I had a really great scooter experience this past weekend.
I had done some "spring maintenance" to the ZNEN just recently and took her out for a ride. I stopped at Johnson park to adjust my idle ( I had cranked it way up after getting some bad gas a couple of tanks ago ) and pulling out of the park I passed by this guy sitting on his Harley talking to someone. I'm not sure the model, but it was a custom bobber with more meat on the back tire than I have on three bikes.
I pulled onto Butterworth going north toward downtown and before I got around the first curve I saw him pull out of the park behind me.
Now, I know the ZNEN is no racer, but whenever someone gets behind me on a bike I get a little more self conscious about my riding. Butterworth is a long, hilly, curvy, bumpy drive. I was really focusing on cutting apexes and throttling out of turns and stuff, knowing full well he could catch me. The funny thing was, I lost him in the turns. He'd catch up with me in the straights, but in the twisties I outpaced him.
He did catch up with me at a stop sign and went around me, but as he did he looked right at me and gave me a thumbs-up. That felt pretty good.
So did the fact that I stayed right behind him all the way to town. I mentioned how bumpy and lumpy that road is. I know it pretty well, but potholes are potholes. Still, it was one of those rides where it felt like I hit everything just perfectly. The ZNEN practically danced through the dips and holes. He would pull away from me in the flats, but I'd catch right up when the road got tricky.
It was a good ride.
I'm not really sure what I'll do when I hit the 10k mark, besides dance around the bike and take pictures. Lots of things have happened since I brought the ZNEN home. I bought the P200 and rode it for a few years, then sold it. Bought the Buddy. Bought the Aprillia. Bought the Stella (new clutch still in progress). With the mods to the ZNEN I might get a grand out of it if I sold it. Then what? Buy something else and start over?
I looked at the Elettrica, but there's no way I'd shell out that kind of money for something not as fast. I just saw a 2012 GTS300ie on Craigslist going for $3950 with just over 5k. I'm sure I could lowball to $3500, but it's still more money out. Might be worth it.
The ZNEN is still running great. There is a really promising bolt on 170cc kit for it, and with that, a new big valve head and new cam I'm out a whopping $300. That might be a good option. And it would give me a fresh top end.
We'll see. The bottom line is over the past few years I've learned a lot, much of it coming from you folks here. And the truth is, I have really really enjoyed riding every bike we've had. And for that alone I am happy.
Safe riding, everyone!