I find out that for the price of a 250cc scooter you can get a 650cc single cylinder thumper dual road dirt bike that can do 150k/h and has a life expectancy of over 100,000ks.
Well yes you can. You need a ladder to climb up though and the seat is not built for comfort. Fuel economy goes out the window on scoots and bikes when they get over 400cc
I want something 300 - 400cc and there aint much in this range. Strange choices I'm considering are 250 Virago or DRZ400E or S or SM. I figure the virago can go on a dirt road when push comes to shove. The DRZ400 would be a blast dirt or bitumen and a bit more fuel. Both are proven engines. I've been looking a lot. Damned if I will ride a bike and get car fuel use so no biggies for me. I even considered an old Honda XL350 (that would make a good super motard)
Ooops this is a scooter forum I don't want to get ex-communicated. As I said I would like to find a scoot for the job but many turn into whales over 125cc. But there are a couple of lightweight big wheel 300cc scoots. I would have to add a short screen and lower the seat for cruising comfort and economy