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Vespa World Days and more!

Wrapping up just a couple weeks ago was the 12th Annual Vespa World Days. This year was held in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Thousands of riders and spectators attended the event from all over the world.

Here’s a link with some of the details and delightful photos.

Vespa Wrap up

And in other Vespa news, we are inching ever closer to a fully electric model.

The Vespa Elettrica is set to be released later this year, boasting 80-160 miles per charge, depending on which model you have. The Elettrica X has double the distance of the base model, says Piaggio designers. It is supposed to maintain brand design, but offer some of the bells and whistles you’d expect from such a hi-tech machine. This will be an interesting addition to the Vespa family.

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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.


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


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!