Scooters + Saskatchewan don’t really go well together. Weather, distance, crappy roads, laws, and the general consensus that bigger is better, all make this true. And I hate it!
I loved my scooter! A little, red, 50cc was mine for a whole year! Since that year in Taiwan, I have rented a scooter on a couple different trips and still get the same enjoyment. Here is why:
- I have seen a family of 5 on one scooter, someone carrying a ten foot tree, a dead pig slung over the seat, five dogs on one scooter ( Think baskets, floor, and seat), Wicker car seats between people’s legs for toddlers, recycling tied five feet high, a group of foreigners ( myself included) wearing Halloween masks on the way to a party….this was in a place where they don’t celebrate the holiday!
- Riding as a passenger on the back of a scooter is the best way to take pictures while road tripping.
- You can squeeze into the smallest places/ lanes and make it to the front of traffic ( around cars, trucks, donkeys, busses, or camels.)
- You can ride on the sidewalk if you want
- A six pack of beer from 7-11 fit perfectly in my basket
- Side streets are easier to explore and it is easy to turn and run if you end up somewhere you shouldn’t be
- Cheap fuel
- The feeling of freedom while cruising around in a scooter is incomparable. You see so much more and you are alone with your thoughts.
- The cool breeze is great for hangovers in those humid countries
- Scooter taxis are a bit awkward, but very handy
Just to even this out, here are a few not so good stories.
- I’ve been in 4 scooter accidents ( NONE were my fault!)
- One of these was a four scooter pile up.
- Riding a half hour to work in the rain gets old fast. Those yellow ponchos would stick to the exhaust.
Every once in a while I see someone in the cities around here on a scooter. I smile. I know what they are feeling. If you ever get the chance to rent one while travelling, I say go for it. Just make sure you allow yourself time to get used to it. Find a big empty lot …or just find a friend who can handle a passenger.
Someday, I will get my bike license and cruise around more of Canada. Would I look silly with a side car for my dog?