Originally Posted by vainamoinen
I saw yesterday an Gilera Nexus 500 cc. No ABS but really nice price( for me) and low miles. Since you become my scooter guru i dare to ask about this one too mister Cortez.
This ol' thing?!
Gilera Nexus and Kymco Downtown
, on Flickr
That's my Kymco behind it, btw.
Let's just say that stock, this scooter will do 0-60mph in about 9-10 seconds
just like my 300 did, but after that, it's GO TIME. It'll hit an indicated 110mph.
It's got a lot more vibrations then the 250-300cc scoots, but they're never
uncomfortable (to me), and 40hp is 40hp.
That scooter has one of the best handling/brakes/suspension packages
that I've tried, dare I say only the Tmax is better (and costs a lot more).
The linked brake system works like a charm, you grab a handfull of
the rear (left) lever and it'll bury itself into the road. It's VERY hard to
lock up the wheels on it, especially with the GPR100 tires (radial stuff)
that it comes with. Expensive tires to replace, tho!
The engine has had some issues at first, just make sure you're looking at
a redesigned Nexus, not the first series (2002-2004 or so), and you'll have
to check oil level a bit more frequently then with most other scoots.
One big difference in seating position with this one (compared to xmax,
dt and people) is that you sit more ON IT, then IN IT. You're perched on
top of the scoot like you'd be on a sport bike. There's a slight forward
lean too. It's something you'll have to try for yourself before you buy,
as it's not as comfortable/lazy as most other scooters.
But again, the other qualities make up for that.
I don't know how much you're into cars, but the Xmax would be a
Mercedes or Audi, quiet, smooth, relaxed.
The Nexus is a 20 year old Alfa Romeo. Sharp, focused, a bit buzzy
and glitchy, but it'll get you there faster.
Kymco scoots are more like the Xmax.
You probably need to decide if you need piece&quiet (and comfort)
or performance. If you want all of that, you're screwed.