We found him a 2008 Yamaha Vino with just under 800 miles for just $1200. It was an ebay purchase. If you were to buy a brand new one, expect to pay about $2900 + tax at your local dealer.
It's really quiet and smooth to ride. No shifting. Just twist the throttle and go. The rear brake is on the left handlebar and the front brake is on the right side of the handlebar. It tops out around 55 MPH and it reported to get 100+ MPG. We haven't checked the MPG yet but I did get it up to 55 MPH on a long flat road.
After some cleaning Hermans bargain scooter looks like this...
|2008 Yamaha vino 125|
Having very little experience on a bicycle and zero experience on a scooter, Herman is doing surprisingly well learning how to ride his new toy. We started off in a large parking lot near our home. As he felt more and more comfortable, we travelled father and father away from the empty lot. Eventually, making it on to the busy local streets.
He doesn't have to ride on back with me anymore!
|This was taken in 2000|
Hermans Vino fits well on the back of the RV. Instead of my Honda scooter, we took Hermans Vino to Maine last summer. It adds a little length to the RV but we were still able to legally park right on Commercial St. in Portland.
|Commercial Street Portland Maine - summer 2011|