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UrbanTarzan 01-22-2018 12:18 PM

Does anyone carry a Scooter?
 
Hi
Just curious what you all think about Scooters in place of a TOAD .
One of the main reasons we chose a Motorhome over a pull behind was so we can tow our boat .
I'm all set up to tow our Jeep Wrangler when the boat isn't coming but I'm contemplating getting a Scooter for boat trips.
I'm looking at a medium sized scooter in the 150cc range.
Does anyone have experience with carriers? Recommendations ?
I'm concerned about carrying in the front for airflow reasons... is that a real issue?
The Scooter I'm looking at weighs 250 lbs which is doable to carry in the back as the boat tongue weight is under 200 lbs.
I'm also curious about how popular scooters are amongst Motorhome people.
I've been watching on the road and don't see many on Motorhomes...is there a reason I'm missing ?
Seems like a great and fun way to get around town and stuff.
Thanks
Chris

Pete'sMH 01-22-2018 01:55 PM

Iíve been looking for a pair of 50 - 90 cc Honda step-throughs. Used to have a pair of Tomas mopeds and they were great. I want something small enough and light enough to carry a pair in a hitch basket carrier. This means no plastic bodywork and a very small frame.

Iím also a bicyclist so Iím looking into a pair of e-bikes. Wife isnít a rider though so this might not work. And nice ones seem to be very pricey- about $3,000 each!

Chance 01-22-2018 01:56 PM

Safety????
 
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Originally Posted by UrbanTarzan (Post 105244)

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I've been watching on the road and don't see many on Motorhomes...is there a reason I'm missing ?
Seems like a great and fun way to get around town and stuff.
Thanks
Chris

I agree they sound like a fun compromise, but also haven't seen many (just a couple over the years). Will be interested in this thread.

I personally think a lot of RVers are either young with kids, or older couples who might not feel comfortable and or safe enough in traffic riding a scooter (particularly in unfamiliar roads/cities). While visiting in West Palm Beach I see a lot of scooters on the road and find it surprising more riders don't get killed. Many scooters there are too small in my opinion to keep up with traffic.

I also find it interesting that many students at my university have traded bicycles for scooters. Decades ago everyone rode bikes, and now when I go back to visit, there are literally 1,000s of scooters parked throughout campus.

Chance 01-22-2018 02:03 PM

P.S. -- Last night was looking at specs on Zero electric motorcycles. They are still a little too expensive (there are many brands now), but the ones that can also go off road on trails and have plenty of power and range look like they may work for us if we need more than our present bicycles.

Kev 01-22-2018 02:12 PM

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Originally Posted by UrbanTarzan (Post 105244)
Hi
Just curious what you all think about Scooters in place of a TOAD .
One of the main reasons we chose a Motorhome over a pull behind was so we can tow our boat .
I'm all set up to tow our Jeep Wrangler when the boat isn't coming but I'm contemplating getting a Scooter for boat trips.
I'm looking at a medium sized scooter in the 150cc range.
Does anyone have experience with carriers? Recommendations ?
I'm concerned about carrying in the front for airflow reasons... is that a real issue?
The Scooter I'm looking at weighs 250 lbs which is doable to carry in the back as the boat tongue weight is under 200 lbs.
I'm also curious about how popular scooters are amongst Motorhome people.
I've been watching on the road and don't see many on Motorhomes...is there a reason I'm missing ?
Seems like a great and fun way to get around town and stuff.
Thanks
Chris

We have been using a hitch mounted motorcycle steel carrier with a weight rating of 600 lbs. purchased on ebay. I have a 150cc scooter and a 550cc scooter and it depends on where we are traveling when deciding which scooter to bring. We live in Florida so the weather allows us to use them almost year round. We also have electric bicycles that we use when traveling to locations with bike trails or when we know we wont be traveling far from the motorhome.

JamieGeek 01-22-2018 02:25 PM

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Originally Posted by Chance (Post 105264)
P.S. -- Last night was looking at specs on Zero electric motorcycles. They are still a little too expensive (there are many brands now), but the ones that can also go off road on trails and have plenty of power and range look like they may work for us if we need more than our present bicycles.

Zero just dropped their prices across the board:
https://jalopnik.com/zero-drops-the-...-35-1705821934

Kev 01-22-2018 02:31 PM

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Originally Posted by JamieGeek (Post 105268)
Zero just dropped their prices across the board:
https://jalopnik.com/zero-drops-the-...-35-1705821934

A local motorcycle dealer near me stop selling them due to lack of sales. Lack of interest and price point was blamed. Even with the price drop not enough to compete with gas models.

Chance 01-22-2018 08:13 PM

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Zero just dropped their prices across the board:
https://jalopnik.com/zero-drops-the-...-35-1705821934

Still seems a little expensive. I also noticed the battery capacity is a little lower than what I was seeing last night. Maybe if Tesla or Honda got into mass producing electric scooters/motorcycles they could better compete on cost. I think I wouldn't consider anything with much less than 10 kWh capacity. I'd want the ability to wonder miles from campground and still feel secure I could get back -- and with two onboard.

I saw one of these Pegasus at grocery store today. I think it has 150 cc engine, and seat large enough for two. Also has a place to carry a few groceries or store helmet. It looks nice, but may be cheap underneath -- don't really know.

