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Strom Thurmond
Member since Mar-1-04
574 posts
May-03-06, 07:40 AM (EDT)
 
"The worst scooter names on the market."
 
   LAST EDITED ON May-03-06 AT 07:59 AM (EDT)
 
Name what are, in your opinion, the worst scooter brand names on the market. By this I do not mean that the product itself is poor, but that the brand name in and of itself is so astonishingly bad that you expect it will keep people from buying the product.

My submissions:
1. The PGO Buddy (ex - I'm riding my buddy; Want to take a ride on my buddy)
2. The Pizz-azz
3. Vespita (do you really think you're fooling anyone)


 

 
Ellen
Member since Jan-7-04
1313 posts
May-03-06, 09:11 AM (EDT)
 
1. "RE: The worst scooter names on the market."
In response to message #0
 
   1. Anything named by Kymco. People, Bet & Win, Grand Dink (Vista), Xciting, Super 9, Vitality, Agility, etc.
2. Fashion (???????????)

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Rodan
Member since Nov-2-05
87 posts
May-03-06, 09:25 AM (EDT)
 
2. "RE: The worst scooter names on the market."
In response to message #1
 
   >1. Anything named by Kymco. People, Bet & Win, Grand Dink
>(Vista), Xciting, Super 9, Vitality, Agility, etc.

They apparently have a committee that sits around thinking up the dumbest possible names for their products. "Bet & Win?" "Grand Dink?" Good grief!

>2. Fashion (???????????)

My "Fashion 250" had the name along the rear fenders in chrome letters. I peeled them off and used a half a bottle of Goo Gone removing the stickem that held 'em there. My insurance policy shows it, based on its VIN, as a "Freedom 250", so that's what I generally tell people it is. (Assuming anyone asks, which almost no one does.)

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Javarod
Member since Jan-22-06
193 posts
May-03-06, 08:13 PM (EDT)
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20. "RE: The worst scooter names on the market."
In response to message #1
 
   I agree with you on most of the names except the Xciting (but spell the damn thing right), Vitality and Agility, simply because they're good descriptions of the experience, or the characteristics of the scooter.

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camboman
Member since Jul-29-05
6 posts
May-03-06, 09:54 AM (EDT)
 
3. "RE: The worst scooter names on the market."
In response to message #0
 
   Yeah, I think "Grand Dink" wins, hands down.

I would tell someone I ride a scooter (generic), before I would admit to riding a Grand Dink. Someone should lose their job over that one. Nice scoot, unfortunate name.


 
adminadmin
Member since May-28-02
1518 posts
May-03-06, 09:59 AM (EDT)
 
4. "RE: The worst scooter names on the market."
In response to message #0
 
   LAST EDITED ON May-03-06 AT 09:59 AM (EDT)
 
http://www.wussi.com/index2.html


 
camboman
Member since Jul-29-05
6 posts
May-03-06, 10:17 AM (EDT)
 
5. "RE: The worst scooter names on the market."
In response to message #4
 
   Wow, check out those humoungous mirror stalks on the Wussi Elegant!

At least there's not a Wussi-Boy...


 
stephanie
Member since Sep-28-05
308 posts
May-03-06, 11:36 AM (EDT)
 
7. "RE: The worst scooter names on the market."
In response to message #5
 
   Yes, and everytime I ride my scooter I dress exactly like the chick on the pink scooter! LOL


 
Mojo
Member since Sep-27-05
270 posts
May-03-06, 11:33 AM (EDT)
 
6. "RE: The worst scooter names on the market."
In response to message #4
 
   IMO, that's it. "Wussi" wins. At least until some brand comes out called "POS", or "AnumberOneSuperHappyScooterCycleRideSmile". I can't believe anyone would ever buy a Wussi Girl or even the manly Wussi Hammer! OMG, doesn't anyone do any freaking research on names before they commit to them anymore? JEEEEZ!

Brandon
2005 TN'G Low Boy 150
2005 Kymco Bet & Win 250

I want to die like my grandfather, sleeping peacefully; not like his passengers, panicking and screaming.


 
Bugg
Member since Sep-21-04
93 posts
May-03-06, 11:58 AM (EDT)
 
8. "RE: The worst scooter names on the market."
In response to message #6
 
   wow, leave it to my people.....


 
bearded_oneder
Member since May-10-06
9 posts
May-11-06, 09:11 PM (EDT)
 
27. "RE: The worst scooter names on the market."
In response to message #4
 
   OMG! Who would name a scoot "Wussi"? Must mean something entirely different in Spanish

>http://www.wussi.com/index2.html

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Douglas Vespa
Member since Sep-17-05
255 posts
May-03-06, 01:01 PM (EDT)
 
