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    Default Buying a scooter.....advice

    I'm looking for a good quality scooter 200 or 220cc. I've driven a few of the cheap Chinese 125cc and 150cc, and they were ok but i would not really buy one - didn't like the quality.
    I once nearly purchased a PGO, and the quality seemed a lot better and they came in 200cc.
    But i cant seem to find a dealer who suplies them anymore. Kawasaki used to import them but apparently no longer.
    Anyone had experience with scooters and can share some advice.
    BTW, I'm not interested in buying a Vespa for R150k.

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    PGO no longer in SA. My kid has the 110 which as I write, he's busy refurbishing to sell as he's bought a DT.

    He and his mates are all at the scooter age and have various makes. All I can say is buy Japanese. You'll cry if you you don't.

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    I can only vouch for the Kymco brand.

    I bought a Kymco B&W 125cc in South Africa.

    Drove it every day between Pringle Bay and Somerset West to work and back.

    Was an awesome bike.

    So awesome, I bought another one here in Kangarooville, but it was 250cc because I tipped the scale at 120kg. Dikgat gewees.

    The 250cc is perfect. Pulls away faster than most cars at traffic lights. Very light on fuel. Parts readily available online too.

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    Default Re: Buying a scooter.....advice

    Maybe talk to Neon Deon

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    Default Re: Buying a scooter.....advice

    Bavarian BMW in Centurion deals in scooters too. Have a look there.
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    Default Re: Buying a scooter.....advice

    There is a Yamaha Tri-city at webuycars Silver Lakes. Looks like a fun means of tranesport.

    I have seen Vespa's at both Silver Lakes and Midstream for not to much money.
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    Honda make a very nice scooter.It all depends on price i suppose

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    Default Re: Buying a scooter.....advice

    Sym scooters, fully automatic, becoming very popular and decent prices. 200cc R26K brand new, incl licence and on road fees.
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    Default Re: Buying a scooter.....advice

    Yamaha BWS - the older gen 2 stroke version.
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    Default Re: Buying a scooter.....advice

    Budget is about 20k
    I'd like a 200cc.

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    Default Re: Buying a scooter.....advice

    Quote Originally Posted by Shade View Post
    Sym scooters, fully automatic, becoming very popular and decent prices. 200cc R26K brand new, incl licence and on road fees.
    Yip, can't go wrong with a SYM
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    Default Re: Buying a scooter.....advice

    Tough call I think.

    No Chinese, 200cc and R20k.

    I guessing you can have two of the three.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ferty View Post
    Yamaha BWS - the older gen 2 stroke version.

    +1 for the BWS, had one 20 years back, they are awesome machines and nippy.

    Do you still get them
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    Quote Originally Posted by jdjoubert View Post
    I can only vouch for the Kymco brand.

    I bought a Kymco B&W 125cc in South Africa.

    Drove it every day between Pringle Bay and Somerset West to work and back.

    Was an awesome bike.

    So awesome, I bought another one here in Kangarooville, but it was 250cc because I tipped the scale at 120kg. Dikgat gewees.

    The 250cc is perfect. Pulls away faster than most cars at traffic lights. Very light on fuel. Parts readily available online too.


    We have a few Kymco quads 500cc's and 300cc's since 2007 which we used for rentals. These took an absolute hammering over the years and proved bullet proof. No mechanical or electrical problems and no problem with spares (plastics and mirrors which take the brunt of the abuse)

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    Default Re: Buying a scooter.....advice

    Quote Originally Posted by Ooba View Post
    +1 for the BWS, had one 20 years back, they are awesome machines and nippy.

    Do you still get them
    Not sure if they are still available new, but post 2012/3 they moved to a 125cc 4 stroke engine.

    If they are still on the market, expect to pay a premium. Yamaha pricing has shot up since being taken over by Bidvest.
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    Default Re: Buying a scooter.....advice

    Quote Originally Posted by spicydave View Post
    Yip, can't go wrong with a SYM
    Iíve got a Sym Crox 125, great little scoot but if you are looking to be able to sustain speeds of over 80kmh then you need to go bigger.

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    Default Re: Buying a scooter.....advice

    I've got a Yamaha Mio, 115cc. Works perfectly for work and back...on weekends its XaaaaaaR!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ejay View Post
    We have a few Kymco quads 500cc's and 300cc's since 2007 which we used for rentals. These took an absolute hammering over the years and proved bullet proof. No mechanical or electrical problems and no problem with spares (plastics and mirrors which take the brunt of the abuse)
    I cant remember the exact story, but Kymco and Honda somehow have a relationship.

    Iíll look for the info.

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    KYMCO
    The company was founded in 1963 after splitting from Honda. KYMCO originally made parts for Honda. The company built its first complete scooter in 1970 and began marketing under the "KYMCO" brand name in 1992. In the 2000s, Kymco became the largest scooter manufacturer in Taiwan, and the fifth largest scooter manufacturer worldwide.[1] In early 2008, KYMCO was chosen by BMW to supply the engines for their G450 X Enduro bike.[2] The optional range extender in the BMW i3 is also supplied by Kymco.[3] In late 2013, Kawasaki announced that their new J300 scooter is manufactured in partnership with Kymco. It is based on a Kymco Downtown 300i.[4]

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    Default Re: Buying a scooter.....advice

    I think Id also go for a Yamaha BWS, even though it will have to be a used one. Used to have one in my younger days, awesome little thing.
    And theres some cool mods you can do to them as well
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    Quote Originally Posted by WayneMan View Post
    I'm looking for a good quality scooter 200 or 220cc. I've driven a few of the cheap Chinese 125cc and 150cc, and they were ok but i would not really buy one - didn't like the quality.I once nearly purchased a PGO, and the quality seemed a lot better and they came in 200cc.But i cant seem to find a dealer who suplies them anymore. Kawasaki used to import them but apparently no longer.Anyone had experience with scooters and can share some advice.BTW, I'm not interested in buying a Vespa for R150k.
    It genuinely depends on the application and your weight.I've owned both a 170cc and a 300cc. Chalk and cheese as tyre size alone gave such a different ride experience. 13" vs 16" wheels. I've punted Chinese because not many people actually put a lot of mileage on their scoots, so for what it's worth, I've bought Chinese. I don't care about resale value as the savings justify it.SYM is also a good consideration, unless you go with your BMW/SUZUKI/YAMAHA.

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