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Old 06-17-2014, 09:39 AM   #256
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FWIW, Old as Dirt (aka Doug) had the fastest raw time in the cannonball. He also rode a Sports City but he's a much better rider in the twisties than I am. However, mine has a higher top end by about 4mph which helped me on the flats. We are still waiting for the last few days of raw scores to be posted but as of Day 7 I had the 8th fastest raw time despite my still being a bit skittish on dirt and twisties.
More proof of what a great scooter the Sport City is. Too bad they no longer sell it here. Europe still gets it as a 300.
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Old 06-17-2014, 09:44 AM   #257
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More proof of what a great scooter the Sport City is. Too bad they no longer sell it here. Europe still gets it as a 300.
It's outsold by the BV300 like 10:1 or 15:1, the price is too high (or rather
too close), so, yeah, you can rarely see them on the streets here (it's almost
$6k here).
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Old 06-17-2014, 10:20 AM   #258
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It's outsold by the BV300 like 10:1 or 15:1, the price is too high (or rather
too close), so, yeah, you can rarely see them on the streets here (it's almost
$6k here).
I can't think of another 250cc scooter or motorcycle, at least here in the U S that has triple disc brakes. The problem is that most people who buy scooters here aren't interested in sporty. I guess the same thing goes over there.
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Old 06-17-2014, 10:48 AM   #259
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They don't make them any more but they have tripple disc brakes. Kymco 250S.

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Old 06-17-2014, 11:47 AM   #260
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They don't make them any more but they have tripple disc brakes. Kymco 250S.

Forgot about that one.
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Old 06-17-2014, 12:32 PM   #261
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I can't think of another 250cc scooter or motorcycle, at least here in the U S that has triple disc brakes. The problem is that most people who buy scooters here aren't interested in sporty. I guess the same thing goes over there.
The single disc brake on the BV300/350 works better then not only the dual
setup on the SC250/300 but is also better then the brakes I had on my
Kawasaki Ninja 650R.

It's like trying to determine which camera is better by looking at how many
megapixels it's got.

Same goes for the single front brake on the Honda NC700X (which has the
job of stopping a very heavy bike), and one of the best braking bikes I tried
was the Duke 690, another one with a single disc.

Triple rotors are marketing BS on bikes that go 80mph tops and weight
this little.

Also, the BV300 doesn't handle any worse (less sporty) then the SC, it's
handling is actually one of the very few things that I like about the new BV300.

It sure flexes less around corners then my Ninja did.
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Old 07-02-2014, 01:33 PM   #262
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Replaced my rear tire again.

Dunlop 404 with 2700 miles on it:



Metzler ME880 140/80-15



It felt fine on the 14 mile ride home. I'll be heading for the mountains this weekend and have a chance to see how it handles.
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Old 07-02-2014, 02:41 PM   #263
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Switch to Aprilia Sportcity 250

I owned
1) Burgman 650 (Too Big/Heavy - for me)
2) Zuma 125 (Too Small/Slow - for me)

So, I sold both and bought

3) Aprilia Sportcity 250 (Just right)
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Old 07-08-2014, 10:01 AM   #264
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Rode about 280 miles of twisty roads this weekend on the new ME880. The ME880 rear and City Grip front combo worked great. I think I have finally found a combo that I will stick with.
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Old 11-04-2014, 12:42 PM   #265
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I now have over 1800 miles on the rear Metzler ME880. It shows very little sign of wear. I'm still liking the City Grip Front / ME880 rear combo. Still no new problems with this scooter. I will be doing a belt/roller/sliding block change and valve adjustment in the next 1000 miles or so. Still haven't decided whether to stick with the stock rollers or go with sliders.

I have noticed that I get worse gas mileage in cold weather, sometimes as low as 60 MPG. In warm or hot weather running at reasonable speeds I still get 70+
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Old 11-04-2014, 02:57 PM   #266
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I'm probably not the only one who has little (or really no) experience in comparing tires.

Could you explain what there is about these tires that works for you? Also why the different brand front and rear?

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Old 11-04-2014, 03:42 PM   #267
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Old 11-05-2014, 11:23 AM   #268
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Old 11-05-2014, 01:57 PM   #269
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I'm probably not the only one who has little (or really no) experience in comparing tires.

Could you explain what there is about these tires that works for you? Also why the different brand front and rear?

TIA

David
The issue with the Sport City is it has an unusual size rear tire. There are very few options in the stock size. There are a few more options by going to a slightly larger motorcycle tire. I tried a few 130/90-15 cruiser tires on the rear. They worked OK but didn't last all that long. I went with the ME880 to try to get better mileage.

There are plenty of choices in front tires but very few with a matching rear tire. I went with a City Grip on the front because of reading many positive reviews.

So I have a Michelin City Grip up front and Metzler ME880 140/80-15 on the rear. The combination gives neutral and confidence inspiring handling and it appears that both tires will last a long time.

I could put a City Grip 140/60-15 on the rear but that would increase RPMs and decrease ground clearance and increase Speedo error. I'm happy with the combo I have and plan on sticking with it.
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Old 11-05-2014, 05:19 PM   #270
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I have the city grip front and rear, it is just as Klaviator describes with the rear: higher rpm and the speedo is more off and i think I lost some top end. Still, for me it is a good combo.
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