9. "RE: The worst scooter names on the market."
In response to message #0
 
   Adly Citybird - what, like "pigeon"?
Beta Ark - and what does a 50cc scooter have in common with a boat big enough for two of every animal?
MBK Doodo - did this name even make sense in France?
Genuine Buddy - the name of Bill Clinton's dog - that got run over by a truck.
Honda Lead - pronounced like "steed", it's a pretty good name. Pronounced like "sled", it's awful!
CPI Popcorn - DO NOT overheat this scooter!
Italjet Torpedo - and does it blow up when you arrive at your destination?
Peugeot Speedfight Furious - somebody's been playing too many video games!
Kangda ZS125T-3 - this name says to me "the extent of our imagination is building copies of Hondas from 20 years ago".
SYM Fiddle - oh, I bet there's a trouble free scooter!
TGB Delivery Scooter - I suppose "Conestoga" was taken
Yamaha Versity - really, who wants to add Versity to their garage?
Yamaha VOX - do you get a copy of the Nicholson Baker novel with the scooter?

Doug

Flame from Brooke to follow.


 
Packa
Member since Sep-8-05
147 posts
May-03-06, 01:40 PM (EDT)
 
10. "RE: The worst scooter names on the market."
In response to message #0
 
   The best name for a scooter is by far MOJITO, closely followed by Scarabeo.

I ride a Majesty. I've debadged it, which should tell you what I think of it's name.


 
Bryce Ludwig
Member since Dec-21-03
4441 posts
May-03-06, 01:42 PM (EDT)
 
11. "RE: The worst scooter names on the market."
In response to message #0
 
   LAST EDITED ON May-03-06 AT 01:53 PM (EDT)
 
Buddy is Genuine's name for the PGO MyBuBu. I think their name is a vast improvement.

As far as Kymco goes, I'm not particularly enamored with any of their model names except Agility. If the Agility turns out to be light and nimble (from sitting on one at Indy I'm guessing it is), then the name would be very descriptive and clever.

I think Fly is a bizarre name for a scooter. I don't think it's really bad, but it is rather strange. But then again, naming a scooter Beverly is a bit odd too.

Overall, there are only a handful of scooters with really great names. The Vespa alphanumerics (and the US market Piaggio ones) are good, and traditional, though perhaps lacking in imagination. Aprilia's names are awesome. Stella is a fantastic name, especially when one knows it is a private label version of the LML Star. Derbi's GP1 and Boulevard are great names.

- Bryce Ludwig


 
MarkH
Member since Jun-7-02
1642 posts
May-03-06, 02:11 PM (EDT)
 
12. "RE: The worst scooter names on the market."
In response to message #11
 
   LAST EDITED ON May-03-06 AT 02:12 PM (EDT)
 
PGO PMS - Let's hope that one gets renamed if it enters the US market.

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Douglas Vespa
Member since Sep-17-05
255 posts
May-03-06, 04:33 PM (EDT)
 
14. "RE: The worst scooter names on the market."
In response to message #11
 
   >As far as Kymco goes, I'm not particularly enamored with any
>of their model names...

According to the UN, Taiwan has ~430 powered two wheelers per 1000 population, and that's by far the highest in the world. Italy and Japan have ~150/K, and the USA has less than 20/K. Love all things Italian all you want (NTTAWWT), but Taiwan is scooter world. As a part of the Taiwanese scooter culture, many of the little machines bear humorous or even bizzare English phrases on their cowls. Kymco model names are just a branch of that practice.

http://www.taipeilife.net/scooter0.htm

So we revere the Mod's Vespas with 54 review mirrors and military aircraft roundells, but revile Kymco's Taiwanese style model names. Not serious enough to play the race card, but there's a definite lack of cultural awareness here.

Doug

Flame from Brooke to follow.


 
MarkH
Member since Jun-7-02
1642 posts
May-03-06, 06:26 PM (EDT)
 
16. "RE: The worst scooter names on the market."
In response to message #14
 
   >According to the UN, Taiwan has ~430 powered two wheelers per >1000 population, and that's by far the highest in the world. Italy and >Japan have ~150/K, and the USA has less than 20/K. Love all things >Italian all you want (NTTAWWT), but Taiwan is scooter world.

Are those just scooters or does that include motorcycles as well? Taiwan may have the highest density of scooters, but using your ratios in relation to overall population would overwhelmingly put Japan as scooter world (Taiwan=23million - Japan=127million)

>So we revere the Mod's Vespas with 54 review mirrors and military >aircraft roundells, but revile Kymco's Taiwanese style model names. >Not serious enough to play the race card, but there's a definite lack of >cultural awareness here.

Race? We're talking about how some models names don't work well if sold stateside. The issue of model names and translations go both ways and are an issue for every single company that sells internationally, regardless of product, origin, or where the product is being sold. Cultural awareness isn't necessarily racism.


 
Bryce Ludwig
Member since Dec-21-03
4441 posts
May-03-06, 06:27 PM (EDT)
 
17. "RE: The worst scooter names on the market."
In response to message #14
 
   I don't know if you're directing that post at me, or more generally at the folks here.

