Riding on the open road is much more pleasant with the wind in your hair and without the smell of an old cheeseburger wrapper stuck under the passenger seat. Get some fresh air with today's Groupon: for $1,900, you get a brand new 2009 Buddy 125 Scooter from Scooterworks Chicago (a $2,699 value).
Scooterworks, the incarnation of Chicagoan Philip McCaleb's European-born love of two-wheeled freewheeling, peddles vintage and modern scooters and scooter parts, procured in-house from McCaleb's own manufacturing company, the Genuine Scooter Company. On the inside, the Buddy 125 revs up a 125cc, four-stroke, air-cooled engine with an automatic transmission, leaving left hands free for waving to envious ambulators, hard-topped automobilists, and pogo-stick-bound young professionals. On the outside, both summer and winter complexions find shades to complement them among the range of four eye-catching hues: white, red, seafoam, and orange. Lakefront rides are made more secure with the two-year warranty and two years of free roadside assistance. An EPA city rating average above 90 miles per gallon and a top speed of more than 60 miles per hour keeps eco-conscious speed racers miles ahead of family-band-filled minivans.
The Buddy 125 requires an "L" class endorsement for an Illinois driver's license. Scooterworks recommends Ride Chicago for instructional classes.