Goodbye, F4i.

I sold my 2006 Honda CBR 600 F4i Thursday, 31 July 2014. Between 2008 and 2014, I’d put about 1,200 miles it (totaling less than 1,600 miles), so it was basically a wasted resource.

Yamaha Vino 125 scooter mini-review

Short version: No power. Disappointed.
Long version:

This past Saturday, I packed the family in the van and drove to Orlando to look at a 2007 Yamaha Vino 125 scooter with 1800 miles on it. I was excited. I’ve been interested in scooters since I was young and rode one for about twenty seconds down an alley.

I occasionally check Craigslist for scooters but hadn’t picked a model to focus on until recently, when I discovered the gorgeous Honda Metropolitan (49cc). I wanted a gray one. Bad. But I realized its top speed of about 35mph was going to annoy me. Honda’s next step up in cc’s doesn’t have that classic Euro-styling so I wasn’t interested. The next best thing in a larger size is the Yamaha Vino 125.

Back to my test ride.

I took this thing out on the suburban roads in the seller’s nice neighborhood. Good roads for this; curvy, some topography and few cars. I got it up to about 35 — it tops out around 55 — and opened up the throttle. And — nothing. The little thing continued on its original acceleration curve and I noticed nothing different. I was going to have to get it out on some straightaways to get it up to 55mph. And I didn’t have a helmet nor eye protection. But it was just disappointing. If I as going 35 and needed to get out of someone’s way, it was going to be by steering, not by any jolt of power.

Disappointed, I returned it to its owner and got back in the family van. No Vinos for me. I’m still interested in small, two-wheeled transportation but a scooter such as this isn’t going to replace my Honda F4i for now as a fun commuter ride.

Installed Accessory (Lighter) Power Adapter on F4i

Yesterday I installed my lovely Powerlet brand SAE-to-lighter adapter with my Garmin nuvi 360’s cigarette lighter adapter. Took some doing to get it installed in the glove box without obstructing the insertion of the seat. I’m happy with the final result.

If I ever want to use it for other adapters, I’ll probably re-mount it (with an SAE-to-SAE extension added) so that it will go into my bike bag as the routing of the cables from bag to glove box (under seat) in a safe way is a trick.