for New Riders
the gas prices at an all-time high, scooter sales are through the
roof. The newspapers and TV news has been hot on the heels of this
story and have played the role of salesman - informing the populace
at large that scooters are cheap to get, easy to get, easy to ride,
and fuel-efficient. What they DON'T tell you is that scooters are,
in fact, motor vehicles. They are two-wheeled motor vehicles.
This means (and I'm sorry to say) "Scooters are Dangerous."
Most accidents occur at speeds around 30mph, and with new riders
in their first year of scooting... this means "You." If
you think this only happens to other people, please feel
free to talk to other members in our club: more than half
of us have already been in accidents.
a new rider you have little to no experience, and you're much more
likely to experience an accident than anyone in our pack. We will
be happy to assist you in any way we can to help you gain experience
and to develop better riding habits, but before joining us on a
group ride we have the following guidelines for any and all new
require you to read our article on Rules
For Group Riding
otherwise noted, we recommend you have at least 100 miles' worth
of practice before joining a group ride.
require you to have (at the very least) a valid learner's permit,
and plans to acquire a motorcycle endorsement. If you're planning
to milk your permit and "see how it goes" maybe a group
ride isn't for you just yet.
scooter must be registered, inspected and insured, and in good
you have limited experience, it is your responsibility to inform
the pack Leader of your capabilities. The Leader will decide upon
how to tailor the ride, or if you'll need to attend one of our
Beginners' Rides instead.
require that you wear as protective of gear as you can (see our
article for understanding of what I mean). You will be expected
to wear a minimum of a helmet (and eye protection if the helmet
has no face shield), leather shoes that cover your ankle, full-length
jeans, a jacket with full sleeves (leather or denim is preferred,
windbreakers and long-sleeved shirts will not protect your flesh
rash) and gloves. Shorts, T-shirts and flip-flops are not
allowed. This is for your safety and for our piece of mind.
may not ride with someone on the back of your scooter, even if
you have a full motorcycle endorsement, unless you have an adequate
amount of riding experience.
is not allowed! We don't mind if you do it, but don't do it on
a group ride - save it for the parking lot. Anyone stunting or
otherwise squidding may be asked to depart from the ride. Repeat-offenders
may be asked to leave the group entirely.
you're riding a 50cc moped or scooter, and are doing so without
a helmet or a motorcycle permit or endorsement, you may not accompany
us in a group ride.
in the middle of a ride, you are having concerns or doubts about
the ride or your abilities, please inform the pack Leader so they
may assess the situation and find a safe solution. It's good to
push yourself a little, but it's never OK to ride completely outside
of your abilities.
Vermont Scooter Club is a close-knit group of friendly people. We
don't want to exclude anyone who genuinely wants to be a part of
our group, but your safety is a major priority. You may not like
some of these rules, but they are there for a very good reason.
You'll be a competent rider soon enough, but for the time being
you're "on probation."
Article by Kevin Montanaro