Sharing the joy of riding mopeds

By Marge Woodfin, Pilot staff writer June 23, 2010 06:00 am

“We are here to make your summer fun,” is their clarion call to the young at heart in Brookings-Harbor from Carl Guenther and Dawn Scoggins, owners of Sun Dazed Scooter Rentals.

Guenther and Scoggins, who are great good friends, said their friendship began immediately after they first met at the 4th of July fireworks display at the Port of Brookings Harbor last year.

They recently formed their business partnership to provide rolling entertainment for residents and visitors, setting up a flock of shiny new mopeds on Benham Avenue in Harbor directly in front of UPS, and adjacent to the Harbor Fire Department.

Guenther, who was formerly the manager of the Kawasaki motorcycle store, said he has always loved motorcycles and, since Scoggins shares his enthusiasm, they hit upon the idea of sharing the joy of bike riding with others.

One or both of them will be on the lot with the mopeds from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. every sunny day, or any day when there’s no precipitation. Both were on duty at the lot earlier this week, accompanied by their dogs, Ranger and Ollie, and other friends.

Guenther, who is a captain on the Harbor Fire Department, said about their canine companions, “They’re fire dogs.”

Their close relationship with the fire department is another reason for the men’s business location. They feel that they are supporting the department by renting their space on the lot owned by the fire department.

The mopeds are available for rent by any licensed driver 18 or older and a motorcycle endorsement is not required. Though not as fast motorcycles, rated for 30 miles per hour, the mopeds are extremely economical, getting 75 to 100 miles per gallon.

“You can go to Harris Beach, or up the north bank or the south bank, or even up the Winchuck,” Guenther said.

Rental fees are $25 per hour for the first two hours, $20 per hour for hours three though seven, or $150 for the day, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Guenther added, “You can have a lot of fun and contribute to the Harbor Fire Department at the same time because our rent goes to the fire department.” 

John Brazil, chief of the Harbor Fire Department, said about Guenther, “He has been with us for some time and has contributed a lot to our community.”

While discussing their meeting and year-long friendship, the business partners slyly indicated their relationship may soon be even more permanent.

For information about Sun Dazed Scooter Rentals, call 541-661-3130.