deals$1,250 for a greenbee metro 2 electric motorcycle…

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@moondrake: Generally, you don't have to buy insurance on a scooter with < 49cc displacement; I imagine the rules for motor-powered cycles are the same.

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@moosezilla: I'll try to make it, but that's the time I am usually walking my dog. Have to wait for sundown or the pavement is too hot for his feet. Thanks for the link though. I'll at least try to pop in for a couple of minutes before we head out.

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@rak0ribz: Thanks for the detailed info. For some reason I am not interested in a gas scooter like I am an electric one. I think it's the quietness of electric motors. Seems like a pleasant way to get to work. The weight is troubling, I don't know if I could lift it if it got tipped over. As for riding bike on the sidewalk, we don't really have bike lanes here and have had a lot of car vs bike fatalities in the past couple of years, so City Council changed the ordinance to permit bikes to be ridden on the sidewalk. There is some limit on power to determine if it's considered a bike, I'll have to call the DMV. This isn't a walking town so most sidewalks sit empty. Where there are any, only maybe 50% of streets have them. The bike vs motorcycle issue is more about whether I would need to buy motorcycle insurance on top of buying the scooter or not. I am going to research this further, and welcome additional input.

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@moondrake: Poking around a little, this is what I found:
Compared to a 49cc Honda Metropolitan scooter, this is about twice the curb weight (386 pounds vs. 179 pounds with a full tank of gas). 1.5kW is about 2 horsepower, which is in the ballpark of the Honda scooter. The Honda lists for around $2000. Most jurisdictions treat motor-driven vehicles like this as a motorcycle for traffic-law purposes, so you can't ride it on the sidewalk. You shouldn't ride a bicycle on the sidewalk, either, but that's out of scope. TLDR: I'd probably spring for a good 49cc scooter instead of this if I had the scratch, because it's a slightly more capable vehicle with better range and top speed. This isn't a bad deal, though, and you'd probably be happy with it.

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@moosezilla: Thanks. I debated where to post it, and finally decided that in Ask the Community I might get more discussion about green technology, safety, appearance and stuff like that, whereas in Deals people might be more focused on the price and quality as compared to similar items. This would be a pretty big investment for me, so the deal aspect is more important to me than the social aspect.

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since you are looking for info you would probably be better off posting this in the ask the community section.

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I am posting this actively seeking comments. I have wanted something like this for a long time and I am wondering if this is the machine for me. Does anyone know anything about these vehicles? Is $1,600 delivered a good price for them? Are they considered a car (must drive on street) or a bicycle (can drive on sidewalk)? Or is that a local thing that will vary depending on where you live? Is this powerful enough for a very hilly commute? I live only 4 miles from where I work and I;d like to use a more eco-friendly vehicle, but I go home at lunch and most of these seem to top out at 15mph, which would take most of my lunch hour RT. This one says it tops out at 30mph, which is the speed limit on most of my commute, so in theory it should be almost as quick as my car. I am calling on the D.W think tank here.