I think it comes down to whether or not it’s your sole transportation. I think we’ve got the best of both worlds, I’ve got the RZX, the spouse has a BWS 100 scooter, and we’ve got a truck. I ride the RZ a fair bit, and during the summer months the truck might sit for a week without being driven. (Note: I couldn’t care less about the cool factor on the BWS, I needed something to climb the rather steep hill into our community)
Joesax also has both a scooter and motorcycle, and if you hit the moutains on a regular basis then this is the ideal setup. It also keeps you on the road if one of your rides breaks down. But if you live smack in the middle of a major city and don’t get out much, there’s really not much point to owning a motorcycle.
If you live in the sticks, then I’d get both. Should be no problem to pick up both a respectable scooter and motorcycle for 40k or less. I believe we paid 48k (new) for the BWS, but they can be had used for 15k or less. It’s not fast, nor does it have the city feel zing of a regular scooter. What it does have is lot’s of low-end grunt, which is great for hill climbing. I wouldn’t buy one if you are over 6 feet tall though.
I’ve taken my wife’s BWS into the moutains once or twice, but it’s not the same. I feel like on the scooter it’s means to get where you are going, and on the motorcycle you enjoy the journey…