Every time you make it home safely…

You get to ride again! I love learning how to be good at things, and riding scooters and motorcycles definitely involve lots of skills. It makes me a safer rider and it is a lot more fun. I recently read a really good article about staying out of blind spots. It reminded me of my 2 rules of road safety: 1. Drive like you are invisible 2. Drive as if everyone else on the road were drunk. I use them when in the car, too. He advises us to create a Blind-Spot Warning Buzzer in your head. He says, "I have one, and everything I do in traffic in a car or on a bike is aimed at keeping this buzzer quiet." More...

Group Riding Tips

Here are some great group riding tips from our good friend Colin at Sportique Scooters Riding scooters is fun but riding in big groups is even better. Here are some safety tips for making the most of of social runs this year, whether you're an organizer or just along for the ride. If you haven't experienced the thrill of group scooter riding you're missing out. It's a blast. The camaraderie of your fellow riders enhances your experience and the waves and laughter from onlookers is thrilling - especially when you ride in a big group of 30 or more scoots. Group rides can be dangerous, though. More...

Why get a scooter?

Scooters are the fastest-growing segment of the two-wheeled market. There are many reasons scooters are becoming so popular. Here are a few: Scooters get GREAT gas mileage! Many models get over 100 MPG. Most get over 60. Imagine filling up at the pump and paying $5-6, and that lasting you a week or more! Calculate how much you'll save here. Scooters are GREEN! Because of their efficiency, they release far less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than cars. They also use far fewer resources in manufacturing. Some models pollute less than others, and some are electric with no exhaust at all! Scooters More...

Why don’t we carry $999 scooters?

We want you to love your scooter WE ARE NOT JUST BASHING ALL THINGS CHINESE. This is an actual SAFETY WARNING. We know exactly what we are talking about, we used to sell Chinese scooters. In fact, we were the number 2 dealer in the country for one brand of Chinese scooters in 2004. We have been through all of the horrors of trying to keep these poorly made vehicles on the road. We've seen critical, life-threatening failures occur over and over again. Even with an outstanding level of support and customer commitment we were still unable to keep these bikes running reliably. Things to watch out More...

ETHANOL 101: 4 Main Problems with Ethanol fuels

In AZ, especially, there is a seasonality with Ethanol additives to gasoline fuels. The winter season air quality is the primary driver. Although the signage will typically indicate "10% Ethanol", in fact, that percentage can legally range from 8% to 13%...in small engine carburation this represents a huge swing, potentially impacting performance. Problem 1: Debris in Fuel Gumming forms quickly in the fuel tank and delivery systems as ethanol fuel ages. But because ethanol is also a powerful solvent, this build up is stripped, dispersed and then moves back into the fuel as larger, "bogging" particles. More...

Let’s Talk About Pressure

Tire pressure is the most important pre-ride inspection point. At the very least you should try to inspect and fill you tires every two weeks in the winter and monthly in the Summer. Low tire pressure can cause a loss of control, flat tires, poor gas mileage, and low performance. Standard tire pressure on most scooters is 25-35 psi in the front and 30-40 psi in the rear. How do you know for sure what the right tire pressure is? Look in your owner's manual or on the sticker on your scooter. Where not to look? At the side of your tire. The pressure on the tire is the maximum you want to ever put More...

Care and feeding of your scooter’s battery

Unlike my 1960s Lambretta scooters, modern scooters come equipped with electric starters powered by batteries, very much like a car. Actually one of my Lambrettas has a battery, but it is only 6 volts and only powers the brake light, horn, and parking light. No fancy electric starter on these old bikes. We get a lot of calls from customers whose scooter won't start. After making sure that the kill switch is set to on, we then ask how long it has been since the scooter was last ridden. If it is a long time, chances are high that the battery has discharged to the point that it 1) Doesn't have More...

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