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    My wife wants to get a scooter to get around Las Terrenas. My original though is it is a bit dangerous, so would rather rely solely on a car. But, for only getting around town it would seem to be much easier in a scooter or bike. So,I would like to look into a small bike, like a Yamaha 200cc. For those of you that own bikes or scooters I would like to know how you secure them from theft when out and about, and anything else that would preclude me from doing this. Gracias.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RockyM View Post
    My wife wants to get a scooter to get around Las Terrenas. My original though is it is a bit dangerous, so would rather rely solely on a car. But, for only getting around town it would seem to be much easier in a scooter or bike. So,I would like to look into a small bike, like a Yamaha 200cc. For those of you that own bikes or scooters I would like to know how you secure them from theft when out and about, and anything else that would preclude me from doing this. Gracias.
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    If it's just to go around town, I think a scooter(pasola) would be a better choice. You have storage space under the seat and can put stuff on the "floor board", too. No shifting to deal with either if your wife has never driven a motorcycle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cobraboy View Post
    Get a disc lock.
    Was thinking that and maybe a heavy duty chain. If there is something stationary nearby.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RockyM View Post
    Was thinking that and maybe a heavy duty chain. If there is something stationary nearby.
    Good suggestions. But of someone really wants your bike there isn't much you can do.

    You could put a GPS tracker in it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cavok View Post
    If it's just to go around town, I think a scooter(pasola) would be a better choice. You have storage space under the seat and can put stuff on the "floor board", too. No shifting to deal with either if your wife has never driven a motorcycle.
    My wife would have a scooter and I would choose the cycle. I just wanted something with a bit more of a fun factor. The Yamaha TW I am looking at is actually lighter than many scooters and is easier to work on. Pretty basic bike, with big fat tires.
    A run to the grocery would probably involve the car or scooter though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RockyM View Post
    My wife would have a scooter and I would choose the cycle. I just wanted something with a bit more of a fun factor. The Yamaha TW I am looking at is actually lighter than many scooters and is easier to work on. Pretty basic bike, with big fat tires.
    A run to the grocery would probably involve the car or scooter though.
    The TeeDub is one of my ATF bikes with a huge cult following.
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    Good advice so far. A scooter is a bit more stable, lighter and easier to ride.

    Scooter or bike, the risk of using one of these vehicles, especially around town, where you are bound have the majority of your mishaps, is high. As a rider you have no protection except for what you are wearing. A good helmet, long pants, long sleeve shirt and solid shoes are a must. The rough asphalt used on the roads here will shred unprotected skin like cheese in a grater. Too hot for leather bopping around town, but shorts and flip flops are just asking for a world of literal hurt.

    Cars/Trucks tend not to give bike riders any road space unless the have to. Potholes are not forgiving to inexperienced riders. It takes some a few attempts to remember that if you stop you fall over if you don't put your feet down and in an emergency stop some forget to put their feet down.

    While the air rushing through your hair can be exhilarating, you definitely need good glasses to keep the bugs and the dirt out of your eyes. Your focus on the road ahead has to be unwavering. Unlike a in car, you need to see the glass or other debris on the road before you run over it. You need to pay attention to storm grates, crumbling gutters, low hanging branches, wires etc.

    Sure it can be fun, but the general consensus based on the attitudes of other road users, the poor road conditions, and having only two tires instead of four for traction, makes two wheeled transport sensible for only the most attentive riders who already have a fair amount of riding under their belt. In Dominican traffic is not the place to learn to ride as the statistics often remind us.

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    Cdn_Gringo: asphalt will shred jeans and a shirt, too, not just skin.
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    Effective anti-theft device:

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