Jonway 49cc 2009 Scooter Review
(on the back roads, TEXAS)
Brand New Oct 2009
I bought this scooter in Oct 2009. I liked the style and the color. I test rode one of these at a scooter dealer in Dallas, Texas. It takes a lot to get me to go to Dallas, I hate city traffic.
I liked the feel and it seemed powerful enough for what I wanted to use it for. And that is driving to work and saving the wear and tear on my newer vehicle. I started saving up to buy one.
As I started saving up, I noticed the prices kept coming down. When I first started looking at this scooter, the price started out at $1,499.00. And within a month I noticed the prices dropping down to $800.00. I was saving and hoping that the price wouldn't go up before I had a chance to go buy one.
Before I knew it, the price got down to $699.00. I was within two weeks of taking that drive back to Dallas with the cash in my hand. I still kept watching and looking at all the websites that sold this style of scooter.
One morning before I went to work I saw an ad listed from a place (in Dallas) for scooters $499.00. I clicked on that ad and behold there was the scooter I have been saving for at the cheapest price for a new scooter put together and tested.
The next day I had off work I took all the cash I had and drove to Dallas... I got the scooter for $679.00 tax, title and licensed. I loaded it up and bought it home. I drove it for 23 miles before I realized that the gas gauge went the opposite way and I was on empty instead of full.
They only put a little gas in it to tune it up and test it. I thought it was a full tank. So already I
liked the gas mileage. If it goes 23 miles on empty, it must go forever on full. I liked the feel and handling on the roads I was driving. It took just a little getting used to the turns slowing down... seemed funny because it didn't seem I was going that fast.
So on this Jonway scooter review so far... I like the style. I liked the handling. I like the power the little 49cc engine has. And the price $499.00 plus TTL amounting to $679.00. The only thing I didn't think about was the insurance. But I found it to be cheap enough at around $110.00 a year.
If this scooter only lasts a couple years, I feel it was a good investment. As I continue to look online, I'm seeing upgrades and nice looking parts to keep it running a long long time. I went to eBay and bid on a trunk/top case. I got it for a total of $26.89 including shipping. (I love eBay)
It's still not here yet, but I am hoping that the color matches my scooter. And I think having the trunk on the scooter makes the scooter appear larger. (So I don't look like a big man on a toy).
If anyone says these cheap scooters are a piece of junk, it might be because they never rode one. And if they do break down, the parts are cheap enough to get online, or eBay.
As I ride this scooter, I will keep everyone updated. I plan on riding it again today. Maybe a longer trip. I want to get it broke in so I can get the oil changed. I know it's only got a few miles on it and things haven't happened to it yet for a good review. This is just the first one so far. Until the next time stay safe, and watch out for big dogs.
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.