I am in my
late 50’s and all my relatives & friends tell me the same thing: “You
are crazy for wanting to ride a scooter”!!!
them, it has always been a deep seated desire of mine for many, many
years, to own and ride a scooter.
I am not
and never have been a fan of motorcycles, but scooters….YES!!!
all my kids are grown up and on their own, its Daddy’s turn to get his
very own toy.
I read and
devour every article I can find on “scootering”, both on-line and
pleasing finding I have encountered as I go along my “Discovery of
Scootering” is how friendly and helpful every one is.
people are really “COOL” and more than willing to share information,
insight and “pearls of wisdom” with anyone seeking assistance.
So it does
my heart good and encourages me even more in my quest to get a scoot,
plus the fact that my youngest son, age 27, is having way too much fun
with his Honda Met & Stella scooters.
I have found, much to my dislike, is that the majority of scooters are
too tall for me.
I am 5’
6”, weigh 185 pounds (depending on how many tacos I have consumed) and
with a leg inseam of 29”.
seat heights are 30” plus, with really wide seat cushions, making it
very difficult if not impossible, for my feet to touch the ground “flat
selection is limited to say the least. Still, I have some good choices
below 30 inches:
Honda Helix (kinda geeky but very reliable with a definite “cult”
Yamaha Morphus (very low & very cool looking)
Suzuki Burgman (WOW)
Honda Reflex (Baby Syilverwing)
Honda Silverwing (mucho nice & speedy)
alternative would be to undergo the very painful, expensive & long
process of “Extension Surgery” where they surgically implant steel pins
into your legs, attach them to steel wires, weights and “stretch” your
bones to gain another inch or more in height. (Is this possible for any
other anatomical body part I wonder)?
also read that some riders remove some or most of the stuffing from the
padded seats to reduce the height, but then one loses the comfort
riders have mentioned the “compression factor” when one actually sits
down on the scooter and this plays into ones ability to touch “Tierra
firma”. Maybe I need to eat more tacos and add another 10-20 pounds. A
attainment of my goal is still in the “Wannabe” stages. I have yet to
take the Motorcycle Safety Riding Course (which I hope to do so in the
near future) and then I will either have to rob a bank or sell my soul
or my body (neither of which will get me much money) to obtain the
finances to buy the scoot.
encountered some nice people and made some friends along my journey and
for that I am grateful.
mean time, I will keep “reading” until I am able to start “riding”.
Arturo's "Scooter Puppy"
When you "Join Us" at JustGottaScoot.com, you receive some little trinkets
if you tell us your favourite scooter animal. Arturo said he was a
scooter dog and, as you can see in the picture, has put his trinket to
Arturo Gets a Scooter!
Well today, I
finally took the plunge & bought me a used 1995 Honda Helix. I am so
excited and tickled brown.[ I’m Latino, remember] Anyway, it cost me
$2300 and its in great shape. I bought it from an elderly gentleman
that has been stricken with cancer and is no longer able to ride it.
He even threw in two free helmets.
Now I have to
get some “serious street time” and become proficient on it.