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lkr
PostPosted: Thu Apr 05, 2007 10:17 am  Reply with quote
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Hi,
I'm new and new to scooters.
Any thoughts? Used Stella? New Buddy 125? Used Vespa?
I'd like to stay around $3000
Please advice.
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Derrick
PostPosted: Thu Apr 05, 2007 10:18 am  Reply with quote
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Tell us why YOU want a scooter.
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lkr
PostPosted: Thu Apr 05, 2007 10:24 am  Reply with quote
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quick trips to shops, riding around the lakes, have fun. save gas. I'll try to use it most of the time in the warmer months instead of the car.
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Derrick
PostPosted: Thu Apr 05, 2007 10:31 am  Reply with quote
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Buy a Kymco or a Buddy.

They will do all those things perfectly. You will love either.
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lkr
PostPosted: Thu Apr 05, 2007 10:35 am  Reply with quote
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Thanks!
I'm curious about why not the Stella? Is it that they are too hard to find?
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Matty
PostPosted: Thu Apr 05, 2007 10:36 am  Reply with quote
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Yeah Kymco or buddy. It you liked to tinker and work on your bike (and enjoy doing so) then look at the Stella/Vespa route. You could buy my Super and pay Derrick $1500 to rebuild it and you'd have an awesome bike but it won't ever be as trouble free as Kymco or Buddy.

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Derrick
PostPosted: Thu Apr 05, 2007 10:40 am  Reply with quote
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Well you didn't say anything about vintage styling so I didn't suggest a Stella or vintage Vespa.

If you are a fashion victim like some of us then get a Stella or a Vespa. But... they are NOT as easy to operate or maintain. Especially a crapped out old Vespa.

99% of the people that want a scooter want a vintage Vespa but should get a modern twist and go.
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lkr
PostPosted: Thu Apr 05, 2007 10:45 am  Reply with quote
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Well, I do like the old school. I think that's what keeping me from heading back to Ed at Scooterville to buy the new Buddy Italia. I don't know anything about maintaining a scooter. I have an old Motobecane that I can't get running and it's time to move on. The new Vespas are easy to maintain aren't they?
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Derrick
PostPosted: Thu Apr 05, 2007 10:48 am  Reply with quote
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I'm not a fan of the new Vespas but thats just me. I think the new ones are WAY over priced and not as reliable as a Kymco or a Buddy.
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Matty
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Yeah if you can afford one they are nice, there is a used ET4 on craigslist.

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Kevin K
PostPosted: Thu Apr 05, 2007 10:55 am  Reply with quote
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Derrick wrote:
Well you didn't say anything about vintage styling so I didn't suggest a Stella or vintage Vespa.

If you are a fashion victim like some of us then get a Stella or a Vespa. But... they are NOT as easy to operate or maintain. Especially a crapped out old Vespa.

99% of the people that want a scooter want a vintage Vespa but should get a modern twist and go.


Agreed.

I can personally attest to the quality of both the Buddy and the Kymco line.
A new Buddy 125 goes out the door for under $3K. The Kymcos will be more.
The Buddy is a lot of fun for cruising around town. It's a snappy performer with decent brakes. The suspension is a little harsh, IMO.
The Kymco People 150 will do everything the Buddy does and more. It would make an excellent machine for commuting to work. But it does cost a bit more.

I think that Scooterville still has one Bajaj Chetak left, in case you're interested in a metal-bodied shifter scooter and can't find a Stella (although there's a few used ones out there).

Hope this helps.
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lkr
PostPosted: Thu Apr 05, 2007 10:56 am  Reply with quote
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Thanks for your help.
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Derrick
PostPosted: Thu Apr 05, 2007 11:05 am  Reply with quote
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The Kymco People 50 is one of my favorites. They were discountinued but are back I believe. I think they cost LESS the $3000.00.
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Brooke
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Derrick wrote:
The Kymco People 50 is one of my favorites. They were discountinued but are back I believe. I think they cost LESS the $3000.00.


yup, back in stock. I'm thinking about getting one.
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