-scoot, comfortable but easy to handle.
Great for town explorations yet superb for hitting the back roads along the river.
All three have local dealer support in this area. All three have been sold in this area and so the likelihood of finding a used one is pretty high.
Of the 3, the only one I did test ride in 2009 was the People 150 and I do remember it fitting me in terms of sitting at a stop. That is about all that I can recall about how it handled. I need a "do over".
So my short term goal is to find one of each and try it out for a test ride, or at least sit on it to see how, or if, it fits my stature and ergonomics.
All 3 get great reviews for power, smoothness of ride, versatility, reliability, and gas mileage.
All 3 would make great grocery-getters or countryside back road ramblers.
Any one out there riding these Big Wheels, please feel free to expound on your experience here in the comment section.
Meanwhile, enjoyable winter scootin' dreams (or safe riding) to you all!
Kymco People 150
SYM HD 200
Reviews for all three scooters can be found on www.justgottascoot.com
(BTW, some other manufacturers who offer 16 inch wheeled scoots are Aprilia, Piaggio, Roketa, CF Moto, and Honda. Also, Honda offers the 14 inch wheel PCX models. Then you've got the SYM Symba with 17 inch wheels. A special ride for special riders!)