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SCOOTER OF 2010 NOMINATIONS

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  • 12-17-2010 04:05 PM

    • petegailey
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    SCOOTER OF 2010 NOMINATIONS

    Jeeze is it getting close to the end of the year already? I suppose its time then for nominations for best Scooter of 2010. What do you think were the stand out scooters on the roads this year? Put in your nominations and Allan and his elves will comply a short list for the big vote. Ive ridden a few this year and the standouts for me were the MP3 400, the Sportscity 300, the Honda PCX, the trusty Vespa GTS250ie which continues to amaze and of course my Tmax 500. OK so some of these scooters didnt come out this year and two are models that are being discontinued, but Im putting them in because of their sheer brilliance and relentless longevity.

    So what do you reckon deserves a nomination?


    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.
  • 12-17-2010 04:44 PM In reply to

    Re: SCOOTER OF 2010 NOMINATIONS

    I give my vote to the Honda PCX for practicality, capability, 'wow' factor of the looks, technology and of course the well known Honda quality.

    No I would never trade in my mighty Vespa GTS250ie to buy a PCX, or any other scooter for that matter, but that doesn't stop me drooling over the scoot.

    Wanda
    Today 50 (2,500km), Montego. Fly (2,500km), Le Grande (7,000km), Vespa PX (200km), Vespa GTS250ie (46,000km), now looking at the world through Ruby coloured glasses on a Vespa GTV300ie Vie Della Moda.
  • 12-17-2010 05:18 PM In reply to

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    sure the honda is well priced but i'd expect a lot more from honda

     

    i mean an a 2 valve engine is just plain ***!

    they went from a ripper @125 to that, why not make it a little dearer and have a decent donk in it, then i may have brought one

    after owning a whole pile of air cooled 2v's i'll never willingly buy another, even the fly/sc 125 imho is rubbish compared to the sym 4v engine of the same capacity sure the pcx is water cooled but it hasnt got the hp of any other water cooled scoot

     

    honestly i was all geared up to buy the pcx untill i read that it was a 2v engine and had less KW than my collection of flatscreens, had it have had the same power as the @125 i'd probably be riding one of these now instead of my awesome oil dripping vespa

  • 12-17-2010 05:34 PM In reply to

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    I think this has been a very slow and boring year as far as new models go. Vespa released some more combinations of the same bodies and the same engines, perhaps with some fancy body colours and saddle stitchings... one big yawn as far as I'm concerned. Honda's PCX would get a nod from me if instead of fairly pointless stop-go had something truly worthwhile llike ABS, and if it was priced to pass on the savings made by producing it in Thailand, rather than to reflect Honda's image of premium product - the image increasingly held only by Honda themselves.

    I would nominate Kymco Downtown 300i for bringing cool looks, useful features and ABS for (just) under A$ 8,000... and perhaps PGO X-Hot for zippy performance, top quality and unusual yet purposeful styling.

    And I would like to nominate Piaggio group as the turkey of the year for not bringing to our market the new restyled Beverly 300cc ... after peeling off the name badge, of course :)

     Edit: And let's not forget Sachs Australia who should get not just an 'award' but a visit from ACCC for trying to pass their Made In China crap for a German product.

  • 12-17-2010 07:32 PM In reply to

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     In a very boring year for new stuff the Honda PCX gets my vote . Lets hope 2011 is an exciting year for new scooters. Me thinks it will be for small capacity motorcycles

    Tha' can allus tell a Yorkshireman, but tha' can't tell 'im much
  • 12-17-2010 07:34 PM In reply to

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     If we are talking about scooters released or model upgrades this year, i would have to say;

    -Honda PCX for style & design points, if this is the direction honda is going to take to its scooter range i think ill need to make room in the garage.

