Why I Love My Scooter | Scooter vs. Motorcycle vs. Car


Hey Lauren’s working today so I thought it
would be a great opportunity to share something with you that she could never
understand a love of mine that if she knew its depth
would only make her jealous internet I would like you to meet Herb
my 2011 Honda PCX 125 many of you have asket questions about why I Drive a
scooter as my primary mode of transportation things like does it save money
what about safety and what about the weather and that’s exactly what we’re going to
talk about today you might be wondering why I named him Herb instead of a sexy stripper name like Heidi or Haley
or something like that and that’s because scooting isn’t that sexy and we’re okay with that
scooting says a lot about you it says I enjoy the journey not the destination
and I’m comfortable with who I am or I got a DUI which I didn’t but a
lot of scooter drivers have got DUI’s the first thought is
probably can’t I get all the benefits of driving a scooter and maintain my self-respect by just
driving a motorcycle and I thought that myself in fact over my lifetime I’ve probably
owned 25 motorcycles and you don’t have to convince me of the
feeling of raw power and control that 100 horsepower has between your legs
in fact my last motorcycle before i bought the scooter was a turbocharged Harley Davidson with an estimated 125 horsepower thats seven more horsepower
than the Honda Fit Herb on the other hand has about 11.7 ponies in the stable and he has a top speed of 55 miles per hour
with a really good tail wind so what makes scoot life so
special well simply put scooters are just more practical than
motorcycles I remember when I had my Harley it would take me two to three
minutes just to get started in the morning my
scooter on the other hand starts cold with a single flcik of the switch and although it doesn’t make a statement
going down the road like my Harley with pipes did I show up to my destinations not
smelling like gas and exhaust this benefit should not be overlooked
smelling like gas and exhaust really gets annoying next up is
maneuverability my scooter weighs 278 pounds I can pull it out in the shed with a cup coffee in one hand my Harley on
the other hand weighted 650 pounds and required a rolling start just to get
over small bumps in the driveway herb has 25 liters of storage under the
seat if can believe it which is enough for a
full size helmet some rachet straps spare brake pads glasses gloves
and a backpack full gym clothes or four grocery bags not to mention a
compartment on the dash for your wallet sunglasses and phone on a motorcycle you’ll be
lucky if you find enough storage for an insurance card and your registration and last but not least are the savings
now it’s not hard to imagine that driving a scooter over car could save you hundreds
of dollars per month but what about scooter over motorcycle
well the savings actually are pretty measurable as far as fuel economy most motorcycles
average between 30 and 60 miles per gallon whereas Honda estimates this bad boy gets
a 110 miles to the gallon I’ve actually seen closer to 97 or 98
miles per gallon not to mention the tires are cheaper there’s no chain to
replace and if you do have to work on the engine there’s a single liquid cooled cylinder
as far as up-front costs you can expect to spend a thousand to two thousand dollars
for a quality used brand name scooter and that’s what I
recommend I would take a well-used Italian or Japanese brand scooter over the Chinese and Taiwanese
knock-offs every single day the week so that means stick with Vespa, Honda, Suzuki or Yamaha well that covers the
benefits but surely there some concerns about safety in weather so it’s true that you don’t have a
thirty five hundred-pound cage traveling around with you to protect you
from accidents or anything really ugh I just got pooped on on my scooter and
I’m not gonna lie there is an associated risk with driving a scooter and I’m very
aware of that in fact your actually 30 times more likely to die in
a motorcycle accident than a car accident that’s not something
to just gloss over but there are a few things you can do
that lower your risk first is I always wear a helmet and
that reduces the risk of death by 37 percent and reduces the risk of brain injury by 67
percent second I use all that knowledge to make myself more aware of my
surroundings when I Drive and for me this just keeps me alert and
kinda aware of what’s going on and I’m constantly just thinking this car going to come over at me and I
need to be prepared for that then there’s the weather and surprisingly this has not been an
issue for me even though I live in a very wet climate there have only been a handful of times where I’ve
been caught in the rain and I’ve either just been coming out in a place where I can
just hang out for a few minutes and wait for it to pass or I just get wet usually I’m on my way
home in changing isn’t a big deal but when we were in Europe I noticed
that every one drove scooters there and the snow is no problem for them they
actually had these little things that covered their handlebars down to the front
fairing that were almost like snow pants for their scooters and it kept all the
snow in the wind off their body that’s about it as you can tell I really
recommend a scooter if it’s something you’re thinking about and you know Herb I have a very bright
future together I’m not gonna lie that there are some
days where I miss being able to stretch out over you know American Iron like my old Harley but as they say personality is what makes
you sexy and Herb’s got a lot of that so thanks for watching
guys we will see you on Sunday bye!

