Good evening Zephyr.Dao, I'm guessing the car tire will last many more miles than a scooter tire and still handles well enough. A win-win situation.
Scooters are so convenient for around town and short highway trips that I wondered about gear. Do U.S. scooter people wear all the gear all the time? Any gear? I'm paranoid on a bike and spend a lot of time gearing up and down. Scooters may not have as many accidents as motorcycles. I've only seen a few scooters in the wild and a helmet may be all the gear I see. Not gearing up (except for a helmet), wind and weather protection, and under seat storage all are big selling points for scooters. I have ridden MacDaddy's Xmax and was impressed with it.
I have slid upside down on the highway after dropping my bike. It was 50 years ago but it's still a strong memory.
It's funny, the times I haven't had a scooter, I wanted one and the times I didn't have a cycle, I wanted one. Now again I have both. This time a C650 Sport (it is like a bigger TMax) and just got an 08 R1200R. I wanted a classic style cycle without plastic that can do 2 up for a weekend trip and the R can do that.Thanks for the Atgatt replies. I gear up for every ride. Some riders ask "aren't you hot?" Yes, I am and it takes time to get everything on and off. When I dropped my Bandit two months ago I had a cement scuff mark on my helmet. Without it I might have had a head injury. Scooters are neat, unique, and in many ways more practical but the gains aren't enough to hook me right now.
Thanks for sharing the words about your drop of the bike. I do not believe there should be helmet laws but I do believe that an experienced and knowledgeable rider would not go without the gear. As far as having a scooter or not. I hear ya. I have a few bikes in the garage at any given time and for the last few yeas my time has been divided between my Burgman 650 and my Triumph Trophy SE. Both hold a fascination for me for different reasons. I thoroughly enjoy both bikes but can see the day when the Burgman will be my main bike. It does not excite me with power or handling and is not the smoothest riding bike I have ever been on but it does duty for commuting and touring without missing a beat. I do like running into a bunch of riders when on a long trip on the Burgman and having them ask if I rode it to whatever location I might be. I almost hate to admit it but the Burgman is like an old pair of boots. It's comfortable and predictable and as reliable as a hammer. Nothing exciting to see there but it feels good when you are riding it.Thanks for the Atgatt replies. I gear up for every ride. Some riders ask "aren't you hot?" Yes, I am and it takes time to get everything on and off. When I dropped my Bandit two months ago I had a cement scuff mark on my helmet. Without it I might have had a head injury. Scooters are neat, unique, and in many ways more practical but the gains aren't enough to hook me right now.