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Old 10-10-2020, 05:16 PM   #1
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Small Scooter, Moped or motorcycle recomendations

Hi - I'm looking into getting a small Scooter, Moped or motorcycle to put on the back of the motorhome for the times we don't want to tow a car.


Just something in the 125cc-150cc range to get us around the town not to get on the interstate.


Would also be interested in hearing about what racks people use to carry them with in the 2 inch receiver.


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Old 10-10-2020, 05:48 PM   #2
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Hi.
I’m replying mainly to follow this post but I have done a bit of research. I think 125cc and up gets you close to 60mph so you can go smaller. I believe 50-75cc will do usually 30-35mph. Good enough for the city. I found lots of 125s on the net used however.

The racks start at about 300 pounds capacity for a two inch receiver so enough for a scooter and you lift it on and off. Honda’s are best but pricey but Yamahas and vespas are plentiful and many other solid options. I want to go used myself.

Good luck and can’t wait to hear everyone’s ideas.
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Old 10-10-2020, 07:07 PM   #3
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We have a Lance 125cc Havanna Classic scooter. Weighs about 260 lbs. Any decent motorcycle rack could hold it. Even Harbor Freight sells a pretty good one.

Problem is with a fifth wheel, the scooter would block the tail lights and license plate. Not allow here in Calif and most states. We don't use it at all on camping trips due to this.

All that said, I would never consider a smaller cc engine for these scooters. Cars will be running you off the road constantly. Mopeds are small and slow. Ours is as small as I would go, and even then can be dangerous at times. And I am a ex-Harley rider with high skills on bikes....Other drivers are more distracted than ever these days.

Good luck and stay safe out there if you buy one. Mine's for sale, but I won't pay to ship it.
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I had a Znen 150cc scooter and it was fine riding around campgrounds and running errands around our small town. Hauling it on a hitch carrier was no problem. I am not a small person and it would top out around 50 mph. It was just to small to carry both myself and my wife with any degree of comfort and never quite felt stable with both of us on it. I sold it this spring and bought a Kawasaki KLR 650. The KLR rides quite well on my hitch carrier and is a lot more capable on road and off. It also allows my wife and I a lot more flexibility in where we ride.

Small scooters are great for a lot of a applications and are easy and fun to ride. You might also consider a light weight Dual Sport motorcycle, something in the 250-400c range. They are a lot of fun and offer a lot more versatility than a scooter. Whatever decision you make on what to ride, don't scrimp on the hitch carrier, buy the best you can afford. Stay a way from the cheap aluminum ones.
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I am property-sitting on a farm near Eugene Oregon.
My ancient BMW is my constant companion.
I'll be 69 in a few weeks, we fit.

* One of our cow-orkers rides a UBCO electric from New Zealand.
The north America importer, the BMW dealer, is a few miles down the road.
Designed toward off-road dual-sporting, it is extremely easy to ride.

* Another cow-orker rides a ZERO electric.
This's a much higher performing dual-sport, oriented seventy-percent street and thirty-percent forest roads.
It is extremely easy to ride.
The distributor, the Triumph dealer, is down the road from us, and across the street from the UBCO dealer.

Irregardless of your choice, I strongly strongly recommend at least a basic Rider Safety Course.
These offer a variety of motorcycles to experience on a closed course under the guidance of TrainedProfessionals.
If you can, schedule at least one course for a rainy day.

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My yearly (decadely?) maintenance costs are near-nothing compared to a new purchase.
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We are property-sitting on a farm near Eugene Oregon.
My ancient BMW is my constant companion.

* One of our cow-orkers rides a UBCO electric from New Zealand.
The north America importer, the BMW dealer, is a few miles down the road.
Designed toward off-road dual-sporting, it is extremely easy to ride.

* Another cow-orker rides a ZERO electric.
This's a much higher performer, oriented seventy-percent street and thirty-percent forest roads.
It is extremely easy to ride.
The distributor, the Triumph dealer, is down the road from us, and across the street from the UBCO dealer.

Disclaimer:
My ancient BMW has several hundred thousand miles on thrashed logging tracks and that inter-connected series of potholes Californians call 'roads'.
My yearly (decadely?) maintenance costs are near-nothing compared to a new purchase.
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On the back of my Class C:
(Honda PCX 150. Speed limiter kicks in at 63mph. Does traffic just fine. 112 mpg at last readout. 296 lbs. dry. I normally ride an old Gold Wing, and this thing is way more fun. Handles dirt and gravel just fine.)

I carry it on this:
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Old 10-17-2020, 07:32 PM   #8
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Check with your DMV. Most scooters or motorcycles above 50cc, trequire a motorcycle endorsement on your license. That means a motorcycle drivers test.
Just checked the TN DMV site. You will need a MC endorsement if you plan on riding on public roads. Plus insurance.
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Following. I have a big Harley and my wife has a Kawasaki Vulcan that we pull on a trailer BUT would like to just bring the Vulcan on it's own sometimes. It weighs around 450 lbs so would need something more than posted. Appreciate if anyone had an attachment for the 500 lb tongue weight.
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Following. I have a big Harley and my wife has a Kawasaki Vulcan that we pull on a trailer BUT would like to just bring the Vulcan on it's own sometimes. It weighs around 450 lbs so would need something more than posted. Appreciate if anyone had an attachment for the 500 lb tongue weight.
I use a Gopluss hitch carrier and it is rated for 600lb. I replaced the useless stabilizer that came with it with a StowAway hitch tightener stabilizer. I purchased both of them from Amazon. I carry a Kawasaki KLR that is approximately 430lbs wet with no problems.

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Thank you Miller !
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Those are great bikes for campers! My dad had one of the Trail 90's back in 1970. It would go anywhere. (Had that cool two-range tranny so it was great in the dirt hills and on the roads.)
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