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I wanted to hear what make and model scooter everyone is riding. I know the Honda Dream and Wave are popular, but what features made you pick the one you ride? What features did you wish it had? What can you do without, auto transmission, EFI, etc.?


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Yamaha Fino - was going to buy a Honda but a friend told me about this Fino his neighbour had stored - been bought for his daughter when she came to Thailand for 6mths, 4000km and still under warranty, he was happy to clear space in his garage for half what he paid fpr it. A bargain.
Over 20,000 km since then; longest trip in one day 400km+ from Sa Kaeo-Chanthaburi-Rayong, and numerous trips here-Sa Kaeo (180km) most recently last week. Have averaged approx 1000km per month.
Get it serviced as per book - oil every 3000km @ 150baht up to 500baht.
Has been faultless. Apart from tyres, scheduled maintenance and an upgraded rear shock, never any mechanical breakdown, one headlight bulb last month the first time I've had to replace one.
Comfortable enough, the 'floor' area is handy for carrying large items, and prefer to put a day pack there rather than wear one. Box on the back is handy. Seems indestructible, have loaned it to people many times the auto gearbox makes for easy riding and have given riding lessons to a couple of friends' kids.
Don't think there's necessarily anything 'wrong' with any of the main Japanese brands, we're only talking scooters here, comes down to personal choice.
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Glad you got such a good deal. What size is it? Is a 150cc scooter large enough for a 250lb driver and 110lb passenger, or is something larger needed?

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Finos are 115cc; Yamaha also make the Elegance which is 135cc - I understand that 135 is the limit for scooters tax or duty maybe (?) and being 135 or less keeps the price down.
There are bigger 250, 400, 600cc etc scooters but at huge cost comparatively.
lbs - I'm metric! that's 115 and 50kg; I upgraded the shock to one with a maximum load limit of 150kg (I think the original was rated at 120). We're well under that - and weight is something to consider as Finos have a single-shock rear suspension, whereas their Elegance, most Honda models, have twin shocks.

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Suzuki Hayate 125cc.
At the time one of the cheapest scooters with 125cc + injection (THB 52k)
Big plus: the space under the seat.
Big minus: tough driving, means tough consumption.

Otherwise: great bike and runs smoothly.

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Yamaha Elegance is a good bike ,two rear suspension legs,electric start,automatic,135 cc. is good for extra acceleration,especially on main highways. Try a local auction first,the above bike goes for a small premium apart from other bikes. If you reside in a hilly area I would go for a chain and sprocket,clutch burnout always a problem,but flat areas automatic is good.
Auctions are good,bought the TGF one from an auction,she wanted a new one,but bought her what she would have regarded as a wrecker earlier @5000 baht,goes like the wind,almost as good as the one above and I got that half price ,one year old. Could start a business,buy them from auctions, then sell them on or rent them out.

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Could start a business,buy them from auctions, then sell them on or rent them out.
I'm sure there are plenty doing this; English guy who lived near us in Phuket made a trip to Bangkok auctions every 3-4 weeks and came back with 4-5 each time, often repossessions, and he only bought ones with low kms and still under warranty.
As I found, second-hand prices can be far below new price.

We've got a Honda Sonic as well, 125cc 5-speed gearbox, quicker than the scooter but v uncomfortable for anything but a short trip, am too tall, and seat is i think made of wood!

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First let me say how grateful I am to find this forum. I intend to move to Thailand in about 7 years with my wife who is Thai. I visit every year but for only 2 weeks and I love it there.
Now on to the topic.
We will have small 4x4 truck but I also want a scooter. My thoughts are as an american I will be learning to drive on the wrong side of the road. LOL
So I want a scooter with an automatic transmision if possible. 1 less thing to worry about LOL.
Any suggestions?

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I hear that test drives are unheard of in Thailand, do you have to go by looks/specs alone when buying a scooter?

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I hear that test drives are unheard of in Thailand, do you have to go by looks/specs alone when buying a scooter?
My wife says that it depends on the dealer. Some will some wont.

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