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Postby RanmaBushiko » Thu Apr 23, 2020 9:25 pm

So, for many years, I didn't exactly get cars, or scooters, or personal transportation. Never bothered to get my license, because I couldn't really see myself driving without a good reason. It comes from having a good bus system in the area (Everett, Washington) and having plenty of free time.

Between being a reading addict, programming, writing, tutoring and mentoring people online, I've always had a pretty full plate.

Until they decided to move the bus system so that instead of a 2 mile, 5 minute trip, it's a 45 minute trip with a bus transfer.

Having to pay family to get groceries for you has gotten rather old fast.

But I just shrugged, and relaxed without worrying too much... up until the coronavirus hit.

I'll fully admit, the anime Yuru Camp/Laid Back Camp, gave me the idea of getting a scooter. (And with everyone doing social distancing, and keeping themselves mostly at home, I'll fully recommend it to show family what it's like for camping in Japan, via Scooter.)

And that started giving me ideas, which lead me to researching scooters, and lead me to here.
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Postby wilsongj » Fri Apr 24, 2020 5:18 am

Welcome, if you get a Helix, you are on a slippery slope, at first you will use it for getting to work and shopping, then, just going for short trips out and before you know it you are away for a few days on empty roads and great scenery. Good for you, and again welcome.
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Postby RanmaBushiko » Fri Apr 24, 2020 10:08 am

Definitely my plan, wilsongj, and thanks for the welcome. I've been looking into getting a helix ever since I found that they're the most suggested, recommended, etc. scooter on the market. Only other design I thought I'd like was the Big Ruckus, but after looking at the pricing for those, and how unreliable the clones seem to be? Or the issues that plague the Reflex, in getting it taken apart to fix something, compared to the Helix?

Helix all the way, in my eyes.

I've even found a relatively local scooter on the market for $1,000. 4000 miles on it, down in Portland, on Craigslist right now. Of course, buying it, and having to worry about why it only has 4k miles is another thing entirely...
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Postby slonaker » Fri Apr 24, 2020 1:27 pm

Welcome to the board. For most people (at least in the US), scooters are secondary forms of transportation. Some get a lot of miles on them, and some don’t. A Helix with only 4,000 miles on it isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

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Postby RanmaBushiko » Fri Apr 24, 2020 2:46 pm

Thanks, Patrick. Honestly enjoying reading the topics here. It's why I joined.

As for the mileage, I'm mostly waiting on that stimulus check, and having to contact the seller for more information, etc. I'm hoping to not worry about flushing the brakes, possibly replacing the gas tank, and all that sort of thing for a recently bought scooter. But I'm also genuinely interested to learn how to do it, if it won't cost me too much cash. Depends on what good shape that one is in, to be fair.

Of course, I still need to deal with driver's ed, but I'm thinking it's a worthwhile investment to go for a helix sooner rather than later. I'm just debating going for one that's cheap, and having to worry about long term storage effects, or if I want to save up for a couple months to try and afford a pricier cost.
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