Below are three multi-speed motors important questions that you should know the answers to if you want to find the right motor scooter for your needs, instead of one that is unsafe and never used. I'll give you those questions, and then offer a quick explanation of the correct answer.


1. When choosing a motor scooter, my primary consideration is:


a) color and style

b) frame fit

c) engine size


The correct answer here is B. A proper-fitting motor scooter is the single most important factor in choosing a make and model. Why? Because the fit is in large part responsible for the safety of the motor scooter.


If the scooter doesn't fit your frame size, if it is too heavy for you to handle at stops and slow-speed turns, if the brakes and signals are difficult to reach, etc., you are riding on an unsafe scooter. Your safety is always the number one concern.


2. When choosing a scooter size, I primarily consider the top speed I expect to reach on my scooter.


a) true

b) false


This question is a bit of a trick question, as the answer is both true and false. You should carefully consider the speeds you want to attain with your scooter, but you should consider speed as it pertains to your expected usage of the scooter. If you're using a scooter for commuting, you'll probably want to choose one with a larger engine, even if you expect to be sitting in traffic for part of the commute. Having that acceleration at your fingertips is usually safer than not having it.


3. When buying a motor scooter, what sources do you use for pricing?


a) local dealerships

b) online scooter stores or sellers

c) both of the above


The correct answer here is C. Whereas we have an objective source of reliable pricing information for pricing cars and motorcycles, we have much less information about motor scooters.


A great place to start is your local dealership. Obviously there will be a markup, and often, you'll see a significant markup, as there's usually much less local competition for motor scooters.


Once you get your dealer price, do some research online with scooter stores and by connecting directly with sellers of scooters. Your best deals will likely come from connecting directly with a seller, as you're cutting out the middle man, but both of these options can yield significant savings from.


Keep in mind, however, that there are benefits to purchasing from a local dealer that just can't be replicated online, so factor maintenance and service in when making your decision.


So how did you do on the quiz?


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Sharing an water-cooled motors RV may be an economical way to tour, and an interesting and fun way to share an experience. There are some things you should think about before you sign on for a trip in one.


You need to know right from the beginning that you'd better all be able to get along in tight quarters. Just how tight those quarters are depends on the size of the RV. Before you rent or buy an RV, you should understand what you get with the different sizes.


The very largest are Class A motor homes, and you'll most often find these large motor homes in the U.S. They are 30-40 feet long (9-12 meters). These have automatic "slide outs" that make your coach bigger when you're parked. They have a separate bedroom. There will generally be toilet and shower facilities, a kitchen and an eating area. These will tell you they can sleep 6 - 8 people.


Class C motor homes are a scaled down version of their bigger cousins. They are in the 20-31 foot (6-9 meters) category. They generally have a drivers compartment with a bunk over it. They have most of the same features as the Class A RVs, but on a smaller scale. These also say they can sleep up to 8 people depending on the floor plan. As you can imagine, this will mean you are in even closer quarters.


Class B motor homes and van conversions go down in size and amenities from there.


So can they really sleep that many people?


Yes, it's physically possible, but.... it's very cozy. Sharing an RV with that many people is probably easiest for a family. You can tuck the kids into all those bunks and fold outs and have the bedroom for yourself.


If there are four or six adults sharing an RV, may we suggest that you should be really good friends or family!


We took a trip in one of those Class A motor homes recently. It was a 35 footer (10.5 meters), with two slide outs, a bedroom, and a full bath. The daytime sofa folded to a bed at night, and the dining table area could be converted into another slightly shorter bed. It was fun, and we were thankful for those walls when thunderstorms shook us. However, we took a tent along too, and when the weather was good, we slept outside for a little more privacy.


You have to think... you will all be sharing the same bathroom. If you don't have water and power hook-ups, you will need to conserve water and power. At some point you have to "dump" the "grey water" and the "black water". The point when you need to empty those tanks comes sooner with more people using the facilities.


We found it was easiest sharing an RV when we were in campgrounds that had shower blocks and toilets that we could use. That gave us all a little more privacy, and we could all get ready faster in the mornings.


You need to divide up cooking chores. The kitchens are small; not enough room for too many cooks. Take turns, so everyone gets a vacation from cooking.


And you need to think about how comfortable it will be when everything is closed up and you are driving to your next destination. Are you driving long distances? Is there room for everyone to sit comfortably?


We found traveling and sharing an RV was a great experience. It worked especially well for the type of trip we were on. Even so, after three weeks, we were glad to get home and out of the RV. If you think you can get along with your fellow travelers and deal with the tight quarters, we say go for it. Sharing an RV can be an interesting experience.




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