I bought a scooter in october 2002. First motorized two wheeler for me. a 150 cc vespa et4 purchased kind of on a whim at a shop down the street from the courthouse where I toil in the vineyard of justice (or injustice, depending on your mood, point of view, etc.). I've always been into bicycles but the commute was just too long at this point in my life to do by bicycle (at 35 miles one way, my max is about 15) but 35 miles was just fine for a motorbike. I had no idea how to ride, though i had gotten a license the week before, was thinking about motorcycles, but then saw the scooter and thought, heck, this looks nice, feels light, I could ride this I bet. I just started riding. Scared myself pretty bad at just 35 mph. Figured it out, more or less, with no accidents, no close calls. Now it's been 3 years, moved to a closer job a long time ago where i can mainly bicycle, sometimes scooter, as i don't have to commute near as far, only 10,000 miles on it total Purchased all the safety gear I really should've been wearing from the get go. I love the scooter. occasionally I am drawn to thinking I would like a bigger faster bike. Not sure why though. I don't like freeways, 55 mph is fast enough for me, the bike goes 55. i did do a crazy freeway ride on this scooter out to Palm Springs on the freeway, about 100 miles one way, where there is so much wind they put up those windmills. It was so gusty I was leaning way over just to stay upright and blwoing all over the place. Totally stupid, totally scary. Pretty fun afterwards. I like this forum, it seems to have the right attitude. there was a different commute i did on it a few years back where I was going 20 miles one way over dirt roads, really barren, looks like I might imagine war torn italy (ok, I have no idea what war-torn italy might look like, but I was trying to have an adventure). It was always fun on a scooter, would've been dumb in a car, and would've been no more fun and not much faster on a big old motorcycle. They're doing a lot of construction in town here nowadays, there are major traffic jams which hold people up in standstill traffic for ridiculous amounts of time. but not me, I just go right through. I know the people who have been sitting in traffic on the same block for 20 minutes must be thinking, that rat, why aren't I on a scooter of comparable beauty and agility? A bigger motorcycle would certianly not help me in such tight and tangled situations, no the et4 is exactly what is called for, if indeed, perhaps, it is not even a bit too much. Due to the snarling traffic jam, sometimes I wonder if maybe I couldn't even scale down a bit, maybe a honda ruckus. I liek the look of that bike, am thinking it might be good to go even slower. There's no way I can restrain myself from maxing out my et4, I'm only either full throttle or coming to a stop. That ruckus would probably be just a tad too slow for one of the road I go on, but hell, I'd probably live, and it'd probably be safer in the long run to go a little slower. I haven't had the experience of people trying to "run me down" if I'm going a bit too slow. I've had people get irritated with me ona bicycle but not on a scooter. I think in general, the fear that SUVs are going to literally run over you are not founded, unless it's a question of the sun being in their eyes and really not seeing you. Less might truly be more. What i dont' like about my bike right now is that the dealer is so far, since I don't work around it anymore. the scooter works all the time, but still, that Honda dealers right here. Is it stupidity to go from a small bike to a teeny bike? I don't really have any full blooded adventures, i have too many kids and too much work, but to me, just getting to work, doing some errands, or going for a short ride feel adventurous on a scooter. my wife thought I had flipped out when I showed up that night on that dopey scooter, and she was pissed when she heard how much that dinky green bike cost. But it's definitiely been worth it. I'll always own a scooter as long as I can. Might get a bigger bike, but might not. A scooter to me is essential.