Bob Denman 01-22-2018 08:21 PM

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Originally Posted by Chance (Post 105264)
P.S. -- Last night was looking at specs on Zero electric motorcycles. They are still a little too expensive (there are many brands now), but the ones that can also go off road on trails and have plenty of power and range look like they may work for us if we need more than our present bicycles.

The Zeroes are the nicest of the "Battery-Bikes". :thumb:
If I wasn't riding my Spyder: I'd have one of them instead! :coolsmiley:

Don't let the retail prices scare you... There's a huge difference between suggested retail, and selling prices.

Chance 01-22-2018 08:52 PM

Just looking ahead and researching while I have time. It was just one of those pop-up ads that got my attention, so looked at them.

If we stay with Class B that can go and park just about anywhere, then we'll be fine with bicycles for now. We still enjoy pedaling, although a scooter can be a lot of fun too. We toured Cozumel on a rented scooter years ago and had a blast.

If we end up with small A or C, then a scooter would get a lot more use, and would make more sense to own. For now I can use all the exercise I/we can get.

JamieGeek 01-23-2018 01:05 AM

This video is a nice review of the available decent electric scooters (not the toy versions):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Unv9eKDC64U

sage 01-23-2018 02:43 AM

I personally think a lot of RVers are either young with kids, or older couples who might not feel comfortable and or safe enough in traffic riding a scooter (particularly in unfamiliar roads/cities).

This issue is what started me looking at the Segway a few weeks back. And what's stopped me from pulling the trigger and buying to date. But I'm closing on a new house next week, in a gated 55+ community and I'll probably be buying one to run around there, instead of a golf cart. That will probably graduate to taking it in the Vegas on our trips.

Kev 01-23-2018 03:22 AM

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Originally Posted by sage (Post 105399)
I personally think a lot of RVers are either young with kids, or older couples who might not feel comfortable and or safe enough in traffic riding a scooter (particularly in unfamiliar roads/cities).

This issue is what started me looking at the Segway a few weeks back. And what's stopped me from pulling the trigger and buying to date. But I'm closing on a new house next week, in a gated 55+ community and I'll probably be buying one to run around there, instead of a golf cart. That will probably graduate to taking it in the Vegas on our trips.

We have two Segway Minipros to get around in the RV parks. And I use mine to walk the dog since he likes to walk for miles.

carlgorski 01-23-2018 03:56 AM

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Originally Posted by UrbanTarzan (Post 105244)
Hi

Just curious what you all think about Scooters in place of a TOAD .

One of the main reasons we chose a Motorhome over a pull behind was so we can tow our boat .

I'm all set up to tow our Jeep Wrangler when the boat isn't coming but I'm contemplating getting a Scooter for boat trips.

I'm looking at a medium sized scooter in the 150cc range.

Does anyone have experience with carriers? Recommendations ?

I'm concerned about carrying in the front for airflow reasons... is that a real issue?

The Scooter I'm looking at weighs 250 lbs which is doable to carry in the back as the boat tongue weight is under 200 lbs.

I'm also curious about how popular scooters are amongst Motorhome people.

I've been watching on the road and don't see many on Motorhomes...is there a reason I'm missing ?

Seems like a great and fun way to get around town and stuff.

Thanks

Chris



Honda PCX150. Put it on a motorcycle rack on back hitch. Can easily carry 2

Pete'sMH 01-23-2018 09:55 PM

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Originally Posted by carlgorski (Post 105417)
Honda PCX150. Put it on a motorcycle rack on back hitch. Can easily carry 2



Too big and too heavy for us. Iím looking at a pair of Pedego or Trek Electric bikes. Iím expecting the prices to come down some soon.

vkb 01-23-2018 10:18 PM

We have our dresser and a Suzuki dual sport..the latter hangs off the back of the Axis on the rack. Late last season, we looked at the Honda 150cc .. still not sure we want to downsize that much...as we get older we are changing our preferences...don't really want to pull a toad...decisions decisions !

Bob Denman 01-23-2018 11:47 PM

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I'm good to go with what I've got! :coolsmiley:

Homer3 01-24-2018 12:04 AM

Mr. Toad's Wild Ride
 
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Here's our Toad aka Mr. Toad's Wild Ride and aka the Corgi Cruiser

Chance 01-24-2018 12:40 AM

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Originally Posted by carlgorski (Post 105417)
Honda PCX150. Put it on a motorcycle rack on back hitch. Can easily carry 2

How do you like the way it handles and performs? I see that it's freeway legal, but wonder how fast you can normally go carrying two adults. Combined we weigh just under 270 pounds.

A range of 200 miles and cost under $4,000 seem pretty good for a Honda compared to no-name brands which are almost as expensive.

The larger and more powerful Forza looks interesting too, although more expensive.

UrbanTarzan 01-25-2018 12:14 AM

Great replies here and a lot of good info.
I am not comfortable on anything that can't keep up with traffic.
And I'm not sure I want to go full on electric yet.
I'm looking at a Kymco 150x , ive been doing research and reading reviews. The company has been around since 1963 and started as a parts maker for Honda and many other big companies.
I'm going to look at them at a dealer tomorrow.
The reviews and write ups on it are great. Not too bad for $2k out the door.
We are planning a trip to the Fla. Keys this summer and ill be bringing the boat. I think zipping around in the Keys on a scooter will be a blast!
I'll keep you all posted on what I find.


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