Sepember 13, 2009

by Jim Zeiser
(Deposit, NY, US)

General Store on Today's Ride

General Store on Today's Ride

As you will read elsewhere I went for a ride to the top of a local mountain.

What I didn't mention is that it's been a thousand miles since my engine went back together from the valve spring problems. The scooter ran really well today and I can only hope that it keeps it up.

Since I've kept the rpms down I'm sure the scoot will last much longer and keep giving me great gas mileage.

I know many people will always question the wisdom of buying/owning a Chinese scooter but I enjoy it. We've been partners on some nice rides and it's a different experience from my motorcycle.

I have to plan my rides on the scooter, the motorcycle goes anywhere. That may not sound like much, but it is a profound difference.

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Sep 15, 2009
My Scoot
by: Jim Zeiser

I grew up in Levittown Ron.
My scooter is an Eagle Milano 150 from GS Motorworks. It's actually built in China by the Chongqing Astronautical Bashan Motorcycle Company, commonly called a Bashan. They do a good job and are one of the better scooter and motorcycle companies in China. Recently I bought two mopeds for my stepsons and was delighted to discover they came from Bashan. As I expected they were very nice bikes and worked well right out of the box. I might do a review since I have pictures of them.

Sep 15, 2009
ah ha
by: Ron Goldwyn

I moved from Long Island to Milford CT 15 years ago, but I traveled through Binghanton often when my son attended Syracuse Univ. I myself went to college in the Northcountry - Canton NY, but that was over 50 years ago.
Just what brand of scooter do you own?

Sep 15, 2009
My Scoot
by: Jim Zeiser

Hey Ron
I carry most of my groceries either under the seat or on the floorboard. I've carried close to $40 worth of food and looked like someone from the Third World on some shopping trips.

I'm not ashamed of the scooter, far from it, it's done quite well and I was actually quite impressed when it came last year. I was really expecting something a little-how shall I say this-tinnier, for what I paid. Cast Wheels, a gas gauge and real metal in places where I thought there would be pot metal surprised me greatly.

Since the engine gave me trouble I guess I've been a little a litte more humble about it, expecting comments like "if it's so great how come the engine blew up." There were some extenuating circumstances there too complicated to explain that would almost sound like an excuse. Trust me, almost any engine would have broken because of what this little engine was working against.

Deposit is 26 miles east of Binghamton,NY in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains. We get lovely lake effect winds from both Ontario and Erie here so winter is a joy-if you're a Polar Bear.

Sep 15, 2009
by: Ron Goldwyn

Dear Jim,

Just where abouts is Deposit NY, as I'm too lazy to look it up?

While you say you also have a Bike, you now appreciate your scooter, but I see you don't have room or the ability to carry baggage, why not? You say you use it to do shopping with it. I have a rear platform and with some bungy cord I secure reuseable shopping bags to it. Even used it to carry home a full carton of computer paper for may printer last month.

Finally, you keep talking about your Chinese scooter as it it is something to be ashamed of. Some of the best scooters came from that part of the world. In fact while my scooters company is located in Europe where there mopeds are still manufactured, the scooters are produced for them by the Sym Corp. and the motor is a GY6 originally made by Honda but now they are being cloned all over the world. This means that parts are also available for replacement and upgrading so that a few MPH aditional can be achieved very easily.

Keep posting, I enjoy reading about your travels.

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