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FutureMon
Ach Du Lieber
Premium,ExMod 2002-05
join:2000-10-05
Seaside, CA
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·Suddenlink

What are the local county rules on scooters/mopeds?

...for the Monterey area?

I'm thinking about possibly getting a moped or a small motorbike (80-120cc) to use for commuting and tooling around town instead of always using my car.

Last time I rode a Yamaha 50, I got pulled over and cited for not having a motorcycle license. That was back in the early 80's. I still don't have a motorcycle license and would prefer not to have to get one.

In any case, so far since I've been up here I'm getting about two weeks off a tank of gas. I thought I'd get better mileage but it's so darn hilly around here it's taking it's toll on my MPG.

- FM



sashwa
Premium,Mod
join:2001-01-29
Alcatraz
kudos:17

It appears that you need a M1 license for mopeds or motorbikes but you don't need a special license for scooters.

»www.dmv.ca.gov/motorcycles/motorcycles.htm



FutureMon
Ach Du Lieber
Premium,ExMod 2002-05
join:2000-10-05
Seaside, CA

1 recommendation

So looks like I'd need an M1 license anyways. I doubt those "scooters" would be able to make it up some of the hills I drive to and from work.

Thanks!

- FM



sashwa
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join:2001-01-29
Alcatraz
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You are welcome.



TheRul
Why Not You?
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join:2007-09-18
Gilroy, CA
kudos:1
reply to FutureMon

you should get a M1 anyway. Motorcycles would drive the ladies nuts...



shinjuru
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join:2000-10-29
West Coast
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·SureWest Internet
reply to FutureMon

I highly recommend taking a motorcycle course to get your M1 license. Completing the course will provide a waiver to doing the DMV motorcycle course test. And it really does drive some ladies nuts. You'll see.
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BIGMIKE
Premium
join:2002-06-07
Westminster, CA
reply to FutureMon

Three wheeled motorcycles or a motorcycle with a side car require only a Class C driver license. California Vehicle Code (CVC) §12804.9


macmouse
Premium
join:2002-05-30
Saratoga, CA

1 recommendation

reply to FutureMon

I'm surprised they finally classified and made it legal to drive a "scooter".

I remember thinking about getting one while I was in high school but they were not legal to use on the road under any circumstances and I didn't want to risk getting busted for using one. Their motors also tend to be very small two stroke engines, which require a bit of tinkering to keep working.

Looks like they have given up and are giving a pass on them. It looks like there is zero safety or emissions standards for them, while real motorcycles do.

It's hard to argue the coolness factor of a "real" motorcycle but I think motor-scooters are a bit more practical day to day.

If you haven't picked up something already, I recommend you look at a honda elite (»powersports.honda.com/2010/elite.aspx). It has a *ton* of storage (for a two wheel vehicle) and it should have plenty of zip for going around town. I had an older one (120cc) that could comfortably go 50-55mph and I just loved it.

From the review's I've read, It can fit TWO full size helmets under the seat, it has a glovebox, a hook to hang grocery bags AND there is an optional rear rack to put a small trunk or milk crate.



Jammy
ja'Krinda
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join:2000-11-03
Pittsburg, CA
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Reviews:
·Comcast
reply to FutureMon

Good luck in your choices Patrick. I did not even know if it was possible for anyone to live in the Monterrey area. Too many hills.

FutureMon on a scooter? You must take a picture and send it to me.

Jammy
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FutureMon
Ach Du Lieber
Premium,ExMod 2002-05
join:2000-10-05
Seaside, CA
Reviews:
·Suddenlink

1 recommendation

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Actually a friend of mine is selling this bike for $300. It needs an oil pump (which costs about $60).

It's a Suzuki GZ250 (20hp 2 stroke, 70mph top speed, 82mpg)

I'm quite close to snatching it up; only problem is that it is in LA and I would need someone to pick it up and store it for me until I could come down and get it, bring it back up here and take it to a mechanic to get the oil pump replaced...

- FM
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Jammy
ja'Krinda
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Pittsburg, CA
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Nice bike Patrick! Look for a message from me.

Jammy



FutureMon
Ach Du Lieber
Premium,ExMod 2002-05
join:2000-10-05
Seaside, CA
Reviews:
·Suddenlink

The deal didn't go through. At first the seller told me it just needed an oil pump. When I asked what her mechanic actually said, it turned into he said that he was just going to replace the entire engine because it was easier.

big red flag = no sale.

- FM
--
Q: How many theoretical physicists specializing in general relativity does it take to change a light bulb?
A: Two. One to hold the bulb and one to rotate the universe.