Do a national craigslist search for a scoot you want, for me there were no lance dealers to do warranty work close by. I saw a lot of Kymco like 200i's for sale for $1999. That's a lot of bike for 2k, efi, dual disc, top box etc. Mine was a 12 model but still brand new w/warranty, free delivery too from 150 mi away.
This is the correct answer. The two scooters you are looking at, in my opinion, are priced pretty high compared to what you can get on the used market. Especially when you see scooters priced at $2500 that you can bargain with.
I saw a Kymco People GT 300i for sale here last week for $3200 with 100 miles on it last week. A $5000 year old scooter. My scooter is two years old and I am going to ask the same $3200 for it later this year and it was a $5500 scooter. Not that I don't like it, I love it but going to buy a motorcycle for a long touring trip.
My point is, there are people willing to take fairly low prices for used scooters. There is no reason to pay top dollar for a 125 when the same or a teensie bit more will net you really nice 200 or 250 scooters.
I don't know where you live but I have seen lots of ads in the $2000 range for Sym 200s and the kind of ugly but very nice Kymco Yager for $1750.
These guys came back a month later, trying the same thing with another guy's hog, and he was not as naïve as I was. Unfortunately for the thieves, he was also a licensed, class III machinegun dealer. In only a few seconds, the thing escalated into a shoot-out involving full-auto weapons on both sides, severely wounding the bike owner, and killing all of the thieves. The owner's return-fire against the thieves also totaled his uninsured bike. For the record, the police responding made only one comment to the victim before placing him in the ambulance: "Nice shooting..." That refreshing bit of police attitude convinced me on the spot to become a permanent Texas resident, and I've never regretted THAT decision.
[Leo in Texas
I guess I am not for shootouts, but if someone comes to take your stuff and are armed with automatic weapons, then it sounds like they deserve what they get. No tears shed. Vive la Texas.
That takes some guts. I am going to sell my 300 to get a motorcycle because I want to make a trip riding to Alaska from Minneapolis. Wanted some more go for the trip of 3300 miles. Looking at a 500cc Honda and some people say that is too small, but so am I.
But to go anywhere pulling that much on a 49cc, kudos to you sir.
They do work. Go on Ebay and look for "rare earth magnet" and buy biggest one you want to spend money on and mount it as low as you can on the scooter.
We have a law in Minnesota that allows you to wait for a reasonable time, check to make sure it is safe, and then go through a red light if you can't trip the light on a cycle. I use it a lot at a particular intersection where there is no traffic but I can't get the light to change if I wait a century. We just adopted that staute a couple years ago but many states have it.
My wife's car was just totaled recently when she was going through an inrtersection in midmorning and the low winter sun was in the eyes of an elderly gentleman and he tried to turn left and did not see her car coming straight at him. It was only a 30 MPH intersection, with decent sightlines and he still did not see an entire car. I imagine a scooter would have been obliterated. Wife is fine by the way, and driving a shiny new Mazda, the other driver is fine too although his insurance rates are going up.
I deal with it by just not riding unless it is broad daylight and fair weather. It also helps that the front of my scooter has so many lights it looks like a UFO. I highly recommend headlight modulators and auxilary LED running lights for scooters that have low power headlights.
If it is old stock it should be fine but you might want to swap some fluids, especially coolant.
Both are probably quality bikes. I thought I read a review a while back that the Like was "sluggish" but ride both and see what you prefer. The Like is a 163cc and fuel injected, but is air cooled instead of water so the output is a little lower than some engines its size. Although compared to the Aprillia 125, I don't know which would be quicker. Have not ridden them. Top speed on the Like is about 60 mph.
OK, so I will give the totally unsolicited advice you were not asking for. I thought online Chinese 150's were in the $1000 range. I am in a fairly large metro area with several powersports dealers. Several of them have used Kymco Super 8 150's listed in the $1700 range with just about zero miles on them.
When I talked to one of them he told me they would take $1200 for either of the two used ones they had in stock. Very good scooters for a couple hundred more.
I ride sometimes on a nice day in the summer, but I have a covered garage space at my place of employment. After seeing how accomodating the cities in Europe are towards motorcycles and scooters, I wish people would pursue legislation or local city ordinances that would allow parking in designated areas, or take a bock or two of city centers out of the car parking meter style of parking to motorcycle/scooter parking by permit at least during summer months. It would make it great for people to commute on them, save gas and get far more people to work using up much less space to park.
But I don't think that there are better than my majesty. And I don't think motorcycles are better than scooters either.
That pretty much sums it up right there. I personally like scooters better, although a motorcycle probably has a "cooler" image. I don't care about cool, heck I am 44 and was up until 2 am playing Xbox with cowworkers. Nothing "cool" about that, but never let someone else's view of anything get in the way of enjoying what you like in life.
If more Americans went to any large European city, the view of scooters would definately change. Millions of em, and half of them are ridden by hot babes. Cool enough for me.
Quite a few if you search "chrome scooter rack" on Ebay, but you might have to make your own brackets because some are bike specific. Should not be that hard though. A piece of aluminum and a drill press and the $35 Vino rack would probably work.