|Yamaha Virago 250|
From what I understand, a 250cc motorcycle engine on a traditonal bike might work out great for city driving. Not so hot on the freeway. So if I go traditional bike I'm looking at least 650cc, which is generally the engine size of the smaller bikes.
So what is best for me? I'm about 6 foot even, 210 pounds (1.82 m and 95.3 kg)...not a small guy but not exactly muscular either. I wanted something that I felt comfortable on, I didn't want to be bent over most of time, as I would be on a sport bike - sometimes called a crotch rocket. Nor did I need 1200 cc strapped between my legs to prove I am a man.
I'm 45 years old (in dog years I'm 193 years old) and believe more in comfort than style.
My job does not require me to wear a suit and tie every day but I am required to have "business causal dress" most days of the week. How about storage for a laptop? Being new to riding I was more concerned about safety as well. Would the bike "forgive" me if I fucked up?
|2007 Aprilia 500 Atlantic|
With the pass through my legs are protected. Storage is safe under the seat, and generally speaking easier to carry as it is more towards the center of the bike so the rider does not have to worry about counterbalance as much. I have seen 3 bags of groceries placed under the seat without issue.
With the center of gravity moved forward and the engine fixed to the frame, the so called maxi scooter would have bigger wheels than a traditional scooter and that improves handling. Improved handling equals more safety in my mind. Other options such as automatic transmission, ABS brakes, and other features that are just not available on a motorcycle yet sold me. If they are available then the price was steep.
Scooters it seems, carry a lower price tag. I think that has to do with American's obsessions with power and style and not function...but that is another post. Another time.