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re: New member seeks advice.

Postby MikeM » Sat Jun 18, 2011 7:30 am

If anyone knows a Motorcycle Magazine that sometimes writes about Scooters, please inform me.
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Re: re: New member seeks advice.

Postby oilyhans » Sat Jun 18, 2011 10:46 am

JD wrote:Another good Taiwanese brand is TGB, now being sold under the Peirspeed name. http://www.peirspeed.com/ We've had two for five years and they've been rock-solid for more than 6000 miles each. They tend to cost less than Kymco BUT they've had problems with continuity in distribution and dealerships. If they have a strong dealer in your area, consider a Peirspeed/TGB. If the dealer is shaky or non-existent, then skip it.

BTW, TGB makes CVTs (continuously variable transmissions) for Piaggio, Rotax, Peugeot, Minarelli, Morini, Polaris, and SYM.

Sym http://www.sym-usa.com/ also makes good scoots, but dealership continuity has been a problem for them as well, so I'd probably steer clear until they resolve their business problems.

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Yes TGB and Adly are good scooters basically trouble free.
however the TGB's are no longer being imported ..
There are rumors that there maybe a container coming but
for now its a rumor...

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re: New member seeks advice.

Postby Ralph C Barger » Sat Jun 18, 2011 1:13 pm

I have 3 TGB's. My newest is an R9i with 1000 miles on it. I have a 2005
TGB Delivery 150 that has 7829 miles on it. both my step son and I ride
it. Never a problem in the 2000 miles that we have put on it since we got
it a year ago.And then there is my TGB Del. 50 cc. Only problem with it has been getting the correct CDI for it once we derestricted it and put an
MRP muffler on it. OilyHans is sending one my way as soon as he restocks.
I have heard of a TGB DEl. 150 up in the Rome GA area tha t has over 20,000 miles on it and has never required more that belts, tires, and
oil changes. I also have heard that Piaggio still has an interest in the
company. IMHO for the money spent you wont find a better one.
I will admit that Peirspeed is located about 40 miles from me and my dealer is 15 miles away.
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re: New member seeks advice.

Postby Ralph C Barger » Sat Jun 18, 2011 1:24 pm

Oily Hans, I have heard that there is a container on the way too. If not
I would hope that either TGB sets up their own importing office or finds
one in this country that will devote full time to setting up and servicing
dealers in this country. I dont think that the TGB line of scoots and ATVs
have been advertised correctly in this country. There is a good dealer
network but not enough back up for them.
Sadly the 250 line has not been imported here yet and that would be a great seller in my opinion. If they ever bring in the 250 I will end up with
4 in the garage.
In Australia they are one of the top 5 sellers. Of course, unlike here, the
Aussies are more willing to consider scooters as primary transportation
while here we consider scoots and motorcycles as recreational vehicles.
If gas prices resume their upward march we may see them becoming primary transportation here.
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Re: re: New member seeks advice.

Postby JD » Sat Jun 18, 2011 6:07 pm

Ralph C Barger wrote:If gas prices resume their upward march we may see them becoming primary transportation here.


And if it starts to snow as often in North America as it does in Sydney. The last time it snowed in Sydney was in 1836. The inability to use a scooter during much of the year in much of the U.S. will always have a depressing impact on sales, regardless of the price of gas.
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re: New member seeks advice.

Postby Ralph C Barger » Sat Jun 18, 2011 6:39 pm

Point well taken, JD. If scooter sales grow in this country I think it will
be primarily in the metro areas and will be mostly 50cc units.
However, every time gas prices rise significantly here so do scooter sales.
When gas prices drop a lot of scooters appear on the used market. A lot
of people buy them and then realize that either they cant ride them or that they cant use them in bad weather.
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