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Solid commuter. Also has manual or auto gearbox (My big Burgman has this too). Seriously, don't knock them til you've tried them. For some very off reason, (mostly cost related) the Maxi Scooters didn't really take off here in SA, there are only a real handful of Suzuki's, BMW's and Yamaha's in the 500 plus cc range, but they really are superb all-round commuters\touring bikes.
Its just so much easier/more efficient/less stressful,t o simply twist and ride. I also love the folding mirrors on my Burgman, I get through smaller gaps than most bikes. That Honda, under the seat, you can fit two full helmets..
Just dunno about the honda after-sales. have heard really bad reports.
You could probably get a decent Honda cbx 250 twister for R20k
Thanks, noted, but i would prefer a scoot
Current options I'm considering in no order of preference
- Sym Jet 14 200
- Suzuki Burgman 400
- Kymco Downtown 300i
- Kymco Xciting 500
- Yamaha BWS (as suggested here, not sure about how different a 2 stroke will be)
Motorcycle World used to have a good range but it’s been a long while since I’ve been there.
Last question from my side guys. I remember back in the 2000's when i bought my 1st scooter (VUKA 125) that there were a few guys in CT that were selling "grey imports". I remember a guy out in killarney side specifically.
I remember they were selling NC30s left right and centre.
Do these guys or similar still exist? And would getting a bike from them or getting them to source a bike be a reasonable option?
is it because they "Frankenstein" the bikes?
It was usually a case of you had no idea what the history of the bike really was.
Often they were ex race bikes with clocks turned back (or not run at all) and then sold here after the fact as was the case especially with the Honda 400’s.
Other times it’s just the lack of warranty support or bikes not being fitted correctly for our roads (headlights pointing wrong etc).
There isn’t much of a market for it any more I believe.