Some next, but cautious, steps for beginner scooterists?
March 25, 2013 2:09 PM Subscribe
What are some helpful tips in buying a scooter and then practicing driving it within a major urban center? Snowflake details below
posted by hillabeans to Travel & Transportation (12 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
I wanted to say up front that I have no preconceived notion that I will be cruising around with my hair flowing and a wicker basket full of puppies hanging from my scooter, waving at friends sitting in cafes... I've done a month or two of researching, have taken the motorcycle training program and passed, and am about to get a Class-M license. I have discussed with friends about the dangers of injury / theft / cost, had the fear of death instilled in me by our instructor, and trained in rainy, windy, and freezing cold weather on a range with terrible gravel (for two days only, though). And somehow... I STILL want to ride a scooter? Yes indeed!
I live in downtown Dallas and there is a huge scooter community here that sparked my interest. My car is my primary mode of transportation and I plan to use the scooter to make small trips around town or ride with other people on nice days.
My next step - to purchase the right scooter, the right gear, and practice riding, but I need yet more advice.
1. Scooter - I trained on and am very fond of the Genuine Buddy 125cc. Has anyone tried the 50cc (two-stroke) vs 125/150cc (four-stroke) for this or other scooters and what do you prefer?
2. Full or half helmet, based on the intended purpose?
3. Most importantly, I want to participate in upcoming rallies. There are some abandoned parking lots I can practice maneuvers in but I think in reality if I want to participate in these I'll need some experience on the road first. Where would be good places to ride for beginners and places to avoid? How much experience should I have before joining a scooter rally? For example - http://www.rockersvsmods.com/ is a huge one but coming up way too soon. Would it be a mistake to join this with hardly any experience? Would I be left in the dust with a 50cc moped?
4. I'll be storing this in a gated parking garage, but when out and about what kind of locks, chains, or theft-prevention techniques can I use to prevent it from being stolen?
Any general advice is highly welcomed. When I was first interested in getting a scooter up until now, my views have changed drastically and I keep learning more and more. Thanks in advance!