Answering the age-old question
I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned how I ended up on a scooter because there weren’t any small motorcycles on the market in late 2003, right?
Times have changed. In 2011, there are no less than three 250cc motorcycles on offer from three of the Big 4 Japanese motorcycle companies. Kymco and SYM have 150cc motorcycles as well. If you’re new to the idea of getting around on two wheels, you have many more choices than I did. How do you decide?
Gabe Ets-Hokin of MotorcycleUSA.com offers an excellent, thoughtful analysis of the pros and cons of scooters vs. motorcycles. My only quibble is the somewhat apples/oranges nature of comparing a 150cc scooter to a 250cc motorcycle, though upon reflection a newbie is probably more likely to be focused on price, so these two similarly-priced bikes are logical choices.
I’m not going to say what the right choice is, because that’s for YOU to decide. As I tell everyone, think carefully about how you plan to use your bike before you write the check. You will be a much happier rider.