Saturday, April 19, 2008

Scooter

We did it. We bought a scooter - a brand new Honda Elite 80.


It's pretty sweet. I rode it home from the dealership (about 10 miles) and the wife took it up to the grocery store to pick up a few things. Great gas mileage (about 100 mpg). Easy and fun to drive. She's going to use it to drive to her work each day (about 5 miles). We'd had concerns about safety, but we tested out a route today that is almost all residential and 35 mph zones.

We're pretty excited and proud that we didn't take on a second car payment and the environmental hit that would result from the 2nd car. We don't really need 2 cars. The last 4 months with just 1 car has proven that. Adding the scooter to the mix will give me some scheduling flexibility with my clients as I don't have to take the wife to work or her to the bank for her daily deposits. On days where my clients are close by, I'll probably take the scooter. I feel so European.

9 comments:

CyberKitten said...

Sweet........

shrimplate said...

Very nice.

Now I want one.

Laura said...

There's a lot of people in Chicago who have scooters now. You've certainly got the good weather to use it year round. very cool.

John thinks you should take a motorcycle road safety class though. You'd be surprised how many drivers just have NO idea how to drive around two-wheeled vehicles.

dbackdad said...

I think taking a class is a requirement for licensing out here. The dealership recommended someone to us.

Laura said...

Ohhh, so you're driving without a license eh? filthy lawbreaker.

dbackdad said...

" ... filthy lawbreaker" - he-he. Maybe, maybe not. I've read and heard conflicting rules. It's either under 100cc or 50cc where you do not need a motorcycle endorsement on your license. We're getting that sorted out today.

Jeff said...

How fast does that thing go?

dbackdad said...

The wife has had it up to 50. It rides comfortably about 35-45.

wunelle said...

That's awesome! But I'd need training wheels (and / or chains) for five months of the year here in WI! ;-)