- Motorcycles, Sports Bikes & Riding
Saving Gas with A 150cc Scooter
I love 150cc scooters! I find that tooling around town on a scooter is a great way to save gas and help out the environment. As someone that is concerned about leaving a carbon footprint that is moderate in size, I am always looking for ways to save energy and reduce greenhouse gases. With the ability to go 200 miles on a single tank of gas I can really see the advantages to riding a 150cc scooter. Even better though is that the small motor can do about 100 miles to the gallon as the gas tank is only built to hold 2 gallons of fuel. While it is no hybrid it is fun to feel the wind in my face as I can go up to speeds of 65 mph. For commuting and running to appointments I have found that it is hard to beat the 150cc scooters for going from one place to another.
Like most people on the road, I am the only person in a car, so when I do not have to worry about passengers I take the scooter and my messenger bag and off I go. I can even drive on the freeway if I am feeling adventurous. While I typically stick to the surface streets I know that many of the 150cc scooters available are built to go faster than many drivers take them. If I could trust the other cars on the freeway not to tailgate or cut me off, I would go on the freeway more often, but with the speeds of cars averaging 75 mph to 80 mph I am not often inclined to risk my life. However, on the major arteries that post speeds of 55 mph I am quite at home zipping down the road with a little boost of power to spare in the throttle.
Designed with an automatic transmission rather than a manual gear shifter and clutch like a motorcycle the 150cc scooters are easy to drive. Maneuvering just as easily as a motorbike, only with less power I can sneak in between cars at traffic lights and intersections to be the first vehicle off the line (something I picked up in Europe). In the bigger cities on the continent 150cc scooters are everywhere and couriers, commuters and students can be seen lining up ahead of the automobile traffic as the lights are red. Then they zoom away as quickly as they can before the line of cars catches up to them after the turn green. Throughout Europe there are thousands of people that use scooters to zip around town. With the narrow streets and limited number of parking spaces it just makes sense to Europeans to ride 150cc scooters.
While the popularity of 150cc scooters has not reached America in the same way that it has the European capitals, there are still plenty of enthusiasts that enjoy riding their scooter to school and work. But it is not just a mode of transportation for college kids and couriers, 150cc scooters are also seen in the financial district and office buildings of many downtown metropolitan cities. Becoming more popular as the environmental concerns of gas guzzling automobiles and high prices of fossil fuels are restricting some drivers, the economical costs of owning one of the small 150cc scooters is making many people stop and think about the impact that the gas pump is having on their wallet. Like me, most people run errands by themselves and unless they are making the weekly trip to the grocery store to stock up of food, they could be riding a scooter to do their errands. But, instead of thinking about how much money they are wasting on gas and wear on their engine as they slip behind the wheel, the majority of people drive off in the cars.
If every household in America had a least one 150cc scooter in the garage for commuting to work or running down to the post office and bank, there would be no need for people to be worried about the cost of gasoline. Environmentally, the country could reduce carbon emissions by 2/3's and people everywhere would be easily saving $50 to $100 in fuel costs each month. That is on top of maintenance and insurance costs that would also be reduced by driving 150cc scooters instead of cars. With the purchase prices of the different 150cc scooters ranging from just under $900 to $1,200 there really is no reason that single people and even families could not have a scooter of their own on hand for the daily commute.
Even though I have kids and am responsible for shuttling them back and forth to school and their various activities, I can still find times when taking the minivan out of the garage to run an errand by myself is a waste of resources. While the car is a necessity in my life, I know that I am helping the environment and my pocketbook when I am out and about on my scooter. During the warmer months especially I enjoy being out in the open air and feeling the breeze as I run around the neighborhood. I am however cautious to always be alert to cars on the road and I am always a little sad when it is raining or when I know that winter prevents me from being out on my 150cc scooter in the snow and ice. With 8 months of the year that I can safely navigate the city streets and buzz around town I am okay with the rains and snow that are needed for the water supply.
I first fell in love with 150cc scooters back in college and used to take one up on campus where I was always able to find a parking space. Since then I have been keeping current on the newer models that have changed to be more motorcycle like in their appearance. While I still have a soft spot for the retro styled 150cc scooters that take after the classic Italian scooters, I prefer to ride the sleek models that have the headlight incorporated into the front molding instead of mounted on the handlebars. While my life keeps me running from one appointment to the next I still keep myself mindful of how many people are going with me, and take out my 150cc scooter whenever I am on my own. With a safety helmet I can ride for miles and still look presentable when I park my ride and walk into a professional setting.