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Old 08-07-2018, 10:41 AM   #1
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motor scooter / moped advice

Hello All. On our second trip - to York PA - and we're quickly realizing that we need a "toad" (except the wife is still very hesitant about towing anything (work in progress)). I have a 28' Redhawk 26XD. In the meantime, does anyone use a motor scooter (attached on a rack)? Can you get models that will carry 2 riders, or is that not practical? What brands are good (price is important - a toad is in the future)? How do you lift them onto the rack to transport them? Any other info is greatly appreciated. Thanks.
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Old 08-07-2018, 12:44 PM   #2
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My wife and I take scooters (Genuine Buddy 125) along with us. I added a receiver hitch on the front of the Greyhawk and we carried one on the front and one on the back. I used the motorcycle carriers from Harbor Freight and I liked them very much. I have one for sale if you ever come up Rochester, New York area. They are easy enough to load/unload my wife does it by herself. The 125 scooters are powerful enough to travel 55-60 mph but do require a regular motorcycle license. If you get the 50cc version, most states do not require a motorcycle license but the scooters are limited to about 30-35 mph. The Buddy is not a good two person scooter although there are others that are. We have a combined 12,000 miles on out scooters without one single issue.
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Old 08-07-2018, 02:31 PM   #3
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I'm in this self-debate as well. I'm right on the edge of going Dual Sport motorcycle 250 cc. Less than 300 lbs so it can be pushed onto a trailer hitch rack on the back. Enough power to ride 2 on most back roads.
We rented a car on our last trip to site see but that's not cheap and you have to drive the RV there to PU and drop off. I have used the RV to drive (smaller rig) but it's a 15-20 min exercise to unhook and get ready to drive. Not sure I want to pull car but I'm also thinking that as well. Can get a used tow dolly around $600.
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Old 08-07-2018, 04:11 PM   #4
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Google Honda Silverwing. Suzuki makes a 2 up one as well.

Wife and I rented a 50cc one in FL one year when we went down with some friends. Each couple (4) rented a 50cc scooter, and we all went 2 up (we were all experienced MC riders) so it was a blast. Acceleration was horrible but funny, brakes were horrible and scary. The downpours that FL gets are not fun on a scooter or full size bike. We would "draft" each other and make passes like we were in a Nascar race, but at only 35mph going downhill. LOL. Oh to be younger and dumb again.
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Old 08-08-2018, 11:08 AM   #5
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The Honda Silverwing is way more than a scooter with up to an 800CC twin V engine. It will most definitely carry two and go highway speeds easily. The Suzuki Burgman comes in a 400cc and I believe a 650 version, also quite capable but neither are as cheap as the 50cc varieties, of which you would need two. Stay away from anything Chinese. No offense to their otherwise industrious capabilities in manufacturing but they are not yet up there with the Japanese for reliability.

For anything big enough to comfortably carry two, I think you may need an actual trailer. We recently bought a Kendon, ride up, one bike trailer for our Yamaha FJR1300, slightly larger than the scooters. It weighs about 350 and the bike is 700+, so around an additional 1050 pounds to tow on our 32' Greyhawk.

We just returned from 9 days in NM and CO and used the Yamaha in a few places to sight see and hit the grocery stores.
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Here's my light Duty Set-Up
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This is my light duty set-up LOL
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Our 2 50cc Chinese scooters will do 47mph.
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This is my light duty set-up LOL
That looks like a Honda Grom! Should have included that in my suggestions. great little bike.
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This is a Suzuki Burgman 400 on a Kendon trailer. A little heavy for a bumper mounting but it pulls wonderfully on the Kendon and is very capable of hauling myself and DW around for access to just about anything while out and about! Greyhawk 29MV
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