Wow. Its been 5 years since I wrote the blog below this one on buying a scooter! Time flies! So while much of what I wrote 5 years ago still holds true, there have been some changes that I wanted to update everyone on. One of the greatest things that happened in scooterdom in Ohio is that we are now legally allowed to park bikes with engines of 150cc's or less on the sidewalk! Wut?! You read that right. Its so nice to be able to park in the Short North again! And downtown? No problem!
Since I wrote that post below we have also picked up Kymco and Lance scooters. Now I know what you're thinking "she promised she wouldn't sell any of that Chinese junk!" And you're right. I don't. But the economy has been tough in the scooter world and many companies, SYM and Kymco included, have some of their bikes assembled in China to keep the costs down. Same great Taiwanese quality without the higher price tags. Now the straight talk on Lance. The distributor for SYM became the distributor for Lance who used to be a total crappy scooter company. My SYM rep called me one day and said "Caitlin, you gotta sell these Lance bikes, they're selling like hotcakes!" I said "I don't care! I'm not selling junk!" He said "I'm sending you two to try out - you can pay me when you sell them." "Fine!" I yelled (not really but I do like to give my rep a hard time - its so easy when they're in California). As it turns out, Lance has partnered up with SYM, restructured and now sells good quality bikes with SYM motors in them. They come with a two year parts and labor warranty and we have had no trouble with them! That means we now have more variety than ever to help you find your perfect scooter.
Other changes I want to comment briefly on are that the motorcycle safety course is now $50 (damn inflation) and we can now offer financing through both Sheffield Financial and Nextep Funding! Sheffield we do in house but you can look into lease to own with Nextep in your own home. Just go to nextepfunding.com! I think that's it for now. Come in and see us, sit on some scooters, have a chat and make all your scooter dreams come true!