Springs Scooters: Your Go-To Source for Used and New Colorado Springs Scooters and Repairs
Our Colorado Springs scooter company was birthed out of annoyance.
You see, I went on a date with my wife one day, and we decided to test drive some scooters at a local shop. I walked in, they asked me what I was looking for, and I told them, "I'm looking for a junky scooter to ride around on, under $700."
"Well, I'm sorry, but we don't have anything like that and we have no used scooters," the to-cool-for-school salesperson said, and then proceeded to show me new $2,500 scooters. By the time I walked out of the store with my scooter, upgrades and accessories, I would have spent $3,350.
When I asked, "Why the high price?" they informed me that I could get a lower priced Chinese scooter, but I didn't want to do that because: 1) They are horrible bikes, and 2) No one will perform scooter repair in Colorado Springs on a Chinese bike.
While I had fun riding around, the price tag was utterly ridiculous in my mind. I knew I could buy a BMW on Craigslist for $5,000-6,000.
Plus these $2,500 - $4,500 scooters were 50cc scooters; they weren't fancy-pants motorcycle-like 150cc scooters. For 50cc's there was no way I was going to pay $3,300.
Every scooter I enjoyed in the past - in my childhood - was a junky scooter that struggled to start, but eventually did. I didn't care. I had a blast. As long as it started, I was good-to-go. Plus, they cost around $50-300. For the utility, that price seemed to make sense. They'd go about 25-40 mph and I'd spend hours zipping around neighborhoods and getting my lay-of-the-land.
While, I never thought I'd actually buy a scooter for myself, my experience and test drive made me want one. So, I started researching on the internet for Craigslist Scooters, cheap scooters, used scooters, etc. I finally found a taotao scooter in Denver that was more than my budget, but finally made sense.
So, on another date with my wife, I drove to Denver for 75 minutes and kept calling a guy who didn't speak English to get directions to his location. We turned off the highway and saw a massive parking lot with tons of people in a rundown area.
My wife and I looked at each other and said, "I hope it is not in there." It turned out to be "in there," which was a flea market. We had to navigate the various huts and ask where we might find the scooter guy.
It took 1.5 hours to buy a taotao Scooter and the last 30 minutes was because he couldn't accept my payment.
Then we had to haul it out through the huts to the giant parking lot, lay it down in the back of our Ford Expedition (we didn't know we should have brought a truck or trailer), and then breath gas for the next 1.5 hours as we wandered home from North Denver. I chipped my scooters paint driving it home.
While we can appreciate a good adventure, it was horrible customer service and a poor experience.
Once I got my scooter home, I realized that a 50cc scooter would not make it up and down the hills in my neighborhood in the N/W Colorado Springs.
So, once again, I went to craigslist where I found my eventual partner, Mike, who agree to come to my home and install a scooter big bore kit. He knocked it out quickly and efficiently in my garage. We had a good time doing it (actually, he did it and I watched - I couldn't have done that), and I enjoyed his dependability, know-how, service and speed. So, we launched a business together.
I hope you enjoy a different level of service.
I found that Chinese bikes look as good as others, drive the same, cost about $2000 less, and their parts are cheaper to repair and install. It's true that there are few who work on the bikes, but we do. So, you can buy our bikes (used or new) and we'll perform scooter repair and service.