Saturday, January 31, 2009

To Sleep: Perchance To Dream...About Motorcycles

While my Elite and the C70 and CT90 go, one by one, into the shop for a little pre-Spring service, here are some dream bikes for me...subject to change as my thoughts toss between scooters and motorcycles, cruisers and sportbikes and dual purpose, and new vs. vintage.

Scooters - I think Kymco and Piaggio build some fantastic scooters:

Cruisers - I fell in love with these small 250cc cruisers at the Seattle Motorcycle Show from Kymco (Venox) and Hyosung (GV250):

Vintage vs. New - I love vintage, but clogged carbs seem to follow me wherever I go, so I also long for a newer bike with fuel injection (but I hear they are expensive to service):

So, maybe the solution is a hybrid of vintage and new - Sym (from Taiwan) will be selling the Symba, a modernized version of the Honda Supercub, in the US in 2009:

I agree with William Shakespeare, "ay, there's the rub."


Baron's Life said...

Lance...thanks for an excellent post. I am also taken by the Kymco. I think it looks stylish and promises good performance. The only thing I worry about is quality and long term's manufactured in Taiwan and this leaves me to wonder about quality...I may be wrong on the quality issue, especially since so many people, including bobskoot have recomended Kymco to me.

Conchscooter said...

Carbs don't clog if you ride 'em. Fuel injection is the rule these days and injection doesn't need "servicing" unless something breaks. As injectors use pumps to get the fuel out of the tank and measure injection rates with a sensor in the exhaust there are more electronic doo hickeys. But they are unavoidable nowadays.

Heinz N Frenchie said...

Enjoyed window shopping on your blog. Some really nice photos. Everytime we visit Varsity Cycles here we drool over all the new models. If we were in the market for a new one now it would be a hard choice. Luckily we are set for some years, but it is fun to dream. Thanks for the inspiration.

irondad said...

If you're going to dream, dream big!

I think Hyosung will be the next serious competitor to the established Japanese bikes. They're sort of the Kia of the motorcycle world, me thinks.

Lance said...

Baron - thanks. I have heard a lot of good things about Kymco and Sym, and about Taiwanese quality in general. Bobskoot has the Xciting 500, which is a great scoot!

Conch - You're right about carbs - I just need to ride more (a great presciption for a lot of things!)

Heinz N Frenchie - Yes, window shopping is fun. But you are right, you made the right choice in scooters. Just read your post about sharks, which was very cool!

Irondad - I think you are right on both accounts! Hyosung has potential to be a big player in the market. I think their quality is there, but I have heard issues with distribution (particularly of parts) in the US.

Stephen said...

Don't get too spooked by carbs on a new bike, like conchshooter said just ride the thing. I'm a firm believer in "Keeping it simple" though I am fairly certain that my next bike will probably end up being fuel injected. That's a little ways down the road though.


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Greg Prosmushkin said...

Thanks for taking the time to share this wonderful post with us. It was great to see all these wonderful photos and I hope to see more from you in the future. Have a great rest of your weekend.
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