Yamaha is spreading the scooter gospel.
Not content with merely setting up a display booth at the Toronto Motorcycle Show in December, Yamaha is going to bring scooters along, and let visitors ride them.
The event is part of the Yamaha Riding Academy program, and it’s a great way for a newbie to see what a scooter is all about. The YRA’s head instructor, Clinton Smout, will be on hand to help beginners learn the ropes, but with no gears or clutch, new riders should be able to figure it out pretty quickly.
Yamaha will have three scooters to try out, the BWs 50, the Vino 50, and the C3, and they’ll make sure you have the riding gear you need before you go for a spin.
Test riders have to be 16 years old, but you won’t need a motorcycle license to try out a scooter, and it won’t cost you anything. The Academy will let you try a scooter 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. on Friday, 1 p.m.-1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m.-4:30 p.m. on Saturday, and 1 p.m.-1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m.-4:30 p.m. on Sunday. As an extra incentive for any curious ladies, Friday night is Ladies Night after 5 p.m., and admission is free for the fairer sex.