Buying a VESPA!

  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Nov 25, 2009 11:09 PM GMT
    Or a Motorbike (not sure why I didn't turn here earlier)...
    Red_Vespa! Help!

    Here are the candidates:

    http://phoenix.craigslist.org/nph/mcy/1479049615.html

    http://phoenix.craigslist.org/evl/mcy/1472870706.html

    http://phoenix.craigslist.org/evl/mcy/1452778702.html

    http://phoenix.craigslist.org/wvl/mcy/1476817393.html


    I'm leaning toward the motorbike at this point, on my way out the door to try them all out tonight.. I'll come back with reviews!

    Any sentiments, brands to stay away from? I've been reading reviews, but I'm sure the RJ braintrust has something to say.... (Dread getting my motorcycle license)

    Obviously I have a cost limit... this is just sorta something for fun, to get to school and mess around with.



  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Nov 26, 2009 3:50 AM GMT
    Well I wouldn't go with the Stormbrewer, just a motorized bicycle with no suspension, no lights at all (headlight, brake or turn signals) and ordinary bicycle brakes that will be taxed to stop it from 30 mph. And that engine, though small, is right near your legs and will get very hot, could burn you.

    There are tons of scooter brands arriving from India and Asia, I can't keep track of them all. But they are the least expensive, compared to Italian makes, the Vespa being the classic, but also the most expensive for its size.

    The main disadvantage for a true scooter is the small tire size, which makes it less stable, with less traction. The recent trend in scooters has been for larger wheels than the original Vespa design, blurring the line with small motorcycles, and I'd have to say for a beginner that bigger tires could be an important plus for you.

    In many states an engine below 49cc in size and 5 horsepower doesn't need to be registered, but larger ones do. Plus check your state for your own licensing requirements. Above a certain engine size, again often 49cc, you have to take a motorcycle driving test and carry an endorsement on your driver's license. Insurance may also be required, adding to your expenses.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Nov 26, 2009 4:16 AM GMT
    Red, you replying to this topic is so apropos it's close to mystical!
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Nov 26, 2009 4:57 AM GMT
    meninlove said Red, you replying to this topic is so apropos it's close to mystical!

    And munificent, too. But then the OP did write: "Red_Vespa! Help!" icon_biggrin.gif
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Nov 26, 2009 8:14 AM GMT
    I am getting the Lance Venice 150cc. I drove 45 minutes across town to test drive it today, the thing only has 100 miles on it, a title issue which can be fixd in 30 days, and a minor scratch (barely noticeable).

    But the main reason I am buying that one... The owner is unbelievably handsome and I wanna go back to do business with him. Ha. He's this all-american, 6'4", buff, rugged, boots n' cargo shorts kinda guy with a crooked smile... little older than myself. I might just "take a while to decide" and drive over there every day this week to test it out.