Hawaii has surfer culture, Japan has sumo culture, America has hot-dog culture and France has wine and cheese culture. Well….what does Taiwan have? Scooter culture, of course! These machines are all over the island and a major mode of transportation for the masses.
Back home, when I was less experienced and…well…dumber, I’d turn up my nose at scooters. They were for women and eunuchs, I thought. No real man would ride one!
After owning and driving one (legally, if any cops or lawyers are reading this), I absolutely love em. Besides being super convenient, very efficient on gas and pretty much a moving closet, they’re also incredibly cheap. Used ones can go for as little as 10 000NT ($333.33) and maintenence is a joke. I replaced my old engine with a new one for a mere 5000NT ($166.66). So, suffice to say, I’m a scooter fan now.
To the untrained eye, they may appear to be the same, but trust me, there are different types of scooters and different personalities that ride them. Over the course of my time in Taiwan, I’ve observed a lot of scooters, so here is a tongue-in-cheek look at some of the categories of scooter/drivers in Taiwan. Continue reading ‘Scooter culture in Taiwan’