I think a scooter forum is a great idea. I put a lot of miles on a Honda Silverwing (600cc) scooter, and it performed quite well in ALL conditions... touring, twisties, and general running around. It will out drag most Harley's (don't ask).
IMO, it is a full fleged motorcycle in all respects except in some people's minds. With the economy and fuel prices, they are comming, whether some like it or not. We might as well be ready.