Go Play: Motoplex offers scooter rentals in Palisade
WHAT: Motoplex scooter rentals
WHEN: Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
WHERE: 3674 G Road, Palisade
COST: Scooter — $30/hour, $10/additional, $75 per day, Trike — $40/hour, $15/additional, $99 per day
HOW TO RIDE A SCOOTER
Cristopher Hogan, owner of Palisade’s Motoplex rental shop, explained riding a scooter is like riding a bike.
When sitting on the seat, toes should be able to touch the ground to help keep balance. When ready to go, twist the throttle on the right grip. Be gentle, as it reacts quickly. Continue to twist and get up to the speed limit if applicable. Remember to lift your feet once moving and place them on the platform.
Rules of the road apply, so remember to use the turn signal. It isn’t an automatic off, so don’t forget to turn it off after you turn. Brakes are by the grips and are squeezed back to stop. If stopping for a snack, there is a key to turn off the engine, like a car and remember to bring with you when heading inside.
Cristopher and LaDonna Hogan once traveled across Germany, using scooters as their main mode of transportation for sightseeing.
When the Hogans moved to the Grand Junction area eight years ago from Texas to access the region’s various recreational activities, they noticed a need for a scooter rental facility.
“It’s pure fun,” Cristopher Hogan said of riding scooters. “The beautiful views and weather out here are great for it.”
The result was Motoplex, the Hogans’ new Palisade-based scooter rental company. It opened June 12 at 3674 G Road. Folks 18 and older may rent motorized scooters and trikes there with a valid driver’s license. It costs $30 for the first hour and $10 for each additional hour, or $75 per day. Trike rentals cost $40 for the first hour and $15 for each additional hour, or $99 per day. A helmet, the first full tank of gas (which goes about 150 miles), a high-visibility vest, and glasses are included in rental price. Each scooter also offers a secure storage space for personal items.
Since opening, Cristopher Hogan said he’s hosted many groups including locals, tourists, and corporate retreats.
“The experience is not like riding in a car,” he added. “It gives the rider an open air perspective.”
WANT TO TRY IT?
Motoplex offers several types of scooters with engine sizes under 50 cubic centimeters, which are commonly found in small European villages, along with tricycle scooters (one wheel in the front, two in the back) and the reverse tricycles (two wheels in front, one in the back). Due to small engine size, Hogan said a motorcycle license isn’t necessary to operate these vehicles.
“If you have never ridden and are nervous, the trikes are the best for you,” he explained. “If you get used to the trike and want to swap it for a normal scooter we can do that for you. The point is we want you to have a good time.”
Cristopher Hogan also noted that he is flexible when it comes to rental pick-up.
He may have set hours for the store (Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.), but if customers call ahead of time, he’ll be ready.
And though Motoplex is located in Palisade, Hogan said there’s no distance limitation on scooter rentals. His favorite route for scooters is Palisade’s Fruit and Wine Byway venturing through town, stopping at Eta Pi (3415 C 1/2 Road), High Country Orchard (3548 E 1/2 Road), and St. Kathryn Cellars (785 Elberta Ave.).
“I can’t guarantee you will make it up Colorado National Monument, but you can try,” he said with a smile.
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