Christina Roberts - Proud New Owner of a 49cc Electric Yanglei Scooter
by Christina Roberts
I'm on a grand adventure into a great unknown because I've only recently (within the last month!) bought my first (used) scooter, and now I'm on the hunt for a 150cc gas scooter--on a really tight budget!
This last May, I graduated from WSUV with a BA in Creative Media and Digital Culture (fancy way of saying multimedia and design). Because of loans to pay off, I cannot afford anything over $2000 right now. I may get lucky and stumble into a clearance sale at a local motorsports shop, or I may not. That's part of the adventure!
There is no hope for me owning a car at this time, which is why I decided on a scooter to begin with: something sleek, cheap (relative in comparison to a car), very economical on gas, and much lower on insurance.
My parents taught me to be shamelessly independent, frugal, and thrifty, and so never paid for a car, insurance, phone, computer--anything of that nature for me. They always said "save for what you want." To this day I still do NOT have a driver's license--and I'm 21! No shame, just economics going on.
But now it's time, and I have decided, a scooter is the way for me! If I had more money, I would still choose a scooter. I've become addicted to riding them!
However, when I bought my scooter used for $400, I knew very little about them except electric = no money spent for gas. I didn't even know what 50cc meant! I loved my scooter, until I realized I needed to buy new batteries. It's
a 2008 Yanglei Chinese-brand scooter and besides that, I know nothing about it! The original batteries were still in it too!
So there went $200.
But besides learning to use my body for balance, becoming more road-savvy, and enjoying how much fun it is to ride, I need a better scooter to commute around town to meetings. I've found that an electric scooter is good for one meeting, but then I must return home to charge it.
My clients ask why I cannot make a meeting at 10, then one at 12. It's quite slow uphill and the pedals only kick in if I'm down to 2-3mph! This is unacceptable.
It's been a lovely scooter. Black, sleek, fun to ride with a beautiful imitation leather skin seat, and I'm quite confident in my beginner skills now, but alas, it's time to save and buy a new one!
As a completely new scooter person all-around, I've spent nearly 7 hours researching brands (and myths on "bad" brands), local stores, Craig's List, proper gear and accessories, speed versus weight, and so forth.
So my adventure only now is truly beginning! I must practice my driving, pass the driver's test, then buy a scooter, attend a motorcycle safety training course, and pass that! All in that process, I will have to purchase insurance for it. And I hope to do all this in a month.
I'm nervous, but very impatient! This investment will wipe out most of my savings but it will be worth it!
I hope I will be able to update my profile in the future to track my progress. =)
A battery tender like the Battery Tender Jr. can make all the difference in whether your scooter will start right up each spring, after being stored for months.
Just about every scooter owner needs to have a battery tender, sometimes called a trickle charger. Unless you are lucky enough to live in a climate where you can ride all year long, chances are your scooter will be put on ice, figuratively-speaking, for at least a couple months every winter.
One of the key steps in winterizing a scooter is to protect your battery from draining during its "rest" period. This can – and will – happen if you leave your battery sitting untended in your cold scooter over the winter, even if it's in a garage or shed.