Scooter Update - February 16, 2012

by Kathi
(Boise, ID)

The view out my back door

The view out my back door

In the past couple of years, I've been doing most of the updates for my scooter adventures in my blog, but since I haven't really been able to blog much at all the past 6 months due to some major life events, I thought I'd just add a little update here.

I got a Battery Tender Jr of my own this winter, so I could better preserve my Genuine Buddy's scooter battery during our cold Idaho winters. So far, it's working out great. Easy to hook up and use!

We've actually had a rather mild winter, as Idaho winters go. Very little snow at all... in fact, our local ski resort couldn't even open until the 3rd week in January due to lack of snow! But the mountains surrounding Boise (and even the foothills) are mostly snow-covered now, though it's still pretty dry here in the valley.

The temps have been off and on. January was pretty cold, but February brought some 50-degree days, so I have actually been able to get out on my Buddy a few times of late. Even at 50, it's still a little cold for me, but I'm never going very far, so I just gut it out.

Today, though, it was 38 degrees when I went out to drive to the YMCA for my daily workout, only to find that the front passenger tire in our pickup truck was almost flat. What to do?

Well, scoot of course! So I bundled up as best I could, broke the scooter out of its cocoon in the garage and off I went. Brr... It was cold on my legs (exercise pants) and hands, but with a down vest and a warm 3/4 length jacket, the rest of me was pretty toasty. Would have been better if it wasn't windy, but what can you do? I only had to go about 3 miles.

I survived... :)

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Battery Tender Junior in package

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.

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