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fuzzybunny
PostPosted: Thu Jul 14, 2005 3:04 pm  Reply with quote
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Hi all,

I'm thinking about getting a scooter for riding here in the Twin Cities but need some help. Thing is I don't "live" here, I'm from Toronto, Canada and will be spending the weeks here on business from now until the end of the year and would love a scooter to get me to/from work. So what I'm trying to figure out is the following:

- What kind of license do I need to ride here? I have a full automobile and motorcycle license in Canada but not sure if I need a Minnesota license to register/insure or even rent a scooter here.

- I'm going to see if my Canadian insurance company will insure any scooter I buy/rent here as I already have an insured motorcycle back in Toronto. But if not, any info you guys have would be appreciated.

- Given the above two issues, I'm thinking it might be better to rent a scooter while I'm here. (Plus I think if I buy I may run into issues getting the scooter back to Toronto.) So ideally a 3 month, long term rental that would probably cover the insurance and all that. Does anyone know of such a place here in Minneapolis?

Anyway, any info/help here appreciated. If I decide to buy I'm sure I'll be coming back to you folks for help there too. :)

Thanks!

Steve
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dmarquis
PostPosted: Thu Jul 14, 2005 3:08 pm  Reply with quote
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fuzzybunny wrote:


- What kind of license do I need to ride here? I have a full automobile and motorcycle license in Canada but not sure if I need a Minnesota license to register/insure or even rent a scooter here.


I am pretty sure that you can ride with the lic. that you already have.
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Tom Lindsay
PostPosted: Thu Jul 14, 2005 3:10 pm  Reply with quote
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I can speak to the insurance question. Obviously, if your Canadian insurance covers it, that's best, but otherwise it's really cheap to insure a scoot. I've heard Progressive is really cheap, but I use Farmers for everything, and they insured my new Stella with standard 30,000/60,000 liability and comprehensive with a $100 deductible for only $175/year. You need at least the 30/60 liability and uninsured/underinsured driver insurance - required by law - but anything else is optional. I hear you can insure a scooter with just the legal requirements for well under $100/year. My Farmers agent, Steve Wolfson (612-822-1190) rides a motorcycle himself and has been extremely helpful with the whole thing.

Good luck!

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dmarquis
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here is what the Minnesota Motorcycle manual says about insurance:

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The No-Fault Insurance law requires all motorcycles registered in Minnesota to have liability coverage for property damage or injury to another party.

Where liability insurance is required, the no-fault injury and uninsured motorist protections are optional. Coverage for damage, loss or motorcycle theft is also optional. Name of insurer and policy number must be provided when registering.
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fuzzybunny
PostPosted: Fri Jul 15, 2005 12:11 pm  Reply with quote
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Awesome - thanks for the info folks!

Does anyone know of anywhere that would offer extended scooter rentals though?
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Jeff
PostPosted: Fri Jul 15, 2005 12:45 pm  Reply with quote
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There are some places that do daily rentals but nothing long term that I am aware of. They are cheapo chinese 50cc scoots as well. At the daily rate It would almost be cheaper to buy a Kymco.
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Tom Lindsay
PostPosted: Fri Jul 15, 2005 1:23 pm  Reply with quote
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Yeah, seriously I'd probably talk to the guys at Scooterville - if there's any long-term rental available in the area, they probably know. And if not, they can sell you something inexpensive and fun.

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