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Offline Mat1998

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Scooter Vs motorbike reliability
« on: September 13, 2017, 02:56:38 PM »
Obviously you can't compare the reliability of a scooter and motorbike unless factors such as cost and quality are the same but if both a motorbike and scooter have the same cost and quality, which one is more reliable and will have a longer service life if they are both treated the same.


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Re: Scooter Vs motorbike reliability
« Reply #1 on: September 13, 2017, 03:01:41 PM »
Quite a few factors that need to be taken into consideration, for instance, are we talking long distance travel or short distances to the shop and back?

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Re: Scooter Vs motorbike reliability
« Reply #2 on: September 13, 2017, 03:52:24 PM »
I think for the purposes of this article, let's say both are used for commuting and both are ridden by the same rider and have the same cylinder capacity


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Re: Scooter Vs motorbike reliability
« Reply #3 on: September 13, 2017, 03:55:27 PM »
How long is the commute though? I used to commute using my scoot, about 30km each way... my scoot just didn't like highway travel and took serious strain. Also, the service intervals are shorter so it ended up costing me lots to keep the scoot on the road.

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Re: Scooter Vs motorbike reliability
« Reply #4 on: September 13, 2017, 04:06:52 PM »
Well on average, with either my big boy rct 170 or big boy retro 150 I do 15-30 km a day not on highways although I do go on the old Johannesburg road so let's say at a top speed of round about 80.

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Re: Scooter Vs motorbike reliability
« Reply #5 on: September 13, 2017, 06:33:36 PM »
Obviously you can't compare the reliability of a scooter and motorbike unless factors such as cost and quality are the same but if both a motorbike and scooter have the same cost and quality, which one is more reliable and will have a longer service life if they are both treated the same.

Reliability has nothing to do with the kind of motorcycle i.e. geared, chain driven vs. CVT, belt driven.

It has everything to do with how the vehicle gets treated:

Is it being used within it's designed limits and capacity?
Was the engine run-in properly?
Is it being serviced strictly within the manufacturer's stipulations?
Does the engine get warmed up before riding off, when cold?
Is the bike being treated with respect?

The "quality" of the product will also ultimately determine the "reliability", but not as much as the conditions it is being subjected to.
Previous bikes & scooters:
BMW C600 Sport
Kymco Grand Dink 250 (300),
BMW F650GS Dakar,
Gilera Runner 180,
Kymco Agility 125,
Kymco TB100,
Kymco Heroism KH125,
Honda CBX550FII,
Suzuki RG50 Gamma