One of the first few models we decided to get was a Lance Cabo 150 ( now replaced by the 200i). Our daughter was a new college student in need of a good commuter vehicle. The cabo150 was a new bike to us, we decided to run it through its paces.
After a quick 175 miles to break it in and change the oil; we headed on a 700+ mile trip with the Cabo. Operation Malted Falcon was to be the new bikes trial by fire. There were 360 mile days, 90 degree temps and a relentless 260 lb. rider.
The Cabo reached Ocean City, MD. with no worries and no problems. The seat was getting a bit old after 300 miles in a single day, but I have ridden on FAR WORSE on some much larger motorcycles. After 362 miles in one day, that was my only complaint with the 150cc terror.
The next few days were a bit less frantic a pace, but we were still covering 200 miles a day with breakfast stops included.
Arriving safely back home after 3 hard days of riding. We did another quick oil change at 1,000 miles and then loaned the bike to a good friend for his 900 mile adventure.
He proceeded to ride the bike for several days, laden with gear and covering the miles in upper Pennsylvania and New York.
So, we finally get the bike to my daughter for her college use with about 2,200 miles on the clock. A well broken in, proven scooter. She rides it to class often. Some days in the rain, and not always the warmest of days either. The Cabo always fires right up and gets her where she is going. She has the right gear to wear and started at an early age, so she isn't afraid of the nasty weather.
So, now the bike lives an easy life in the hands of a young college student? Not so fast, she still has a brother and a dad who swipe her beloved scooter whenever they get the chance.
Is it pampered? only ridden in warm weather? Don't think so.
Well, we do keep it out of the dirt trails and abandoned roads, correct?
Well, at least it stays out of the water?
Okay, it's at least not really ridden hard though, right?
The Cabo is now sitting at 5,000 miles. Those miles have been more grueling than most of our customers would see. We have had ZERO problems with our Lance.
We run top quality Spectro oil, and have done the changes on regular intervals. We did a valve clearance check as scheduled, and have put on new tires. The stock tires did wear rather quickly. We decided to burn the stock rear off at 3,200 miles. However, we may have had something to do with the premature tire wear.
The 12" wheels do handle light off-road work well. This is no dirt bike, but it can easily get you down your favorite little dirt road to the fishing hole. Just as easily as it will take you hundreds of worry free miles down secondary 2 lane roads.
Overall a very good experience so far. We will be checking in again at 10,000 miles. However, till then, we can pretty much say you will be happy with your purchase of a Lance scooter, and should have some worry free miles. The fun is up to you, but the Cabo will do its part.