Yamaha 180 Riva, anyone ever have/ride one?

Have a line on one, I know about the auto-choke issue, read the google info, just never seen one irl, let alone ridden one, looks nice runs, titled all the good stuff, so before contacting seller, I decided to go up to the license testing center as they used to have manuals for getting my MC licence, I used to have the enforcement, 30 yrs ago got dui's, got DL back assumed MC endorsement came back with it, turns out no...anyway testing station had lines out the door, no manuals avail no one to talk to about getting my instruction permit, (again) stupid me, so much as I want this bike I wonder if it is worth it trying to get my endorsement back? When I got my endorsement back in '90's it was easy, went to station, got rule book read it, got instruction permit, (good for a year) no night riding, no passengers, make appointment, take road test, pay your money, boom you can ride a motorcycle. Now, station has lines out the door, no one giving info, no manuals on the rack, not even sure if you can take the test at this station anymore....what a f-ing hassle! Another thing that has changed according to web-site with an instructional permit, you now have to wear a helmet! You did not used to have to if over 18! Ughhh, a good Helmet will cost almost as much as the bike! I hate most MC Helmets, but if I have to buy one will get a Battlescar Icon, but damn... I wonder if it is worth it to step up to MC class on ones license? Maybe wait until Sept if the bike does not sell, insure it, risk the ride home, put it up, get instructional permit in winter, schedule road test in spring? Worst ticket I would get is riding without an endorsement, if bike is insured, it would not get towed, but I think I could make it? It should not be this hard to upgrade one's license! I talked with an employee at the station, he said we are over run with people A trying to get DL back after DUI and B, immigrants trying to get a liscence at all, all of which has overwhelmed the system. The world sure has changed in the last 20 ys or so...so is this bike worth the bullshit?

Re: Yamaha 180 Riva, anyone ever have/ride one?

they're pretty sweet but really uninspiring. It's not really more useful than a moped, but it is faster and more reliable and more storage. but you still can't take it on the highway or for major distance, and I dunno, most of us got that around town bopper covered w mopeds.

if you want an easier moped or dig the ole scooter style, yeah go for it, theyre a great one. if you wanna renew your MC endorsement to hit the open road, maybe not

Re: Yamaha 180 Riva, anyone ever have/ride one?

dear god they are so heavy.

i gave it away to a friend of a friend who buys and parts out old scooters, he promised me the next moped he found he'd send my way.

that was in 2009 and i still haven't got that moped so i'm not holding my breath.

Re: Yamaha 180 Riva, anyone ever have/ride one?

Interesting, was hardly planning on riding across the state, though they claim a 70mph top speed, the design would not lend itself to long highway rides. I think I was almost more ranting about the frustration at the testing station, it was never like that yrs ago, just so many more people today, kind of ruled the thing out, maybe will get my permit over winter and look for a bigger bike in the spring. :/ Thanks for the input.

Re: Yamaha 180 Riva, anyone ever have/ride one?

I bought something similar. I bought a Riva 125 Police Scooter from an auction. It wasn't running and the air box was damaged. Within a day I got it running but it was probably too lien to go anywhere. I should have put on an aftermarket air filter and up jetted but I didn't know much about bikes back then. I sold it for a loss after that.

Re: Yamaha 180 Riva, anyone ever have/ride one?

Get an Elite 250 and call it good.

Re: Yamaha 180 Riva, anyone ever have/ride one?

Riva 200 was my first scoot 17 years ago. It has a small gas tank found myself filling it up every other day. Replacement parts for Riva cost a fortune and take forever to get from Japan to USA. I ended up selling it and got myself a Honda Elite CH250... parts are still available for the CH250 and can get them in less than a week from my local Honda dealership. At one point I have five Honda Elite 250 in my stable now I'm down to three :) Honest™ (edited)

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