It looks like the spiraling economy has now affected the scooter market. There have been virtually NO sales during the past couple of months. It's like a line has been drawn in the sand and no buyers are stepping forward. I thought that scooters were a solution to the ever decreasing supply of oil and gas, but with the decline of gasoline prices many are going back to their old ways and to their SUVs.
Disclaimer: I have nothing to do with any scooter dealer, make no commissions from their sale, nor have I been paid to promote their products, nor have I received any gratuities for their promotion. That said . . . here is what I saw on the weekend
SYM RV250 (cdn$4,495. = us$3,600.)
Yes, that is for a brand new SYM RV250 right off the dealer's showroom floor. They would rather sell them than hold onto them until next spring.
Hyosung Rally 50 (cdn$1,495.= us$1,200.)
SYM Mio50 (cdn$1,995.= us$1,600.)
I forgot to take a picture of the CMI Rattler 50 which was on sale for cdn$995. At these prices why buy used.
Vespa "S" 150 (cdn$3,495. = us$2,800.)
It's a buyer's market and no one is buying.
I was speaking to another dealer and arranging for scooter financing is going to be difficult next year as some financing companies have pulled out of Western Canada. Prospective purchasers will have to arrange for their own financing, or pay cash. Dealers may not order scooters for their stock unless they have a guaranteed sale. It's going to be hard to say what happens until it happens. All I can say is that we are living in interesting times.
We have been getting very wet weather all week but today it cleared up and the sun made an appearance.
We travelled on River Road on the section from New Westminster towards Richmond. The road winds along the Fraser River and it is one of my favourite routes back to town. Much more relaxing than taking the freeway. It was nearing sunset late in the afternoon and mist was forming on the water's surface. I just had to take a few photos.
This is the time of year that you have to be careful as when the warm air mixes with the cooler air, a mist or fog develops which makes it hard for others to see you.
Richmond is at or near sea level and is protected on all sides by Dykes. This is Delta land, land formed by the sediment that has been washed south by the mighty Fraser River, and is very susceptible to flooding. Homes built in this area do not have basements due to the high water table. There are some homes built along the Dyke, along with a few boat yards and fishing vessels
And I believe, for the right price you will be able to buy this "fixer-upper"