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Posted by Josepi on January 3, 2010, 6:21 pm

Great idea ecology wise but not too good safety wise or reliability wise.


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 , 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.


Posted by Martin Riddle on January 3, 2010, 6:42 pm

Depends upon location. Most urban area drivers don't see bikes,
scooters, motorcycles until its too late.
Plus there are drivers that just turn for no reason at all. Does not
bode well for the scooterist ;)


Posted by Jim Wilkins on January 3, 2010, 7:27 pm

We have had an excessive number of accidents recently where a driver
"didn't see" a police cruiser or a big semi or such and pulled out in
front of it. Or couldn't handle those tricky straight dry level roads
and drifted into the truck in the other lane. Someone nearly hit me
that way. I waited to swerve so I wouldn't lead them further over,
then watched the cop behind me dodge, spin around and go after them.
The town soon put a rumble strip down the middle of that road.

Try driving with one eye closed to get an idea of how bad some
people's depth perception is.


Posted by cjt on January 4, 2010, 3:41 am

Jim Wilkins wrote:

I've seen a lot of that kind of thing lately.  Invariably the driver
is talking/texting on a cellphone in those instances where I've managed
to get a look.  A lot of people are idiots.

Posted by harry k on January 4, 2010, 3:33 pm

I have 50% vision in one eye (construction accident).  I commonly
drive with an eye patch in daylight.  For driving, depth perception
with one eye is no different than with two.  My eye doc told me that -
said that deph perception only functions at close range. I didn't
believe it but it is true.  Try it yourself.  Close one eye, look at
something more than 20 ft away and you will see you can accurately
guage the distance.  Now at short range, such as parking, it is a real
problem.  I cannot tell within a couple feet how close my car is to an

Harry K

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