Happy New Year

Happy New Year to all the Slow Kids out there!!

We hope you had a wonderful holiday season and that 2015 was kind to you. I’ve got some really great things lined up in the coming months for all of you, so please stay tuned! 

In the meantime, check out this little Vespa I caught in the parking lot at my office yesterday in the rain. 

  
Have a great day, and if you’re still out riding this winter, show us your ride in the comments! We’d love to see what you’re rolling. 

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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! 

 


This week is “Ride to Work Week”

Hey Slow Kids!

I know you’re all waking up from your winter slumbers and finally warming up in much of the Northern Hemisphere. What a better way to get out into the sun than to start your week off with riding to work? Apparently this week marks just that, the start of Ride to Work week. There are many places that are having some sort of events this week, so get out there and ride your scooter/ motorbike/ moped to work if at all possible. Show some love to the group and lets see those photos rolling in this week as well. If you’re not working, don’t have a bike, etc, send us pics of your dream bike! Enjoy the weather and stay safe out there!

For those in the UK, here’s a link to some info and events on that side of the pond this week: http://ridetoworkweek.co.uk/

Those in the USA, check this out: http://www.ridetowork.org/

Have a great week!!


Not technically a scooter, it has scooter style… Check this out

Jetson-e-bike

More and more people are switching their mode of transportation to something more Eco friendly. Electric bikes and scooters are becoming more stylish, convenient, and affordable. 

Has anyone taken the plunge? Please add your comments below, we’d love to hear about your electric bikes!


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. 


Thanksgiving (or Thursday, depending on where you live)

Happy day after Thanksgiving Slow Kids!

I know it’s been a little while since we’ve updated this blog, but by now, most of you know how it goes. Fits and starts. Since I have the day off from work, I decided that now was the perfect time to take care of the web presence of not only the scooter blog, but also my personal ones. So without further adieu:DC Snow Unfortunately, much of the country looks like this, and scooting is probably the furthest thing from someone’s mind. Honestly, I would be more concerned with freezing my butt of and making it places in one piece before I would even dream of scooting. However, I am fortunate enough (or cursed) to live in the Valley of the Sun (AKA Phoenix, AZ).

11-27-14-WEATHER-ROYALThis is what our Thanksgiving looked like. And I’m certainly not one to brag, but comparatively, up until Thanksgiving Eve, it’s been in the 30-60 range during the night and day. For people who do not own such things as “winter coats”, it’s actually pretty brutal. I was sporting several layers and a hoodie pretty much for two straight weeks. However, it’s been really unpredictable, the weather.

Even more unfortunate, we at the SKSG have not been able to enjoy the weather and riding. My counterpart’s scooter has completely died. I’m not sure all the nity-grity, but I’m 100% sure it’s been catastrophic to not only the bike. My bike, as was explained a long time ago, has never really been put together right and it’s been a very expensive, but pretty, paperweight. As soon as I have some idea of how to start fixing it, it will happen. But I have to survive the holidays first. Finances do not allow for “hunting and pecking” until I get it right, since parts are expensive.

Anyway, I hope that each of you find yourselves in a good place, that you’re happy and healthy. If I don’t get to wish you happy holidays (whichever, if any you celebrate) and a wonderful New Year, please consider this your well wishes. Thank you so much for sticking with us all this time. We appreciate you. ❤