Goodbye Car - Hello Vespa Scooter!
I have been interested in buying a Vespa recently - there seem to be more and more of them buzzing around the streets of San Francisco. Its hard not to notice these shiny, bright (and cute) scooters that seemingly zip through traffic with ease - and even harder to miss the ear-to-ear grin plastered on the faces of most Vespa riders. They do look fun, but my interests are actually more professional and functional - I want to use it as my main mode of transportation to and from work. Benefits? I was told that a new Vespa LX150 would get over 80 miles per gallon. That makes even a Prius look like a fuel guzzling hog. Second benefit? Parking - there are more and more scooter/motorcycle parking areas being made available and guess what - they are FREE. Yes, free. Free parking, who would have guessed. Given weather in San Francisco, I have my reservations if this is feasible. However, my biggest concern has been reliability - can I really depend on a tiny little scooter to get me to and from work on a daily basis? Those tires and wheels look awful small at times...how far can these things really go?
However, there are some obstacles that one needs to overcome should they go the Vespa route. It surprises many people, but in order to ride most Vespas legally, you must have a motorcycle endorsement/license. This can involve taking classes (which cost $$$) or studying on your own (and praying you test well), and a trip to the DMV - we all know how awesome that can be. Also, safety gear, namely helmet, gloves, armored jacket, etc - an all be very expensive and add up. However, on the flip side, insurance for a scooter compared to a car is ridiculously low - my quote from Geico was $167 per year! If you have any questions regarding where and ways to utilize Vespa scooter retro, you can contact us at our own web page.