Sunday, November 18, 2007

night shot of my buddy


the story of Buddy....

Earlier this fall, my car was totaled in a rear end collision. For some reason, I got a decent insurance settlement and I decided to throw caution to the wind and buy a motor scooter rather than put the money toward another car. I have two other cars, two sons in college (who can easily share one car) and I live close to work with very easy access to the bus that takes me right to work - it even drops me off in front of the building I work in. I would probably be getting rid of one of the cars in the next few years anyway. I have had my eye on a scooter for several years - having test driven a Vespa two or three years ago. Vespa's are very expensive but now there are quite a lot of viable, less expensive alternatives. I did a web search and decided that I would like a Buddy made by Genuine Motor Scooter Company. I went in and tested the 49 cc and the 125 cc and decided on the Buddy 125 series Italia. I am a sucker for things’ green. I figured I will probably only be in this buying situation once in my lifetime. (Even though my son accused me of stopping for a yellow light recently as a way of sacrificing a second car to rear end demolition!) I ride Buddy to work and on errands. I strapped a small basket (my neighbor calls it my Toto basket) to the rear rack allowing me to carry a few groceries (plus there is storage under the seat).

I have experienced a steep learning curve with the scooter. I was terrified the first times I rode it. In fact, I would sit on it in my driveway gathering my courage to head down the hill and out into traffic. But now two months later, I find myself scheming for opportunities to ride Buddy. Tomorrow, I need to take one of the cars in for electrical repairs so I probably cannot ride Buddy. Yet, tomorrow is supposed to be a fantastic fall day to be followed by a day of deteriorating weather. I need to be practical. I want to ride Buddy!

I can't say what is right for you but I am having a great time - commuting just got a lot more fun.

to be continued ...

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4 Comments:

At 2:16 AM, Blogger Paul said...

Kathy, that's pretty cool! I went to the page and read the specs on it. 90 MPG! Excellent and a top speed of 65 MPH. Not bad at all. That would be great for getting around and taking pictures and such!

Nice! It sounds like you are really enjoying it. Do you have tattoo and a leather jacket, too? ;-)

 
At 9:10 AM, Blogger Monterey John said...

What fun, Kathy!qrvcwm

 
At 7:23 PM, Anonymous Val said...

That IS a very cool-looking little scooter. I bet that is a lot of fun to ride around!
Please be careful.....

 
At 2:11 PM, Blogger Ellie said...

Oh ya, just as cute as I remember. I should have taken you up on the test drive.

 

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