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Old 08-26-2013, 09:45 AM   #1
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Which scooter am I looking for?

I'd like a scooter to run to classes from my home. Would like the lightest rig possible that has good storage for some big books and my lunch. Needs to haul my 175 lb self plus 20 lbs of books around at least 40 mph. Never had a scooter before but I'm wanting to give on a go. Tired of big bikes that can hold everything but are a beast to get around. Want something I can lock my stuff in, twist the throttle and go! Where should I start looking.
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Old 08-26-2013, 09:51 AM   #2
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Depends on your budget. Find a used Genuine Buddy 125, and that will do everything on your list.
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Old 08-26-2013, 10:17 AM   #3
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i agree on looking at the Buddy line-up. they aren't the least expensive scooter for what they are (small, 10in wheeled, classic style scooter) but they are fun to ride, lightweight, sporty feeling, and have good under seat storage. find good deals on used ones, and lots of colors and accessories to choose from

honestly their are lots of good scooters around but as a rider you know ergonomics play a role as well as preference and price. so we can only suggest. however it does sound as if storage is a priority and therefore some scooters will be out of the question unless you want to be tied to a top box or other means of accessory storage. which you may not mind? but even if not, why not have more?

i like my Kymco Agility 125 on the value scooter end of things. its a bigger small scooter so to speak, and has plenty of storage under seat. the recently released Lance PCH 125 is similar and also under two grand. very practical

the Honda Elite 110 is gone but can be found used at good prices. fuel injected, liquid cooled, lots of on board storage under the seat. i think the pricier, big wheeled PCX also offers ample space under seat

a used (or new) Piaggio Fly 150 is also a good choice. used good deals are to be found, new expect upwards of $3600ish OTD as the new model was just released. these pricier models, including the Buddy 170, all have fuel injection. lower cost scooters such as the Agility, PCH, and Buddy 125 soldier on with carbs. but again at $2800 the Buddy is not exactly under $2000 like the others

those are just a few picks. check 'em out on youtube. some pretty good looks there

their are scooters with big wheels, scooters with small, budget and otherwise. i am sure others will be along with more suggestions, but it sounds to me like you want as small and lightweight as possible that will still suit your needs. like many scooter riders want. so those scooters up above fit that bill nicely

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Old 08-26-2013, 10:24 AM   #4
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Needs to haul my 175 lb self plus 20 lbs of books around at least 40 mph.
A flat floorboard offers the most utility . . Lance PCH 150.
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Old 08-26-2013, 10:30 AM   #5
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hmm....i see the PCH has gotten a 150cc and a $300 price bump. after seeing the scooter up close and sitting on it, all other things being equal, imo its well worth it

i wonder what that 150 will do, top end? i wonder if its peppier? i like this scooter
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Old 08-26-2013, 10:38 AM   #6
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Since you are in Iowa, I'm assuming minimal hills? I'd agree on the Buddy 125 being excellent ( I've got one as a commuter ), but even a de-restricted Buddy 50 or an older ( pre-2012? ) 2-stroke Yamaha Zuma 50 should cover what you want, and may be cheaper.
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Old 08-26-2013, 11:04 AM   #7
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There is a 2009 buddy 125 on CL for 1800 I'd like to go look at. It has a top box too.
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Old 08-26-2013, 11:22 AM   #8
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A buddy 125/150 would be a good choice. So would a Kymco Agility 125, Super 8 150 or People 150. I would also consider a Yamaha Vino 125, Zuma 125, or Honda PCX 125 if the price is right.
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Old 08-26-2013, 12:44 PM   #9
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2006 Buddy 125 has been the workhorse daily commuter for my 20 year old for the last 5 years until earlier this year. Now it is going to do the same duty for my 15 year old when he gets his m/c license in a month. The 20 year old moved "up" to the Sports City 250 since he now has a freeway commute for university.

Buddy has sustained speeds in the low to mid 60s with a 220lb person on it (not my son but on a group ride) and topcase with who knows what in it. I do recommend the Pima or other windshield to make it more comfortable in the rain. As my son said "raindrops" hurt on the chest at 50mph but that's a personal choice.
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Old 08-26-2013, 05:29 PM   #10
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Going to look at the 09 buddy 125 tomorrow. Is 1800 a good price for one with a windshield and matching topbox, sport seat and front and rear racks? Anything I should look out for? He says adult owned, hes the only owner and he belongs to a scooter club so I'm hoping for a clean maintained scoot.
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Old 08-26-2013, 07:37 PM   #11
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You might look at a used SYM HD200. Plenty of pep and well-made. I got a used 2012 for $2100. Older models would be less.
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Old 08-26-2013, 08:29 PM   #12
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Going to look at the 09 buddy 125 tomorrow. Is 1800 a good price for one with a windshield and matching topbox, sport seat and front and rear racks? Anything I should look out for? He says adult owned, hes the only owner and he belongs to a scooter club so I'm hoping for a clean maintained scoot.
do you have a link to an ad or photos? mileage may matter but on a well maintained scooter not as much. the 125's on Buddy's are known to go 30,000-40,000 miles without issue. at least major engine issues

the accessory package is nice, the "sport seat" might be the solo seat from the Buddy Blackjack or the low profile seat for the Buddy Psycho. either way if you don't like it a couple others including the stock seat are available new and used

if maintained i don't know of anything to "look out" for? again mileage does matter however, as at certain intervals things need to be replaced on scooters just like 'cycles. so maybe you can find out and share the mileage info? then we can say "has this been done yet or that been done yet," etc

otherwise basic general inspection, visual and touch. condition of tires, paint, trim, etc. and get a feel for the owner, as well

do you know about the Modern Buddy website? here you go

http://www.modernbuddy.com/forum/index.html
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Old 08-26-2013, 08:39 PM   #13
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ah...i found it

http://desmoines.craigslist.org/mcy/3992610908.html

that is the solo seat from the Blackjack. i like the looks of the scooter but would be interested in knowing how its been "modified to go faster"

that part, depending on what it is, i don't like so much
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Old 08-26-2013, 08:51 PM   #14
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Can you give me some things that he could have modified that would be bad? Or is there some things that a buddy owners do as performance mods? Taking cash tomorrow, little nervous about the mods now.
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Old 08-26-2013, 08:55 PM   #15
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this is interesting as it could be a deal because the owner has no idea what it is or how to sell it. you could inquire EXACT model as "Kimco (Honda)" does not cut it!!

http://desmoines.craigslist.org/mcy/3967405836.html

much sought after scoot but i know nothing about 'em. supposed to be good, maybe someone will comment?

http://desmoines.craigslist.org/mcy/4007452210.html

this sounds good. offer $1500. BUT it has been modded. was it done right? comes with the stock parts but idk if YOU work on bikes?

http://desmoines.craigslist.org/mcy/3943121704.html
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