Presence has nothing to do with whether you are a scooter or not. There are some bloody big scooters with more presence than 90% of bikes with twice or four times the CCs. X9s are good for getting people to move out of the way, more so if yellow, and I imagine any of the similar tall wide scooters will be the same.
To be fair your yellow scoot certainly has presence.
I was thinking more of my own experience changing from scooter to bike a couple of years ago. I’ve got nothing (much) against scooters- I had a Vespa- but it is fair to say that most scooters round London are Vespa sized and they just don’t have road presence compared to a bike.
I’m talking about the road presence provided by height, bulk, handlebar width (not all bikes obviously), headlight beam strength (makes a difference:)) but mainly exhaust noise. Okay I’m sure there’s a scooter out there with all of these attributes but it’s more likely he’ll find a bike that has them all than a scoot.
I agree absolutely, just pointing out that drivers don’t worry about whether it is a scooter or not, but big, tall wide and bright bikes of all types get more attention in traffic. The SH300 is meant to be a very good scooter, and is very popular on the continent, but won’t have the presence of a maxi-scooter.
For commuting a maxi scooter beats anything else on 2 wheels hands down: you have less to distract you (no gears or clutch to fuss with) and it is easier to carry stuff (and keep it dry and secure) using the underseat area.My personal choice has
ABS (right hand is GO, left hand is STOP, and no other major controls to fuss with),
a boot big enough to carry 2 helmets, or tennis racquets & kit, or whatever you need to carry to/from work AND go shopping on the way home.
a 12v outlet to charge your phone or run a satnav,
the seat and riding position are very comfy, the front bodywork and screen protect you from the worst of the elements in winter,
both a side- and a centre-stand for maximum convenience.
there is a cover that pulls out to keep the rain off the saddle.
my one has a damn great ABUS chain that locks from inside the boot (which has no exterior key and has a remote control to pop it open).
no chain to mess with (literally), just a belt change every 10000km or so.