Hi scooter enthusiasts, Made a return to the scooter fraternity a few months ago after a 10 year absence and I'm having a ball! I've been reading some old and new topics in Netrider and I've got a few ramblings to share: Why a scooter and not a bike? As others have said; too lazy to change gears, too old to sit crouched over a fuel tank and too cheap to spend big bucks on an old bike when I can get a classy looking scoot for the same price. I choose to be different. Why do people poo-poo scooter riders for wearing protective gear? I came off my old scooter years ago and it hurt like hell! I wasn't wearing protective gear and I lost my rear wheel in gravel after being harrassed by a Land Cruiser. I was picking gravel out of my elbow for a month after the spill. Bike; scooter; push bike - all susceptible to spills that hurt, maim, mangle and kill. There's nothing tough or cool about riding unprotected. Why do bike riders see a need to do a zillion kilometres an hour over the speed limit? I read a post elsewhere on this site where a bike rider extolled the virtues of his bike because it could 200 kph. So what! Why would you want a bike that will do 90 - 100 k's over the speed limit. Just asking for trouble ( and please don't give me that mularkey about the exhilarating feeling of the wind rushing through your hair and every other part of your body). My scoot does me fine and I enjoy the freedom it gives me. Cheers - be smart, be safe, be alive.