So, I had a weekend night with no shows. This meant, as a production tech with no life, I had zero on my plate on a hoppin’ Friday night. But, I saw on the local Phoenix Meetup board a notice that there was going to be a meet at the Tempe In-N-Out burger joint. So, after a quick wash of the scooter and a fill up, I headed out to finally try to be social with *other* riders in the valley.
As it turned out, it was a great time! There were about 12 others there on bikes of all types. From a couple of Chinese rides to top-of-the-line Vespa GT300’s, there were even a few Kymcos (Including my trusty little Agility) and even a 4-Stroke Stella and vintage style Honda Helix!
Turns out that the rider, Keith, is a reader of this very blog! It was crazy hearing him recount articles that I have written on this very page… it was like someone was actually reading this drivel. And, it was a first chance for me to hear a 4-stroke Stella in person, and it’s almost too quiet. And, it didn’t “smell” right, but that’s the 2-stroke enthusiast in me. Otherwise, it was a sweet machine.
Another bike that caught my eye was this Honda PCX. It was a really slick machine at night, but after sitting on it I came to the conclusion that, after riding the Agility, the seat “hump” on the PCX’s saddle was just in the wrong place, forcing me forward. But, from the owner’s reports there is more than enough power, if it weren’t for the limiter chip installed in the bike from the factory. Major suck on limiters..
As I mentioned, there were a few Chinese scooters there, but they were all running which was unusual in it’s own right. One of the riders, Prescott, was already mentioning his interest in looking for a step up from his ride (which cost about $1049 from what he reported). But, it sounded in working order and he like the rest there was a great guy and very welcoming!
There was even another Kymco in the mix to welcome others of the Taiwanese marque. This Grandvista had a few years on it, but from the looks and sound you would never know! These bikes hold up extremely well and seeing one look this good after a few years only increases my confidence in my bike.
It was a great meet up and I had a chance to finally meet some other riders in the valley. It was honestly refreshing not having to deal with the vintage-snobs and the cliquish club riders that have pretty much faded into obscurity in the valley. Hopefully I can get on a few more of these rides when I can get even a little time off.
And, the weather was PERFECT: 71 degrees and clear skies. Can’t get better than that.