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#136081 - 31 July 08 7:27 am - America/Chicago Motor Scooters
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Registered: 31 July 08
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Loc: Savannah, GA
Instead of using a car or truck, I was thinking along the lines of a motor scooter. Are the conditions there appropriate such as roads, etc.? Are scooters available for sale in Belize? or would I have to import one? Scooters in the US get between 50 to 80 miles per gallon on the road. Considering the price of gas today, wouldn't a scooter (with a basket for carrying things) be a good way to get around there?
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#136082 - 31 July 08 7:48 am - America/Chicago Re: Motor Scooters
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Excellent idea, we bought one last year and are very happy with it. They sell new here for 1600 Bze dollars and up. They will not last forever but you will get a couple of years of service out of them before they die.

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#136083 - 31 July 08 8:24 am - America/Chicago Re: Motor Scooters
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Thanks Dave Bunk, that's really encouraging. I'm looking at the possibility of retiring in Central America and Belize looks good, but expensive for permanency.
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#136084 - 31 July 08 8:51 am - America/Chicago Re: Motor Scooters
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That's kind of a short lifespan, no, Dave? That's discouraging. I saw them for sale in SI for more money. For a two year lifespan I don't think it's worth it. There must be some way to extend the life to be longer. Is it an engine problem, like rings, compression, or something like that?
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#136085 - 31 July 08 10:05 am - America/Chicago Re: Motor Scooters
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I've seen scooters in price range Dave was referring to, but they've been of Chinese manufacture. Parts can be difficult, even impossible, to obtain. I know of several almost-new Chinese scooters and cycles around here (Gulf Coast Florida) sitting because replacement parts can't be found. Often it's the electronic control module. Dirt roads are tough on 2-wheel scooters and there sure are a lot of them in Belize.
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#136086 - 31 July 08 1:29 pm - America/Chicago Re: Motor Scooters
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Perhaps best to get a small chinese motorcycle, say a 125cc or so.
Better of course if you can find a kawasaki. I seem to recall seeing a new kawasaki dealership somewhere...

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#136087 - 31 July 08 2:38 pm - America/Chicago Re: Motor Scooters
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Loc: Corozal Town, Belize
I have a used Chinese knock-off of a Honda. It's about 6 years old. I've ridden it for a year now. As long as you stay up on maintenance, I don't think you'll have too many problems. Oil changes are a must.
Be careful riding after rain - even a light rain can make the marl roads slicker than ice.
If you live anywhere near Orange Walk, San Sing Motors (322-0707) is the place to go for scooter parts and repair. They also sell new ones.
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#136088 - 31 July 08 2:39 pm - America/Chicago Re: Motor Scooters
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There is a Kawasaki motorcycle dealer in Belmopan and a Yamaha Dealer in Belize City.
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#136089 - 31 July 08 5:24 pm - America/Chicago Re: Motor Scooters
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What I have is the small 100 CC Gilley. My comment was based on my expectations of two years. With how I maintain my vehicles I expect to get more. But based on gas savings it will pay for itself in two years. Anything more than that is gravy.

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#136090 - 31 July 08 8:04 pm - America/Chicago Re: Motor Scooters
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Well there you go, a nice dual purpose Kawasaki KLR 250 is a great way to go. With a dealership in Belmopan there may even be one hangin around. Although they quit making them in 07 they would be pretty ideal in Belize since they were in production for so many years and share many engine parts with atvs. Parts will be around for many years to come.
I brought a KLR 650 in my container and while I love the bike it's pretty dang heavy and winjama is right about slick roads in rain. The dirt on my property has quite a bit of clay and it's almost impossible to maneuver the 650 when it's wet.

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