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Introduction and Welcome

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Welcome to this new site! The goal of this website is to provide a comprehensive resource for scooterists by scooterists. I want it to be a site that has lots of info on all scooters from all brands so that scooterists don't have to find new websites and new forums every time they get a new make or model of scooter.

One of the areas I am most passionate about is 80's scooters from Japan, but I've always been broadening my tastes since my first introduction to scooters nearly five years ago. I would like this website to become a valuable resource for scooterists of all stripes. I currently only have Japanese scooter into on the main site (and even that is incomplete right now) but I would like to add info on Vespa, Kymco and other brands from Italy and Taiwan.

So a bit about me, I bought my first scooter, a new 2003 Honda Ruckus, in spring 2004. I quickly fell it love and amassed 15,000kms (9000 miles) on it each year for two years. It was long afterwards that I convinced my brother to join the scooter scene, as he picked up a 1983 Honda Mascot / Aero 80 (NH80). Here's our scooters in summer 2005:
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Since I was riding it year round thru Canadian winters, my 2003 Ruckus was getting a bit rusty for the plans I had of modifying it into my dream scooter. Accordingly, I sold it in early 2006 and bought a new Ruckus. I rode this Ruckus for the summer and then hauled it inside to mod that winter. Below is the result:
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Sadly, this Ruckus was totalled just two weeks after completion when a car pulled out in front of me....good thing I was wearing a full face helmet! I used the insurance cheque to buy a new 2007 Honda CBR125R and a 1983 Yamaha Beluga 80 (Riva 80). The CBR was really just transportation....I didn't have soul like scooters do ;) I turned my modification efforts towards the Beluga and turned it from a 35mph slug into a 55mph fire breather. Here is the result:
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I had that scooter from summer, 2007 until fall 2008. I sold it because my wife and I had decided to move across the country to Whistler, BC and there was no room in the U-haul for the bikes. We sold both of our bikes and headed across the country.

It wasn't long after we arrived before we got another scooter. Just 3 weeks after arriving out west and still jobless, my wife and I couldn't resist the lure of a Vespa LX150 with $1500 off the price tag and no payments for 6 months. We picked this scooter up for my wife to use. She learned to ride the CBR125 last summer and next summer will be her first on a scooter. Since we are in Whistler, we have this scooter stored for the winter. Here it is with my wife:
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I'm currently scooter-less but I do have my wife's Vespa to tinker with. I'm currently dreaming about my next scooter which I plan to buy in the spring when the snow retreats. I'm currently debating this decision. My plan has been to buy a third Ruckus because I love that scoot but the new Yamaha BWS/Zuma 125cc also has my attention. I think they did a really nice job with this scooter and with the amount of miles I put on, the 55mph would be nice. My plans for my next scooter include a cross canada trip next June to attend the 2009 Mad Bastard Scooter Rally (madbastardrally.com)

Well that's me.....this site should start to get busy soon once Google adds it to their index of webpages. I would love it for everyone to pipe up and share their scooter story. Also, if you are knowledgeable about a scooter(s) then I would love to hear from you with info on how I can improve the scooter index page(s). Collaboratively, we can make this site a great resource.

Cheers,
Dan

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FYI, here's a list of scooters I've ridden:
- Piaggio MP3 250
- Vespa S
- Vespa LX150
- Aprilia SR50
- Honda Ruckus
- Honda Big Ruckus
- Honda Elite 80
- Honda Elite 150
- Honda Aero 80
- Yamaha Beluga / Riva 80
Scooters Owned: 2003 Ruckus, 2006 Ruckus, 1983 Yamaha Beluga 80, 2007 Vespa LX 150, 2009 Yamaha BWS 125, 2008 Ruckus
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wow,well done!i will have too dig at old pics at my folks and hope to find scooter pics from late 60's and early 70's to put together a motor cycle-scooter history would my st90 considered a scooter or a motor cycle? pics to follow.
presently enjoy riding a Ruckus and a Super 9. Tinkering with a Riva 180 and a couple of old Puch SV's. In the off season I enjoy a 1999 Polaris Indy 600 XLT Touring and a 2014 Artic Cat Prowler side by side
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Post it all up! That would be neat to see! Do you know the scooters you've ridden?
Scooters Owned: 2003 Ruckus, 2006 Ruckus, 1983 Yamaha Beluga 80, 2007 Vespa LX 150, 2009 Yamaha BWS 125, 2008 Ruckus
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hmm.the bikes our family had since i was a kid,starting in about 1965 to present

