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Maxiscooter advice

Postby Geardownflap20 » Thu, 21 Apr 2011 10:12 am

Hi,

I'm moving to Singapore shortly and am considering buying a maxiscooter for the commute to work. I have a full UK bike licence, so hopefully, it will be convertible in Singapore.
What sort of scooter would be sensible, nothing too heavy! What price should I expect to pay? Is it worth buying new and keeping it for a few years, or fairly new secondhand?
Where might I find a decent dealer to sort all this out? Can I test ride any of them?
Loads of questions, I know, but any advice would be gratefully received.

Many thanks,

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Postby revhappy » Thu, 21 Apr 2011 11:51 am

You can consider the Piaggio amalfi X9,X8 etc. If you are consider buying a bike less than 200CC then you shouldn't have any problem converting your license to SG one. But buying a higher CC bike, if may be more difficult.

Buying new will set you back by atleast 10k SGD I guess considering the high COE prices right now. Best to buy a 4-5 year old bike and you should get it closer to 3k.

Cheers!

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Postby Strong Eagle » Thu, 21 Apr 2011 2:24 pm

revhappy wrote:You can consider the Piaggio amalfi X9,X8 etc. If you are consider buying a bike less than 200CC then you shouldn't have any problem converting your license to SG one. But buying a higher CC bike, if may be more difficult.

Buying new will set you back by atleast 10k SGD I guess considering the high COE prices right now. Best to buy a 4-5 year old bike and you should get it closer to 3k.

Cheers!


Singapore Police Force website now says that licenses may be converted to unlimiteds under certain conditions.

http://driving-in-singapore.spf.gov.sg/ ... ersion.htm

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Re: Maxiscooter advice

Postby x9200 » Tue, 26 Apr 2011 9:04 am

Geardownflap20 wrote:Hi,

I'm moving to Singapore shortly and am considering buying a maxiscooter for the commute to work. I have a full UK bike licence, so hopefully, it will be convertible in Singapore.
What sort of scooter would be sensible, nothing too heavy! What price

Maxi and heavy go a bit together unless you prefer to ride kymco-like inventions. Pretty popular, X9/200 is slightly below 200kg and for obvious reasons more cc will make it even more heavy. The said X9, brand-new is ~$S10k. For higher cc (i.e. Suzuki Burgman) you would need to pay more than $S15k.

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Postby taxico » Wed, 15 Jun 2011 6:17 pm

Strong Eagle wrote:Singapore Police Force website now says that licenses may be converted to unlimiteds under certain conditions.

http://driving-in-singapore.spf.gov.sg/ ... ersion.htm


old thread, i know but...

i've had mine uprated to a full class 2 upon a written appeal.

not difficult at all. you just need the relevant paperwork!
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Postby FaeLLe » Thu, 16 Jun 2011 4:26 pm

taxico wrote:old thread, i know but...

i've had mine uprated to a full class 2 upon a written appeal.

not difficult at all. you just need the relevant paperwork!


Can you please help describe the details of the written appeal you submitted.

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Thu, 16 Jun 2011 4:57 pm

Here we go again. Reminds me of another thread where a certain group of peoples always want to know how exactly something was written even though people are not clones of each other........ :-|

Plagiarism must be taught on the sub-continent from a early age! :lol:

Just havin' you on, mate! Don't go gettin' upset..... :wink:

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Postby FaeLLe » Thu, 16 Jun 2011 6:33 pm

Yea mate.

Was trying to ascertain the criteria that he highlighted which might have resulted in them considering him worthy of an appeal :)

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Thu, 16 Jun 2011 10:13 pm

Photos of him with his big bike(s)? Any type of information that would indicate length of experience, size of bike(s), addresses lived at (to preclude someone who lived out in the middle of nowhere, versus someone who lived/rode in metropolitan cities. You know, common sense stuff. :wink:

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Postby taxico » Fri, 17 Jun 2011 6:34 pm

FaeLLe wrote:Can you please help describe the details of the written appeal you submitted.


i included a copy of my new york state driver license (issued back in the 90s) and a copy of my new zealand driver license (issued more recently) along with proof of ownership/insurance of bikes >400cc in both countries.

i wrote that i'm an experienced rider and as person in my 30s i would appreciate having a class 2 instead of a class 2B license because when it would be helpful when i traveled overseas as my US license is expiring soon...

and i also noted that as a working adult i really didn't have time to go through the whole 2B -> 2A -> 2 process, besides, all the things they taught me (i signed up for it!) at the riding school were useless or ridiculous.

eg, i was taught to ride defensively and always keep a bubble around me but in singapore's traffic school, i constantly got yelled at or got told off by instructors for taking up too much space/using the wrong space in a lane.

F U TOO! i stopped going back after a few lessons.
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Postby taxico » Fri, 17 Jun 2011 6:51 pm

i wrote in without hoping for much and i was pleasantly surprised when i got a reply! however i knew exactly whom to address the letter to and which department to send it to - that may have helped... as i assumed letters to government departments usually end up disappearing in some rabbit hole before a useless automated reply is churned out and mailed back.

the proof i provided were for a honda CBR600RR (599cc) and a kawasaki XZ6R (636cc) - although both sport bikes but not powerful ones.

so if you have owned bikes like a 1,300cc busa/1,400cc gsx/1400cc ninja... or even a 1,800cc goldwing... it would be a shoo-in (me thinks)!
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Postby x9200 » Sat, 18 Jun 2011 12:05 pm

They seem very reasonable. On a different occasion (converting my car DL) at the police traffic counter in a driving centre I managed to convince them to accept my DL that was not in English without a need of the sworn translation (the formal requirement). As SMS said, just use some common sens to convince them and you likely will be positively surprised.


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