Feelinirie: be VERY careful with a scooter in the mountains! especially when you ride two-up, the small wheels have a nasty habit of slipping out from under you when you brake hard dowhill. considering the amount of shit on the roads from trucks, chewed up spats of binlang, trash, gravel, potholes, leaves, dead dogs, whatever, scooters are not the ideal regular machine for fanging around the mountains.
this is due the much smaller diameter of the wheel: for two reasons. one, they get swallowed up by holes to a much greater degree than big wheels (ever see a decent trail bike or enduro bike with wheels smaller than 19"?) throws the bike way off line… and there is always a hole at the apex, just where you can’t quite see it, naaaaasty surprise!
two, when applying the brakes, any small (scooter) wheel has less torque applied to the road, due to smaller diameter than a (real) motorcycle wheel , so the wheel is more likely to pass the limit of adhesion (also enhanced by the smaller contact patch of a small tire) for any given decelleration…ergo. slip sliding away…much worse with heavier loads.
but if you buy only one machine and use it more in the city, scooters win hands down…make sure you get one with disk brakes on the front at least. a 150 if you regularly want to go in the mountains is a good idea.
that’s twenty years of experience talking here: racing, courier, joyrides, commuter, etc…i used to fall off a lot, but i’m getting better!
the salt mountains are pretty weird idea for a day out…and hard to find.
have fun whatever you choose. keep upright!
hey, is irie your wife?