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Is it time to get a scooter

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    Is it time to get a scooter

    Now that I'm old, waay overweight, and limited range of motion... hard time even throwing my leg over my K-Pipe, haven't ridden my V-Strom in a couple years. fwiw, the K-Pipe is the same 33" seat height as my V-strom, just narrower.

    I've started thinking about something step thru, maybe a used Burgman 650, or a new Kymco AK550 (msrp $9899, looking at prices of used Burgmans, I am getting close to the new Kymco, and I have an "in" with the dealer, or a new Burgman 400 ? (mrsp $8499)

    Kymco is a twin, Burgman is a thumper, both eFI liquid cooled and ABS, 15 year old Burgman 650s are going for $5k+

    AK550


    Burgman 650

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    Re: Is it time to get a scooter

    Think i'd go Kymco out of those 2. Have you sat on / ridden one? seat may be lower, but that center is no Vespa flat floor, and they can be awkwardly wide to step "thru" if you mobility is limited.

    And because NESR, you should get one of these:
    https://boston.craigslist.org/gbs/mc...507032044.html

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    Re: Is it time to get a scooter

    Quote Originally Posted by FriskyDingo View Post
    Think i'd go Kymco out of those 2. Have you sat on / ridden one? seat may be lower, but that center is no Vespa flat floor, and they can be awkwardly wide to step "thru" if you mobility is limited.

    And because NESR, you should get one of these:
    https://boston.craigslist.org/gbs/mc...507032044.html
    no, they don't have any at Rochester Motorsports, but do have one at their sister dealership in Hampton Falls (an AK550) I lean toward The Kymco, it would be my 3rd Kymco, I've had good luck with them.

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    Re: Is it time to get a scooter

    Dude that top one is the dopest scoot I’ve seen, akra?!?

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    Re: Is it time to get a scooter

    Without knowing your situation, anyway to lose some lbs and/or improve range of motion through PT or something similar?

    I've always liked those BMW's that was posted above and have seem some people move quickly on them. Although, that AK550 looks badass (for a scooter)!

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    Re: Is it time to get a scooter

    Quote Originally Posted by OneCheekRider View Post
    Without knowing your situation, anyway to lose some lbs and/or improve range of motion through PT or something similar?

    I've always liked those BMW's that was posted above and have seem some people move quickly on them. Although, that AK550 looks badass (for a scooter)!
    PT has helped some, but insurance only pays so much/year. trying too loose weight, I only weigh 5lbs more that I did a year ago, after gaining 30, my neurologist had me cut back on one of my meds, it has helped some

    good reviews from AK550 owners on the Kymco Forum, a few minor issues, but I think most of em arose from dealer assembly fasteners loosening

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    Re: Is it time to get a scooter

    Randy, don’t let OneCheek body shame you. You look killer in those suspenders buddy!!

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    Re: Is it time to get a scooter

    no body shaming here (at least not intentionally). Just curious if there is more that could be done to enjoy the bikes he currently owns and presumably enjoys.

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    Re: Is it time to get a scooter

    Quote Originally Posted by OneCheekRider View Post
    no body shaming here (at least not intentionally). Just curious if there is more that could be done to enjoy the bikes he currently owns and presumably enjoys.
    I'm doing a little better getting my leg over my K-Pipe, it's a little taller than it's competitors, the Grom & K125 both have 12" wheels, and the K-Pipe has 17" wheels

    I was doing real good, when I was off my seizure meds, loosing weight, but then my seizures came back, I didn't ride or drive for 3 years till that was under control, and of course I gained all my weight back

    fwiw, I never was epileptic, till I had Lyme, a permeant side effect, sucks

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    Re: Is it time to get a scooter

    A friend has both a Burgman 400 and an older Kymco (not sure the model) --anyway, I've ridden both, really enjoyed the Kymco, the Burgman not so much.

