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It's just my opinion.
James listed four criterions - and I think it fails in all four areas:
- Do you think this scooter would be up to the job (I'd like to keep it for 4 years, so looking to get around 50,000km out of it) - if not, what would you suggest?
Yes it can do the job – but with a plate date of 2009, he would be looking at resale date of 2016/7 with 50,000km. Resale potential will be low on a model that isn’t available to Australia. I think the average buyer won’t be interested and will be shy to part with money for a scooter that by this stage hasnt been available here for years...
- What's your experience with reliability of this scooter?
If a model is no longer available to a country, then I think that there is a reason for this. To me, it means that we either don’t have the market, or we get better options here?
- Price in Melbourne is currently around $7,300 (I *think* it is on-the-road) - can anyone point me in the direction of a better deal?
The deal is better, but as I said earlier, he could get a 2012 plated Vespa GTS250ie for this price(aswell as all the other scooters / bikes people have listed).
- How often does it need servicing / what do services cost?
Local issues, sourcing local parts will become problematic as the years progress with this scooter. Yes the dealer can import this and that, but who wants to sit around waiting for something to get shipped in every time something needs to be serviced. He is planning on doing 50,000kms – servicing will be necessary.
I am the first to acknowledge my bias – but I wouldn’t consider this bike a “steal”.
At the end of the day James – I think you will find the scooter that works best for you. I think spending a few extra dollars today will be worth it in the years to come