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    Scooter Ownership Questions

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    I have given serious thought to buying a scooter for transportation. What are other peoples experiences with them?

    How much do they normally run? new&used
    Wheres the best place to buy them?
    How much is insurance?
    Do they require a lot of maintaince?

    Any help would be greatly appreaciated. Thanks!

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    Seen a few students owning them. Though generally I think most students need to keep their brains intact.

    The roads are not in the best condition with pot holes that could sink Godzilla (not to mention when it rains it floods), and the drivers here are even worse.
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    I bought one of the 50cc Big Max scooters from American scooters down the street from the airport Texaco gas station. I have been riding it since 1st semester. I am 4th now and haven't had any problems.
    Just add 2 cycle oil to the seperate oil tank about every 6th fill up or so and that's it as far as maintaining it. Get a shaftdriven one with large tires like the Big Max models. You can see what I mean if you go look at the line up of scooters out by the dorms. The larger tires really help. If you hit a pothole going 40mph with a tire the size of a ten speed then it's going to hurt.
    I payed $1200 new for it. They had 2 models in the 50cc class. One has an upgraded suspension with more shock travel. I wish I spend the extra $150 for that model now. I spend alot of time standing up going over bumps and what not.
    Mine goes 70km/hr. I guess that's about 40mph??? They have 100cc and 150cc scooter also but I don't think the price is worth it. Add $300+ more. They only advantage I see to them is going up some of the hills around here but the 50cc will do it fine. You may have to Fred Flintstone it on the extreme hills like the short cut over Cayhill.
    Naigo insurance or whatever it's called was so dirt cheap I can't even remember what I payed.
    Get a fullface helmet, leather gloves, and closed toed shoes at the min. and don't drive all crazy passing people and such and I see the only real risk is the rain. Lord; I hate the rain.

    For me the question was: A $1200 new scooter or a $1200 POS island car with no air that had it's last oil change maybe in the 90's. At least I know that the scooter is going to get me to school whenever I NEED to be there.
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    Interesting I checked with American Scooter about their scooters but I thought their prices where to high for a 50cc. Maybe they have a monolopy, I don't know. Check out this website and see what I mean.
    http://store.yahoo.com/1stopscooter/modibi.html
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    My advice is....Don't buy scooter on this island...
    their average life span is 4 months....unless, or course, you park at school everyday....
    even then..you run into the risk of riding in pouring rain every 3 days or so......
    So reconsider if you want a scooter......gl
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    re:

    I'm glad I beat the average life span. My scooter is fine. I love it. I also own a jeep that costs about $75 to fill up whereas the scooter is on average 6 bucks a week. If you don't go to the gym or anywhere else and just stay around school then it is even cheaper. I love having two vehicles. when it rains I drive the jeep and when it doesn't the scooter comes in handy. Like stated above, all you need to remember is to put in 2 cycle oil (for a 50cc) every 6 fillups or so. Thats all the maintenance I have done. also, there have been a lot of stolen scooters. Just don't be lazy and not lock it up. P.S. locking it up consists of tying it to some sort of fixed object and not just locking the tire.
    I just hate stupid people. They should have to wear signs that say I'm stupid. That way, you wouldn't rely on them would you. You wouldn't ask them anything. It'd be like, "excuse me...oops, nevermind, I didn't see your sign."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cultural Infidel
    I'm glad I beat the average life span. My scooter is fine. I love it. I also own a jeep that costs about $75 to fill up whereas the scooter is on average 6 bucks a week. If you don't go to the gym or anywhere else and just stay around school then it is even cheaper. I love having two vehicles. when it rains I drive the jeep and when it doesn't the scooter comes in handy. Like stated above, all you need to remember is to put in 2 cycle oil (for a 50cc) every 6 fillups or so. Thats all the maintenance I have done. also, there have been a lot of stolen scooters. Just don't be lazy and not lock it up. P.S. locking it up consists of tying it to some sort of fixed object and not just locking the tire.
    It is gas efficient and i MISS MINE!!!!! Well, guess what, locking up against something doesn't really help unless you are parked at school. I think that's about the only safe place. My was ripped off from tying up to a tree that's the size of a light pole.

    Keep up w/ your life span, hopefully your survives till you finish on the island....^^
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    Scooter...

    There is a scooter shop in Simpson Bay above the ECC phone office that sells cheap scooters ($900). The scooter place (American scooter) mentioned above is way too expensive (cheapest scooter they have is $1100) but they are better quality than the one in simpson bay.

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    motorcycle license is reqired for a scooter ( very stupid huh?) as per the antillian police. Too many of my friends have had them impounded so be careful please............

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    More scooter questions....

    I know this is an old thread but I have some more scooter questions....

    1) If I was to purchase a 50cc scooter in the US via ebay (some great deals there!) how much would it cost to ship it to sxm? Would it be possible to ship the bike inside a car by letting the seats down and shoving it in the back? (I know some shipping companies let you fill your car up with things before shipping)

    2) Is it true that I do not have to have a motorcycle license to operate a scooter on SXM, as long as the engine is 50cc or less?

    3) Having never owned or operated a scooter before, what is the maximum weight capacity for a 50cc scooter? (I am wondering if both my wife and I could ride together, if the weather and situation allowed?... our combined weight is around 290-300lbs)

    4) Is it possible to operate the scooter on SXM when it rains (comfort/safetywise)?


    Thanks!
    Slaol



    Oh, and here's a modified scooter I found online for areas with lots of rain!!!

    Last edited by Slaol; 02-29-2008 at 08:04 AM.
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