Today is an awesome day for a scooter ride in my world: 50+ degrees and sunny! The Met awaits.
But first, I will lay out my ultimate plan for "more power" in 2013.
What it comes down to in my quest for "more power" is pretty simple: I'll take what I can get, it will be used, and it will be affordable.
Oh, yeah, and I am NOT getting rid of my Met! I will own two machines of some type.
One for local run around stuff (the Met) and the other for longer forays into the countryside (the mystery scoot).
It is probably going to be a used unit with low miles bought locally and ridden home. That means it will likely come from an individual, not a dealer. Not unless I get very lucky on that part.
I am on a budget, so I am going to start saving up my cash for this purchase. I am in no hurry. I'd like it by mid-summer at the latest, but we will see.
Here are the "contenders" thus far:
Yamaha Vino 125
Yamaha Zuma 125
Kymco People 150
Kymco Agility 125
Genuine Buddy 125
Genuine Black Jack
And even this one: Honda Elite 110
Maybe this one if the price is right: Honda PCX 125
Definitely this one if the price is right and one can be found:
Honda Big Ruckus
And finally, a very long shot just because it is a classic and it fits:
I think if the money is right, the scooter is in good to excellent condition, and it is a local seller, any one of these might fulfill my criteria for more power in a comfortable size.
The Big Ruck is the only 250cc that I have handled on a ride and I felt comfortable on it. They are hard to find and usually way over-priced, but I could get lucky.
The Helix is available used all the time and usually the prices are manageable. I think it is one of the ugliest scooters (Yamaha Morphous being the ugliest!) I have ever seen, but I've read that the comfort level for long day rides is unmatched. If I saw one within my budget I'd have to try it out to see for myself.
Meanwhile, I ride my Met on the side and back roads and fate will bring along my second scooter when the time is right!
Unless I win the lottery or Publisher's Clearning House comes to my door!
If that happens then I'd test ride every one of these and pick my first choice, new or used.
Going with my gut right now it would be the Genuine Buddy 125 or the Yamaha Zuma 125.
Right now a new, black Zuma 125 is sitting in a dealership 5 miles from me.
I am done obcessing on scooter models on this blog for now.
Meanwhile, I will wait and see where this goes
Hope you can get a little scoot or ride in today, whatever you are riding!
Be safe, be happy, ride on!