A scooter is an amazingly low cost way to get around the Island

We had no idea how little it cost to run one of these and from the experience we had with it, it’s a convenient way to get around the Island.

Times are tight and fuel is expensive (as are the buses), so when someone tells you that they’ve got a means of transport that will get you around at times that exactly suit you (unlike a bus) and it would give you well over 100 miles per gallon, you’ve just got to listen.

Honda Vision 110Adrian from Church Street Motorcycles, Ventnor got in touch with VB a while back to suggest we might like to try the Honda Vision 110 scooter and with the Olympic Torch Relay coming to the Isle of Wight, it seemed like a perfect opportunity to test it out.

Why the Torch Relay?
We planned to report live from each of the stops on the Olympic Torch Relay and as a semi-reformed motorbike rider, I knew that two wheels are better than four when there traffic to negotiate around. And one thing we knew for sure was there was going to be a lot of congestion around the Torch – even if it was just going to be the sheer number of vehicles the Relay was bringing of their own!

I hadn’t ridden a scooter before and the sit up position was quite different to what I was used to. Rather than tucking your feet up like a racing-jockey, as you do on a sports bike, the scooter is quite like sitting on a chair, with your legs being shielded from the on-coming winds by the cowling in front of you.

Getting it started is a doddle due to the electric start and you don’t need to think about having to turn the headlights on, as that’s automatic.

Simple controls
The controls are simple. If you can ride a bicycle, you’ll know how to ride a scooter as both brakes are controlled through cycle-like pull brake levers. To get moving, you simply twist the right-hand throttle and you glide away at a perfectly acceptable speed. There’s also no gear changing to worry about.

Honda Vision 110Unsurprisingly performance isn’t electric – that’s not what scooters are for – but I found no trouble maintaining my position in traffic on the many different speeds of Island roads I travelled on. Equally if you need to travel slowly, the throttle was easy to control.

When you park, just pop up the lock on the seat and you can store your helmet safely, so you don’t need to carry it around and it’s out of the rain.

Finding a place to park is easy. Amazingly, at the time of writing this article, you can park free of charge within any designated Isle of Wight Council pay and display area on street or in bays in their car parks.

Following the Torch
When I was tracking the Olympic Flame route, I went all over – to every place it was shown in public. Setting off from Ryde, I rode over to Totland; then Yarmouth; Carisbrooke; then Newport; ending at East Cowes. Returning to Ventnor in the evening, followed by a few other local trips got me covering 89.1 miles on the scooter.

At each and every stop I quickly found an easy place to park, close to the route of the Torch, and when it was gone, I was the first one out of the area.

Not only that, but as the day went on and the traffic queues got longer, I was able to safely make my way past all of the traffic stuck in jams to the front of the queues.

Frankly, if I hadn’t had’t been on a bike, there’s no way I would have been able to get to the centre of the action to see the Torch go past.

It’s easy to see how, when applied to commuting, this can be a significant advantage.

Honda Vision 110Economy
So let’s get down to brass tacks about the cost of running it.

We’ll open with the yearly road tax. £16. Yes, £16 for a whole year.

Heading to the petrol station, the anticipation of how much I’d spent was high. I knew that I hadn’t taken it easy when riding in the national speed limit areas, so I felt it unlikely that I’d get close to the Vision’s 145 MPG quoted in Government figures.

Indeed I didn’t, but amazingly I’d only used £4.91 worth of fuel. That works out to 5.5p per mile at an impressive 115 MPG.

For about the cost of taking a Southern Vectis bus just from Ventnor to Newport (£4.50), the Vision will get you between Ventnor and Newport for almost four return journeys for nearly the same amount of money.

The Honda Vision 110 is £1,899 on the road and Church Street Motorcycles are running a credit purchase scheme with Honda that, once you’ve put £99 down, you pay £53.30 a month at 6.9%APR over three years, then you own it outright.

*Honda are currently offering £100 cashback in a promotion running until the end of September 2013*

Take it for a demo ride
If you’d like to take the scooter for a demo ride, get in touch with Adrian.

Contact details
Church Street Motorcycles
Church Street
Ventnor
Isle of Wight
PO38 1SW
01983 852232

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19 Comments

  1. Susan Ross's comment is rated +3 Vote +1 Vote -1

    10.Aug.2012 5:22pm

    I absolutely love love love this scooter. I purchased one and it is all and everything that has been mentioned above. With one exception : Scooters have little ( if any ) in the way of suspension, and if you have any back problems ( as I do ) this means of transportation would just not work for you. I was in serious pain for weeks after riding my scooter. Every little bump in the road was excruciating. However for those with no back issues – I would have no problem in recommending it. It is a great way to get around, and a cheap way at that.

