Don’t buy a scooter. Buy one of those Harley lookalike things.
They’re heavy, not very manouverable, pigs to park, and you’re always fiddling around changing gears in the traffic. Oh, and there’s nowhere to store anything unless you buy a panier or box. Totally impractical.
I bought one, despite never having ridden anything like it before, and came back shaking after my baptism-by-rush-hour the next day. Scoots were whizzing around me like mosquitos. I was sweating, cursing, and scared to death. When I met up with the previous owner to transfer the paperwork I went by MRT, there was no fucking way I was going to carry a passenger.
It’s also great for burning your leg on the exhausts, one on each side just to be sure.
On the other hand, I now find myself singing as I cruise down the road with my shades on. My students are always telling me how cool I am, and strangers ask me about the bike while waiting for the lights. The girls love it, and can sit on the back comfortably for an hour or two - try that on a scoot! Running out to the beach is a pleasure, partly because the bike feels so safe - it’s so big and solid. And when you hit a big hole in the road with those big wheels it just ‘steps over’ instead of feeling like it’s going to trip up.
I’ve got used to Taipei traffic, got used to the bike, and hunting around for a bigger than normal space is not that big a deal. Wouldn’t change it for anything except maybe a bigger one.
PS - fell off a borrowed scoot last year, thanks to a dog that zig-zagged as I swerved so as to remain in front of me. I lay on the road, a couple of metres from the scoot, and the bloody dog was back in the middle of the road waiting for another victim.