August 28, 2009

by Jim Zeiser
(Deposit, NY, US)

I took the scooter in for its first annual motor vehicle inspection. With only 2065 miles it passed with no problem. The owner of the garage doing the inspection has a 2008 Harley Davidson Road King and when he saw the mileage he laughed and said, "You're catching me. I only have 4200 miles on mine."

I had to use a local Interstate to get there and the trip was slightly harrowing. I don't make it a habit to exceed 45 mph and while the speed limit on the road is 55, traffic moves much faster.

I just stay in the right lane, watch my mirrors and get ready to get on the shoulder if necessary. The people behind me were fairly mindful and got around without any drama.

While an annual inspection is no big deal, it's funny to think a year has gone by on my Chinese scooter already. A year ago it was a curiosity and a new vehicle for my wife to use, now it's the family grocery runner.

Back then I was utterly clueless what was under its panels, now I've had the engine apart once to repair it and know what it looks under the skin. No longer strangers, we're becoming partners on the road to the future.

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