|11-15-2005, 11:12 AM||#1|
Joined: Jul 2001
Location: SF Bay Area, CA
Why you need a scooter!
Falling for the siren song of the Stella (thanks Photog!), I smuggled one into California via Ohio a couple of weeks ago. I've been riding bikes, mostly big BMWs for 20 years, but after a couple of weeks, I have to say that I've been missing out. Here's why we all should get scooters:
1) 2 stroke motors:
OK, I know there are non-2 strokes out here, but if, like me, you have not had the experience of owning a 2 stroke, you owe it to yourself to get one before they go that that great regulation in the sky. Great sound, fun to play with the powerband, dead simple and puts a smile on my face everytime I slow down and hear the "bing-bing-bing" sound. I just can't imagine going through life this long without having experienced this technology (those of you nodding as you gaze at your RD350 can continue to smile smugly).
2) Different roads, different sights, different experiences
My normal commute is 22 miles down a 4 lane, high speed (average > 80 MPH) freeway in the Bay Area. Although I know some people will hop their scooter up enough to ride on the freeways, I don't think there is a piston kit big enough to play in that world. So, I took the ironically-named "Foothill Expressway" to work. Nice, four lane road meandering through upscale communities, tree-lined streets and rolling hills. It's a road I would never take to work, yet being on the scooter forced me there, and I was much better for it. I arrived at work relaxed, smiling and all of about 15 minutes later than that high-speed freeway push. If this is not the single best aspect of scootering, I don't know what is.
3) Size matters
Sure, we all can handle the big bikes by now, but the feeling of moving around a 200 lb scooter in traffic, lane splitting at stoplights and just wiggling about is a nice one. I keep moving off the centerstand expecting the big weight of the big bike, and continue to be surprised at just how easy it is to move this thing around. How much weight do you really need to carry your 160 lbs around anyway?
4) Simple rules!
Simple engine, simple suspension, simple electrics, simple controls. I love what all the electronics can do for me on the BMW, but it's cool to be able to know that I can fix anything on the bike should the issue come up. Also, knowing I'm not going to be going 120+ on the scooter gives me additional confidence to take on jobs like brakes and bearings that I would not attempt on the big bike. And, as we know, confidence is the one thing you really need to have to do a job right.
So, for all you scooter-less people, beg borrow or steal a ride and see what you think. It's not the same biking experience most of us are used to, but for some it just might be something better.
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