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Old 12th September 2020, 10:29   #1
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My FIL is 65+ years of age and has been driving the activa (2nd gen activa , then presently 5g). Now needs a second scooter. What would be the best option now?
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1. Ride comfort and suspension the topmost priority (height : 5'6)
2. Mileage not an issue (since drives at 40km/hr max )
3. Have all the major showrooms nearby so service also not issue.
4. Storage space average to good preferred.

Require your advice and recommendation.
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Hi all
My FIL is 65+ years of age and has been driving the activa (2nd gen activa , then presently 5g). Now needs a second scooter. What would be the best option now?
Requirements
1. Ride comfort and suspension the topmost priority (height : 5'6)
2. Mileage not an issue (since drives at 40km/hr max )
3. Have all the major showrooms nearby so service also not issue.
4. Storage space average to good preferred.

Require your advice and recommendation.
TVS Jupiter is the one and then suzuki access... Jupiter ticks all boxes in terms of super ride quality and storage space.
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Honestly, no 2 wheeler is worth the safety risk. I know this is OT but I have seen many accidents within the family involving 2 wheelers within the city.

Even an autorickshaw is safer than a 2 wheeler.

If you absolutely need a 2 wheeler, do explore an option with ABS at least. But again, for someone over 60, a scooter or bike is very unsafe on Indian roads and should not be encouraged. Get a used Nano for a lower price than a new Activa.

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I am 66 and been using Hero Maestro Edge since last 3 years. I feel the scooter is comfortable, especially with external fuelling system (no need to get up and open up the seat for filling fuel).

Prior to Maestro Edge, I used to ride TVS Wego which was also good to drive.

I have also driven TVS Jupiter, which also very good to drive (TVS Wego and Jupiter comes with alloy wheels and 12 inch tyres both front and back, whereas Maestro Edge comes with 12 inches in front and 10 inch in back).
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I would recommend the Honda Activa 6G. It is as good as the TVS Jupiter now with the front telescopic forks and the external fuel filler. However, you get the tried and tested Honda motor which is more refined and trouble free.
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Hi all
My FIL is 65+ years of age and has been driving the activa (2nd gen activa , then presently 5g). Now needs a second scooter. What would be the best option now?
Requirements
1. Ride comfort and suspension the topmost priority (height : 5'6)
2. Mileage not an issue (since drives at 40km/hr max )
3. Have all the major showrooms nearby so service also not issue.
4. Storage space average to good preferred.

Require your advice and recommendation.
My friend stays in a joint family of 14 members. They have over 7 scooters - 1 Vespa, 1 Ntorq, 3 Activas, 1 Access and 1 TVS Pep Plus which is for the college going girl in the family. My friend's father, a 73 year old retired man with similar body frame like your FIL bought Suzuki Access last year, but at every given opportunity he prefers taking the TVS Pep Plus for his daily jogging park + temple ride. Just because it's the lightest scooter of all. And then for his day errands he switches to the second lightest scooter - Access which has the best storage capacity. Hope this provides an additional perspective.

Also, do ask him if he's OK with electric scooters? Those would invite other possibilities.
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Since height is 5 feet 6 inch , I would not recommend wego, jupiter and activa since both feet cannot reach the ground comfortably

Prefer a scooter sitting on which he can place both his feet on the ground comfortably. Telescopic suspension is a must. Yamaha Ray, scooty zest are good options for shorter people

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Hi,

I have just bought a Suzuki Burgman Street a few months ago and am very happy with it. plenty of leg room and underseat storage. Suspension is also good. Long, comfortable seat. I find it much better than my previous scooter - a Vespa. However, it is a bit heavy. I am in almost the same age bracket as your FIL but height is 5'11".

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if your decision for getting a scooter is not arbitrary, then consider getting a used alto 800, much safer than any two wheeler and easy to drive.
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I would suggest the Scooty Zest BS6
Reasons: Front telescopic forks, good for shorter riders, looks great in all the shades, brilliant engine, storage pocket at the front and doesn't cost a lot.
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I would suggest the Scooty Zest BS6
Reasons: Front telescopic forks, good for shorter riders, looks great in all the shades, brilliant engine, storage pocket at the front and doesn't cost a lot.
+1 for Scooty zest. Add one more benefit - light weight. So easy to park and take out a parked bike. I'm seeing on road many senior citizens quite comfortable with Pep and Zest.
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How long has he been riding? If he is a long time rider, his present age makes no difference unless there are some other issues. Leave the choice to him. If he is comfortable with motorbikes, let him get one.

