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Good pro-scooter article on BBC

Post by StephenC » Fri Feb 03, 2012 9:17 am

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-16844525?

Not read the comments yet, though. I expect to be "entertained".
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Re: Good pro-scooter article on BBC

Post by SpikeOne » Fri Feb 03, 2012 10:42 am

Nice to see BMW as theee manufacturer of Maxi scooters!
As to the comments, apparently scooter riders are not subject to the same tests as riders of "big bikes"!
What a tit head.....
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Re: Good pro-scooter article on BBC

Post by MrGrumpy » Fri Feb 03, 2012 11:38 am

Yes, generally a decent article, though he obviously read a BMW press release before he wrote it.
A couple of the public comments said that 'mopeds' (50cc scoots) were too slow and a nuisance - true, but that its mostly down to the legal 30mph restriction, which wasn't pointed out. I do feel that the 30 limit is positively dangerous.

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Re: Good pro-scooter article on BBC

Post by horobags » Fri Feb 03, 2012 1:05 pm

Ill second that mr grumpy, my lad has just turned 17 and has just bought a 125, no way would I let him commute on a 50cc, with young knobhead car drivers racing everywhere, and certain immigrant taxi drivers who couldn't even translate a highway code, thats if they ever saw one.
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Re: Good pro-scooter article on BBC

Post by MrGrumpy » Fri Feb 03, 2012 2:33 pm

horobags wrote:Ill second that mr grumpy, my lad has just turned 17 and has just bought a 125, no way would I let him commute on a 50cc .
Very sensible. I have a biker neighbour who's got a lad who's just turned 16, so they're looking for a 50cc scoot for him as he can't ride anything else till he's 17 (lad is actually a car rather than bike nut). I know its illegal but I was in that situation, I'd get the scoot stealthily derestricted......

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Re: Good pro-scooter article on BBC

Post by buff » Sat Feb 04, 2012 3:25 am

horobags wrote:Ill second that mr grumpy, my lad has just turned 17 and has just bought a 125, no way would I let him commute on a 50cc, with young knobhead car drivers racing everywhere, and certain immigrant taxi drivers who couldn't even translate a highway code, thats if they ever saw one.
Totally agree. My lad is 16 in August. We already bought him a Vespa 50cc ready for then, but the wife and I started to have kittens when we thought about the reality of him travelling to College in rush hour. That's why we decided to sell it. Actually got a bloke coming back for a second look in a couple of hours.

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Post by kav » Sun Jun 30, 2019 11:06 am

I had a 50cc 2 stroke when at college, no problems great bike went everywhere on it. 4/5 years ago bought a Yamaha Giggle, rode it back from Peterborough to South London. Commuted a few times but the under powering just felt dangerous (restricted to 28mph), you held traffic up so felt pressured to ride in the gutter. So decided very shortly to get rid. Can you believe a sold it to a dealer for more than I paid for it privately (he advertised it badly/aggressively); first and last time no doubt.

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Re: Good pro-scooter article on BBC

Post by StephenC » Sun Jun 30, 2019 4:06 pm

Blimey, Where'd you drag this old thread up from?

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Re: Good pro-scooter article on BBC

Post by Has been maxi tours » Sun Jun 30, 2019 4:08 pm

People buying mp3s riding on car licence with no experience or training worries me more .Rather spend shit load on an mp3 than pay for training and pass test .

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Re: Good pro-scooter article on BBC

Post by Whatsisname » Sun Jun 30, 2019 4:44 pm

It's not so much speed, or lack of it, that makes the roads so dangerous for newbies, it's inexperience. Whatever your age, you have to learn how to survive, and that can't be done in a classroom.
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