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Duke90

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Message Posted: May 17, 2011 2:44:05 PM

When the price of gas got near ther $4 mark, I seriously considered getting either a motorcycle or scooter. The "bike" I liked was the price of a full-size SUV. The scooter prices werea whole lot more managable. But since many other factors must be accounted for, like the dopes texting and driving, talking and driving, weather conditions, the limited seasonal use added maintenances costs, helmet and leathers and insurance; I decided to forego the MPG for the safety, versitility and comfort of my old yet very reliable Mitsubishi Montero Sport.

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charladan
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2014 2:13:56 AM

not for fuel economy
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magpie2013
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2014 5:29:39 PM

We only go out when we need something, and most of our groceries are bought then. We get our gas ten too! Don't want a scooter, but I do like big bikes.
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happylilly
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2014 4:01:49 AM

neither
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dontuknowOH
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2014 6:02:20 AM

Neither for the Winter season, prefer motorcycle over the scooters, still the larger scooters are great for most local errands/jaunts. Too many distracted drivers in traffic today for any interest I would act on!
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PAA64
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2014 12:39:57 AM

neither
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RS101
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Message Posted: Jan 9, 2014 6:08:56 PM

scooter
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PaylessKY
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Message Posted: Jan 9, 2014 9:31:53 AM

I will stay with 4 wheels and 2 or 4 doors.
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GLM4205
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Message Posted: Jan 9, 2014 5:46:00 AM

neither
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SmoknFord
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Message Posted: Jan 6, 2014 11:31:29 AM

Motorcycle is much cooler than a scooter but I feel much safer in a vehicle.
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randy3116
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Message Posted: Jan 6, 2014 10:50:35 AM

I have toured the entire eastern half of the U.S. on a sport-touring motorcycle and enjoy it immensely. Some of the larger displacement scooters from Suzuki, Honda, Piaggio, etc. are very good for local urban riding but do have the power for extended interstate riding.
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bikergirlss
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2014 4:13:00 PM

Both
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ace12012
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Message Posted: Dec 30, 2013 9:18:29 PM

I enjoyed them when I was younger but now I think it is too dangerous.
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forresj
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Message Posted: Dec 30, 2013 9:24:04 AM

If your heart is set on getting a two-wheeler, get a motorcycle. Turn on your lights and wear protective clothing. A scooter is too slow and dangerous on main roads.
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PaylessKY
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Message Posted: Dec 28, 2013 10:21:21 AM

I will stay with 4 wheels and 2 or 4 doors.
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Madridjoe
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Message Posted: Dec 26, 2013 6:31:06 AM

gonna stick with 4 wheels
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randy3116
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Message Posted: Dec 26, 2013 6:15:15 AM

do not discount the scooters from Honda and Suzuki. They have 650cc engines that are suitable for interstate riding and come with a lot of amenities. Also, Piaggio make a scooter (or used to?) with 2 front wheels that aid in stability and can be locked at lower speeds to prevent tipovers
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poetdog73
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Message Posted: Dec 26, 2013 12:26:13 AM

I wish the Germans would bring back the 2 seater Prinz 3clinder 4cycle auto that in 59 got 40 mph but we were spoiled with jobs & 32cents a gal. gas so they didn't sell.....bring them back & see what happens!!!!!!
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poetdog73
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Message Posted: Dec 26, 2013 12:22:51 AM

1960's Vista motor scooter! love, love!
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vman61
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Message Posted: Dec 25, 2013 10:37:42 PM

motorcycle
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dallfo
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Message Posted: Dec 25, 2013 10:53:39 AM

Motorcycle.
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SmoknFord
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Message Posted: Dec 24, 2013 3:32:51 AM

Motorcycle
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nourdives
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Message Posted: Dec 23, 2013 10:41:53 PM

neither
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GrumpyCat
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Message Posted: Dec 23, 2013 10:04:11 PM

I didn't ride my 42 MPG motorcycle nearly as much after getting a 50 MPG Prius. Much faster to jump in Prius, fasten seatbelt, and go than to suit up with jacket, gloves, helmet, open the garage door, close the garage door ...

