Haze - Taotao 49cc Scooter

by Haze
(Las Vegas, Nevada)

Many, many years ago I had a small motorcycle that I rode to and from work. What fun, and a lovely way to relax after a crazy day as an ICU nurse.

We moved in 1982 to Las Vegas where the car drivers seem to think that motorcyclists are targets to hit, not someone to share the road with! Because of this, I respected my spouse's request that I quit riding my cycle. I really missed it.

When I started working at a hospital <2 miles from home, I started thinking about riding again. I started looking at scooters, because of the cost of gas and not needing to license them in Nevada. I also confess to hating helmets, and they aren't required for a small scooter.

I knew that riding a scooter would be fun and cheaper but the initial cost for the investment was more than I could justify.

In September I was driving home and went past a neighbor's house with a bright red scooter out front with a "for sale" sign on it! I made a U-turn and went back to take a look. It was so pretty! And now I am the proud owner of a bright red scooter!

Since I haven't been on a motorcycle since 1982, I'm spending several hours a week just riding it around our neighborhood, getting used to the feel of it, practicing turns and quick-stops.

I'm here on this website to learn about scooters and "scooting tips".

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Oct 16, 2011
by: Kathi, Site Owner

Welcome to our little online club, Haze! And congrats on your new scooter. Hope you have great fun riding it.

And just my opinion... although you may not be required to wear a helmet in Nevada for a 49cc scooter, you can still be badly injured in a fall even when going only 30 to 35 MPH (the usual max range for such a small scooter). A helmet will protect you. Just sayin'...

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