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The joys of scooter ownership

July 23, 2009
The GTS at the Tukwila P&R

The GTS at the Tukwila Park & Ride lot (Orin O'Neill photo)

Based on recent events, owning a scooter just got better. Unless it got worse.

Austin, Tex. has just enacted free scooter parking throughout the city. That’s something the Seattle City Council has been talking about. And talking about. And talking about. The Council did approve the installation of expensive, unnecessary bicycle racks on the street. New motorcycle parking can be marked out with simple, cheap white paint. Oh, never mind…

However, some scooterists in Boston will lose their primo parking spots due to a new state law that will require license plates on 50cc scooters starting July 31, 2009. If it’s got a plate, it can’t park on the sidewalk.

While scooter theft doesn’t seem to be a big problem in Seattle, it’s almost an epidemic in the South and East Coast. Chelsea from Scoot Richmond has mucho good advice to at least make your scooter a less-tempting target. Her description of how thieves practically destroy the bikes and still manage to sell them is disturbing, especially since there seem to be so many people in Virginia willing to buy a trashed scooter with no title.

It’s been said repeatedly, if a thief wants your vehicle badly enough, they’ll find a way to get it. About all you can do is take precautions and get comprehensive insurance, which can be amazingly cheap for a scooter if you get it from the same company as your car and homeowners/renters coverage.

Oh well. I’m turning my thoughts to Hamster Run this weekend. It will be sunny and warm in the ‘Ham. Favicon

One Comment
  1. July 23, 2009 1:38 pm

    Vespas are too expensive and too rare for Key West chop shops. Honda 50 Elites and especially Yamaha Zumas are an entirely different issue. Plenty of free two wheeler parking. And warm infrequent rain and no fog. Just saying.

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