A different dealer suggested I test ride a used 2005 model Scarabeo 250 that only had 160km on the clock and I couldn't believe the difference, the 250 seemed to have way more acceleration off the mark than the 200.
I'd be going for the 250. Much more solid for touring and bigger rides. The 250cc Quasar engine is probably the most reliable bullet proof donk on the market. Down here they're clocking up 60,000/70,000ks and still going strong. As far as Dingos comments about "anything rubber like tyres, seals and gaskets would become very brittle and leak profusely" Im not so sure about the seals/gaskets/coolant pipes but I'd be running it past an independant scooter mechanic. Sure you'd probably have to replace the battery and tyres but so what. The factory tyres that come with most scooters/bikes are generally cheap and nasty. The fact that the 250 ran fine on the test ride proves that its working. The fact that your ass could tell the difference is also a good sign. Trust your ass! If I got the 250 I'd book it in for a service with a workshop thats not associated with the dealer. and get them to replace the oil, filters, coolant, etc etc. I assume that the condition of the scoots paintwork,seat/ chrome/ springs etc looks ok, no rust or corrosion?
As far as comparing a TGB with the Scarabo. The Scarabeo is miles ahead of a TGB IMO. I think for $4,250 the 250 could be a great deal. If it didnt work out you could pass it on without taking a big finiancial hit. Take the punt! If it works out you'll have a throughbred and not a plodder.
Daelim NS 125: Mighty 1st scoot from Korea that punched way above its weight. Sold
Vespa GTS 250: Modern Retro brilliance. I'll ride it til it dies.Traded in on a maxi.
Suzuki DR650: "That Thing" Excellent Single 650 thumper chook chaser that was too tall. Sold
Yamaha T Max: Best Maxi out there and serious canyon racer. Sold
Triumph Bonneville: Modern Retro brilliance with the sweetest parallel twin.
BMW F800R: The Naked Hun. Great intro into sports bikes.
Gilera Runner FXR 180: 2 stroke scooter missile from Piaggio.
Gilera Nexus 500. Sexy like red Italian stilettos.
Yamaha RZ250RR: Retro Japanese 2 stroke racer.