100 thoughts on “Why I Love My Scooter | Scooter vs. Motorcycle vs. Car

  1. Sorry, but also those practicality advantages can be fixed by comparing to a more practical motorcycle.

  2. There os a fellow here that rides a old Honda elite, it has OVER 200,000 miles on it..the better reason to ride a Honda scooter..it will run and run forever…i personally had an 84 spree 50cc and it served my youthful years quite well,also my motorcycle was a 1970 cb175 in gold.. .it was finally retired in 2015..now im looking for a new scooter..Im not anti harley,im anti toolbox ..But i want a bigger scooter now..like a 500 and up one..yeah,some of you may say those are really just a automatic motorcycle. .and,ehe,ok,i'll half agree..more about style and comfort now than anything,not to say it can be a real butt puckering time on a smaller scooter if you need to hit the 4 lanes for a short distance when a rig passes you..I wanna be able to travel long distance on it..

  3. bigger engine and sometimes wind or draft will bring much more exhaust with gas smell too unburnt to the rider and inhaling it too, unhealthy maybe very

  4. I LOVE the smell of burning gasoline and hot oil. My brain now associates those smells to summer riding and fun.

  5. Never owned a scooter.
    2 years ago I said YEAH, TAKE THE MOTORCYCLE COURSE.
    4 motorcycles later I'm loving the interactive feeling of engine to human.
    Shifting, leaning, crouching, lane filtering…its a very tactile sensory experience.

    I tried a friend's 50cc scooter and NO.
    The wheelbase was so squirrely that I didn't even go 50% throttle.

    Maybe, MAYBE if there's a long wheelbase scooter with punch power & a weight of under 300lbs (side mounted van hitch) then I'd consider it.

    But speed shifting, "highway" speeds 🤔 and the smooth ride my 750 gives me for 36mpg might keep me happy.
    *My car, 5sp, 2.2liter 4cylinder gets highway.

  6. I live in south Florida and I would really like to buy one. Do you need a special license? I have a basic driver license since 1971. I’m looking into finding a 200cc up to 300cc.

  7. Which production is your PCX came from? Our Local made / assembly pcx seem sucks, the consumer / owner of it even made a petition to recall it

  8. So your comparing a scooter to something totally impractical as a Harley. If your bike takes 3 minutes to start then theres something wrong with the bike, same goes with smelling of petrol.

  9. U say a scooter is more practical than a motorbike, have u ever ridden a dirtbike? Can't beat it

  10. I would argue that Kymco, a Taiwanese company, is NOT a "generic" brand. They made nearly all of Honda's engines up until 1980. I had a 2013 Kymco Agility 50 and that thing lasted nearly 30,000 miles before having any major problems

  11. What a stupid comparison. You are comparing a malfunctioning turbo charged Harley with a Scooter??! You need to compare it to a 125cc or 250cc motorcycle! This video is just bullshit, I wish i could give it multiple down votes, because it's 5 minutes of useless talk

  12. Yamaha uses Sym engines, and so do many other brands.
    BMW use Kymco engines.
    I would rather have a Japanese or Taiwanese bike then anything Italian build.

  13. Comparing your scooter with a Harley Davidson is really extreme. Comparing it with a Japanese motorcycle would be far more relevant as they handle so mush better and weigh a lot less for the power they have. I have a v-strom 650 which takes 1 second to start and its extremely versatile being competent in traffic, on long highway trips, and on rough roads. I wouldn't mind a scooter in the city but can't imagine a long trip on one.

  14. Thanks for the great video. I ride a 2016 SYM HD 200 EVO with 171 cc GY6 motor. I bought a brand new Harley Sportster 1000 back in 1979, rode it for 10 years, put 42K miles on it, sold it in 1989, and never rode a bike again until I bought my 2016 SYM HD 200 in February of 2018 with 900 miles on it. I now have 4800 miles on it, do all the (simple) maintenance myself and it runs silky smooth. I did my research and all of the professional reviews of the Taiwanese made SYM HD 200 EVO were rather outstanding, compared to the few poor reviews I found of the Chinese built scooters.

