Scoot Up!

Take to the open road this spring on a scooter.

Aside from the obvious reasons — such as fuel economy and convenience — modern scooters are the hottest thing to hit the road since Ryan Gosling in Drive.

The designs are more girl-friendly and sexy, the automatic gear-change system makes them easy to drive and the selection of stylish helmets means you don’t have to look like Darth Vader while cruising down the road.

STEP INTO THE SADDLE

Scooters cost between R5 000 and R60 000. ‘If you’re a beginner, it’s a good idea to rent one first,’ says Greg Bredenkamp of Cape Town Scooter Hire. This will give you a chance to test-drive different scooters before you buy one.

Before you rent, make sure your driver’s licence is in order. For 250CC models, your normal vehicle licence will suffice; however, for anything with more power, you’ll need a full bike licence. ‘A 250CC motor is fine for city driving, but if you plan to go on outrides, you’ll need something more powerful,’ says Bredenkamp.

HIT THE ROAD

Go for a ride and find a convenient place to take in the view. Cape Town’s scenic routes are always popular for outrides: try riding from the city centre through Sea Point, Camps Bay and Llandudno to Hout Bay, or take a trip from Newlands all the way to Cape Point. The Winelands also make for great explorations.

In Gauteng, the route from Johannesburg to Magaliesburg remains a favourite option for Sunday runs. And if you are in Durban, hit the beachfront promenade, taking in sea views.

START A CLUB

Looking for other girls to join you on your outdoor explorations? All you need to do is run a Google search to find scooter clubs in your area. Most, like the Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban scooter clubs, have Facebook pages (a simple search on Facebook will lead you there).

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