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Journeys : Oct Nov 2011
Experienced scooter rider Suzy Cooper asks: See yourself on a scooter? You might have noticed scooters appearing around town in ever-increasing numbers. There’s a reason for their growing popularity: they’re fun, cheap to run, often free to park and they’re groovy. If you’ve ever thought about riding one, here’s what you need to know. Motor scooters are what many people refer to as Vespas, even though Vespa is one brand among many. Scooters are the automatics of the motorcycle world, with two brakes on the handlebars and a throttle. They come in all sizes, from the tiny 50cc right up to large 650cc cruiser-styles. Learning to ride In Tasmania you need to have a motorcycle licence to ride a scooter of any size. To get your licence you have to do the pre-lear ner motorcycle rider training course run by DECA (Driver Education Centre of Australia). The courses are aimed at complete newbies and they’re run at locations all over the state. (If you’re really ner vous or unsure if a scooter’s for you, they also offer introductory sessions.) The experienced DECA trainers will teach you everything you need to know to get out on the road, w ith the serious stuff broken up w ith a few laughs along the way. You’ll have the option to lear n on a motorbike or scooter but it’s a good idea to learn on a ‘real ’ motorbike so you’ll have the option to r ide either a motorbike or scooter later on. Once you’ve done the DECA course and passed your theory exam at Service Tasmania you’ll be able to strap on your L-plate. Yep, an L plate – even if you’ve driven a car for years. After six months you can do another DECA course to get your P-plate. Check w w w.deca.com.au. Choosing a scooter Work out what size scooter you need. In Tasmania it’s relatively cheap to register a scooter that’s under 125cc. If you get one larger than 125cc you’ll pay the same rego you’d pay for a car. Larger scooters can be more comfortable to ride and can usually handle faster speeds for longer distances, but unless you’re regularly commuting long distances on the highway a 125cc bike will suit most urban-dwellers and get you up steep streets or Hobart’s Southern Outlet. If you’re feeling geeky you can read online reviews of different scooters, other w ise hang out at motorbike parking areas and ask people about their bikes – most r iders love talking about them. The people at your local motorbike shop w ill give you great advice too, and help you compare all the different features. One of the great things about scooters is, unlike motorbikes, they have storage space. The room under the seat and a storage box on the back will enable you to lock up your helmet and jacket while you’re away from your bike, and stow your shopping when you’re riding. Dressing the part You’ll need to buy some safety gear – bare skin and asphalt are a bad combination. You don’t have to sacrifice style for safety: bike gear is getting hipper, w ith street-style tear-proof jeans and stylish jackets and coats made especially for scooter riders. Safety gear will keep you warm too, so you can ride all year round. All in all, a scooter’s a terr ific alter native to a car. And you’ll certainly be the happiest person at the service station the first time you pay only $7 for a full tank of fuel! Life on the move October / November 2011 45 6548A A sure sign your car is in safe hands. Our RACT Approved Repairer Code of Practice ensures that all repair work and services performed for members of the RACT will be carried out under the supervision of a competent and qualified person. The RACT Approved Repairer Code of Practice also includes the following key points: • Written estimate of costs provided upon request • Warranty covering repair work for 90 days or 5000 km • Parts that are replaced will be available for you to inspect and keep, if desired • Once commenced, repair work will be completed quickly. When your car’s being repaired, it’s hard not to wonder if the job’s being done correctly. With an RACT Approved Repairer you can relax. www.ract.com.au RACT Approved Repairers shown with the Show Your Card & Save logo will provide 10% discount on labour if you present your card prior to quotation. Contact your nearest RACT branch for a complete list of Approved Repairers or visit www.ract.com.au
MNJ Aug Sep 2011