[quote=“Bu Lai En”]Basically Taiwan style scooters are just a lot easier to drive and basically better than Thailand style ones. They just use the big wheel manual ones in Tahiland becuase they’re cheaper and you need big wheels on a lot of the roads. in Taiwan those are thought of as farmer’s bikes.
Brian[/quote]Better in what way? Obviously big wheels give more gyroscopic stability and soak up the bumps better as well (of which there are plenty here as well). One point for step-thrus. Then there’s speed. Well, they have quite a number of 150 2-stroke step-thrus in Thailand and they looked none too sluggish to me (and there was the one I saw with a 250 engine shoe-horned in!)
And if you’re thinking of economy and the environment, the latest models of 4-stroke step-thru have fuel injection.
Plus they’re very, very reliable. I had an old Honda C50 in the UK and it just wouldn’t break down, no matter what abuse I gave it.
In the end, though, I’d still choose an automatic scooter. More storage space, more comfortable for rider and pillion, smaller wheels mean quicker turning (well, so do the narrow, narrow tyres they put on the bikes in Thailand but I wouldn’t want to have that little rubber on the road). The ride can be a bit harsher but the other factors outweigh this IMO.