Scooter Havoc

The other day I saw the second half of yet another accident on my street. For some reason the stretch of the road I live on (Short Beach) attracts a ton of car wrecks, this time it was a scooter. The guy will live but he will be in the hospital for a while. Lot of blood, his faced will be fucked for life. Apparently either the scooter guy or the man in the minivan drifted into each others lane, and obviously the minivan won.

Ok, here’s my point. People think that these 50cc scooters are safer than motorcycles because they have little wheels. They can go 70mph all day! I see them all over CT running with main road traffic. The thing is, you can get them without a motorcycle license so, one of two things happen: 1 you have a girl who’s mom thinks it would be cute to get her 18 year old a pink vespa for her birthday, or 2, you have an absolute idiot who gets so many DUI’s that he got his license taken permanently, and had to get the bike because its all he can get.

So for once I would actually like the DMV to make a new law about bikes- people with no licenses and teenage rims on their 2 strokes are breaking the law if they are on public roads! This isnt Cambodia… if you ride a motorcycle you ride a real motorcycle, not a dustbuster. They are just too dam easy to ride- they have centrifugal clutches and automatics, and are super light- so idiots just love them. They are akin to jetskies in their idiot appeal.

I understand some people think its more “green” to use one but they are horribly wrong. Its a 2 stroke homie- they emit about 1000 times more chemicals than any car. The whole “size of vehicle equals its pollution” ideology pisses me off too. My friends bagger puts out far less chemicals in an entire day wide open than a 50cc two stroke scooter going 2 blocks to the liquer store. Bigger bikes are generally cleaner- hate to say it!

So fuck scooters, wear some leather, get some training and ride a real motorcycle. These things will kill you- that’s my point.


5 responses to “Scooter Havoc

  • Will Ramsey

    Additionally the smaller wheels on scooters do not create the same amount of gyroscopic force as a motorcycle and therefore are much less stable than a motorcycle…

  • Paint Head

    In addition to not requiring any clue what so ever, let alone a motorcycle endorsement on your licence, none of them are registered or insured. CT requires any motorized two wheeled vehicle OVER 49cc to be registered and insured. Technically all the 50cc scooters are 49cc so they don’t need reg. & insurance and since they all look the same, many scumbags with the larger ones get away with riding illegally.
    The other problem is thanks to the flood of cheep Chinese scooters, you can get one new at places like Pep Boys for peanuts and ride it home. I had the misfortune of working for a shop that started selling such crap and the quality was so bad they would start falling apart within just a few miles.
    I’m with you Lock. They should change the law and require a motorcycle endorsement, reg & insurance for those toilets.
    I’ll put the soap box away now.

  • Jamie Lightfoot

    Couldn’t have said it any better. We have the exact same problem here in Canada. I usually see their $15 bicycle helmet laying on the sidewalk.

  • Ron

    It seems almost pointless to say it but I completely agree. Even worse, here in LA you see loads of people (of all ages which I feel is weirder still) riding those motorized stand-up two stroke scooters and skateboards sans helmets or any form of protective clothing. Three things, they don’t pay any form of road tax, don’t require any form of licencing and and those who use them seem to ignore any ‘road’ laws and feel that they have some ‘insert diety of your choice’ right to ride anywhere they want – and of course the pollution thing.

    Get a bike (or even a car I don’t care) – use public transport, anything because one day enough accidents will happen and then congress will come down hard. Congress will exercise it’s right to control all of our lives, think all forms of non-car transport are dangerous and ban everything, and that’s going to affect me and my two wheeled joy machine and that’s going to piss me off and I mught just have to go postal.


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