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Author Topic: Racking up some miles on my 2009 BV250.  (Read 2662 times)
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« on: July 25, 2012, 08:46:59 PM »

As of this post I have 4730 miles on my new BV250. Yes it is a 2009 but it was setting in dealer stock for all this time. I purchased the bike in April 2012 and have been riding it to work and much more since. My previous ride was a Vespa S150 that I bought new in 2008 and put over 46,000 miles on using it as a commuter. I really liked my 150 but after just a few months I can say the BV suits my riding needs much better.

Comfort, the seat just beats the 150's seat completely in this department. So much so that I generally ride without my Airhawk. Just the other day I did a 150 plus mile group ride without the Airhawk and experienced very little numb bum. Even with the Airhawk in place the 150 seat would have worn me out on such a ride.

Fuel economy. You would think the 150 would have a sizeable lead in this department. However, I live outside the city and so I have been getting some pretty impressive numbers with the BV. My group ride day was the best so far with a reading of just over 88mpg. My three month average is 82mpg. I am tracking this on Fuelly so I can keep a running total of fillups, mileage, costs, and such.

Since I use my BV to go to work and sometimes to the grocery for small purchase trips, I recently added a Bestem 2012 T-box to my BV. It is big enough to put my full face helmet, gloves, and some other things inside as well as roomy enough for a trip to the grocery for milk, cookies, or other small items. Since the nearest grocery store is several miles from the house instead of just around the corner, I tend to use my scooter to make short grocery runs. Sure makes a trip to the grocery a bit more fun too.

Tire wear. This was a big problem with the 150. With me riding about 15,000 miles a year I was going through about 3 or 4 sets of tires a year. So far at 4700 plus miles, the BV tires look very good for another 6,000 miles or more. I measured the tread depth the other day and the center of the tread is only slightly more worn than the outside tread. On even the Heidenau tires, I would be close to replacing because of how worn the center of the rear tire would be on the 150. This should save me quite a bit on maintainance and upkeep costs on the BV over the next few years when compared to the 150. Also the BV is liquid cooled instead of air cooled. Oil change intervals are set in the owners manual at 6,000 miles instead of the 3,000 miles recommended on the 150.

So far, everything feels good. The ride is nice and it's relaxing to be able to ride without pushing an engine and bike to the limit every time I take a ride. I am really liking the BV and how it rides and hope for years of enjoyment from this scooter.
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« Reply #1 on: July 27, 2012, 04:27:47 AM »

Glad you are having fun.  I've been riding my SWing a lot as well, I've had it a few months & I average mid 50s for mpg.  I hit the 60 mark with today's fill up & I use fuelly as well.  Long live our scoots!!
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« Reply #2 on: July 27, 2012, 01:05:43 PM »

Very cool!  Ride on!
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« Reply #3 on: August 03, 2012, 05:43:07 AM »

It's official, I crossed over 5,000 miles on my way home from work tonight. At this point I am doing some calculating for my next oil change. Should be due by the end of August or beginning of September. I want to get it in before I ride to the place I am taking my MSF course the weekend of September 15. There is a course available locally but I decided to go out of town and take a little three day weekend with some riding time before and after the classes. It will be nice to get away for a few days as well.
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« Reply #4 on: August 03, 2012, 03:25:17 PM »

Sounds like a neat plan for your MSF weekend. Congratulations on 5,000 miles and having a ride that suits you so well.
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« Reply #5 on: August 03, 2012, 11:31:57 PM »

Mixing business and pleasure... cool!
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« Reply #6 on: August 23, 2012, 06:17:21 AM »

Well the shop just finished my 6000 mile checkup. Actually a bit early since I only had 5770 miles showing when I dropped it off yesterday. But the oil and filter have been changed and a good checkup is complete. So my ride is ready for my ride the middle of September to do the MSF.
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« Reply #7 on: August 23, 2012, 11:56:54 AM »

Great news, the MSF course is a lot of fun & very informative.
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