I have wanted a scooter for a very long time (about 10 years now, without taking action on it). Then I thought maybe it would be better to get a motorcycle. After asking various people about motorcycles, I realized that I do not want a motorcycle; it's a scooter that I want. Comparing scooters to motorcycles is like comparing apples to pizza, so I just want to talk about scooters...
Here is the thing, I realized I don't know that much about scooters. I plan to go to a scooter dealer this week, but I want the power of knowledge before I walk in there and let them steer my opinion in the direction they want to steer it.
I know there are different sizes; from tiny scooters that barely go 50 mph to big guns that go over 70 mph. At the moment, I want a tiny-medium one--something that will top out around 55 mph but that will also make it up hills without holding up traffic.
I understand that my state of Minnesota is one of the few states that require a motorcycle endorsement no matter what. I do not have an endorsement yet, but a friend of mine said getting a permit is too easy; 30 minutes of your time and a written test (just can't ride at night, etc). Endorsement will come later.
I thought that no scooters could go on the freeway, but I recently found out that it depends on the engine size and some ARE allowed on the freeway. Is this true? Sounds too scary for me.
So, I am assume there are some scooter enthusiasts on this board. What can y'all teach me before I head to the scooter dealer this week?
Again, I am looking for a small to midsize scooter, affordable (I know prices range from $1,000 to $8,000), powerful enough to make it worth it, and experiences people have had. I know some people live on their scooters for fun, for others it's necessary utility, and others don't like them at all.
Thanks in advance!