    No, I did not peruse the reviews of all the Japanese built scooters because I know all those reviews by the pros would have been outstanding, and the price point of those great Japanese scooters would reflect all of those outstanding reviews. So, I went with my barely used SYM HD 200 (171cc) which was $3400.00 new and I paid $1700.00 for at 900 miles.

    Yep, there are many solid and reliable scooters out there and tons of fabulous used ones found on the likes of Cragslist, Cycle Trader, etc.,etc.

    Not sure what I was trying to accomplish here, haha. Anyway, happy scootering everyone!

    Dean
    Seattle

  15. I'm grateful for the video but am trying to decide between the pros and cons of a motorcycle vs a scooter. I respectfully disagree that the 125CC Honda is comparable to a Harley. As you said, the size difference is huge. I'm looking for comparisons between a 250 CC motorcycle and a scooter of equal displacement. What are the relative benefits of each? Thanks again for the video.

  16. I  have a Road King, FJR1300, and XR650L.. Non of them can get me to smile like when im on my 1985 Honda CH250 Elite.

  17. What is your take on what the dealer told me that not to leave the motorcycle I told at a steady speed to take it up and down constantly what’s your take on that because it worries me I’m riding a scooter not a lawnmower . Lol 😆 please let me know what is your take on it.

  18. I'm just debating about swapping my 1100 super blackbird for a suzuki burgman 400. Cheers after your review i am sure I'm going to make the change

  19. I sold my Yamaha cruiser for a Kymco Like 150. The scooter is nimble… fantastic in shopping centres. The plastic panels won't rush unlike a Vespa. What is more thrilling than riding a fast motorbike? …finding a small scooter fast.

  20. Picked up a 2004 Yamaha Zuma for $800, few repairs brought the cost up, but now it’s my daily to work, hell, I’ll go out late at night when the kids are asleep and there’s no one on the road and just cruise. Best part. No tag, title, insurance or special license needed.

  21. Damn so many large compartments that my suzuki smash doesn't have. Underbones are basically scooters with motorcycles frames and semi automatic transmissions, so why can't my motorcycle have the same type of compartments?

  22. I live in Europe now, and I miss my big and loud Harley Davidson. Now … Looking at either a Vespa (I like their old school timeless look), or a Yamaha XMax. I can't believe I'm looking into scooters hahaha. Yet, it is true. Practical, low cost maintenance, low consumption, and easy to park anywhere

  23. You have clearly never ridden a modern Japanese motorcycle, it fixes most of the issues you mentioned, especially the cold start issue, and exhaust gas issue.

  24. Scooters and motorcycles are awesome I did my bike training on a scooter had such a great day I finally got a motorcycle after my training I like my motorcycle but scooters are cool

  25. I love my Honda Big Ruckus Scooter (2006), it's great for around town, but when it comes to the open road at freeway speeds, most scooters lack the power needed. Overall, Motorcycles win when it comes to a road trip.

  26. I bought a used 2005 Kymco Agility 50 for 100€. Start button was broken. Fixed it with some duct tape. Runs fine but the engine shuts off on idle in 7 seconds… So its got some flaws 😛 😀

  27. Scooters are great but,DO NOT BUY CHINESEZE scooters, yes i know some will argue they all come from China blablabla. Had money to buy a decent second hand italian or japaneze scoot, but without knowledge i said to myself i want a brand new one. BIGGEST MISTAKE, had to learn the hard way, s..t broke down every 200 km, took it back to service 2 times, left me on hthe side of road countless times, changed oil,filters, variator,carb, the spark plug(can-t count how many times i was cursing that thing, and i do put my soul into machines) and eventually sold it for 1/4 price with nearly 1500 km after 4 months of ''usage''. You can argue how it you like it, but this is the truth, my buddies had chineze that broke too, i met more with italian and japaneze with minor problems and after many years of using them. Stay safe and hope this will help somebody.

  28. Gud day sir.here in the philippines.2019 updated version of honda pcx 150cc.with modern features.keyless to name a few.

  29. I own a 125cc Honda Click v2 and it's the best! It's also liquid cooled and I average 51 kilometres per liter. With a 5.5 liter capacity, i can go for long rides not worrying a thing. Super economical!

  30. Did you just said Vespa? And in what universe is a Vespa cheap? In EU, cheapest Vespa is around 3 000 euros, 50 cc! That is barely 2-3 BHP and won't get you over 30 MPH… If you want more powerful, sure, but the price goes drastically up… 300 ccm Vespa is over 6 000 euros at least… Vespas are fucking expensive, you don't know shit your talking about dude!

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