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NH Dave BS: Scooters (44) RE: BS: Scooters 13 Aug 06


Back in the late 50's and the 60's, Vespa made three models; the 125, which was also sold by Sears, the 150, and the GS or GT which had a 175cc displacement, and could be rode on most freeways/motorways. I rode the 150 when I was in college, and the 175 later when I was in the Air Force. This scooter was freeway legal, and I did commute to a local university to get additional schooling, but I wouldn't recommend this to another.   

My experience was that they were neat to tool around on, but became deadly in the rain, on in-street railway tracks, and on gravel roads. Their biggest fault and danger was the small diameter of the wheels. Being rather small, they could not develope any [enough] rotational stability, gyroscopic effect, to help keep the machine up. Additionally in most of the pot holes around here, the front wheel went down until the axle was below the surface of the road and then the scooter pole pitched, scattering the rider(s) and any lose bits along the road for another vehicle to finish off. This having been said, we did have a local professor who rode one in all seasons, although he conceded to winter's chill with a long greatcoat which he wore until it got warm again.

If you are looking for advice, I'd say go with a small motorcycle. The cost is about the same, and its larger diameter wheels make it a lot more stable at speed. And don't stint on the protective clothing. A helmet is essential no matter what you ride, as no one is issuing replacement heads or brains, when you damage your current one.

All the best,

Dave


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