Totally different bikes with about the same specs.
It's a matter of taste. Like buying a coat or a hat. If the "vintage" look is what turns you on you have to buy the Stella. If you don't care about looks and want reliable transportation buy the Kymco.
It's that simple. You can go crazy studying the details, pros and cons, but those are not important.
Think about why you want a scooter and how you are going to ride it. If this is totally about efficient transportation and commuting (you wear out clutch cables shifting through downtown minneapolis) - go with the Kymco
If you're into "the scene" or want to tinker, Stella is the way to go.
I have to throw in a plug for Bajaj - Steel bodied shifter with a 4-stroke engine. An alternative thinker sort of machine...
I chose a 4-stroke specifically because the smell of 2-stroke exhaust doesn't particularly agree with me. It's OK to get a whiff every now and again, but nothing I wanted to live with daily. And I chose a manual transmission because I wanted to have a closer connection to the total driving experience. When I purchased in 2002, Bajaj was the only 4-stroke, manual transmission available, so Bajaj it was, and I've been pleased.
Joined: 23 Jan 2005
Location: NE Minneapolis
Another vote for Ipone. I run it in the scooter and the weed whacker. My Dad is running it in an outboard motor & is convinced he's poluting the lake less. If you think two strokes smell bad, it's the solution.
i like the bajaj too. i like that look better. i'm not thinking too much about the people anymore. can't say i like its design. the stella and bajaj have the look i like. i like the idea of some get up and go, but the higher polution rate for the 2 stroke has me concerned. i guess i'd have to ride the stella and the bajaj to see which one turns my crank more.
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