Abacus wrote:Scooters might look like they are for sissies but in the city they are a lot more convenient imo. Especially when it's raining (shoes stay drier and you can wear a poncho) or when you want to grab some groceries. But I wouldn't get rid of my motorcycle. I have a 150cc Hartford and there is very little reason to upgrade (up front cost) to a 250cc motorcycle. Maybe if I was heavy and it bogged down going uphill but I've ridden with a passenger (130kg total) up and down mountains with little trouble. I also don't need to go faster than the 90+km/hr that it will do. Most of the roads are not safe at those speeds anyway.
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Hey, Abacus--I rode a Honda 650 Nighthawk for years in the U.S. and I'm considering getting something on two wheels here, keeping to the 150cc range to keep the price down and the mileage up--not to mention the space issues. I've sat on the Kymco Jockey, G5 and Racing 150, and I've also sat on the SYM Fighter 150. Of all of those, the Fighter had the most knee room. We rented a Kymco Duke 125 and it was okay, if a bit small. That's the only motorized 2-wheeler I've ridden in Taiwan so far. The most comfortable bike to sit on was the Hartford 150 Sirius. As Goldilocks said, it was "just right." I actually felt like my 183cm body fit
on it properly. Very comfortable.
My wife and I are bout the same 130kg total, so we think 150 should be enough, even for trips from Beitou over Yangming Shan to Yilan and back. I'm curious about two things;
1) Do you have a scooter, and if so, do you find yourself using it more than the motorcycle because of the storage, convenience, etc.? If you don't have a scooter, how do you manage storage?
2) How is the Hartford working out for you? Do you have any maintenance issues? They have very few locations for sales or service and they've not been around as long as Kymco or SYM.
We'd like to take the bike on longer trips into the mountains, so a bigger tank would be good, and I really prefer the motorcycle riding position, etc. The Fighter 150 seems to go for about NT$85-86K, but you can get a good Hartford 150 with a 14L tank for NT$69k. http://shopping.pchome.com.tw/?mod=item&func=exhibit&IT_NO=CGAE3E-A49441695&SR_NO=CGAE0G&ROWNO=5
Your thoughts? --loaker