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A little humor and updates

Happy Weekend Slow Kids!

I thought to myself that I should share this little comic a friend of mine sent me. It’s so great, especially for those of us that live in the Southwest United States.

Stay tuned for my engine rebuild series. I’ve got all the parts I need and I will be attempting to rebuild my LML 5-port engine over the coming weeks. With a little one and a full time job, there’s little time to devote to a new project, but I’m really itching to get the V running again. It’s going to be premier weather in no time.

Anyway, here’s the humor!

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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!!


Piece of Shoe….

Hey Kids!

Long time, no post, I know. But as luck would have it, school and work take up 99% of my life. However, I have made it my personal mission to not only get my scooter up and running once again (thanks to helpful friends that are mechanically inclined), but also to take some rider safety courses. That part is important to me because all too often I see gnarly videos of motor-riders getting DESTROYED when they come into contact with other vehicles, and since I live in Phoenix where most everyone’s brain is fried by the sun, I need to increase my chances of surviving the rides. I’m not paranoid or afraid, I just want to exercise every bit of caution available to me.

With that being said, I’ve been hunting for riding footwear. I don’t typically wear boots and all of my shoes are low-tops. That isn’t very useful for riding as I understand it. Plus, I really like my skin, so keeping it attached to my body if I dump the scoot or heaven forbid worse… Now, one would think, footwear= easy peasy. Yeah, I’m discovering that’s simply not the case for me. I have some criteria that must be included in whatever I buy.

1) I’m vegan, therefore no leather. None. Ever.

2) As I said previously, I live in Phoenix. So whatever riding gear I wear must be durable but lightweight, protective but breathable. This includes shoes.

3) I have to be able to move around in them. Call me crazy, but the rigid motorcycle gear available just isn’t my style, I need to be able to move my feet and ankles, like in real shoes and if they’re stylish, that would also be helpful too.

What I have been coming across are either in the tough-ass, Harley-style gear…. or, the super protective street bike, transformer-looking gear. Neither of these things work for me on one or more of the above requirements. I cannot believe that it is THIS DIFFICULT to find shoes that don’t make me look like something out of Mad Max or like I’m covered in segmented plastic pieces.  I have a simple helmet, simple and stylish jacket, simple gloves… why can I not find simple footwear also?? It’s annoying.

The search will continue… Updates approaching….

Be safe out there Slow Kids!


2013 in review

I got this ‘blog in review’ email from wordpress this morning and thought that sharing it would be kind of fun, since it’s new years and all. I just want to thank all the loyal readers that have stuck around with us as long as you have. It means a lot to us as scooter enthusiasts, but also on a personal level. We have posted some silly things, but also the struggles we have encountered with finances and our machines. Thank you for taking time out of your lives to read about ours. More great stuff to come, I promise. So, without further delay, WP. The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 17,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 6 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.


The Gang is growing

First I’d like to give a shout out to our friends in San Diego attending Amerivespa. Those of us not there, are jealous. Trust me. We’ve seen a few pics trickling in but I’m sure there will be many more once the riders from across the country meet their beachy destination.

Next I want to brag, just a little. Our group on Facebook is growing. We have a modest 12 members, several are in other states and others lack scooters. But if you’re enthusiastic about scoots and scoot culture, we’d love to share some space with you. If you live in Arizona and want to get some ride time in, we are looking to set that up soon as well. Nevermind it’s 118 outside. 🙂

Anyway, I’m really excited that our fledgling operation is getting some feedback now. We have tons of readers on this blog, which I couldn’t be more grateful for and our virtual gang is growing. So, thank you.

I’ve been kicking around the idea of getting some gang swag, what do you think as our readers? Yay or nay? It would take a tiny bit to get that all set up, but thinking t-shirts, patches and stuff… Any responses would be most helpful.

Again, thank you! You’ve all been great with comments and sharing information. Keep it up!
~wem