Have any of you considered the Zapino as a transportation option?
Walking or cycling is cheaper and healthier ;-)
I'm not so sure that cycling is significantly cheaper... most bicycles cost $1,000+ when new, so the Zapino would be equivalent to a premium bicycle.
There are many people who will not ride a bicyle more than a couple miles and, for semi-rural folks or folks living in hills, this would enable them to get out of their cars.
On the other hand, if a motorcycle license & insurance is required to operate it, then, yes, it would be more expensive.
You don't need a new bicycle. Jacob has a post about his bicycle. I think it was almost free.
I doubt these Zapino sewing machines can go up hills :-)
I haven't considered an electric scooter before. It seems like a nice idea if you've decided you want a scooter. I looked into buying a 50cc gas one a while back when I didn't have a car as a way to take out of town trips, but ultimately decided it didn't make sense. Why? Same price as an old car with similar insurance costs (apparently they get stolen A LOT which is the reason for high insurance). Not fast enough to take on the interstate. Not powerful enough to ride up a steep hill and maintain traffic speeds. Not powerful enough for two people (husband didn't drive either). Similar cargo space to a bicycle with panniers. Of course, you could get a bigger scooter (175cc seemed nice) but then you'd have higher costs and have to get a motorcycle permit. For getting around town, a bike made more sense and for the frequency I left town renting a car was cheaper. The idea of having a small motorcycle one day appeals to me, but I don't know if I'll ever actually do it.
You can build your own 500-750W scooter for the cost of a mountain bike + $300 for a conversion kit. A friend of mine swears by them.
Your speed is about 20mph with moderate pedal assist.
IMO compromises like these compare poorly against used, conventional motor vehicles. For about that price you could get a late model Honda Rebel motorcycle or a 10 year old Civic, Corolla, or Ranger truck. Vehicles like those will have more practical utility value, depreciate less, and cost about the same to operate. Once you move from walking/biking to something that needs to be fueled, registered, licensed, garaged, and insured, I think you might as well get a full-on motorcycle or automobile.
Yeah for me an used vehicle would be a better and more resource-friendly option, most likely cheaper in terms of insurance/tax too.
Motorbikes like Honda Africa Twin and Transalp preserve their value very well and are reliable like tractors :)
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