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    Re: Is it time to get a scooter

    I am now the proud owner of a 2022 Kymco AK550

    all I can say, is WOW, everything is keyless. It is WIDE, still a stretch for throwing my leg over, I'm gonna hafta read the owners manual. Salesman had to get a tech to show us how to start it, open the fuel compartment, and the whale belly under the seat. I bought it at the Hampton Falls location.to be delivered to Rochester in the morning, that way Anne doesn't freak out in Rt 1 traffic when she drops me off to ride it home

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    Re: Is it time to get a scooter

    Quote Originally Posted by RandyO View Post
    I am now the proud owner of a 2022 Kymco AK550

    all I can say, is WOW, everything is keyless. It is WIDE, still a stretch for throwing my leg over, I'm gonna hafta read the owners manual. Salesman had to get a tech to show us how to start it, open the fuel compartment, and the whale belly under the seat. I bought it at the Hampton Falls location.to be delivered to Rochester in the morning, that way Anne doesn't freak out in Rt 1 traffic when she drops me off to ride it home
    Congrats man!

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    Re: Is it time to get a scooter

    Very nice, congrats!! what color?

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    plain jane semi-gloss blue, they have one in gold, but arrived damaged in crate, waiting for replacement parts from Kymco

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    Re: Is it time to get a scooter

    Quote Originally Posted by FriskyDingo View Post
    Think i'd go Kymco out of those 2. Have you sat on / ridden one? seat may be lower, but that center is no Vespa flat floor, and they can be awkwardly wide to step "thru" if you mobility is limited.

    And because NESR, you should get one of these:///
    There are turbo ‘busa scooters?

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    Re: Is it time to get a scooter

    I gotta get used to no clutch, You know, like the first time you drove an automatic car with no clutch and slammed the brake like a clutch, and promptly banged yer head into the windshield, well same thing here, that lever on the left side is a brake and not a clutch

    power....the CVT takes care of anything it might lack, gets to 160 kph with ease, how much mor I don't know

    now it's time for me to read the manual so I can figure out how to switch the gauges from metric

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    Re: Is it time to get a scooter

    Put about a hundred miles on it today, got rid of any chicken strips. I think the AK550 will be better on gas than my K-Pipe

    Is it time to get a scooter-img_1695-jpgIs it time to get a scooter-ak550-jpg

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    Re: Is it time to get a scooter

    Sounds like we just missed you at Farmer Nate's Saturday. Nate thought we were meeting you there - that's how soon we pulled in after you left. If you stopped by our house after Nate's, we were most likely already sitting on his porch while you were on our road.

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    Re: Is it time to get a scooter

    Quote Originally Posted by Stoneman View Post
    Sounds like we just missed you at Farmer Nate's Saturday. Nate thought we were meeting you there - that's how soon we pulled in after you left. If you stopped by our house after Nate's, we were most likely already sitting on his porch while you were on our road.
    I was thinking of stopping, but no, I didn't

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    Re: Is it time to get a scooter

    A rolling stone gathers no moss!

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    Re: Is it time to get a scooter

    Are you riding it up Mt. Washington next time we go???

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    Re: Is it time to get a scooter

    Quote Originally Posted by Stoneman View Post
    Are you riding it up Mt. Washington next time we go???
    maybe, anytime soon ?

    cost me $260 to register it, most I've ever paid for registration, town clerk said, be glad you didn't buy a new harley

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    Re: Is it time to get a scooter

    off topic...old article but maybe kymco can get this done...and add a removable battery pack for charging....

    https://electrek.co/2020/11/26/kymco...-transmission/

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    Re: Is it time to get a scooter

    Quote Originally Posted by RandyO View Post
    maybe, anytime soon ?

    cost me $260 to register it, most I've ever paid for registration, town clerk said, be glad you didn't buy a new harley
    I can vouch for that. Mine was a couple years old when I bought it and my eyes damn near jumped out of my head!

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    Re: Is it time to get a scooter

    I actually feel more comfortable at lean angles than I ever have on my V-strom, or SV650, maybe low center of gravity, maybe 50-50 f/r weight balance, maybe both

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