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  2. The Good Fairy's comment is rated +1 Vote +1 Vote -1

    10.Aug.2012 6:07pm

    I had a scooter for five years. Loved it, and even though i drive a car now, i would love to get scooter just to run around in when its just me out and about. Economical with fuel, a tenner would last me all week out every day. Cheap on the road tax too.. i think it was only about £15 (or was it 25 ? cant quite remember , but a lot cheaper than a car) per year when i had mine, and it wasn’t that long ago. Miss my little blue dot (that’s what i called her ) loads.
    I mean, a cars great, but if its just you.. thats 4 empty seats your carrying around and the fuels crazy . A scooter on standby for when its just you.. is ideal.

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  3. The Good Fairy's comment is rated +1 Vote +1 Vote -1

    10.Aug.2012 6:08pm

    ps. I do however.. suffer from lower back pain now.. so maybe the suspension thing is something to take into consideration, because you do feel every bump. wont stop me though :D

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  4. Mike Crowe's comment not rated yet. Add your vote Vote +1 Vote -1

    10.Aug.2012 6:17pm

    Back pain?

    Lambretta GT 200 1966. 38 miles to and 38 miles from work for nearly two years.

    Anyone want my back pain?

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  5. BRIAN's comment is rated +1 Vote +1 Vote -1

    10.Aug.2012 8:34pm

    All very well in good weather. Still fancy riding one when its freezing in the winter or piddling down and getting soaked? No thanks. I’ll sit in my heated car with plenty of luggage space thanks.

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    • Judge ye not's comment not rated yet. Add your vote Vote +1 Vote -1

      11.Aug.2012 10:27pm

      Of course a car is more comfortable, but you also get all of the costs associated with a car. Btw if you wrap yourself up before you get on the bike the rain doesn’t get through.

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      • BRIAN's comment is rated +1 Vote +1 Vote -1

        12.Aug.2012 8:12am

        My dear boy/girl, one does not concern oneself with cost! Such people who do should not have a car. The thought of having to dress up in helmet and other ridiculous attire before taking to the road is too much to contemplate. I’d rather take a taxi.

        Then there is the question of noise. Some of these contraptions make an awful din, quite irritating.

        Nevertheless, whilst I am seated in my comfortable conveyance, listening to the audio system during a heavy downpour, it’s quite amusing to see the scooterists/motorcyclists dripping like they have just emerged from the shower!

        Ah! the joys of two wheels eh?

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  6. Cath's comment is rated +1 Vote +1 Vote -1

    11.Aug.2012 1:35pm

    Don’t you have to take a bike riding course before riding one of these? Did look at scooters a while ago but found the laws on who can ride what a bit confusing.

    There’s going to be other costs as well as just the purchase price and road tax – helmet, suitable clothing etc. These, I think, can be quite costly?

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  7. James P's comment is rated +1 Vote +1 Vote -1

    11.Aug.2012 5:38pm

    “semi-reformed motorbike rider”

    You had a bike and now you’re riding a scooter? Turncoat! :-)

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  8. Church Street Motorcycles's comment is rated +3 Vote +1 Vote -1

    11.Aug.2012 5:48pm

    Cath. All you need to do to get riding a scooter is take a one day CBT course. Cost for this is £115.00 including use of a scooter. Insurance is relatively cheap and we can kit you out with a helmet, jacket and gloves from only £125.00. It’s simple, It’s pretty cheap and It’s lots of fun.

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  9. Carol's comment is rated +2 Vote +1 Vote -1

    11.Aug.2012 9:12pm

    My Mother still rides around on her scooter, she loves it and she is 72 years young.

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  10. daft old duffer's comment not rated yet. Add your vote Vote +1 Vote -1

    12.Aug.2012 5:37am

    Anyone had any experience with the Enfield Bullet – new engine version?
    I’m quite attracted to the Olde English style and at an age where performance is unimportant -provided I can keep up with the traffic.

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    • Mike Crowe's comment is rated +1 Vote +1 Vote -1

      12.Aug.2012 8:08am

      One of the ‘Friends of Shanklin Theatre’ has one and as far as I know he is very pleased with it. He too liked the old style and pondered buying an old one, but didn’t have the inclination or time to spend on it for mechanical reasons, so bought a new one to enjoy the ride.
      With regards to keeping up with the traffic, I have not encountered any problems on my Bonneville. Out on the open road, let the stuff go by if it wants to, although most traffic is now a stream at about 40 MPH I find.
      Another old duffer who can remember petrol at 2/6 a gallon and Redex a 1d a shot ;-)

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      • daft old duffer's comment not rated yet. Add your vote Vote +1 Vote -1

        12.Aug.2012 4:28pm

        Thanks for that Mike. Having decided two years ago that I was too old for any more biking I’ve now got some hard thinking to do

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        • Mike Crowe's comment is rated +1 Vote +1 Vote -1

          12.Aug.2012 4:57pm

          I bought my Bonny to celebrate my 74th birthday a couple of years ago, (it was 76 yesterday) and being cleared from the NHS after a quadruple heart by pass and a majot lung op.
          I believe Ralph Richardson was riding into his 90s? AND, the Island has a 41 – 81 group ;-)
          http://www.club4181.co.uk/

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