Wednesday, February 17, 2010
It Feels Good!
This is my ride to work (for the moment), until the repairs on my 2005 Vespa PX150 are complete. What you are looking at is a 2008 Peugeot TKR Furious. It's a 50cc 2-stroke that gets about 100 mpg and tops out at 75 km/hr (an optimistic speedometer). It feels good to be commuting to work on two wheels again and fortunately the only significant rainfall in doing so was the initial drive home from the dealer.
The TKR Furious has big wheels (not unlike the Yamaha BWS), which results in a very nice ride. My 227lb frame can hardly feel the bumps. The scoot is light, agile and quite fun to ride. It took me a bit to get used to the twist and go aspects regarding acceleration (ie. waiting for the rev's to climb enough for the drive wheel to engage), but once I got the hang of it, it's been zoom, zoom, zoom!
It feels good!
Would I recommend the Peugeot TKR Furious? For the commuter with only a short distance of travel to work, it's hands down a winner. The fuel economy, fun factor and comfort is there. If you have a lot of hills and weigh over 200 pounds, then it might not be the scoot for you. But then, what 50cc scoot would be the right model for that scenario.
Oh, I forgot to mention. My commute has been shortened to less than 45 minutes each way. What took close to an hour to accomplish in the morning, on public transport has now become 35-40 minutes. The return home is even more impressive. Less than an hour (usually about 45 minutes) to accomplish what took about 90 minutes via bus and skytrain. Transit cost $7.60 each day and now I paying about $2 per day for fuel.
It feels good!
Saw this scooter image, while walking around downtown Vancouver on Sunday afternoon. The produce company I work for is one of the suppliers for this establishment. I'll have to make it a point of stopping by for a snack or meal sometime.