Genuine Buddy 125, 150 or the new 170i (it's fuel injected).
Genuine Blur 220i (fuel injected) and it looks very hawt.
Company is out of Chicago and works with a manufacturer in Taiwan. My 150 has given me five years of trouble-free riding, and I treat it like shit. I wish it wasn't called a Buddy.
Pretty much anything Kymco
makes will be decent. I love the look of the Like 200 (two-tone) but it's only at 176 and I've heard, it's very pokey. The People line has larger wheels, but I'm really partial to the flickability of the 10-inchers.
is another brand to look at. They've had terrible parts distribution problems in the past. They're now being represented by Alliance in the US and I've heard that getting parts is a lot easier now. The HD and Citycom are sweet looking machines.
There's always Aprilia
. Piaggio's BV 350 is the shit right now.
Vespa, you're paying $1k for the name.
There's always Honda (the SH150i but it's very expensive for what it is) and Yamaha Zuma (but it's only a 125). I don't consider the Burgman, Majesty, Silverwing, the new BMW C600/GT650 scooters. They're automatic motorcycles. Who needs a 650 scooter to go to Aldi or to school?
Used? Run the brand by at least one of the scooter people you know.
If I could go out and buy a new scooter today, I'd definitely be taking a look at the BV350, the Buddy 170 and the Sym HD200.
Oh, and no one is making 2-stroke scooters anymore. The scoots all come from Asia and their emissions laws have gotten pretty strict. It's also why we're seeing all FI models now.