Am I Being Too Cautious or Am I Just Plain Dumb?

by Alex
(Leola, PA)

me and my 3 sons...I'm the short one in front

me and my 3 sons...I'm the short one in front

I was horrified when I went to the dealer today (for the 3rd day in a row) to look at the red Baccio speedy scooter that caught my eye. Today was going to be test drive/buy day.

Well, plans changed abruptly when I got on, and realized my feet were a good 4" off the ground. It goes without saying; I am rather short. But by no means am I fragile. The fact that I couldn't touch ground without leaning made me uncomfortable.

I was fearful that if I tried to reach with my foot I would fall over. Immediately I started to doubt myself, which snowballed into fear. Granted, the area provided to ride was very narrow, on an incline, with many obstacles such as cars and other bikes. But my fear took place of any and all coordination I have. Unable to balance, scared to give it throttle, and completely frozen when it came time to turn.

Tomorrow I will go back again, the owner (patience of a saint this man has!!) will load up the scooter and drive me to an empty parking lot so I can try it again. I am so very concerned that I will not be able to get the hang of it. And I am willing to try anything to fulfill this dream I have of being able to ride.

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Jul 31, 2009
Too BIg
by: Jim Zeiser

You're not imagining it. Some scooters are bigger than others. I know of someone who exchanged a mailorder scooter because it was too tall for his wife. The difference was a good four to five inches depending on how you measured it. If you can't reach the ground, try on different scooters, something out there will fit.

Jul 31, 2009
You Can Get It, Alex
by: Kathi

I'm so glad you felt comfortable enough to post this, Alex! Don't worry... you're not alone in feeling nervous or even scared first time you swing your leg through and sit down on a scoot.

If you've never driven a motorized 2-wheeler before, it can be pretty intimidating. Even if that's your dream. I know; I felt much the same as you describe the first time I got on my Buddy in the dealer's parking lot.

But I'm here to tell you, that it gets easier every time you do it. The day I bought mine, I was so envious when another middle-aged woman drove hers 10 miles home from the dealer. I was scared to death just going back & forth in front of my house!

Luckily, my husband (a motorcycle rider) coached me step by step until I gained confidence. I gradually graduated from my development roads into side streets and even the local highway. And, at some point, the fear left me. Everything clicked.

I guarantee it will happen for you too, if you want this dream bad enough.

BUT... it IS important that you get a scooter that fits you. I can't imagine you're any shorter than me (I'm 4'11" on a good day). I can drive a Genuine Buddy 125cc without any difficulties, so you might check out that brand.

Good luck and check back in here & let us know how you're doing, OK?

Have fun!

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