Scooters and Ingress

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Well it’s been a while since I posted and other than moving into a new house, I came across a new obsession that has taken way too much of my time.  That new obsession is Ingress.  As I’ve made my way to level 14, I found myself traveling to several places around the city and like many others, I discovered places I never knew existed.  I could go on about the game but what you quickly learn is that all that traveling hits you hard in the pocketbook….unless you have a scooter.

Part of the allure of Ingress for me is going places you can’t reach by car.  In many cases that includes a scooter too.  However, the fun part of getting to these places is where having a scooter is beneficial.  It’s great on gas mileage and with a mount, you can collect XM while you ride.  In some cases, you can even hack portals while you ride but I don’t recommend it.  There’s also the speed lock issue but in general, it’s not a safe practice.  I admit, I successfully glyph hacked a portal while riding but again, I don’t condone that behavior.  The extra mobility also helps getting to some of those hard to reach portals.

If you’ve played Ingress before, you know how much you need a backup battery.  Fortunately my ride has a place to connect a USB charger but I found that it sometimes blows the fuse.  After replacing two fuses, I decided a standalone USB charger was the way to go.  My Downtown 300i has a convenient storage compartment to store the charger and keeps me going for several hours.  Combined with my RAM Mount X-grip cradle holder, my phone stays put and is easily visible while I ride.  It’s also great for viewing regular maps too.

Now it may be time to get some Ingress artwork on my scooter.  If you download the game, choose Enlightened.  It’s available for Android or iOS.

 

Scooter as your only means of transportation

Line of scootersIt was bound to happen at some point.  My cage (that’s a car for you non scooter types) got into an accident and I’ll be without it for a week.  A whole week!  What this means is that my scooter will be my only means of transportation until I get my car back.

For some scooterists, this is no big deal.  In fact, I know some people who choose to only use a scooter as their primary means of transport.  But for me, this means I’ll actually have to think about and plan my travel throughout the day. Now, if I want, I can get a rental car and not think twice.  However, it’s not the first time I’ve thought of going to “scooter only” transport.  Knowing that I always had a car for backup probably made me less worried about only using the scooter but that has changed.

How to go scooter only (for at least a week)

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Kymco Downtown 300i Seat Modification

2013 Kymco Downtown 300i

Before seat modification

Kymco Downtown 300i

After seat modification

Before I first got my Kymco Downtown 300i, I went to a local dealer and sat on it to see how it fit.  Based on all my research, I felt it would be the best all purpose scooter for both in-town and highway riding.  The only drawback to my dream scooter was the issue reported by taller riders that the seat was not far enough back and it didn’t allow you to make any adjustments like on many other scooters.  Even though I confirmed this issue while sitting on one at the dealer, I got one anyway with the thought that I could modify the seat and make it a more comfortable ride. [Read more…]