I am 60 myself, I have been riding bikes continuously for 40 years. And don't plan to stop anytime soon!
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Here is a related thread for a senior-citizen's scooter, albeit 3 years old. That discussion might help you too.
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Old 13th September 2020, 09:04   #14
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Thanks for all your suggestions.


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TVS Jupiter is the one and then suzuki access... Jupiter ticks all boxes in terms of super ride quality and storage space.
We have shortlisted the Jupiter, Access, Activa 125 finally.

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Honestly, no 2 wheeler is worth the safety risk. I know this is OT but I have seen many accidents within the family involving 2 wheelers within the city.

Even an autorickshaw is safer than a 2 wheeler.

If you absolutely need a 2 wheeler, do explore an option with ABS at least. But again, for someone over 60, a scooter or bike is very unsafe on Indian roads and should not be encouraged. Get a used Nano for a lower price than a new Activa.
Actually our home bylanes are a bit narrow and car is not feasible. Also FIL prefers a scooter.


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I am 66 and been using Hero Maestro Edge since last 3 years. I feel the scooter is comfortable, especially with external fuelling system (no need to get up and open up the seat for filling fuel).

Prior to Maestro Edge, I used to ride TVS Wego which was also good to drive.

I have also driven TVS Jupiter, which also very good to drive (TVS Wego and Jupiter comes with alloy wheels and 12 inch tyres both front and back, whereas Maestro Edge comes with 12 inches in front and 10 inch in back).


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I would recommend the Honda Activa 6G. It is as good as the TVS Jupiter now with the front telescopic forks and the external fuel filler. However, you get the tried and tested Honda motor which is more refined and trouble free.
Even FIL prefers the 6G but thought would go with one with front disc also.

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My friend stays in a joint family of 14 members. They have over 7 scooters - 1 Vespa, 1 Ntorq, 3 Activas, 1 Access and 1 TVS Pep Plus which is for the college going girl in the family. My friend's father, a 73 year old retired man with similar body frame like your FIL bought Suzuki Access last year, but at every given opportunity he prefers taking the TVS Pep Plus for his daily jogging park + temple ride. Just because it's the lightest scooter of all. And then for his day errands he switches to the second lightest scooter - Access which has the best storage capacity. Hope this provides an additional perspective.

Also, do ask him if he's OK with electric scooters? Those would invite other possibilities.
Not too progressive, so electric scooters are out of list. Also there's a scooty pep in my family. I have driven and its the smoothest of all but feel bit more weight is necessary to keep it grounded and stable.

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Since height is 5 feet 6 inch , I would not recommend wego, jupiter and activa since both feet cannot reach the ground comfortably

Prefer a scooter sitting on which he can place both his feet on the ground comfortably. Telescopic suspension is a must. Yamaha Ray, scooty zest are good options for shorter people
FIL has been using an Activa for 10 years plus and is quite fine with activa. Also Ray and Zest are a bit too colorful for him

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Hi,

I have just bought a Suzuki Burgman Street a few months ago and am very happy with it. plenty of leg room and underseat storage. Suspension is also good. Long, comfortable seat. I find it much better than my previous scooter - a Vespa. However, it is a bit heavy. I am in almost the same age bracket as your FIL but height is 5'11".

Cheers,
SS
Even I suggested bergman but looks too bulky for him.

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I would suggest the Scooty Zest BS6
Reasons: Front telescopic forks, good for shorter riders, looks great in all the shades, brilliant engine, storage pocket at the front and doesn't cost a lot.
Good suggestion, I will consider that too

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How long has he been riding? If he is a long time rider, his present age makes no difference unless there are some other issues. Leave the choice to him. If he is comfortable with motorbikes, let him get one.

I am 60 myself, I have been riding bikes continuously for 40 years. And don't plan to stop anytime soon!
FIL haven't rode a motorcycle in his life. Only scooters
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TVS Jupiter all the way. We had a Suzuki Access, which we had to sell it because of engine and compression issues.

All the scooters more or less drive the same and give the same mileage.

Things my dad (aged 70 and 5.4 feet in height) felt better in Jupiter when compared to Access.

Putting the TVS Jupiter on center stand is a breeze. My dad could not ever put the Access on a center stand.
Unlike other scooters, one can kick start the Jupiter by sitting on the seat (just like chetak). No need of putting the Jupiter on center stand for a kick start.
He felt Jupiter on the lighter side when compared to Access.

Also, I felt, TVS regular service is better when compared to Suzuki( I always use their express service, and they give back the scooter in one hour flat).

If you are purchasing the Jupiter, please do not opt for the beige plastic panel variant, instead go for the black plastic variant. Maintaining the beige is a pain.
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