Now please don't misunderstand me. I know very well why someone would want a lower cc scooter. Hell, I started riding on a small Zuma 125 because of the lower costs, fuel mileage and other reasons. The top speed on that bike with an open throttle was maybe 55 mph. Living in the city it was fine for stop and go driving but I would never take it out onto a freeway, nor would I ride it night on busy roads. In all fairness I did ride at night on the Zuma but it was on back country roads at 1 AM. Ninety percent of the time I never saw another car.
Yesterday I on my way home from work taking my normal route. It was after 10:30 at night and traffic, while not heavy was certainly heavier than normal for that time of night. I pulled up to a red light and see a single red dot about a mile ahead of me. "Another biker" I think to myself. The light goes green and I catch up to the other bike in a matter of minutes.
|He was riding something similar to this.|
I even turned on my brights to help him see. Eventually he turned off, taking a similar road and I continued on straight wishing him the best. Hopefully this was a one time thing for him. He was taking a bigger chance than I would ever do. In fact, the reason I sold the Zuma is that I would have to travel that road back and forth to work; I didn't think the Zuma was safe on those roads even with it's higher speed.
plans for the future. I know that eventually I will have to get rid of one of my cars. It just does not make sense to me; economically or environmentally, to have two cars. That however means riding in the rain at times. It poured here the other day, buckets of rain coming down. I have a rain suit and a decent one at that. I've not used it yet. I decided to take the car one day, and I'm glad I did because the rain was so bad that I would not see 10 feet ahead of me at one time. The other day I rode into the dark clouds knowing I had a 50% chance of getting wet. I also had a 50% chance of staying dry. I stayed dry.
If I want to get rid of at least one of the cars, I have to accept that I am going to get wet. That I will have to ride in less than ideal conditions. I'll get there.