How we got here.
For 7 years I have been commuting 10.5 miles each way to work.
Well, I say 10.5 miles, but it is somewhat longer and slower by bus.
I do not drive, and have been dependent upon buses and the long-suffering Mrs Aardvark for transport.
One day Mrs Aardvark suggested I get a scooter. My first thought was: “Really – but I weigh ….” – well we won’t go into that, let’s just say rather a lot.
Then I started to do some calculations – I’m an analyst by profession, I can’t help it.
Costs – taking purchase price, petrol, insurance, maintenance into account, I would break even over about 2 years compared to the monthly bus ticket. So, not a strong argument either way.
Time – I reckoned I could save about 1.5 hours a day – that’s a working day each week. Some of this is because I could do the journey more quickly that the bus, some of it is because I wouldn’t have to stand around waiting for the bus. Definite win!
Freedom – Traveling when and where I want (locally, anyway), and not when and where the bus company wants to take me. Another win!
Clincher – Annual salary bonus announced.
So I had a look around at what was available. Within my price range it was a choice between new Chinese, or second-hand something else. Of course, I read all the scare stories about Chinese machines. But then I noticed a pattern: most of the posts fell into one of two categories – people who had never owned one but knew someone who knew someone who had heard of someone to whom terrible things had happened, and people who owned one and thought that within limitations they were useful machines. Hmmm.
I started to ask around. Rather than ask salesmen, I asked mechanics. There seemed to be a common thread here, too. Answers were along the lines of “If you’d asked me 3 years ago, I’d have said avoid them like the plague, but now …”
I took my CBT to allow me to ride a scooter on the British roads. Then bonus payday, and off I went.
I chose the Shuttle partly because it has a little more presence (i.e. it’s a bit bigger), which seemed appropriate. I handed over my hard-earned cash, and a week later, I was the proud owner of a new Sinnis Shuttle, which has been christened Sleipnir.
250 miles later
I’ve been riding Sleipnir for almost two weeks, back and forth to work and gadding around a little at the weekend. The highlight: sailing past a shiny white Ferrari, doing 25mph more than he was (i.e. I was doing 25mph past stationary traffic). And best of all, I was using considerably less petrol doing so than he was using getting nowhere!
My timing calculations? Well, although I originally calculated that I would save myself 1hr 30min a day, this has actually turned out to be about 1hr 45min.
Fuel consumption – almost exactly 100 mpg.
Niggles: It gets a little raspy when working hard (such as hauling my sorry carcass uphill), but this is noise only. The right-hand mirror seems a little loose.
The manual that comes with the scooter is brilliant. Brilliant, that is, if you are looking for entertainment, not if you actually want something useful. I have bought myself the Haynes manual for Chinese scooters.
In summary, if you want something sporty, super-fast and flash, you may want to look elsewhere; if you want something that will happily run you to work at 45-50mph, then this may well be for you.
Next step – my first oil change!
Nice review. I’ve also added a review on my original thread now that I’ve just crossed the 1st service milestone but I can second most of what you say above.
Let’s keep comparing notes if you don’t mind?
I’m not mechanically minded and rely on garages to do the basics (bit of a pain to travel 30 miles to the nearest dealer in order to maintain the warranty but hey ho!)
Would be useful to see if we continue to experience similarities!
1st Service now complete at 624 miles (I got it there a mile early!)
In the week or so leading up to the service, the scoot had developed a few new rasps, rattles and vibrations.
Since the service, it’s running more smoothly than ever. I shall complete a revised fuel consumption calculation in the next week and post it here.
Just moved the thread now.
You know, I like this thread so much, if you could provide us with an image of the valiant little sinnis shuttle I’ll stick this thread to the front page along with the picture under “featured posts”.
Just stick the picture somewhere on the internet where you can get a link to it (facebook, imgur, twitpic) and then people will be able to see it on the forum
97mpg is ridiculously good fuel economy for such a cheap bike. Some of the Honda scooters (like the pcx125) I was looking at a while back claim they can get 120mpg, but they can cost 3 times as much as a shuttle brand new!! That adds up to alot of money saved per mile going with the sinnis.
It’s part of why I love sinnis so much, we just need to help more people break through the negative stereotypes that chinese-built bikes have.
You must be logged in to reply to this topic.