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Old 04-04-2013, 09:09 PM   #91
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I also live just a few miles from mountains, I'm at the base of the mountains that go up to Payson. It's a great motorcycle ride, but the Vino just won't do it. I really enjoy riding in the mountains, and would love to have a scooter that would be rideable there. It's not so much the 30 mph that bothers me, but the fact that the engine is turning so slow while climbing at this speed. I connected a portable tachometer to it, and it is turning only a little more than half the RPM while climbing step grades that it is at full speed on a flat road. That has got lugging the engine like crazy. Not wanting to destroy my engine, I turned around.
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Old 04-05-2013, 07:34 AM   #92
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I had the same experience, worrying about lugging the engine that is. Are the new Vinos still 125cc's or did they finally go to 150cc's?
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Old 04-05-2013, 08:27 AM   #93
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They dropped the bigger Vino, all that's left is the 50cc model. The Vino had plenty of power to climb anything, the problem was in the CVT. I easily climbed those mountains on a 2 hp 50cc moped. The difference is I was able to keep the rpms up on the moped.
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Old 04-20-2013, 12:51 AM   #94
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Vino 125 in the LakeErieLoop

Last year I rode my wife's Blue 2006 in the LakeErieLoop. For those not in the know, the LEL is a race around Lake Erie for under 200cc bikes. I finished the 650 mile sprint in 14:12. I had a gas can strapped to the rear rack (1.0 gallon can) and used it several times. No big hills to worry about but had pretty crappy weather with driving rain for about 200 miles. The wind sucked as well. The scoot was fitted with a Yamaha factory windshield, a Garmin Zumo and a beaded seat cover. I was amazed at how happy my ass was after 14+ hours with that beaded seat! The 2013 LEL is coming up on June 7-9 and I'll be doing it again on the Blue Vino. My 14:12 time was good for second place in my class, first went to a Yamaha RD125 who only beat me by 15 minutes!
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Old 04-20-2013, 06:09 AM   #95
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The Vino 125 is not the fastest 125 around, but it will get the job done, it is stone reliable, and build quality is excellent. I expect mine to easily top 50,000 miles (if I keep it that long). These scooters are an excellent buy on the used market if they have been taken care of. Parts will be available for a long time yet.
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Old 04-20-2013, 07:29 AM   #96
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I bought mine when they first came out (2002?2003?) and had it for about a year. But, as Jerry says, it wasn't up to steep grades and I live right in the middle of a mountain range.

One day I came out of the library and a shy, reclusive woman who I'd seen now and then was staring at it. "It's so beautiful," she said. Later I learned she had bought a new Vino and it was stationed in her living room. She hadn't yet ridden it. I couple of years ago I saw her (as I said, she was seldom seen) and asked how she liked riding it. "Oh, I've never ridden it," she said.

I'm going to see if she still has it. Maybe buy it. However, she might consider it an object of art and a permanent living room fixture and refuse to part with it.
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Old 04-20-2013, 10:25 PM   #97
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I bought mine when they first came out (2002?2003?) and had it for about a year. But, as Jerry says, it wasn't up to steep grades and I live right in the middle of a mountain range.

One day I came out of the library and a shy, reclusive woman who I'd seen now and then was staring at it. "It's so beautiful," she said. Later I learned she had bought a new Vino and it was stationed in her living room. She hadn't yet ridden it. I couple of years ago I saw her (as I said, she was seldom seen) and asked how she liked riding it. "Oh, I've never ridden it," she said.

I'm going to see if she still has it. Maybe buy it. However, she might consider it an object of art and a permanent living room fixture and refuse to part with it.

Strange. But I keep mine in what used to be my living room, along with my Zuma 125, Genuine Stella, and Puch moped. Since I live alone now, I didn't see any use for a living room anymore, so I converted it to my scooter room. My youngest daughter comes over once in a while, she has her own room, and does not care about the scooters in the living room. But I ride mine.
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Old 04-21-2013, 08:51 AM   #98
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Recently I learned (from a woman who knows her) that she's simply afraid. She had this fantasy of cruising along, wind in her hair, somehow freed of the daily grind, no cares, etc. But apparently the reality of actually getting on it and learning how to ride it terrified her. Also, she's never had a driver's license and never learned how to drive a car.
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Old 04-22-2013, 08:25 AM   #99
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Recently I learned (from a woman who knows her) that she's simply afraid. She had this fantasy of cruising along, wind in her hair, somehow freed of the daily grind, no cares, etc. But apparently the reality of actually getting on it and learning how to ride it terrified her. Also, she's never had a driver's license and never learned how to drive a car.
That's to bad, but it's never to late. My brother in law didn't get his drivers license until 48, 3 years ago. Now he drives all over the place, and doesn't have a single ticket or accident. And that's in a manual shift truck.
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Old 04-22-2013, 04:59 PM   #100
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Recently I learned (from a woman who knows her) that she's simply afraid. She had this fantasy of cruising along, wind in her hair, somehow freed of the daily grind, no cares, etc. But apparently the reality of actually getting on it and learning how to ride it terrified her. Also, she's never had a driver's license and never learned how to drive a car.
Maybe your chance to change someone's life?
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Old 04-22-2013, 05:36 PM   #101
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Good Karma if you offer to take her for a short ride around the neighborhood.
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Old 04-22-2013, 07:15 PM   #102
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I'll give it a shot.
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Old 04-22-2013, 11:16 PM   #103
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Old 04-24-2013, 08:08 AM   #104
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Update. Yesterday I saw her entering a thrift shop. She weighs about 90 lbs., looks to be in her fifties. She wore a faded house dress, sandals, and a huge straw hat. I parked my scooter and walked inside. "Hi," I said, "Remember me?" Obviously she didn't. "I'm the guy that had the red Yamaha Vino. I recall you were so impressed with it that you went right out and bought one."
"Oh, yes," she said, looking less suspicious.
"Do you still have it?"
"Oh, yes. I do still have it."
"Wonderful....Um, have you ever ridden it?"
"Oh, yes." (Obviously not the answer I expected).
"Great. Do you ride it a lot?"
"No. Just now and then."
"Would you consider selling it?"
"No. It's not for sale." She turned away and began examining dresses on a rack. End of a conversation she did not seem all that pleased to be having.

I guess if I'm going to change someone's life I'll have to look elsewhere.
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Old 04-24-2013, 11:34 AM   #105
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She's probably not really riding it, but selling it is clearly out of the question. Oh, well, keep saying hello when you see her out.
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