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Old July 19th, 2008, 01:06 PM
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Well the idea of getting back into travel hasn't worked out probably because people aren't traveling they can't afford it. So I decided to go into casino dealing hopeing I can make a good living doing that. However Biloxi is about 65 miles from here so to combat that I am looking to get a scooter but have no idea what is out there and how much they cost. So if anybody can help me out that would be appreciated, also if anybody works as a dealer in Biloxi knows about what they make that would help too.
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Old July 19th, 2008, 01:17 PM
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And I don't plan on it.

I don't own any vehicles. I either walk, hitch rides, take public transportation, or rent a car.
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I drive only when I need to, and I think we will all get used to today's fuel prices. Also, if we all cut back on our driving the prices of gas will come down.

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PS I'm a bit too old to get a scooter
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you can look these guys over, i would consider these products disposable

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Two days ago my neighbor stopped by. He was riding his Honda scooter. He is now using it, instead of his car or SUV, for runs to town. He also has a Harley and a Victory but he can't carry groceries on those. The Honda has a nice little basket on it. I don't blame him.

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Last night we were out for a walk in a local nature park, and this very quiet little scooter came down the path. It was one of those ones that have pedals as well as a silent motor, and it was ridden by a very old Sikh gentleman, complete with turban and long robes, and he was smiling from ear to ear!
I guess you're never "too old" for a scooter!

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I have been looking around for a scooter/moped to get around on. I went to a few websites but so far have not ventured out to any dealers. I do live on a very busy highway.I was thinking I could get anywhere I wanted to on the residential roads just by crossing the highway to the smaller less traveled roads instead of traveling on it. I would feel safer that way. I think it is worth looking into. Here where it is warm all the time it would be year round use. Saving more money than if I were still up north.

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Scooter, interesting idea. I would be a little concerned with the SUV's and trucks around here but I can see how that might work some places. I am not sure if I am cutting back on driving or just thinking about it more. Mike
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I recently bought a bicycle instead of a scooter.
Our city has a nice trail through out the area. It is paved so foldks could, inline skate, or bike. I can no get the exercise my doctor has been hassleling me about and go grocery for a few things. My haw time do change.
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I had a Honda scooter years ago. I enjoyed it and used it to get a burger or a local errand. Wouldn't take it on a highway though. Too small. I did enjoy it, but now I'm too far in the country for that option. Good luck though. Go Big Red!
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Ooooh! I don't think I would be very comfortable driving/riding a scooter 60 miles each way each day. Especially in bad weather. A car not seeing you or losing control in the rain. Oh my. I hope you reconsider.
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Well a good Honda scooter will cost you around $6,000 or so and at $4 a gallon, that's 1500 gallons of gas. You could drive what you have now a long way with 1500 gallons.
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Well the idea of getting back into travel hasn't worked out probably because people aren't traveling they can't afford it. So I decided to go into casino dealing hopeing I can make a good living doing that. However Biloxi is about 65 miles from here so to combat that I am looking to get a scooter but have no idea what is out there and how much they cost. So if anybody can help me out that would be appreciated, also if anybody works as a dealer in Biloxi knows about what they make that would help too.
If I may put in my unsolicited 2-cents-worth, scooter sales are way up and street motorcycle sales are down, so if you don't mind learning to operate a clutch [left hand] and shifter [left foot], you will probably get not only a better deal but better performance to mileage ratio. Also, take this from one who has the scars to prove it, a motorcycle is more stable and safer than a scooter. I know it doesn't look that way, but every scar I have from my 50+ years of riding I got while riding scooters. One tow-wheel safety expert described a Vespa as "...a pogo stick on a caster wheel...", and said it responded to rider inputs like an exposed nerve.
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We had a scooter before the DXH took it. We would take it camping and ride around the camp grounds with it, and to town. A honda or yamaha cost around $1,800. or so, but I couldn't imagine riding 60 miles a day or more. Some of my family still has scooters, there great for slow rides, but I wouldn't get on any busy roads. They only go about 40mph.
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A photographer at the local paper just got one. I don't remember the brand but he ordered it on the internet from California and delivery, all taxes and the cost of the machine totaled less than either 1,800 or 2,800 (I know that a huge gap but I forget which figure. Recalling that I wondered how cheaply it cost, it may have well been the 1,800). Anyway, he loves it, says he gets around 80mpg (he says it's supposed to get around 100mpg but doesn't because of the hills in East Tennessee). He absolutely loves it. BTW, this man is about sixty.

Safety? I wouldn't go there with a ten foot pole. When I was young I too rode a Vespa that was given to me....for about two days until my wife made me get rid of it.

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Todd,

Lifan is the brand you refer to. They are Chinese and cheap. I have been looking at them too. They ship them to you in a box. You can get a 200 CC street legal motor cycle for $1500 brand new that gets close to 100 MPG. I am going to get one and cut my driving in half between it and my Honda Element. I am also looking for an old Honda motorcylce. Have seen some vintage 70 models on Ebay.
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As I was driving the other day, I saw a few scooters for sale outside a house, some in need of major help..but a fun job for someone into that.

Hubby and son, both have motorcycles they use, to save on gas.

One Christmas, the store I used to work in, [a ladies fun boutique] we had 2 Vespars in the window..one was snow white, and the other pale blue...this was just when they made a big come back..let me tell you, they stoped traffic!
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Well a good Honda scooter will cost you around $6,000 or so and at $4 a gallon, that's 1500 gallons of gas. You could drive what you have now a long way with 1500 gallons.
Bob is right, if you are thinking about a new Silver Wing. I have a 110cc Cub type bike [four speed with automatic clutch and 17-inch wheels for stability], and it averages 110mpg with a top speed around 60, but is not legal on the interstate. Interstate traffic at rush hour moves about as fast as a MoPed, so go figure. I paid $1,250 for it new three years ago.
Now, the smart move. A lot of people buy regular motorcycles just for an occasional Brando moment, and after fifteen years they will have about ten thousand miles on them. I bought a 20-year-old Yamaha 920 in 2003 [$1,500] that had 12k on it. It was fast as a hiccup and got 55mpg. My current 2001 Suzuki 800 weighs less, goes slower, and only gets 40. More evidence of our negative progress in engineering.
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