Help sought - what Scooter?

Help sought - what Scooter?

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Projectblue51

Original Poster:

76 posts

36 months

Thursday 2nd July
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Now go gentle please. My knowledge of bikes extends to f and all.

If you haven't seen, I've bought a big ass truck which I'm converting to an expedition truck. The truck is big, so sometimes you need alternative transport to get about locally, or in emergencies support you getting back to civilisation. It's normally carried on the back of the truck but whilst the truck is quite big - it's not big enough to carry a quad bike which would be my preferred choice.

I've no bike licence, no experience at riding bikes so I'm looking at a scooter. A sit on, twist and go. However, here's the rub. The vehicle is capable, and will be going, to some places with no tarmac. Therefore a bike that can access dirt roads would be helpful, but not essential. Finally imagine Donkey Kong in Mario Kart - that's me. So a tiny thing isn't going to cut it either.

Towing is out as well. Too complicated in border crossings.




Ed.

2,007 posts

194 months

Thursday 2nd July
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No actual experience but an old Honda c90 are meant to do everything but I think they have gears.

UnluckyTimmeh

3,037 posts

169 months

Thursday 2nd July
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Are you restricted on how heavy it can be?

I’m thinking doing your geared CBT will allow you a load more 125cc options that’ll be far more capable.

Assuming learning to ride geared bikes interests you?

UnluckyTimmeh

3,037 posts

169 months

Thursday 2nd July
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Ed. said:
No actual experience but an old Honda c90 are meant to do everything but I think they have gears.
They do have crunchy gears but still a twist and go. But the bigger problem is they’re becomIng quite sort after and therefore the prices are creeping up.

Projectblue51

Original Poster:

76 posts

36 months

Friday 3rd July
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UnluckyTimmeh said:
Are you restricted on how heavy it can be?

I’m thinking doing your geared CBT will allow you a load more 125cc options that’ll be far more capable.

Assuming learning to ride geared bikes interests you?
Not restricted to weight (other than a Harley would probably require some over engineering). I do appreciate the advice, and thanks but I'm trying to go simple/easy.

This is ace, but it's only a concept. Yamaha Concept

TVR Sagaris

783 posts

188 months

Friday 3rd July
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What about one of these?



It's a Honda Zoomer. I've never been on one but always thought they looked cool and pretty rugged. They are also 50cc which means in the UK you can ride it without L-plates once you've done the CBT (or without even doing the CBT if you passed your test pre-2001).

2ndclasscitizen

153 posts

73 months

Friday 3rd July
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Absolutely get a postie (CT110 I think they're actually called?).

TVR Sagaris said:
What about one of these?



It's a Honda Zoomer. I've never been on one but always thought they looked cool and pretty rugged. They are also 50cc which means in the UK you can ride it without L-plates once you've done the CBT (or without even doing the CBT if you passed your test pre-2001).
See also Yamaha Zuma, similar deal.

A500leroy

1,616 posts

74 months

Friday 3rd July
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Hodna innova/wave/vission 110

You dont say your budget op.

If you can manage gears ( its easy to learn) a Honda msx would be perfect.

Pothole

30,332 posts

238 months

Friday 3rd July
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Honda CT125 Hunter Cub. It'll go anywhere, often with 5 South East Asians on board.

Triaguar

583 posts

169 months

Friday 3rd July
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Not sure about your personal licence issues/intentions. But just to give you an idea of what's out there look at Honda X- ADV

Donbot

1,323 posts

83 months

Friday 3rd July
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Any scooter appears to be capable off road judging by the local scrotes.

MDUBZ

283 posts

56 months

Friday 3rd July
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Bit left field, but what about something like this..

https://futuresport.co/cheapest-off-road-electric-... Takes up little space, you could charge it on the truck, some of them have 50mph, and 70mile range on some of them, you can get off and walk if terrain is horrific in places, it should be easier to man handle over obstacles. Would be an absolute hoot and be a real conversation piece on your travels. Not sure how serviceable they are if something breaks though..

Or that zoomer above looks pretty good.

Electric Mx bike: no gears!
https://www.bikesure.co.uk/bikesureblog/2020/02/10...



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Edited by MDUBZ on Friday 3rd July 11:30

Krikkit

18,955 posts

137 months

Friday 3rd July
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I would definitely think about a Honda Cub or Wave - everywhere else in the world they're ten-a-penny. That means if you're in the arse end of somewhere and it breaks you'll find parts easily, and people who know how to fix it.

They have "gears" but not in the traditional sense, they're so easy to ride that even a 10 year old can (and do) do it.

Edited by Krikkit on Friday 3rd July 11:39

Bumblebee7

994 posts

31 months

Friday 3rd July
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Pothole said:


Honda CT125 Hunter Cub. It'll go anywhere, often with 5 South East Asians on board.
I was going to recommend doing a test and getting a crf250 rallye but then saw the above and that looks so amazing I think I might get one for myself!

Point to note if you're planning on going abroad is a CBT (that allows you to ride up to 125cc without a licence) is only valid in the UK so whatever bike you end up going for then it's worth getting a full motorbike licence so you're not restricted abroad. If you're over 24 just do a full cat A licence, but the above bike does look excellent! Would deffo consider one for my campervan if I had one!

Donbot

1,323 posts

83 months

Friday 3rd July
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Krikkit said:
I would definitely think about a Honda Cub or Wave - everywhere else in the world they're ten-a-penny. That means if you're in the arse end of somewhere and it breaks you'll find parts easily, and people who know how to fix it.

They have "gears" but not in the traditional sense, they're so easy to ride that even a 10 year old can (and do) do it.
They also use inner-tubes like a bicycle (the standard C90 at least) so you can fix your own punctures with a large amount of swearing.

Projectblue51

Original Poster:

76 posts

36 months

Friday 3rd July
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Thanks for the suggestions, really helpful. They have narrowed down the search field a bit. Thanks.


Donbot

1,323 posts

83 months

Friday 3rd July
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I know you said you were built like a st brickhouse, but the Honda MSX / Monkey are supposedly okay for larger riders. They seem like the ideal, small carry about bike.

I wouldn't be so quick to write off a geared bike. You will probably be comfortable with them just from the CBT.

Triaguar

583 posts

169 months

Friday 3rd July
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Pothole said:


Honda CT125 Hunter Cub. It'll go anywhere, often with 5 South East Asians on board.
If I was in your position OP it would be this all day long. Are they easy to ride? My mum bought one when she was over 50 when she was a community midwife ... and she had never been on a bike in her life. She loved it...

A500leroy

1,616 posts

74 months

Friday 3rd July
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Triaguar said:
Pothole said:


Honda CT125 Hunter Cub. It'll go anywhere, often with 5 South East Asians on board.
If I was in your position OP it would be this all day long. Are they easy to ride? My mum bought one when she was over 50 when she was a community midwife ... and she had never been on a bike in her life. She loved it...
Sorry to burst the bubble but this model isnt coming to the uk.

carinaman

15,451 posts

128 months

Friday 3rd July
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A500leroy said:
Triaguar said:
Pothole said:


Honda CT125 Hunter Cub. It'll go anywhere, often with 5 South East Asians on board.
If I was in your position OP it would be this all day long. Are they easy to ride? My mum bought one when she was over 50 when she was a community midwife ... and she had never been on a bike in her life. She loved it...
Sorry to burst the bubble but this model isnt coming to the uk.
Delayed by Covid-19?

https://www.visordown.com/news/new-bikes/take-clos...


Another website says that Honda have filed European patents for it in Germany.