Hi there, new member. I realise this topic is thrown around a bit, but I was after some advice from some of you Scooter enthusiasts. I've recently had some financial difficulty (like most people huh) and I have had to sell my car (not for the cash, to get rid of the repayments). I am looking into purchasing a scooter for my girlfriend and I to use to duck around town. I live in New Farm in Brisbane, and I would use it to go to our local shops and possibly into the city for work, which is about 2km and fairly flat. I really don't think anything bigger than a 50cc is going to be a possibility because of the licencing, plus my girlfriend only has an auto car licence and I don't fancy her trying to learn a manual bike before a manual car. So I guess my question is, from reading some of the posts, 50cc scooters get a real hard time, but is it because they really are that hopeless or is it because people just prefer motorcycles and more power? I stress again I'd only use it to go about 5km at a time maximum and I live pretty much in the city. Is a 50cc going to cut it? Also, I have a question regarding 2 stroke vs 4 stroke. I've read really conflicting opinions on this and would love any input people could give me regarding my personal situation. I'm mechanically retarded (my gf even more so) and from what I can gather a 2 stroke requires more maintenance and messing around with oiletrol ratios? However, by all reports they go 'faster'? I've also heard that the 4 stroke will last longer and be a more comfortable (albeit slower) ride? Gotta remember this is for a 23 yr old girl to ride as well, so I really don't think speed is much of an issue compared to the comfort and ease of maintenace/refuelling? My final consideration is because it's for her to use as well it's gotta, of course, look nice :roll: . She loves the Vespa look and I have noticed an SYM Classic 50 (4 stroke) for what seemed like a good price... I think around $2500 plus on-roads. What sorta figure are we talking for on-roads, and is this scooter of any reputable quality? I apologise for all the questions, thanks so much in advance for any help. Anthony - Scooter noob.