After all that, I think it’s time to wrap things up here at The Lady Scooterist. If you’re wondering why that is, well, there are two big reasons:
1: I finally got my driver’s license. That’s right, I can legally drive a car without a responsible adult supervising me, according to the state of Indiana.
2: I bought a motorcycle.
Yes, it’s a red Honda, just like little Scooterlou – only she’s 5 times as powerful, engine-wise. Amusingly enough, she was sitting in the same exact spot at Bloomington Power Sports where Scooterlou was when I bought her. It’s clearly fate.
Another reason I’m stepping out of the scooter world, for the time being anyway, is that Wick’s Wheels closed last December – and as Mia gets older and things start to fail on her, I won’t have anyplace to take her to get her patched up. As it stands, Ross and I had to learn to replace Mia’s front brake pads on our own, with some help from Modern Buddy and YouTube, and even then it was a slightly harrowing experience. Thankfully, she’s not my daily driver anymore, but I still want something that I can easily get fixed if she breaks. Given that I couldn’t find a Honda scooter that I fell in love with quite like Ruby, my new Honda Rebel, I decided to go the motorcycle route for the time being. Someday Ross may get a Vespa, and I’ll definitely ride the heck out of that, but for the time being, I want something faster, and something a little more challenging and exciting to ride.
It’s been a fantastic nearly 7300 miles on Mia, as well as 2000ish miles on Scooterlou, and however many miles I put on Max (who I ended up trading in for a performance exhaust and a new riding jacket last year, heh – he never would start for me!) and Neelix (who I still see around town). Thanks to all my scooters, I got brave enough to get on the road and eventually get my license – and gain my independence.
And hopefully, whoever ends up with Mia (honestly, I’m hoping my mom-in-law takes her!) will have many, many more fun miles with her.
Mia’s last odometer reading: 7298.4 miles
Ruby’s odometer reading: 6 miles