It’s the fountain of youth! Nope, it’s not the graal, but a fountain in a park called Le Pigeonnier, in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. Taken on the 22nd of June 2006 with a Sony Cybershot DSC-P93 5.1 MP camera. Part of The Hacker Series.
After having two accidents within the first week of getting our old 1996 Sym Duke Sport scooter, I kind of didn’t enjoy it as much, especially when we had to get sutures for my wife’s leg. I was a bit scratched up and very weary of scootering. But since I was tutoring right left and all over the place, and we had to get to school, there wasn’t really a choice. So I diligently continued scootering every day. Most of the time, I scooter at night.
Scooter drivers in Taiwan are just plain crazy. There is a logic behind the whole thing in the end, it is to get to their destination as fast as possible any way possible. They will drive on the wrong way of the road, into the wrong lane, drive everywhere but where they are supposed to. The most crazy thing is that the slowest drivers are the most reckless.
But since I have been driving by myself a few days a week, I have been slowly getting into the groove of scootering. I love driving on empty streets, where I can drive up to 80 KPH, and not worry about cars or other scooters. I love the directional vectors of the scooters, how they sway from one side to the other seemlessly, how they maneuver so much better than cars, and how on most roads, you are so much faster with a 125cc engine than the cars. I love crouching down and hidding the accelerator and being first off the stoplight. I love the wind blowing so much that my coat start to flap and becomes quite noisy.
Empty streets at night are the best, you do not worry about crazy car drivers or crazy scooter drivers. I go into the mountains a bit twice a week to tutor and now the ride that took me more than 20 minutes in the beginning, barely takes me 10, and it’s not because I am speeding. It’s just because I have become a lot more comfortable with the thing. And I am sure it shows when I drive.
What I do not like is driving with my wife on the scooter. It is a lot less safer, because I do not control her balance and she doesn’t yet follow my balance when we are maneuvering into corners, I feel like I have to always overcompensate. I hate how reckless some drivers are, it’s just crazy. I hate how people do not wear helmets and don’t seem to worry about using protective gear, like thick jackets and gloves. Or whole families of 5 with their dogs on the scooter. Or the babies squished in between mothers and fathers, not wearing helmets.
I hate the brakes on our scooter, they aren’t good enough and I hate the shocks, they need to be replaced.
All in all, I think that driving a scooter is an excellent introduction into motorcycle driving. Most of the skills needed for motorbiking, you will learn when driving a scooter. The only thing that you do not have is the gear changes and the power. Whatever we do next year, like my projects of getting a real motorcycle and upgrading our scooter, I am glad to have been able to feel this way on a vehicle.
One thing though, I will not be importing a bike from America. It’s not feasible. There is a 25% surcharge and more taxes on it. Mostly, the bikes will cost more than if you buy them here. I have seen a few bikes for 150000NTD and I will probably get one of those before I get my dream Ducatis or BMW RS1200 Adventure bikes.
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