Figured gas + tires at 42 MPG put operating costs about the same as 25 MPG car gas + tires when fuel was $1.75/gallon.
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StarkForums
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Message Posted: Dec 23, 2013 9:56:27 PM

motorcycle
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dreameryoung38
Sophomore Author South Carolina

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Message Posted: Dec 23, 2013 8:28:01 PM

I started riding my bike when gas got up to four dollars , wish I still had my motorcycle ,sure would help
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BlueberryFocus
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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2013 6:03:54 PM

The fuel economy of my car and motorcycle are pretty comparable... 35 on the car and around 40 for the bike. If you want a really fuel efficient bike go for a 250 or a 300.
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the1roadhog
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Message Posted: Apr 11, 2013 8:04:43 AM

No thanks to either.
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GLM4205
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Message Posted: Apr 11, 2013 5:50:00 AM

None for me.
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SgtSmurf
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2013 12:40:30 PM

Motorcycle. City/Town driving, 350 would be fine, 250 even better. If there's going to be highway driving, I wouldn't go less than a 500. For the safety, take the MSF course for defensive riding, worth every penny. Get a riding suit, jeans just don't even begin to compare. VISIBLE suit, let me throw that out there. Black suit at night is just stupid. Get something with a bright and/or reflective style to it. And of course, a helmet, at least DOT approved, but SNELL is even better.
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jrfan6767
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2013 8:27:24 AM

i have a motorcycle and yes it gets very dangerous with all the people texting and driving. my belief is you get caught texting and driving it should be a automatic one year suspension of your license. get caught again then it should be indefinite
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IAMCANADIAN73
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2013 7:15:13 AM

Too dangerous
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IAMCANADIAN73
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2013 7:15:03 AM

Neither
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BigHorne1
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2013 3:31:10 AM

neither, but if had to pick a scooter, they are cheaper and easier to work on.
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dvc2
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2013 2:59:11 AM

neither
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SpiderTash
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Message Posted: Apr 7, 2013 11:57:39 PM

I want to get a bike, either a 250-350, that way the price is lower, and it gets better gas mileage since that is what I am wanting it for.
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holymasamune
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Message Posted: Apr 6, 2013 9:00:16 PM

Bike
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cools1611
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Message Posted: Apr 6, 2013 7:47:47 PM

Neither
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IAMCANADIAN73
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Message Posted: Apr 6, 2013 7:54:05 AM

Neither
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L98
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Message Posted: Apr 5, 2013 3:00:01 PM

motorcycle ... hands down.
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RalphHightower
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Message Posted: Apr 5, 2013 6:04:07 AM

neither
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IAMCANADIAN73
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Message Posted: Apr 5, 2013 12:23:49 AM

Neither
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5p33df73ak
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Message Posted: Apr 4, 2013 11:04:06 PM

lol scooter
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pawnkingfour
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Message Posted: Apr 4, 2013 7:00:44 PM

Luv my F-150 :)
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streetirsx
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Message Posted: Apr 4, 2013 5:52:24 PM

Motorcycle if i had to choose
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lyanMI
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Message Posted: Apr 4, 2013 4:05:59 PM

Either of them are not too safe....
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GrumpyCat
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Message Posted: Apr 4, 2013 1:25:29 PM

Its a mistake to expect operating expenses for a motorcycle to be comparable to a car, truck or SUV.

A new set of tires on a Goldwing will be over $500 installed and last 9,000 to 12,000 miles. There is more competition among sportier tire sizes where one can often find a set for $250. But mounting and balancing is $25 each if you bring the wheels in off the bike, and usually $50 each if the dealer has to remove the wheel and reinstall.

Really liked my Goldwing but I quit riding it enough to justify keeping when I bought a Prius. 50 MPG in Prius, 42 MPG with Goldwing. At 40,000 miles the Prius required new tires which cost just under $400 mounted, balanced, and everything.
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Houckster
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Message Posted: Apr 4, 2013 1:05:59 PM

The question is not so clear cut as many might suppose. Scooters are by no means just an urban vehicle. Honda and Suzuki, to name just two, make scooters that could easily traverse the nation. I've seen them in our national parks and they have more than enough power to keep up with the cars on the highways. You don't need the insane power to weight ratio of some of the upper level motorcycles.

Burgman 650 Executive

On the other hand, if long distance touring is the goal, it would be hard to beat the offerings from Triumph, Honda, and Yamaha . . . maybe even Victory. And there's the issue of the transmission. On scooters, you have an automatic and the big bikes have manuals that give you more control but are a pain in heavy traffic.

If I had the money, I'd have one of both.

[Edited by: Houckster at 4/4/2013 1:07:22 PM EST]
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rjro
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2013 8:11:23 AM

neither for me. not safe enough.
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Marc56
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2013 8:02:24 AM

Neither. Scooter=unsafe Motorcycle=cruising toy.
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MertieMan
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2013 7:45:43 AM

Consider this, how many days are you going to be able to ride any two wheeled vehicle in your state? Think of insurance and upkeep on a bike also.
They aren't free, I know as I have owned several of them. I love them, but watch out for the idiots that will practically run you over on the highway.
Stay away from scooters, especially on the highways as they don't have enough power to accelerate away from danger that might occur. Bikes are far better in this situation. Scooters are all right in city only driving, but are still too slow. Believe me, you need acceleration and a bike will give you this. Just be careful.
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