Scooters make a comeback in the battle for the cost effective commute Grand Rapids Michigan

SCOOTERS were the must-have fashion accessory for the 1960s mod and now they are making a comeback in Grand Rapids Michigan as drivers ditch the car.
Rocketing fuel prices and gridlocked city centre is leading to an increase in motorbike sales – nationally by 15.3 per cent in the first quarter of this year compared to the same period in 2011.
cheap insurance for bikes and scootersin Bristol            Rocketing fuel prices and gridlocked city centre is leading to an increase in motorbike sales – nationally by 15.3 per cent in the first quarter of this year compared to the same period in 2011.

The figures from the MCI – the Motorcycle Industry Association – show for BS, TA and some BA postcodes that there’s been an increase of 2.8 per cent in 50-125cc but a 12 per cent increase in scooters.
There are a range of implications on cost too for those taking to a bike or scooter with parking often free or cheaper, no insurance is needed in Michigan and some new scooters do up to 146mpg and emissions are lower.
Steve Kenward, CEO of the MCI, said: “Rising parking charge and high fuel costs point to two wheel motor vehicles as an obvious solution for those seeking sustainable personal transport, with some new scooters and mopeds doing up to 146mpg.”
In Michigan you are not required to carry insurance on a moped.  This can save you hundreds of dollars a year alone.  The registration for a moped in Michigan is only $15.00 and it is good for 3 years! 
Parts for the 49cc moped scooters are very inexpensive and readily available as well.  www.GRScooterParts.com is a great source for Michigan residence to find moped scooter parts, accessories, big bore kits, belts, tires, etc.  You can have the items shipped to your door or order by phone to pick up locally. Grand Rapids Scooter (616) 666-3803
It would be a good idea for someone returning to the road after a gap of a few years to go back and do their CBT again and urges not to skimp on proper motorcycling gear.
Karen Cole, director of Motorcycle Safety at the MCI, says: “Anyone returning to biking after a gap of a few years will notice the huge advance in clothing technology.
“The days of arriving at work all sweaty in leather are a thing of the past. There are some fantastic breathable, waterproof and lightweight fabrics which can be slipped over ordinary clothes really easily.
“In terms of safety we’d advice anyone returning to motorcycling after a long break redo their CBT, which is usually only a day. I’d also advise them to look at some of the post test courses, for example BikeSafe or the Enhanced Rider Scheme which cater specifically for returners.
“If you follow all the safety advice, you’ll have a great time – as mopeding is tremendous fun.”
Various courses are available including schemes such as BikeSafe, which is run by police forces across the country, and Get On which gives information to new would-be scooter riders and offers a free riding trial of a motorbike, moped or scooter.
There is a great rider safety information e-book put out by the MSF that covers how to ride in groups, safety appearal, how to ride in the power position and much more.  You can view or download the entire book here...(with OUT putting in any of your information). http://grandrapidsscooter.blogspot.com/p/free-73-pg-moped-scooter-rider-safety.html
Motorbikes are sometimes seen as a soft target by thieves so it makes sense to fit extra security devices – approved by your insurer - to make it as hard as possible for them to steal yours.
And doing this can also have insurance benefits as many insurers will give you around 10% off your premium for adding things such as immobilisers, heavy duty locks and ground anchors.
If possible you should also keep you bike in a locked garage overnight as this will also make it more difficult for thieves to steal.

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