Friday, March 13, 2009

Scooter Resource -- 250cc Scoots

When shopping for a scooter you certainly want to know how much power and durability you're going to get out of the one you choose. Here are some of the top of the line scooters in a 250cc model that I recommend you check out.

The Cheetah Touring 250cc is one of the more highly recommended scooters around. Since it can reach a top speed of around 80 mph, this scooter is freeway legal, which would be great for smaller, less populated cities. You won't get quite as much mileage from a tank of gas
as you would with a small cc scooter, but this still delivers about 80mpg which is certainly a far better bargain than your typical transportation. This is a great option to consider if you travel minimal distances often and have the weather on your side. The Cheetah has a 4 stroke water cooled 250cc motor, ABS dual brakes, lots of storage room and can handle two riders with ease. A great scooter for the beginner or a seasoned rider. Cheetah Motorsports has a retail price on this scooter of around $3200, but you can get one now on sale for $2,599 which includes a fully assembled bike sent with free shipping, free trunk and free alarm. It is available in black or burgandy and comes with a two year warranty.

The Vespa GTS 250 is another great scooter, but you are entering a much higher cost range. You can expect to pay around $6,000 for a new ride. You can get approximately 70 mpg out of this 2.4 gallon gas tank. The motor is liquid cooled with electronic fuel injection. It is available in grey, blue, black or red and has a sporty sleek design. This scooter is sturdy, offers under seat storage and comes standard with a luggage rack on the back.
Vespa also offers a GTV 250 which is similar to the GTS in performance, but the main difference seems to be in the design. The GTV returns to the classic styling of the Vespa from the 50's. Very retro in style mainly due to the positioning of
the headlamp on the mudguard on this model. With this scooter you're only color options stay with the classic hues of old being ivory and green. Also staying true to the classic design is the leather split saddle seat for better comfort for both the front and rear passenger. The instruments are also in a retro design. You can expect to pay close to $7,000 for this classic beauty.

Kymco Grandvista 250 offers power and a sleek design for an extremely reasonable price of about $4,400. The four stroke water cooled engine gives you enough power to handle any road you decide to take it on. I think one of the best things about this scooter is the well designed cushioned seats which offers backrests to both the ront and rear rider, making those longer rides even more comfortable. This scooter is very similar to the Vespa GTS with the main difference being this scooter has a carburetor as opposed to fuel injection and the Kymco offers a two year warranty instead of one.

If you have a very limited budget and really need a reliable scooter then a great choice would be the Expressway 250 which is a steal at around $2,500. The CF Moto four stroke liquid cooled engine delivers power and beauty in a choice of black, red or silver. The design is bold and attractive and the 13" front and rear wheels are larger than you'll find on most scooters with the 250 engine. For the price, this would be a great choice for a first time rider.
I personally ride a 2004 Honda Reflex but these are no longer made by Honda. I purchased mine brand new in May 5 years ago and still love it. A good used Reflex should be a consideration for anyone looking at scoots in the 250cc range.

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