Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Hot Wheels: Electric Scooter

On my motorbike in front of my house

So I splurged. With the financial help of my parents, I bought a brand new electric scooter!

The Yamaha Metis was a little bit expensive, but still dirt cheap compared to the price one of these would cost in Canada. I just still have to ride my bicycle to the market, or else the market vendors will overcharge me for sure!

Gone are the days of biking in 38 degree weather, or else having to take a motorbike taxi or wait for my friend to come and pick me up. Gone are the days where I arrive at a dinner in the old quarter, panting in front of my dinner friends with dark patches of sweat slowly expanding in size over my chest and back.

And those days have been more and more often. Except for a couple odd days this past week where the temperature felt a chilly 28 degrees, I don't think ithas dropped below 35 for months.

Now I can zoom around in my exhaust-free scooter, planting trees and flowers in my wake. Seriously. Instead of carbon monoxide and volatile organic compounds spewing from the bike, hearts, stars and little princesses come out to tell you happy stories that smell like raspberry sorbet and vanilla.

You'd think this was true by some of the looks I get riding around! Sometimes I notice in my peripheral vision, a motorbike that seems to be riding at exactly the same speed as me. I only need to turn my head slightly to see a motorbike with three Vietnamese construction workers squeezed onto the tiny seat, all squinting at me with a puzzled look on their face. In those cases just nod and smile.

It's a pretty sweet bike. It goes about 40 km on one charge, takes about 4-6 hours to charge, and can reach up to 30-40 km/h. Traffic is often slow enough that I pass cars, motorbikes and bicycles easily!

Here's your chance: I haven't named my bike yet, so I need your help. I want to you help think of a name for it! Please leave your suggestions in the comments!


Rebel said...

Wooo hooo! You're mobile! I still half have regrets about not getting a motorbike, having your own transportation really changes your experience of living someplace. Good for you!

As for the name....clearly it'll need to be something along the lines of Princess Raspberry Heart Sorbet. =P

Does she make zoooomy noises when you accelerate?

Jonathan said...

Thanks for the suggestion! I like the idea of calling it Princess Sorbet, or maybe Raspberry, although Jeannette's bunny has stolen that title already.

And it makes a really relaxing hum when i drive it. It's so amazing!
I'll take a video of it.

Cat said...

Yay thats great! So environmentally friendly. I actually just wrote something on my blog about how noise-free the electric scooters are. So please make sure to make lots of noise when driving it! they can be extremely quiet.
Hmmmmm names.......

Gino said...

How about calling it "Gracie" since it's gray and it is also a name of a very famous and well loved pricess who died young "Princess Grace"

Tofusquirrel said...

that scooter is awesome!!!