This is a split thread from our older "Motorcycles" thread we had last month in H/A. The motorcycles on that thread were simply amazing, but unfortunately quite pricey for the college student or recent graduate. I brought up that factor for the motorcycles and mentioned that it was just a thing to get from A to B better than a bicycle.
Hence, a motor scooter. With the gas prices this high and the insane efficiency of a motor scooter, they are very economical indeed. However I am trying to determine how to purchase one on a (very) limited budget before the fall quarter begins. My current price cap is about $1500, but I am willing to get a used scooter. I would rather not have to settle for a 50cc engine, but it's not out of the question. I am definitely not hitting any highways ever, but the speed limit on the roads is 35 mph. I've heard that a 50cc engine CAN hit 35, but not much higher. Plus when you run 35 you're straining the engine to it's max. So I would highly prefer a 150cc.
So my question is, does anyone know any reliable places to go shopping for said vehicle? Either online or in a store would be okay. I'm in Columbus, Ohio if that helps at all. Ebay and Craigslist look good, but I've never used them before (gasp!) and I also know about the whole Used Motorcycle Evaluation Guide
which also applies to scooters. Also, any riding tips would be great as well. I'm just planning on going to places around the Ohio State University campus on this thing.
I did find an interesting site, Half Price Scooters
, which looks way too good to be true. A new 150cc Italian scooter for $1100 would be so incredibly perfect, but I'm also wary of scams, hidden fees, or insane assembly requirements. What do you think about this site though?
So yeah, would appreciate any help on this subject. My co-workers have had scooters before and they say I should totally do this.