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Old 10-20-2008, 12:38 PM   #1
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Why so expensive?

Why are scooters so much more expensive than their comparable cc motorcycle cousins?

Obviously the tiny 50cc scooters are dirt cheap. However, a 250 scooter may very well run $5K while a Ninja 250 retails for $3500 or so (barring the recent demand-based markups). A Suzuki Burgman 400 (400cc) will run you $6K-7K. 600cc to 650cc scooters often run $8K-9K. The Yamaha T-Max, for example, at only 500cc will run you $8K. Meanwhile, a Ninja 500 or Suzuki GS500F will only run you about $5500 and many upright sitting 600-650cc bikes like the Ninja 650 only run you $6800.

I'm certainly going to be a motorcycle man when I get my own two wheels, but if anyone can shed any light on why scooters, usually consider the less-cool of the who wheel transport types, cost so much MORE than comparable cc motorcycles, please share.
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Old 10-20-2008, 12:40 PM   #2
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...Because yuppies will pay top $$$ to look silly on a scooter.
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Old 10-20-2008, 12:40 PM   #3
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Old 10-20-2008, 12:43 PM   #5
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...Because yuppies will pay top $$$ to look silly on a scooter.
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Old 10-20-2008, 01:08 PM   #6
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Features. Most 250cc+ scooters have cruise control, ABS, heated seats, built in tiolets, satellite TV, auto-pilot, etc etc.
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Old 10-20-2008, 03:22 PM   #7
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^^ forgot about the built in foot bath and the smoothie machine.
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^^ forgot about the built in foot bath and the smoothie machine.
you're right. Also the underseat storage area that can be used for storing rain gear or growing wheatgrass at the owner's discression.
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Old 10-20-2008, 03:26 PM   #10
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Old 10-21-2008, 08:27 PM   #12
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Hilarious. Now that we've gotten the fun stuff out of our system, does anyone actually know why? Is it the automatic transmissions? The advantage of storage space? The accessability to the common person who's never ridden on two wheels?
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Old 10-21-2008, 08:50 PM   #13
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Hilarious. Now that we've gotten the fun stuff out of our system, does anyone actually know why? Is it the automatic transmissions? The advantage of storage space? The accessability to the common person who's never ridden on two wheels?
I do believe it is all of those reasons.
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