hi all just wanna intro myself.. i am considering the scrambler for my very first real motorcycle.. i guess its time to move up.. i have friends on both sides of the motorcyle spectrum.. the harley crowd.. and my duc buddies with their race bikes..i really did not fit in both. well my daily is currently is a 07 vespa lx150.. i guess this where you end up.. i plan to purchase a slightly used scrambler in the near future.. for now i guess.. i am just hanging around to learn from you guys..
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Welcome to the site, the Scrambler is a FUN bike - a little bit of everything in moderation . It's small, light, manoeuvrable, isn't lacking in speed and looks good - there are an awful lot of us on here with smiles on our faces
I put about 5k miles on my wife's LX150 and rode it across the state a couple of times. I really liked it. The Scrambler is in a whole different realm in terms of handling, performance, and deadly speed But I think you'll like it anyway. I could ride her scooter for a longer amount of time without my butt hurting though, so just be aware.
Then again, I can clear twice the miles on the Scrambler because I'm able to break the speed limit pretty badly if I so choose. But I had her LX150 rolling at about 70mph down the pavement most of the time I was riding it to and from other cities. I always thought the Vespa was amazingly high quality for what it was and it was 100% reliable and had a bright headlight. I really liked it. She decided she wanted me to sell it so she could pay for grad school and it wasn't 'mine' so that's the only reason I got rid of it. I liked riding it to and from work because of the under seat storage and because it was so easy to ride around town and speed past all the other cars (which made them plenty angry.)
The Scrambler is also really easy to ride around but just has no storage on board, so it's a bit less useful to run errands on unless you get a messenger bag to carry with you. But what it lacks in storage it makes up for in performance ten fold. Performance you can use, which is what I like about it. You don't have to be a moto GP rider to feel confident and safe on the Scrambler when you're pulling crazy cornering and acceleration.
Unfortunately for you, you can pick up a barely used Vespa LX150 for about 2200 dollars on craigslist, which is about a 3rd of retail price, but I think you'll have no such luck with a Ducati Scrambler