Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Introduction to Heinz & Frenchie

We are newbies in the scooter world and just bought two Vespa LX150, a red one and a yellow one. Larry, the sales guy at Varsity Cycles was joking and said they were like Catsup and Mustard, Heinz & Frenchie. That stuck, hence Heinz and Frenchie were christened in South Florida.

Before we made the big purchase, we enrolled and attended Scooter School, a must if you want to ride safely. Go to MTII. The Scooter School is only 4 hours on a Saturday afternoon and you learn on a Vespa LX150, how cool is that? You are actually riding for most of the 4 hours. Here in South Florida, if you are buying anything more than a 50cc, you need a motorcycle endorsement on your driver’s license. You have the option to take a written test right after the riding course. We highly recommend that, as the teacher is there to help, and your score is entered into the DMV database, making it a cinch to get your Motorcycle Endorsement. The next week after our Scooter course we made an appointment online at this link and were in the DMV all of about 15 minutes from start to finish. It was a breeze.

You should study for the written test. You can find the online manual here It is a PDF so you need Acrobat Reader to download and read it. But that is free. Get it here if you don’t already have it. We printed the handbook and studied it. There is also a cool site that coaches you for the test. It is not free, but cheap and so much fun. They make learning a blast.

This is my first attempt at a blog, been on the Internet for years but never felt like creating a blog. We hope to help other people, new to scooters, get started the right way. Let us know if we helped you.