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Old 08-22-2013, 07:36 PM   #1
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Question your opinion on this? BMW scooters named "Best Scooters"

So named the BMW as its "Scooter of the year 2013". Not bad for the first year of production. Still...I would like to hear your opinions.
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Old 08-22-2013, 08:36 PM   #2
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Good to see my PCX was the runner-up for those of us who no longer have 6-figure salaries and who have been cut to 29.5 hours a week.
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Old 08-22-2013, 09:27 PM   #3
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I'm going to give them a couple of years and watch...I'm usually distrustful of first year production...
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Old 08-22-2013, 09:46 PM   #4
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i'm sure its a fine machine and owners love it or w/e. but its not the best scooter of any year in my very humble opinion

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Old 08-22-2013, 10:07 PM   #5
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Old 08-22-2013, 10:19 PM   #6
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For some reason I almost always read these "Best of..." articles as "best product by one of our advertisers..." ---so BMW and Honda will qualify, but do Kymco and Piaggio need even bother?
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Old 08-23-2013, 01:40 AM   #7
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What criteria were used to choose the best? sales, mpg, value for money?
or is it "What we think is best"

The BMW may be best according to them but how many of those were sold? I know the PCX was and is a hit because of many factors including, but not limited to, units sold.
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Old 08-23-2013, 03:47 AM   #8
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Best Scooter

What one of us, or even 50 of us, on this forum think of this "Best Scooter" statement is absolutely meaningless unless "best" is taken in context with what the individual user wants.

In the USA Yamaha have made no significant effort to market the T-Max and so the Burgman and S-Wing are the most popular maxi-scooters. It does not make the Burgman/ S-Wing better then the T-Max - just different.
In Italy, the largest scooter Market in Europe, the T-Max is very popular (#4 of all >125cc machines based on sales from January-July 2013) and the Burgman, S-Wing and BMW scooters do not make the top 20.
Yamaha sold 3,500 T-Max's in Italy in that time period. Would anyone like to find out how many scooters BMW sold in the whole world in that time?

If someone wanted to give me scooter, I would choose the C650GT - but it lacks the agility and fuel economy of my Honda SH300i and the touring ability of my 1200RT.
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Old 08-23-2013, 05:25 AM   #9
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Old 08-23-2013, 06:39 AM   #10
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The BMW price point is so high I can not consider it best in any category except "Most Expensive."
I'm sure it is a dream to ride, it just costs too much. Let's remember, it's a scooter.
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Old 08-23-2013, 06:49 AM   #11
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I see BMW scooters have a $1000.00 rebate on them, that still makes them the highest price scooter out there. Burgman's at $10,999 are high, but Suzuki dealers will deal.

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Old 08-23-2013, 06:50 AM   #12
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Way to early to say.
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Old 08-23-2013, 07:49 AM   #13
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Usually these "best of" are just the newest model or the last to be updated. Look at all the car and truck commercials, it's the same thing.
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Old 08-23-2013, 08:13 AM   #14
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It's the writers' job to pique interest, get you involved in the article, so you will also look at the advertising. That's not to say that their pick is or isn't "the best."

From each person's perspective, the "best" is the one you plunk your hard earned dollars down on.

We've owned a bunch of luxo-tourers over the years, but that's not our interest these days... so, it wouldn't be "the best" for our situation.

Interesting to read about all the options, though.

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Old 08-23-2013, 11:21 AM   #15
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Also take into consideration that most motorcycle websites or magazines are dedicated motorcyclists and so gravitate towards the most "motorcycle like" products.
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