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PostPosted: Thu Apr 27, 2017 10:45 am 
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To prevent spam, enter the year 'modern' scooters were first sold in North America (hint: 1982): 1982
I am getting ready to move further from my job and since my Jeep Liberty gets horrible MPG I've decided I'm going to either purchase a scooter or a motorcycle. Most of my commute will be freeway so I need something powerful enough to get out of trouble if necessary. I'm 54-years-old 5'9" and about 240lbs. When I weighed a lot less and was quite a bit younger a motorcycle cop friend told me to not get anything smaller than a 750 for the highway. My commute will be about 32 miles round trip per day if that matters and during heavy traffic. I do plan on taking a rider's safety course.

So my question is considering my size would a Suzuki Burgman or other scooter in the 400cc to 650cc range have enough power for me?


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 30, 2017 11:35 am 
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The Honda Silverwing is 582 cc's it's automatic CVT , they claim it gets 46MPG. I think they will go 90mph. I think it probably would be okay for expressway, but the more engine the better for me.
A friend has a Burgman 250 and it would keep up with my Elite 250. Don't know anyone with a Burgman 400.

My Elite 150 got 85 mpg, my Elite 250 got 66 mpg, I think my GSXR 1000 gets 45 mpg but all those are manual transmission.
The 150 would do 65mph ( definitely not enough for expressway) , the 250 would do 76 mph ( barely enough for expressway) , the 1000 does more than 170mph ( it is great for expressway) .

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PostPosted: Thu May 11, 2017 8:21 pm 
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To prevent spam, enter the year 'modern' scooters were first sold in North America (hint: 1982): 1982
I think you'll be fine with a 400-650 maxiscooter. Your friend's advice was reasonable back in the day, but modern engines with fuel injection hang in there better on the slab than they used to. Remember that you won't be going too fast with the heavier traffic and you'll get there with a smile on your face. Commuting on a scooter or motorcycle is a great way to "bookend" your work day.


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PostPosted: Fri May 12, 2017 8:41 am 
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To prevent spam, enter the year 'modern' scooters were first sold in North America (hint: 1982): 1982
Commuter wrote:
and since my Jeep Liberty gets horrible MPG


Hilarious that a Jeep called "Liberty" makes us a slave of the pump !!!

That is precisely why I love scooters so much.

Can't wait to get my "new to me" '83 Yamaha Riva 180cc on the road.

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 06, 2017 12:12 pm 
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Any bike 400cc or bigger will be fine for you short freeway commute. :)

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 06, 2017 12:42 pm 
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You will have to test ride scooters after you take a riding course. A 500-600 newer injected scooter should be enough? The next rally will have demo rides the Friday before the rally in London. Do you still have your M2? Try a Kymco 500? Suzuki make Bergmans in 600cc, known as a distance cruiser carpet ride. They have never been at the Mad Bastard, but worth a look?

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