Before we left California, we were seeing an increasing amount of of small scooters on the road, as people are trying to escape the $5.00 per gallon gas prices. Small, nimble, and definitely good on gas, it’s no surprise there is more and more interest in these small motorcycles/oversized bicycles! Annual sales have surpassed the 130,000 mark, and since you can get brand new ones for around $2,500 and up, I expect we will be seeing a lot more of them on the road. A recent article posted at Smart Money talks about the scooter revolution:
“To hear industry experts say it, though, the scooter revolution may be moving into high gear. San Francisco has carved wide swaths of parking for motorcyclists, while Florida’s amended helmet law allows for enthusiasts to hop on their 50cc scooters helmet free. Some cities also give scooters preference in their anticongestion plans. And with gas prices skidding ever upward, a mode of transport that sips fuel at 70 miles per gallon is an appealing alternative. “The stars are aligning,” says the Motorcycle Industry Council’s Ty van Hooydonk, who predicts that scooters will be increasingly popular among “cost-conscious motorists.”"
While I have considered getting a scooter or a motorcycle in the past, I don’t know how well they would work here in our new town. Sure, for the summer it would be great, but come winter I would still need a car or truck to get around – so that would make us a three-vehicle family, which I definitely do not want to be. We have been a one-car household for a few years now, and we are going to see how long we can keep that going. But what about you? Would you (or did you already?) consider getting a scooter to cut your gasoline costs significantly? What about if gas went up to $6 or $7 a gallon, which I imagine it will be next year. Would you do it then? I think if gas reached $7 a gallon, everyone would be riding these around. What do you think?
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