I just bought a 2009 Kymco Grand Vista 250... so it's new to me. Runs great. Just 1200 miles on it, and the price was really good. Seller was really helpful. He took a chance on me and drove a good ways to cut my drive time to get it.
Selling my 2007 Sportcity 250 Scooter. Runs and looks excellent. New tires and lightweight lithium battery. Includes tall windshield and quiet, lightweight Ninja 250 muffler. Fluids changed recently. Less than 1700 miles since new.
Snip... Ed Roth was one of my early-on weird-art heroes. I once met him and Norm Grabowski back in the day, at a hot-rod show. Norm is the "father" of the Model-T pickup roadster. And, of course, the ever-present star in every hot-rod teenage exploitation movie made in the sixties! It's said that drag-racer/fellow teenage TV star, "TV" Tommy Ivo actually sneaked into Norm's garage and took clandestine spy-pix of the yet-to-be Kookie car with his Brownie and fabricated one for himself. Tommy surely DID have one almost identical to Norm's in short order.
When the supply of Model-A's got short, and the Deuces totally dried up, Norm built the original Model-T pickup roadster for Ed "Kookie" Burns in the TV detective show "77 Sunset Strip". I could pass on the show, but I watched EVERY second of it hoping to just catch a glimpse of that incredible Caddy-powered T-roadster! (or Connie Stevens in a mini-skirt"...) LOL! Remember, NOBODY had EVER seen a car like THAT before, and, it was WILD! Many of us called it "a chopper on 4-wheels".
Leo "Big Daddy" in Texas
Don't mean to hijack the thread, but I had to look up the "Kookie" Model T roadster from 77 Sunset Strip to be reminded... I used to watch that show for the same reason, but it was so long ago this old coot forgot about it... Not sure I can post the photo I found, but I'll try...
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I agree. But I can't seem to locate one. And the largest supplier of Aprilia parts that I know about is AF! Racing in Texas, but they can't seem to find the bolt either. If you know where I can get one, please let me know.
I just consider it a little extra fiber in my diet. 'Cept for hornets ... those buggers are like angry little bullets.
My first motorized 2-wheeler was a Sears Moped over 50 years ago... cruising down the road at maybe 30 mph a wasp hit me in the neck and fell down into my t-shirt and then stung me in my chest and stomach at least a half dozen times before I could dismount and get him out. I'm loving this new windshield every time I see a bug hit it!
Well, I finally got it all ready for year-round riding...
I bought some new German Heidenau K66 4-season tires from Revzilla and got them installed yesterday by MX/drag racer Jordan Autrey (thanks Jordan!) at Jordan Autrey Motorsports, and I installed a GIVI windshield (think it's big enough?) and Euro-style front turn signals with the help of Ed Cook at AF1Racing in Austin, TX. I also installed a plug for my battery tender and one for my First Gear electric jacket. The tires are nice and soft, and they'll get me through the snow (not much chance I'll ride it in the snow, really). The windscreen blocks EVERYTHING. I tested the electric plugs, and they seemed to work, but it was over degrees in the garage, so I didn't wear the jacket very long. Now I just need to ride this little garage queen, right?
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I've been riding on and off for 50 years and I still like small bikes with pretty big motors. I've never had a crotch rocket, but I rode dirt bikes with my sons for a couple of decades, then switched to road bikes when they graduated college. My one big trip was 5,500 miles (solo) on my Sportster out to the Grand Canyon from the east coast and then back home. Loved every minute of it and wish I was healthy enough to do it again!
My two cents...there's no such thing as a perfect bike, but every ride can be nearly perfect.
Before this SC250 my last bike was a Suzuki Boulevard S50 (800 cc) and I really liked it. Only 450 lbs, shaft drive so no chain to worry about, and it felt very nimble and quick. And with my short inseam the low seat height suited me fine. And for long hauls, I found that an Air Hawk cushion can make hours in the saddle much more comfortable.
I've put a few miles on the SC250 and I'm getting pretty used to it. Met an old friend for lunch and he showed me around some back roads today... I think I'm going to really like this little scoot. Here's a picture just before heading out from my bud's place...I'm in the helmet standing behind his Big Rukus and he's standing behind my SC250...
We had lunch in downtown Greer, SC, at one of my favorite restaurants...and as usual had a great meal at the Blue Ridge Brewing Company...
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Recently got a 2007 Aprilia Sportcity 250 with low miles. Love it. Here's a picture from the previous owner's ad on Craigslist...
It's been a garage queen for a few days while I get a few things done to it. The sun's supposed to shine tomorrow so I'll take it out again and try to get used to no-foot-brake-no-clutch-no-gears riding. It's hard to teach this old coot new tricks... especially when it's so easy! I've been riding 50+ years, but this seems odd to my old brain.