Sunday, August 3, 2008

Rising gas prices? 80 mpg baby!

Long before gas topped $4 a gallon, I was one of those folks who calculated how many miles per gallon I was getting out of each trip. Of course, keeping track of it with a scooter is big fun, because the gas mileage is awesome!

I'll admit that I'm nerd enough to have logged some of my early mileage figures in an excel chart. While I won't bore you with that level of detail, I will share the results. My Stella is no longer stock and my commute has changed quite a bit, but here's where things stood about two years ago.

Year: 2005
Make: Genuine
Model: Stella
Motor: Stock 150
Riding Style: Predominately used for the daily commute. Stop lights are widely spaced and speeds often reach 45 mph or greater. Delays are usually caused by backups at a few lights. On average, it takes 40 to 45 minutes to travel 13 miles one way. Weekend riding includes some in town errand running and longer rides with fewer lights. Average of 83 mpg.

To keep track of things with the Stella (and because the gas gauge shouts empty long before it actually is), I had a pocket full of gas receipts with the mileage at fill up written across the top of each one--kind of messy and not the best way to keep track of things. So, I made myself a mileage log book--then I made another for Polly Scoots.

To keep with the theme, I hand-cut a scooter stamp to decorate the front. Then, for his birthday this year, I made Ryan one with a scooter cut from a map highlighting some of his favorite ride routes. And, of course, he wanted his at least a little water resistant, so I laminated the front and back covers.

I was so happy with how it turned out, I decided to add the new style to my shop.

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