Originally Posted by JA Savage
To Eastcoast and any other scooter owners out there. We are looking for a scooter that we can put behind the bus that will carry two people and will be used to get to the next trailhead or maybe into the next town for a few supplies. We have looked on Craigslist in our part of the world and the scooters we have seen are either very expensive or junky Chinese scooters that have a bad reputation. Can anyone give is us some brand names to look for? Or can you give us some ideas about specific models of any brand to look for that would be decent scooters to look out for? Thanks in advance
Yamaha Zuma's are nice. I like the older two stroke Zuma's, not so much the newer 4 stroke stuff. They're capable of hauling two, get great mileage and are rugged. A nice used one can be had for $500-$1000. 49cc scoots like the Zuma are gonna be capable of 35-45 depending. But scooters aren't about going fast- they're about celebrating simplicity and frugality and enjoying the ride!
Vespas are sweet, but really pricey.
Some great deals can be had on some Derbi scooters as folks don't know what they are and they were TOP OF THE LINE. Harder to find, but I've seen clean nice Derbi Atlantis scoots for $500 or less.
If you want something larger like a maxi-scoot then I'd have to say its really hard to beat a Honda Helix 250. THey're the lazy-boy recliners of the scooter world. Smooth, reliable, simple, and powerful. Folks fut big miles on these as they're so comfy. A little long and heavy though. Not quite my taste although I'd love one just for taking Roxy to the beach.
If you have the money there are lots of fancy big scooters out there. The Suzuki Bergman and Yamaha Majesty come to mind.
Something in between a big scooter and a little one would be a Honda SH125 or SH150. Really sweet modern scooters that can carry two, get great mileage, and can cruise at 65+. IF you really want a good all arounder and have a couple grand to spend this is one I'd really look hard at. It is modern, four stroke and fuel injected.
If you have any more questions or need any help just holler. I LOVE scooters and ESPECIALLY love mopeds!
Just got a sweet new pipe for my Tomos daily rider. And slapped a new sidestand on to eliminate the bent center stand that's been killing my fun when trying to corner hard to the right!