I got a call last night from a Canadian friend who’s looking to sell her 2001 Majesty (125cc)…I think she’s asking around 35K. Original owner, paid 65K new.
I went over He-huan-shan last summer and saw several of these at the summit, most were hauling passengers/loaded with gear. I’m six foot, weigh 210, and have carried my wife and camping gear over the summit at 3,300meters. Our combined weight must have been 350 pounds plus on a 135cc two-stroke bike. You’d be pleasantly surprised how well these mini-displacement engines can perform.
For my money the 250cc bikes on offer here are excessive in price and lacking in performance. I got into it with a Kymco Venox on some twisties behind my house last week, and the results for the Kymco were less than impressive. Granted the Venox is a cruiser, but at almost 7,000U.S. you’d expect better. Making the double displacement jump here is nothing more than a huge hole in your wallet.
Unless you weigh well over 300 pounds, virtually any of the 125-150cc scooters will be more than adequate in the performance department. The most important part of riding a scooter in comfort is simply finding one with a long enough wheelbase/reach to accomodate someone of your ‘stature’.