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Amerivespa 2017

Happy Monday Slow Kids!

While perusing the interwebs about scooter related business, I came across this fun announcement: Amerivespa 2017

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July 6-9th in Seattle, WA

Celebrating 25 years of Amerivespa in the picturesque Seattle, this rally will include multiple opportunities for riders to mingle, shop, showcase their scoot, and take in all that is the Pacific Northwest with coffee and culture. If you’re a VCOA member, registration is $60 on average, and a bit more if you’re not a member.

See the website for the schedule of rides and other events.

Anyone planning on going? Let us know what your plan is and where you’re traveling from if you’re planning to make the trip. We’d love to know who is out there representing.

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New Year, New Scooter Goals

Hello out there in cyberland!

While having a family and job can really take a toll on “free time”, the passion that is Scooter Culture is alive and well with our Gang.

My scooter-partner-in-crime has been exceedingly busy, as have I, with the usual time sucks. He’s got himself a snazzy Stella these days, and I’m still screwing with the Vespa that just will not live. I’ve got grand plans to take apart the motor to get that done right again. At the very least, she’s safe in my garage, awaiting some spare time to take out her heart for some surgery.  We’re getting there.

What’s cool is that a fellow from my day job is a scooter enthusiast as well. He’s the former owner of a little Honda Ruckus. Now that he’s got a scooter-enthusiast-buddy in me, he’s even more motivated to get riding again! SCORE!

So while we’re limping along through this lame excuse for a winter, we are making eversoslight progress around these parts.

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Keep your eyes on the road Slow Kids and see you on the flip side!

~wendE


Honda to release an e- version of its popular Super Cub scooter

This article shows off the new concept of the e-super cub scooter. It’s a super popular and rugged scooter for commuting, and now Honda is releasing a more environmentally friendly one. No news yet about an American or European release, but 2018 will begin the production for Japanese and other Asian markets. 

Would you buy one if they came to your country? Share comments below!


Some winter thoughts 

Long time no post, I know. I’m sorry to the loyal Slow Kids out there. Life waits for no one. You either roll with it of get rolled over. 

Speaking of rolling, I like many Americans use scooting as a hobby, recreation as it were. While many people around the world simply don’t have ‘bad weather vehicles’ and often times the scoot is all they’ve got. So with that in mind, how do you roll in the winter time? Are you still a scooter commuter, or do you wait for better weather for that?

If you want to share your plans for this winter, since many parts of the United States is already under snow and very cold weather, that’s cool too. Show off some pictures of you riding or give us an idea of what you do when the weather sucks. 

Stay warm and dry out there Kids and have a great weekend!


The Ode to Stella 

I love my vintage Vespa, although I’ve barely ridden it. With the oppressive heat, a shady mechanic who is now out of business (thankfully?), and issues with know how and funding, riding my V has not been much of s possibility. I cannot believe that I’ve had this scooter for four years already. Once things are back under control, I will definitely be taking the time to get it back running (properly this time) and my butt on the road. 

With that being said, there is and always will be a part of my heart that adores the Stella. Genuine Scooter really made me happy with this one, and now that they have a 4-stroke, so if I ever move out of the Wild West, I’d be able to ride still. For several years now I’ve been lusting secretly for a Stella. She was one of the first scooters I ever rode on and has proved to be rugged and durable, on top of being dead sexy. 

Now, again, don’t get me wrong, my heart will always belong to vintage scooters, since that’s where the Stella sexiness came from after all, but there’s just something about the Stella that speaks to me in a different way than the V. Maybe because I’m American and Stella is American. We speak the same language, while tipping our hat to the originals. The V is Italian, and while on the outside, that sex appeal is second to none, we just speak different languages. I don’t speak Italian, though I think it’s a beautiful language, and I just don’t understand why, for such a simple machine it has to be so damn difficult to work on. Plus, the V is high maintenance with a high price tag. Parts are easy, since the motor is an LML, it’s just the frame that’s vintage truly. But it’s just such a pain, partly due to the fact that the ‘gentleman’ who built it obviously didn’t do it right for as long as it took him to finish putting it back together. 

Stella, she’s easy. Not in a floozy kind of way, but in a two-year warranty kind of way. A new and shiny, light and bright kind of way. She’s not so stubborn as the V, not so particular. Rather, she’s just easy going and ready for adventures. The V, has turned into a chore. A burdensome paperweight that hasn’t moved in longer than I’d like to admit, but there’s been no reason to move. Nowhere to go, because it’s not operational. 

There’s no way that I’d sell the V, especially in this condition, but there’s a part of me that is saddened by the way this scooter has gone. This was supposed to be a fun, liberating experience; something that I’ve wanted for most of my life. Yet, considering the circumstances in which the scooter was purchased, it would figure as much that the whole thing would go south. 

I’m not condemning the person who pressured me into this purchase by any means, I just think that the conditions could have been better. I would feel better about the scooter if it were due to a different situation. Not only that, but I paid way too much for the disaster this became. 

But back to Stella. She would have cost less, brand new. And I’d surely have a reliable bike to ride. I guess that’s the point. 

Anyway, does anyone have a favorite scooter they’d like to muse about? Please add your comments below!

Thanks for reading! 

 


A modern plug in electric scooter

http://inhabitat.com/genze-is-a-smart-scooter-that-helps-redefine-urban-mobility/

I came across this story and I think it’s a pretty good idea. Being able to charge your scooter battery in a standard outlet at home, school, or work would increase the usability and flexibility as well as the range of these little gems. The environmental and traffic congestion impacts could be huge as well from this type of technology being widely available and affordable. One person’s affordability is another person’s unattainable millions though. They would have to come down in price drastically for ‘everyone’ to have this type of transportation within reach. I’m just glad that things like this are being made. That’s the first step toward access for all. 

Have a great weekend Slow Kids! For many of you spring is just around the corner! Stay warm until the thaw. 


Electric and Hybrid Scooters

Meet the Hero Hybrid Electric “Leap”.

First, let me say this is a weird, slick commercial that brings me back to 1990s cologne ads on Western TV. Second, with features like “LED back and front lights” who wouldn’t be in love? Ok, I’m just poking fun there, but basically this appears to be a basic scooter that uses less fuel over time. It’s by no means the end all and be all to the pollution problem in India, where it appears to be coming from. Instead, it’s giving a longer range (about 325 miles) on an average scooter. Now outside of the water-scene ad for it, this thing doesn’t scream “scenester” but it does kind of go the way of the Prius in that it’s not cute and people who are still using fuel can feel better about themselves. Those in the developing world that can afford something such as this as their transportation, are not generally doing it for the fuel savings, I suspect. Instead, it’s going to be more of a status symbol until the prices come down. Nowhere was I able to find the actual cost of this bike, but I can imagine that, at least initially, they are going to be incredibly expensive.

Anyway, this is pretty new in the world of scooting around the world. Has anyone found anything else that’s interesting? If so, send us a message and we will write a post about it, if we can. Thanks for reading!