Scooter thoughts

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This scooter purchase was supposed to keep me off CL for awhile, instead it’s done the opposite! A red Monster 1200 would look pretty good parked in front, no? Speaking of parking, a perk of my neighbor living in Arizona most of the year is having free reign to leave a bike in front of their door.

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Covered parking!

I put the Miata up for sale again, and within minutes a guy asked if I’d accept trades. I said only if he had a newer Monster or a Tacoma. He offered a new Honda CBR650, which... Is actually a lot closer to what I want than I would have expected from the first random trade offer! I’m not taking him up on it, but I do find the newer CBRs quite attractive.

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Starting the scooter first thing in the morning when it’s 31°F is a bit tricky, but I’m guessing that’s normal for a 2-stroke? Also seems like I need to let it idle a few minutes when the outside temperature is low otherwise it will die when I give it throttle.

I rode to work yesterday and quickly realized I don’t really have good gear for cold-weather riding. That wind finds ways through each and every little exposed flap.

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Tried locking up front and rear brakes today on the wet ground just to get a better feel for how much braking power I have. The answer is plenty, as long I’m not going downhill.

There’s a series of dirt paths that connect two roads near me, and I may or may not have been using said dirt paths as shortcuts. Some of the paths go right over the crest of small hills, so it’s not impossible that if I hit them fast enough I could get some hang time....

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My favorite part of the scooter so far?

Insurance.

$240 full coverage, and that’s including various add-ons. For the entire year. As a not-quite 25 year old male in a Metropolitan area, I didn’t realize rates that low were possible...

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Gas mileage is over 75mpg so far, although with just 80 miles of riding (and most of it full of hooning) that number probably isn’t super accurate.

I still can’t get over how rediculous this thing sounds. Picture a bigly, older competition spec dirt bike, take that sound and stuff it in an adorable little moped.

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Boom. It’s magical.

It’s also the cause of a lot of weird looks from dudes in lifted trucks. About half of them nod/smile/wave, while the other half look super confused.

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Anyhoo, that’s enough rambling.

Here’s a totally unnecessary promise to myself to end things off. If the Miata sells within the week and this Monster is still for sale, I’ll go talk to the owner. 

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