Post by waterboysh on Jun 27, 2013 14:42:38 GMT -5
I live in Gainesville. Lots of college kids with scooters here. It's centrally located to Tallahassee, Jacksonville, Orlando, Tampa, and Daytona. We don't really have any parts stores that I know of; just a handful of dealers.
1. For you people who live in Florida. Is it legal to park on the sidewalk at shopping centers? I see a few people doing it but I don't want to risk it if it isn't legal down here.
Depends on the city really. There is no state statute that I know of. In Gainesville, it just depends on the mood of the cop that sees it and if it's downtown or not. There are a lot of scooters here though; lots of college kids on them. So it's not like the occasional rare person with a scooter.
I would find the non-emergency number for your local police department and give them a call and ask.
Galaxi, I live in Gainesville. I know Bintelli is based here in Gainesville as well, but I don't have experience with them. If they're Znen though then I'm sure they're great. My scooter is made by Gorilla Motorworks purchased from New Scooters 4 Less in Gainesville and it is also a Znen scooter.
To the people suggesting Kymco. Yes, Kymco makes a great scooter. Our local Kymco dealer here in Gainesville does not have a good word of mouth reputation though. I've never been there personally, but I was considering getting a People GT 300i and made a post on the Modern Vespa forums (because I'm also considering a BV 350) and I had 3 different people pm me telling me to stay away from there. I've seen people on the Gainesville Reddit mention they had a bad experience there as well. However, I don't want to get into "dealer bashing" on the forum.
Galaxi, I'm actually selling my scooter. It's a 150cc. You can see my Craigslist ad for info. Not sure if you'd be interested but thought I'd let you know just in case.
I work at Shands so I'm on campus a lot. I see a lot of Bentelli scooters around. It might not be a Honda, but I think it'd work pretty well for you.
Yesterday my scoot wouldn't crank with the electric start. It'd just make a kind of clicking noise. So I tried to kick start it and it cranked right up. After driving for a while thinking I was recharging my battery, I tried to start it again. same thing; kickstart only. So I drove down to my dealer and told them I thought I had a dead battery, because that's what I assumed it was. They take it into the back and started working on it. About 15 minutes later the mechanic comes up to the front to tell me the battery seems fine, but my voltage regulator wasn't working at all so my battery isn't charging. They didn't have the right model regulator in stock and are going to order me a new one Monday, which should arrive Wednesday or Thursday.
I'm just curious what can cause the voltage regulator to fail. My scooter is only 6 months old. Is this a precursor to more electrical problems to come down the road? I am planning on getting a new non-chinese scooter sometime in the next couple of months because of exactly this type of thing.
I just went to Honda's website and found the 10 closest dealers near me, went to their website, and filled out the "contact us" form requesting info about availability and pricing of the Forza. From what I've read from various sources it should be available either late July or early August. I really like the Piaggio BV 350, but I'd rather stick with Honda's superior reliability.
Also, scooter12, Kymco is not South Korean. It's made in Taiwan.
Post by waterboysh on May 28, 2013 18:17:46 GMT -5
Prodigit, Hank is right. The "no insurance" thing only means you don't have to prove that the scooter/motorcycle is insured when you register it and you don't have to show proof of insurance to an officer if they pull you over for something non-accident related like speeding. If you are involved in an accident of any kind you will have to show proof of insurance or have the living daylights sued out of you as well as having your license suspended.
As to the original topic... those are insane prices. I pay around $200 a year for full coverage through Geico. General liability and uninsured motorist would be $120 per year if I wanted to reduce it.
Last Edit: May 28, 2013 18:20:48 GMT -5 by waterboysh
I'm right at the 2600km mark on my scooter. My scooter is my only means of transportation. Since I started my new job, I'm worried about it a little more because I'll be putting roughly 1,000km a month on the scooter. I'm not very knowledgeable when it comes to engines, but I've been handling issues one thing at a time and it's been ok so far, so I could probably change it myself after reading some guides and watching a few youtube videos. I just have a few questions.
1) When should I start worrying about my belt? 2) Are there any signs to look out for when the belt starts to "go bad"?
Is it a done deal the Forza is coming to the US? I thought it was asia-europe only. At any rate, the Forza-BV decision comes down to whether you want a maxi style or not.
The Forza is starting to show up on the websites of some of the dealers near me. Here is Honda of Crystal River.
I'm not sure what you mean about BV vs Forza and maxi style. They both appear to be about the same size, but that's just judging from pictures I've seen. I personally like the BV better, but I'm trying to think long term with reliability and serviceability.
I just bought a kymco downtown 300i. A 2012 leftover. The dealer knocked off $1000.oo list. You might want to take a look at one. I like it so far, just under 300 mi so far. Has plenty of pwr and handels nice. 68 mpg on 1st tank. Good luck with whatever you get.
I test drove a Kymco People GT 300i a few weeks ago. It was a nice scooter, but I really dislike how little under seat storage it has. I also don't like the way it looks. The biggest factor though is that the Kymco dealer here has a really shady reputation.