Purchasing my first scooter was somewhat scary. Urged by my husband, we went to look at a 125cc Kymco Bug Agility. I drove to Blackburn, meeting him to view the scooter he had found advertised. I was wearing my protective gear in case I needed it for a test ride. No, I wasn’t wearing the helmet in the car as that would surely have been overkill.
I hadn’t really ridden since attaining my Learner’s Permit in September 2006. All I had done was a practice session a month previously at HART in Kilsyth, so when my husband suggested I go for a test ride on said scooter I was quietly freaking out, having pretty much forgotten everything I had learned.
I realised I should have had more of a refresher course to actually go out on the road, but suddenly I was in the situation where it was decided that I should take the scooter for a spin to make sure it was suitable. Not wanting to go across onto the main highway, I elected to attempt a little trip around the block. Bear in mind that my limited riding was not imbuing me with great confidence.
Add this lack of confidence to lack of practice and lack of skill and you could be forgiven for wondering how this would all end. Badly you may well think. And you would be correct in reaching this foregone conclusion.
I had managed to take off and head off into the sunset, having serious doubts about whether I would ever be seen again. Then I thought I would be clever and turn into a carpark. However, that would necessitate actually turning around, as there was no other exit. I had forgotten to “look where you want to go” so instead I looked at the wheelie bin and that’s where I went! Fortunately I was going so slowly that I just bumped it, but of course I came to a complete stop. Well, I managed to pick the scooter up. Thank goodness it wasn’t a super-heavy one. Then I had to re-start it. Somehow I did, then I went along a laneway, not realising it was one-way, the other way. Luckily no-one collided with me, and when I got back to the driveway my husband looked a bit puzzled, thinking I had been gone quite a while.
I just said, “We’d better buy it. I’ll explain later.”
It was a fairly good deal anyway so the purchase was duly made. My husband, being rather more experienced, and as there was no way I was going to attempt it, rode home while I took the car and drove safely behind him. Preplanned, all his riding gear had been in the car ready to go.
Fortunately I had survived the ordeal, although having purchased the scooter at the beginning of May meant that winter and wet roads were coming. So it would be more than two months later before I attempted to ride again.