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Old 7th March 2014, 11:28 PM
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I'm also a scooter rider. Was a member of the Leeds Crusaders scooter club for years. Was mainly a Lambretta rider myself. Owned a few beauties over the years, a 62 Li 150 chrome ring series 3 was my favourite. Also had a beautiful 65 sportique. Would love another when I settle over there, looking for Px200e. Any idea on prices and dealerships?
A year or two ago I was seriously considering buying my favorite bike - a 1,800cc Full dress Honda Goldwing. The greatest and best road bike ever thought of and built as far as I'm concerned. Apologies to all the Harley lovers..

The reason I decided against one is the same that scooter enthusiasts might want to consider before investing in or importing one. Maintenance, availability of parts, and someone who is truly qualified to work on your bike.

Granted a Goldwing is a complex and in some areas of operation and computer driven machine where only a truly qualified mechanic should touch it.
But the same holds true for modern scooters as well. Without the truly proper care and availability of "authentic" parts, one can wind up with nothing more than a pile of junk to be molded into a decoration for your front yard...

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Scoot 65,

I'm also a scooter rider. Was a member of the Leeds Crusaders scooter club for years. Was mainly a Lambretta rider myself. Owned a few beauties over the years, a 62 Li 150 chrome ring series 3 was my favourite. Also had a beautiful 65 sportique. Would love another when I settle over there, looking for Px200e. Any idea on prices and dealerships?

With doing the Nationals since the 80's I'm very familiar with the name Leeds Crusaders. I still have a GP200 metalflake sprayed by Macca in the metalflake/pin stripe DTC style (not the race design), I've also got a '64 TV/GT200.

Regarding PX's in the Phils, it was mostly 150's which where imoported, but you can still get PX200 if you keep an eye on the classifieds.
I'm not up on the prices of these now.
Depending upion where going to settle, it might be agood idea to Google 'Vespa Club of Philippines' and joining their forum. They have a classified section with scoots for sale/wanted......... including the odd Lambretta or two!

The guys at the address I gave previously used to be Vespa / Piaggio dealer, but had to pull out aferter a while because Piaggio demanded they import a certain amount and there were just not the buyers for that number. They now sell brand new Stella 150's (PX clones)

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I learned to ride my motor by watching videos on youtube and also some DVDs. I practised in the SM parking lot before 10am and then around the subdivision. I eventually worked my way out onto the streets and took it from there.
Being a car driver and having some experience of Asian drivers from driving in the Middle East helped understand their habits.
Being able to ride a motor after 20 minutes is not the same as learning to drive on the streets.
I've had my motor 3yrs now and will ride it anywhere. Always expect the Filipino driver to do the opposite of what you expect.
I will clarify me earlier post. Any person that can drive a car, truck, or bus properly on the street should have no difficulty in mastering a small engine twist and go scooter very quickly, may be in LESS than 20 minutes, may be more. That's why my UK car licence allows me and millions of others to ride that type of scooter all over Europe without any need for a further driving test. As for Filipino drivers, have you not noticed how few have accidents? That's because they cheerfully make way for others on the road, and expect others to do the same for them, instead of behaving like road hogs.
On the subject of scooter types, I would not dream of acquiring anything in the Philippines that was not locally sold and supported, because keeping them on the road would be a nightmare. So if you have a Vespa or Lambretta, you better have a 'local' brand for a standby, because you will need it. Far better to have something for which spares and service are available cheaply almost round the clock, and which every local mechanic knows inside out.
Of course, if you want one for fun and have an alternative vehicle, no problem. I did.
I think I know what I'm talking about. In the Philippines I had a 1952 MkV11 Jaguar and a 1964 Triumph TR4A, both of which I tried to keep in pristine condition for their occasional 'outings'. I always seemed to be messing about with them, as even tiny standard parts such as plugs and filters, were not locally available. Still, I had my scooter, and a Toyota Landcruiser for regular use.

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