bineli 50 mini bike 60's
honda p50! 68
honda cb175 69
honda cb160 66
honda st90 72
kaw ke175 78
yam xs 400 79
rm 125 81
xs 650 79
honda xl125 70's
ruckus 05
yam riva 180 84
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Wow nice list! That Honda P50 sure is a cool little moped!
Scooters Owned: 2003 Ruckus, 2006 Ruckus, 1983 Yamaha Beluga 80, 2007 Vespa LX 150, 2009 Yamaha BWS 125, 2008 Ruckus
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yes it was,it even had big hippy flowers type decals on the skirts, classic 60's. unfortunately it was stolen and wrecked by them dam hippys !put it right threw some farm shed a few miles from our home,totaled :cry: i was heart broken i think i was 9-10? anyways bought the cb175 after that,that was a fast bike!

yeah i got to get some old pics for you,my dad has pics of his and his buddys bikes, there old british bikes, his was a Ariel 500 single.
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Bummer about the P50....I can see how that would break your heart at 9 or 10 yrs old. That's cool that you have a history with so many bikes though.....lots of memories. I'd love to see those pictures 8-)
Scooters Owned: 2003 Ruckus, 2006 Ruckus, 1983 Yamaha Beluga 80, 2007 Vespa LX 150, 2009 Yamaha BWS 125, 2008 Ruckus
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ok be at folks soon should figure out how to scan some pics.

oh paul finally replied to me on t/r should see him in next day or so and bring him up to date.
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Great website Dan. I am still riding the Honda Elite 150 but I may have to put it away for the winter soon. I am loving the scooter and am planning on going to the Mad Bastard Rally in June so hopefully will see you then. The only scooter I have riden is my Elite I am new to the scooter thing but have quickly fallen in love with this mode of transportation. I will have to get some new pictures of the scooter to post as I lost all of mine when my computer crashed recently.
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:D glad to see you joined! :D
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Welcome Janice 8-)

You're going to love the mad bastard.....it was incredible in 2007. So many cool people and cool scooters. I'm planning to be there.

Bummer about the computer crash....I'd love to see some good pics. Here's one I have from tune-up day this spring:

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Scooters Owned: 2003 Ruckus, 2006 Ruckus, 1983 Yamaha Beluga 80, 2007 Vespa LX 150, 2009 Yamaha BWS 125, 2008 Ruckus
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Here's a better picture....Janice and the Elite!

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Nice site Dan. Has lots of potential.

I have just purchased 2 - 2009 Honda Ruckus scooters as a Christmas present for my wife (and myself). I pick them up next week from the dealer. I first saw the Ruckus at the Honda homecoming in Maryville Ohio in 2006. Kinda fell in love with it, as it reminded me of my first rides ( 2 Cushmans ).
I knew I would get one someday.............
Wife and I have been talking getting scooters for fun (kinda slow things down). So I decided now is the time, and made the plunge. Boy is she gonna be surprised !
We presently both have Harley's, and love riding. Of course we will keep the Harley's also,
but I am sure looking forward to putting around on the Ruckus.
Now - if all this snow would go away.................. 8-)
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Awesome to have you aboard HrlyDave....that's cool that you have both Harley's and Scooters. I actually know another guy (roadcapden on this site) that has both as well.

Congrats on the '09 Rucks too....those are great scooters. You're going to love them! Nice to have you aboard!

So what Cushman's did you have?
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Thanks for the welcome Dan.
My past scooters were a 1952 Cushman step through, and a 1957 Cushman Eagle.
Do I wish I still had them ?? OH YEAH !
Of course, I had a 1949 Triumph 500 I wish I still had also. And many cars........
Ah - the memories.................

Let this be a lesson to you young guys - think about keeping those scoots you really like !

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