Personally, I'm quite aware that Asia is scooter or moped country. I'm quite sure that names like Grand Dink, Bet & Win, and such probably sound good in Taiwan, but they don't quite resonate here. The same is true in Japan, where you can see people wearing shirts with English words and phrases that make little to no sense. Which is why Honda renames most of their models for our market. The Fusion became the Helix, the Forza became the Reflex, the Spacy became the Metropolitan (great name), the Zoomer became the Ruckus. Suzuki does it too. The Burgman is known in Japan as the Skywave. In the same vein, many English speakers love the sound of some Italian, Spanish, or Portugese words. I wasn't surprised when people here mentioned loving the names Scarabeo and Mojito.

Cultural awareness is all well and good. I honestly don't care what the names of scooters are in Taiwan, or Japan, or Europe, which is why I didn't bring those up. Certain names resonate in certain places. However, in the US market, Kymco keeps the same names, and they don't have the same effect here.

- Bryce Ludwig


 
judy
Member since Feb-21-06
91 posts
May-03-06, 04:45 PM (EDT)
 
15. "RE: The worst scooter names on the market."
In response to message #11
 
   My BuBu conjours up all kinds of other names none of which would be good to tell people . Mistake comes to mind. There is a site gekgo that has a scooter called the mad ass the muffler is suspended under the seat, aptly named. It's a german made bike different looking.

judy


 
Bryce Ludwig
Member since Dec-21-03
4441 posts
May-03-06, 06:29 PM (EDT)
 
18. "RE: The worst scooter names on the market."
In response to message #15
 
   The Sachs Madass. It's a scooter/moped thing. Very cool bike. It's German designed, but from what information I've seen, it's actually made in China.

- Bryce Ludwig


 
MinnMax
Member since Mar-25-05
97 posts
May-09-06, 09:43 AM (EDT)
 
23. "RE: The worst scooter names on the market."
In response to message #11
 
   LAST EDITED ON May-09-06 AT 09:47 AM (EDT)
 
    >...naming a scooter Beverly is a bit odd....
    >
    >...Stella is a fantastic name...

I like both names, but find it amusing that someone would think using one female name is "a bit odd", while using a different one is "fantastic". Can you elaborate a bit more on that Bryce?

Not questioning your judgement, just curious at what differences you see. Thanks

Side note: Most Burgman riders I know in the U.S. would have preferred it if Suzuki had used the name they call it in Japan, "Skywave".

- Adam -

Minn-Max, Minnesota Maxiscooter Riders (www.maxiscooters.org)


 
Bryce Ludwig
Member since Dec-21-03
4441 posts
May-09-06, 02:25 PM (EDT)
 
24. "RE: The worst scooter names on the market."
In response to message #23
 
   Stella sounds Italian, Beverly does not. Additionally, Stella is not just a name, but the Italian word for star. I love the multiple meanings. One just resonates more with me as a scooter name. I personally wouldn't object to having a scooter named Beverly, but I would to a scooter named Liberty. That word is too loaded. So all in all, I think it was a good choice to go to an alphanumeric moniker.

My comment about the Burgman was not reflective of my own preferences. I personally love Skywave as a name, and I think it is much more evocative, modern and less stodgy sounding than Burgman.

- Bryce Ludwig


 
MinnMax
Member since Mar-25-05
97 posts
May-11-06, 10:30 AM (EDT)
 
26. "RE: The worst scooter names on the market."
In response to message #24
 
   Silly me, forgot about the double-entendre of "Stella". Your preference makes a whole lot more sense to me with that in mind. Thanks for the clarification, Bryce.


 
kevjot
Member since Oct-27-05
15 posts
May-03-06, 02:51 PM (EDT)
 
13. "RE: The worst scooter names on the market."
In response to message #0
 
   >
>3. Vespita (do you really think you're fooling anyone)
>

"VIAGGIO" - Also in the "you're kidding me, right?" category.

http://www.kpxmotors.com/viaggio.html

Ugh.

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decadron
Member since Nov-25-02
1734 posts
May-03-06, 08:01 PM (EDT)
 
19. "RE: The worst scooter names on the market."
In response to message #0
 
   I am a fan of the Kymco "top boy".


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Bryce Ludwig
Member since Dec-21-03
4441 posts
May-04-06, 00:12 AM (EDT)
 
21. "RE: The worst scooter names on the market."
In response to message #19
 
   I am a fan of the Kymco "top boy".

Didn't know that about you.

- Bryce Ludwig


 
Strom Thurmond
Member since Mar-1-04
574 posts
May-04-06, 01:06 AM (EDT)
 
22. "RE: The worst scooter names on the market."
In response to message #19
 
   Does that mean you are a "low boy?"


 
Vinnie UK
Member since Jan-6-05
231 posts
May-09-06, 03:20 PM (EDT)
 
25. "RE: The worst scooter names on the market."
In response to message #22
 
   I'd vote for "Qinqi"


Can't remember any of their model names but it conjures up the thought that a gimp mask is obligatory riding wear.


 

 

 


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