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Posted by Curbie on January 3, 2010, 3:40 am

My Jag when to the shop a few months back for some repairs which is
par for the Jag course and after a couple weeks the Jag repair
department called saying they where having problems isolating the
problem. Seeing that it is my only transportation, I thought I would
buy a scooter until the repair department got things sorted out and
when the car was repaired I would have backup transportation.

After a little research on the web I decided to get a cheapo Chinese
scooter because I only drive an average of 1000 miles a year and it
was intended for backup while my car is in the shop. I bought the
scooter on-line, it was shipped by truck and dropped in my driveway. I
had to charge and install the battery, bolt on mirrors and trunk,
check and tighten loose screws, bolts, fuel and vacuum lines, check
fluids, and general dealer prep stuff before firing it up, all of
which I knew going in to this from my research.

So by the time the repair department finally called with an estimate,
I was all licensed (another story), legal, and driving around. My car
is a Jag which I bought from the same place that has always done my
repairs and I've had it for 20 years. I'm used to large bills, I have
never got a repair estimate for under $000.00 no matter what it goes
in for, so when the estimate came in at half the price a paid for the
car (complete re-wiring), I started talking with them about buying
another Jag, but after thinking about it, I only put 20,000 miles on
the one I had.

After thinking about for a while my scooter get 70mpg, goes 60mph,
insurance if $00.00 a year, I can get 6 bags of groceries in it, and
I'm have a good time driving and tinkering with it, so I decided (for
a time anyway) to uses it for my primary transportation to see if I
get sick of it. But for now, I'm having fun driving the thing around
and have put on 800 miles in 3 months (way over my yearly average).

The bottom line is, if anyone is looking for back-up transportation
and likes tinkering with stuff, these scooters may be worth looking
at, 70mpg may really come if handy when the next wave of fuel shortage
come around.


Posted by Josepi on January 3, 2010, 2:49 pm

Are they very hard to wind up?

The bottom line is, if anyone is looking for back-up transportation
and likes tinkering with stuff, these scooters may be worth looking
at, 70mpg may really come if handy when the next wave of fuel shortage
come around.


Posted by Jim Wilkins on January 3, 2010, 3:13 pm

In the 70's before I owned a house I tried using a motorcycle with
saddlebags for all transportation. It worked well for a large fraction
of my needs but not all; in New England they are almost useless in
winter (I tried anyway) and they really don't belong on the Interstate
during a strong rain storm, you can't see in the spray from a truck.
You have to consider where and how long you leave them in some parking
lots. In some places drivers are aggressive enough to challenge even
smaller SUVs, and run motorcycles off the road. In hot weather (it
reaches 100F here) they are miserable in stop-and-go traffic, you get
the hot blast from under the cars added to the sun and hot pavement. I
never rode it to a job interview that required a suit.

I could drive the Civic anywhere, any time, for any reason. I had to
think about the trip in advance on the bike.


Posted by cjt on January 3, 2010, 4:52 pm

Jim Wilkins wrote:

When we first got married, a motorcycle was all we had, and we used it
for everything, including grocery shopping, in all weather including
snow.  Eventually it was stolen.  Your description rings true.

Posted by Curbie on January 3, 2010, 5:43 pm


Good points to consider all, but for $00 delivered to your doorstep
and a few stored gas cans, it may still be worth considering for some.
I don't know if I'm have more fun driving it or tinkering with it,
pulled part the Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) yesterday to
see how they work, never seen one those before.

I got my learners permit on a motorcycle while living in California in
the late 60's at the age a 15 ½, the theory back then was, that no
parent in their right mind would get on the back of a motorcycle with
their 15 year old kid who was learning to drive.

My scooter is highway legal, but I wouldn't go on I95 down here, too
much of a monkey's nest for me, but never less seem to get anywhere I
want. I kind of backed into this idea, but now seems to make some
sense to me, just thought other might find something here too.


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