A friend of mine reminded me of an old joke about mopeds. Well, that may be true, but it doesn’t change the fact that this bad boy is *fun* to ride! And there’s no shame in getting 50mpg on a vehicle that I don’t have to pay license fees or insurance on! I figure this thing will pay for itself in about two years.
I ordered it from Extreme Scooters and they were kind enough to email me some simple startup instructions, which is good because the manual that comes with it reads like Chinese. Oh wait, that’s because it *is* Chinese. A word of warning: some assembly is required. I had a little bit of trouble putting the front wheel on this thing. I’m sure my neighbors had fun watching me try to put it together by myself. At one point I closed the garage door in embarrassment.
I looked at probably dozens of different scooters, and settled on this one for a number of reasons, but the main ones were price (roughly $1000+shipping), 4-stroke engine (no messing with mixing oil with the fuel), and disc brakes. It also has a lot of extras — electric start, theft-deterrent system with remote, beaucoup storage under the seat (although it’s still not big enough for *my* helmet — my head’s too big I guess).
If you are lucky enough to live within a couple of miles of work, and are looking for an inexpensive means for getting back and forth, the 50QT-9 is a great way to go.