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PostSubject: scooter new at right price   scooter new at right price I_icon_minitimeWed Mar 16, 2016 8:14 pm

Probably due to dead maxi-scooter sales in US market Kymco has lowered price of Kymco GT300i by $500 and then military discount of another $500 good thru end of March.

Their stuff is good---BMW uses their engines as Dealim does in Korea using Kymco power train in their 250 scooter.

I like riding new machines,Kymco with 2 year warranty, Low price-----goofy looks, bigger wheels ok with me. Kymco has accessory windshield, that probably be cut for safe look over and tip of shield close to nose for buffet free ride.

300cc fine for me. I really don't need another scooter/bike at this time.....planning on another 20,000 miles with SilverWing, but?????
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PostSubject: Re: scooter new at right price   scooter new at right price I_icon_minitimeWed Mar 16, 2016 9:07 pm

John,

Looks like a nice scoot and it has 28 hp so it will be plenty of power for the interstate doing the speed limit. I know my Honda Reflex (250cc) only had 20 hp and could only get a top speed of about 72 mph actual. Have you checked out the the Kymco Downtown 300? They have a few more hp and would have more weather protection. Kymco is good stuff though and I almost bought a Exciting 500 once but then found out the dealer was closing.
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PostSubject: Re: scooter new at right price   scooter new at right price I_icon_minitimeThu Mar 17, 2016 12:07 am

I can't fault Kymco engines, there's one in my BMW 650GT that's running like a clock. The power to weight ratio of the Kymco is about the same as my BMW 650GT at 20 hp/lb so performance ought to be pretty good.
I'd prefer a bit more weather protection especially a real windshield. You're going to need some good rain gear too. I do think that machine would be better than mine in town with its lighter weight.
I like my scooter for it's cargo space since I often use it for grocery runs and such, how much room does that bike have?
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PostSubject: Re: scooter new at right price   scooter new at right price I_icon_minitimeThu Mar 17, 2016 8:27 am

Kymco accessory windshield is large and should be able to cut to look over size. As there is little under seat storage, top box is standard.

People 300 to me another maxi-scooter---plastic maybe hard to get off. Nose to tip of windshield distance great=same buffeting problem as the other 9 new maxi-scooters I purchased since 1990. I do not find all day rides pleasant with buffeting present.
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PostSubject: Re: scooter new at right price   scooter new at right price I_icon_minitimeThu Mar 17, 2016 1:17 pm

Is the engine on this scooter solid mounted or does it move with the swing arm?
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PostSubject: Re: scooter new at right price   scooter new at right price I_icon_minitimeThu Mar 17, 2016 3:15 pm

Am planning on going to look at one tomorrow, will look carefully, I think I already know, no ABS yet.
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PostSubject: Re: scooter new at right price   scooter new at right price I_icon_minitimeThu Mar 17, 2016 3:24 pm

Lack of ABS would be something that might stop me on a new scooter. If one rides mostly in town it might not be as much of a loss but I'd sure miss ABS on wet roads and sand/gravel ones. I often go up a gravel mountain road near town here just for the view. Coming down the road from the top is a lot less tense on that loose gravel thanks to the ABS.
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PostSubject: Re: scooter new at right price   scooter new at right price I_icon_minitimeFri Mar 18, 2016 4:48 pm

Visited local Kymco dealer today.... no new stock on floor, some used, lots of old Italy stuff and sign on door"back at 4:30". So the Kymco idea goes bye bye for me.

Down the road stopped at Yamaha/Suzuki dealer---lots of new left over scooters on floor. So if I need new scooter/bike in a hurry, know where to go.
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PostSubject: Re: scooter new at right price   scooter new at right price I_icon_minitimeFri Mar 18, 2016 8:16 pm

I've not rode the Yamaha Tmax, but from the reviews I read and the specs on the bike, it seems like a good choice if you can't find a Swing worth the money. I think they started making them in 2012, so you might find one with less than 10,000 miles. If it's been maintained, it should run like new. Just sayin'...
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PostSubject: Re: scooter new at right price   scooter new at right price I_icon_minitimeFri Mar 18, 2016 8:33 pm

I had new TMAX----sold as miles piled up---could be maint. nightmare. Really fun to ride

I don't buy used bikes, more fun to use new ones up. I am on second SilverWing, 2013 leftover, 30,000 miles now and plan is to ride it out to 50,000 and no problems and with luck no expense other than 2 more rear tires and one more belt change. Would not buy a third.

Suzuki Burgman 400''s work well for me, had 2 new ones-----and they have some features Honda doe not----but they need some bright colors!! 650 Burgman, not cheap/heavy but would work for me,have ridden one.

Yamaha SR400 left over, reduced price, looked good today---Had new SR500 in '78, so know what to expect.
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PostSubject: Re: scooter new at right price   scooter new at right price I_icon_minitimeSat Mar 19, 2016 10:18 am

I like that SR400 too, but I'd want a few more ccs and an electric leg
kickstarts are no real problem, but if you're going a bunch of different places that are all fairly close by, it gets old, and I want some passing power on the freeway at 70
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