    -Aprillia Scarabeo 500ie for almost having an engine size of it's cc name.  I don't like the look from front on of this scooter but i do like the idea of larger wheels and a bigger motor for longer day weekend trips

    Tin Toppers look but your the one living the dream

    Fly 125 traded at 4900km Honda SH300i 4000km Sold 2009 Vespa GTS250ie (Ivy) 28000km traded 2014 Vespa GTS250ie let the adventures continue.
  • 12-17-2010 08:34 PM In reply to

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     Zip

    Vespa PX150
    Polini 177
    Match ported
    Opened rotary pad
    Mip cut crank
    Sip 24si carb
    Cosa 22 primary upgear
    Polini exhaust
  • 12-17-2010 08:40 PM In reply to

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     Is that i don't want to say zip Zip it! or the Piaggio Zip Big Smile

    Tha' can allus tell a Yorkshireman, but tha' can't tell 'im much
  • 12-17-2010 08:49 PM In reply to

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     2t

    Vespa PX150
    Polini 177
    Match ported
    Opened rotary pad
    Mip cut crank
    Sip 24si carb
    Cosa 22 primary upgear
    Polini exhaust
  • 12-17-2010 09:26 PM In reply to

    • 15UZU
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    Re: SCOOTER OF 2010 NOMINATIONS

    ferrix:

    ...and perhaps PGO X-Hot for zippy performance, top quality and unusual yet purposeful styling.

    I'll put a vote in here too for the X-hot (yes I am biased Stick out tongue)

    4 valve closed loop EFI system. LED tail & indicators, versatile cargo netting system. Multi-function instrument cluster with built in performance meter. Large underseat storage for its size. Low CoG for excellant stability. Large scooter performance in a compact "fiddy" footprint.



    2010 PGO X-Hot 150cc - clocking up the kays
    2006 Vmoto Monza 50cc - to be rebuilt......I wonder if I can get this TMAX 500 engine in here??? o_O
    2005 Vmoto Monza 50cc - in the rebuild phase
    2002 Aprilia SR50 50cc - currently out on loan
  • 12-17-2010 10:15 PM In reply to

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    digitalscoot:

    -Aprillia Scarabeo 500ie for almost having an engine size of it's cc name.

    Downtown 300i is also almost exactly what it promises to be: its engine is 298cc. And yes, it gets a few brownie points from me for that too.

     

  • 12-17-2010 10:49 PM In reply to

    • dozer.
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    Re: SCOOTER OF 2010 NOMINATIONS

    2010 SOY vote from me is the Kymco Downtown. Only new scoot worth mentioning. The others were released prior to this year, and the PCX is nice, but not worth writing home about. Next year will be huuuuuge, and I'll be getting a b-bone to trick up.
    DOZER.
  • 12-17-2010 10:50 PM In reply to

    • 15UZU
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    Re: SCOOTER OF 2010 NOMINATIONS

    ferrix:

    Downtown 300i is also almost exactly what it promises to be: its engine is 298cc. And yes, it gets a few brownie points from me for that too.

    If you want to play that one, the X-hot is 149.53cc against advertised 150cc.....another plus! Wink

     



    2010 PGO X-Hot 150cc - clocking up the kays
    2006 Vmoto Monza 50cc - to be rebuilt......I wonder if I can get this TMAX 500 engine in here??? o_O
    2005 Vmoto Monza 50cc - in the rebuild phase
    2002 Aprilia SR50 50cc - currently out on loan
  • 12-17-2010 11:06 PM In reply to

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    andrewd:

    sure the honda is well priced but i'd expect a lot more from honda

    At the risk of repeating myself the only 125cc scooters more expensive than PCX are Vespas and Aprilia Mojito, so I wouldn't call it particularly well priced either.

     

     

  • 12-17-2010 11:54 PM In reply to

    • Dakoda
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    Re: SCOOTER OF 2010 NOMINATIONS

    dozer.:
    2010 SOY vote from me is the Kymco Downtown. Only new scoot worth mentioning. The others were released prior to this year, and the PCX is nice, but not worth writing home about. Next year will be huuuuuge, and I'll be getting a b-bone to trick up.
     

     

    There has been nothing released this year that has raised my interest.  (Apart from Beo 300, and the welcome back of the 500), if there had I would be on a new scoot, and not looking towards a motorbike.  I think you are right 2011 is going to be huge for scooters, witha  few new releases to come

    2008-Venice White Aprilia Scarabeo 200 "Marty"
    48,000kms and wriiten off. RIP 2008-2012
    2012 - 2009 Red Aprilia Scarabeo 200
    Named Bomber. 8,000kms in 5months
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