My Shortlist Of Scooters

Here is my shortlist of scooters and motorcycles that I have been looking at as a replacement for Old Nancy. Old Nancy has been repaired and she’s working all right. The brakes need to be fixed. I tried to explain to my mechanics that they needed to, but they thought that they were fine. After riding at high speeds through traffic, I think I’ll stop at the mechanic tomorrow night and get that fixed as well.

PGO G-Max (4V 150cc or 200cc)
In all honesty, I’m looking at a second hand one from about 2004, so it will be the 150cc version.

CPI 150 GPR (150cc)
The CPI is a great motorcycle/scooter hybrid. They are quite recent and second hand ones are easy to find cheap. I haven’t done a test drive, but they must be pretty fast.

Kymco Ego 250cc
I will probably not find a right one for me, these are just too expensive, even second hand. They run about 60000NT used (~2000$). I recently checked the Kymco website. It looks like the Ego is out of production. I couldn’t find it on the site. This means that 2007 was the last model year.

Sym Fighter DX 150cc
I really like the front of this scooter. It really looks good. It must be pretty fast as well.

Yamaha Cygnus 150cc
I’ve thought about this one, but it’s still a bit overpriced for what it is.

Old large displacement motorcycle
I’ve looked at a few 750cc Yamahas and a few other interesting bikes which all fall into my price range. It would be pretty great to find one that suits me. The trouble is that most of these bikes are old. At least 10-20 years old. But that doesn’t mean that they are bad. The trouble is that I’d wind up once again with a very old mode of transport. The whole goal of this process was finding something more recent and in better shape. Naturally, there is no replacement for displacement. That saying comes to mind while I ponder these things.

Rain And Scooters

The moment I stepped into my apartment today after teaching my morning classes, it started to rain. Torrential rain. It’s still raining right now.

Last night, Old Nancy broke down on the way home from Sanchong. I called my mechanic and he picked me up an hour later with his truck. I’ve been told that I need to replace the transmission and the engine. I haggled and got a good deal on that. It will cost about $7000NT ( ~225$). Over the last two years, I’ve had the scooter repaired whenever there was a problem. I was told that it was dangerous driving it around, so I had it fixed immediately. For that amount of money, they will also be doing some extra work on it for me. They will change the exhaust and oil, as well as some other minor stuff that popped up when I started riding Old Nancy hard last week.

In the interim, I’m driving a maxi-scooter, a Kymco Grand Dink 150cc. It’s pretty fast, yet not as agile as Old Nancy. I got up to 120kph today on the way home. It was impressive. It feels very solid, but I definitely don’t like the handling.

I’ve always thought that a Kymco Ego 250cc would be the perfect scooter for me. It’s fast, agile, and has got loads of power. Enough power to probably hit 160kph.