Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Gail goes electric

I have a new electric motor scooter. It’s an Oxygen Lepton, made in Italy. Its top speed is 28 mph and has a range of up to 31 miles on a 5-hour charge.

My younger son Rody found it for me at Thunderstruck Motors in Santa Rosa, California. It has replaced my 1976 Yamaha Chappies. I’ve owned three all these years so I would never run out of parts, but they have two-stroke engines and are notorious polluters.

The good news is that I only need a one-time license and won’t need to renew my motorcycle driver’s license when I turn 70 in a couple of years. It's quiet and I'm glad not to be riding something that emits puffs of blue smoke.

Possible bad news: It weighs 230 pounds, more than twice as much as I weigh. I’m going to need to make sure that I don’t lose muscle strength so I can maneuver it when the engine is off.


Dan Gurney, Mr. Kindergarten said...

Very cool, Gail! And, because we are lucky enough to live in Sonoma County, where our electricity is generated geothermally, your fuel is carbon free!

Gail Jonas said...

Thanks, Dan.
I like it that you appear to be confident that I can stay on top of the scooter, i.e., that it's not so big that I can't handle it.

I think the need to be able to push it around is currently the best motivation, along with picking up my year old twin grandchildren, for keeping my endurance and strength up.