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Testing The New Adventure Transport

Blog Date - 01 May 2018

Here at Bikes And Travels we have been advocates of smaller capacity motorcycles for quite some time. We like their light weight and ease of use. We like their economy and fuel efficiency. We are also open minded here to other possibilities such as electrically powered vehicles. 

In our quest to travel the world as cheaply, efficiently and environmentally soundly as we can we believe we have found our future adventure vehicle of choice. Behold!...

There are numerous advantages and perhaps one or two disadvantages for our exciting new vehicles.

Luggage capacity. Please note the basket on the front and the bag fitted on the back of the seat. These come as standard and I believe with minimal additional work we can fit saddlebags. There is the possibility of fitting a towbar thus allowing us to tow trailers too.

Low speed. Being limited to 4 miles per hour will ensure that we actually get to see just about everything of the places we pass through. It will also ensure I don't scare myself too much, I think 4mph is plenty enough.

Comfort. Having a proper chair with arm rests and thick padding will ensure on those long haul days (10 miles?) we are comfortable and relaxed. 

Solid Tyres. No more delays and hassle with punctures. 

Limited range. With a range of just 8 miles and a speed of 4mph this ensures no single stint of more than 2 hours. Charging will be quite slow ensuring we have a long and relaxing break. 

No licence, no tax and no insurance. Not being classed as a road going motorised vehicle keeps running costs down and will make sorting the paper work to travel through far flung countries much much simpler. I imagine border guards may be a little more sympathetic too. 

The only disadvantage I can see will be finding places to charge up. That said as we'll both look like a pair of mentally sub par old dears I'm quite sure someone will invite us in, make us a cup of hot sweet tea and charge up the scoots. 

With a purchase price of £800 each I believe if we sell all the motorcycles we own we can afford to buy 2 new scoots and have enough left over to take a 3 month world tour. I estimate in those 3 months we could get as far as...maybe...Birmingham?

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Reader's Comments

Borsuk said :-
Reminds me of the Irn Bru advert where the old granny does a ram raid using one of those.
Aren't you tempted by the 8mph version with the flashing yellow light Ren or is that too powerful and fuel hungry. :-)
1/5/2018 3:48:57 PM UTC
Ren - The Ed said :-
8mph Borsuk! Way too fast that, everything will just be a blur, might as well be in a jet fighter. Uses way too much eleccy too.
2/5/2018 10:20:37 AM UTC
Gary said :-
My Gran had one. She could get her replacement knee down.
3/5/2018 6:56:57 PM UTC
Paul said :-
Saw this today. Maybe more of a style your elderly motorcyclist would go for! Love the blog by the way.

3/5/2018 7:01:48 PM UTC
Ren - The Ed said :-
Gary - This fabulous scoot is my mother's. She's had her hip replacement but we're hoping she DOESN'T get her knee down. We hoping she remains upright.

Paul - that scooter is way too cool for the likes of Sharon and I. Hell it's got suspension and clocks for goodness sake. That's just showing off I tell ya.
3/5/2018 8:01:17 PM UTC
Borsuk said :-
Saw one of those ones in a mobility shop in Huddersfield last week. I suggested to the wife that it would be ideal for her brother in law when he is past it, would match his BMW cruiser.
3/5/2018 8:44:23 PM UTC
Ren - The Ed said :-
Oh Borsuk, you bitch you!
4/5/2018 6:54:56 AM UTC
Henrik said :-
They are ultra-cool, got them also here, them old people drive like mad, my daughter whant one also when its her turn she says, with a båt-båt horn, and a stick she can use as weapon while driving,... I actually think that she will do it
5/5/2018 4:57:20 PM UTC
Ren - The Ed said :-
Yeah these mobility scooters are most commonly used by the elderly who may find it hard to walk to the shops and whatever. This one belongs to my mother, she has trouble with her hips.

And yes, them old folks are hooligans when they're on their scooters! Worse than any mean old bikers I know.
5/5/2018 6:13:48 PM UTC
Shay said :-
Hi Ren

Wait until Mum's had all the mods made: there's no waaaaay she's gonna stick to 4mph.

Have you ever considered painting yourself Kawasaki green? It doesn't seem to matter what it is, Sharon'll love it in that colour. I bet she ate her broccoli when it was just the right shade as well :-)

Take care bro.
12/5/2018 10:24:32 PM UTC
Rod said :-
Kawasaki Green!
I was reading a post a few days ago where someone was thinking about a big green man stuffing her sleeping bag into its stuff bag. lol

13/5/2018 11:19:26 AM UTC
Ren - The Ed said :-
Cheer Bro! Yes Sharon is Kwakker Green mad but mother seems happy enough at 4mph for now. She's already a menace on the road. Just in case anyone doesn't know - Shay is my actual brother who presently resides in the land of upside-down people. Oz.

Rod. It sounds like you're describing a surrealist nightmare.
14/5/2018 6:28:37 AM UTC

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