Somehow, I got bit by the scooter bug...bad. I gotta a fever, and the only prescription is more scooter! So, I had been on the hunt for a scooter for some time. I looked at some new Vespas and Lambrettas but they were quite expensive. I saw the ebay ads for scooters for $799, but I had heard a lot of stories about these lesser quality scooters that basically fell apart after 300 miles. I wanted something not too expensive but also was a quality make. Around the end of the summer of 2007, I was browsing through the motorcycle/scooter section of Craigslist and saw an ad from a gentleman not too far from me who had a 1986 Honda Elite 150 Deluxe scooter for sale. This scooter had 22,000 miles on the odometer. He was the second owner, who used the scooter for recreational use, such as at the campsite, and he told me the first owner used it as a true commuter bike, explaining the high miles. The scooter was in really good shape cosmetically, a few scratches here and there, but nothing that bad. He started it up and rode a couple of times down his block (he had to test drive it on my behalf, as I had never set foot on a scooter). I bought it, and for a little extra he and his son brought it home for me. So this was the start of my relationship with this scooter. However, the scooter would have to wait another 8 months before I would begin riding.