IMHO these are a few tips on how to get the cogs in motion for a fairly seamless transition from purchase to a wheel spinning start:
1. Once you hit the order button on you need to start thinking about getting the registration process under way. (I personally went for the extra £50 registration purchase when I bought the scoota)
2. First things .. second! Get yourself some insurance. You can get fully comp from electricscooterinsurance.co.uk for around £150 (ranges so far have been £141-£151) – You can give them a call on 0800 1970 453 – Once you have your quote and pay for it, mention to them that you have gone for the Registration process option. They will then send a cover note direct to the to the registration place.
3. You will then need to send (recorded delivery) your Drivers Licence (photocard and paper) and Utility bill to Ego Scooter, Unit 2, Moss Lane, Over Tabley, Knutsford, WA16 0PL – They will have hopefully received your cover note already and will get your Numberplate and relevant papers back to you within 10 days. They came through for me and I only took so long because I had to get my change of address shown on my Drivers Licence which took a few weeks.
4. I would think about ordering a helmet so that you are ready to go when it all arrives. I got mine from OpenFaceHelmets, and I went for a Nexx model, which for me is excellent. In order to measure what size you need you do the following:
Using a tape measure, measure round your head just above the eyebrows and ears (in centimetres). This is your nominal helmet size. That equates to:
52 = xx-small
54 = x-small
56 = small
58 = medium
60 = large
62 = x-large
64 = xx-large
I have gone for a medium so that my glasses aren’t too compressed in it. This works very well.
5. After a week or two of ordering you will receive a phonecall asking when you want to take delivery of the beast. I would definately recommend that you have a burly chum around as well to help you get it off the van! As I think I’ve mentioned in a very early post, It comes in a monster of an Iron Crate (which YOU will have to dispose of, more about that later!) – You will also need some gardening gloves or something similar in thickness to help with the sharp edges of the crate. You’ll also need some wire cutters and a fair amount of patience in order to get it out the crate.
6. Make sure the battery switch under the seat is switched to ON and then get charging. Place the connector into the bike first and then into the socket. Do the reverse when unplugging. The charger will sound like you are under the flight path of heathrow, but will be fine if in a garage or the like.
7. You should (if you have managed to do the above all ok) have your numberplate pretty much through. So get the sticky tape and get sticking.
8. If you past your driving test pre Feb-2001 then you will not need to take a CBT; if you do then I suggest looking at the DVLA site to check.
9. Ring the insurance company and let them know what your reg number is.
10. You’re good to go. Sounds a long list but not all that bad in the end.
Happy Riding and let me know thoughts and ideas etc.
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