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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.


Killing it in austin

I recently went on a trip to Austin, Texas. It was an amazing place, filled with great music and food, interesting history, and more scooters than I would have guessed. Check out some cool pictures from my trip! Austin, I’ll be back, don’t you worry. 


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

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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!


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


Talk about subliminal messages…

The funniest scooter EVER!

Electric scooters are pretty quiet, I get that. But this version of “engine sounds” is absolutely genius and hilarious. Just thought I’d share something silly on this Thursday!

( Thanks to: http://newslite.tv/2012/04/20/dominos-pizza-scooter-features.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+newslite+%28Newslite%3A+Weird+News%29)

 


A quiet time here, and due to many things…

Ok, so I know it’s been dead as of late. That’s because it’s been chaos as life throws us. But, while the Amerivespa trip idea may be shelved for this year, some of us here are still trying to struggle on.

My little story is that of loss and gain: I had to give up the P200e after gaining not only a new job, but a promotion at that job to Assistant Director! This is a great oppurtunity filled with overtime and long distance commutes that the Vespa did not dig. So, it was traded out for a Genuine Scooter Company Rattler 110! But…

It died.

So, while I sit here doing homework for a 20-credit semester on one screen and a sound design plot for a show at the full time job, my scooter sits at a local shop. It will probably be at least 2 weeks before it is back on the road, and it may be at least another month before things restart on here. Have faith!!! This project has not been abandoned. Life has just thrown a few wrenches at us. That and the vast network of Slow Kids Scooter Club command bunkers (i.e. our houses) are in the process of being relocated all at once. So. We shall be around still. Just hang out for a bit.


My first time… trying on riding gear, that is.

I recently went out to check out cycle gear. There were a couple places my friend and I went and here’s some things about that adventure I’d like to share. This is mostly geared toward women getting riding equipment, but in no way is it specifically anything.

Disclaimer: I’ve never owned a motor bike or cycle. I am getting my Vespa in just a couple of weeks though. So on this trip, merely a scouting expedition really, I learned a thing or two.

1) As a woman, you’re going to be limited in “women’s gear”. There IS a growing market as more and more women are coming to the sport and demanding female oriented gear, if you step into a store, there’s going to be much fewer options for you than the guys. You can definitely get away with wearing a men’s jacket, but it’s not necessarily going to fit you as well, depending on your body style.

2) I recommend going to an actual store, at least once. Since we are all (obviously) shaped differently, it’s a good idea to try on a few different styles, cuts, materials etc. If you’re getting an armored jacket (highly advisable), you need to make sure that the armor fits in the right places… such as elbows, forearms.

3) Once you’ve gotten a good idea what’s out there, then check online. It’s much easier to know how certain brands fit your body style before you try to select something. I say that because I am usually a medium to a large, and while I was absolutely a large in some jackets, the one I ended up buying, was actually a medium.

4) Scooter cut jackets are different than sport bike cuts. The scooter jackets, also touring jackets, are cut to allow you to sit more upright than a sport jacket. That’s really important, especially if you’re doing a lot of riding, because if it’s cut wrong, it’ll be uncomfortable.

I ended up trying on probably 10 jackets between 2 stores and the one that I fell in love with fit like a glove.  My problems are this: I have a smaller chest and really long arms. Finding a jacket with long enough arms, where the armor is in the right places and doesn’t slip around that ALSO has a smaller chest area, I have to say is almost impossible. I’m sure they make them, but finding one to try on, limited. While I am most definitely a “tee-shirt and jeans” kinda girl, I want to still look like a girl. I want to look cute and also be comfortable. Enter the houndstooth armored jacket that I found!

Not only is it smashing, but it was also on sale. Which brings me to

5) Look for sales. Money is tight, keeping your skin attached to your body is important and you’ll be surprised what you might find for really inexpensive.

I also tried on helmets… a LOT of helmets. So the following info is for new riders or inexperienced gear buyers. Getting a helmet is a VERY personal thing, even more so than jackets. Your helmet is what will protect your brain, cost more than most things (in some cases) and can save your life. Many states don’t require helmets be worn, like my home state of Arizona, HOWEVER… I strongly recommend it. Scoots are usually quiet and hard to see on the road. The incidence of car- scooter collisions is high, even with experienced riders. Please be safe while riding.

I happen to like the style of the half helmet. They’re super cute and they go with a vintage look. However, they provide MUCH less protection than other types (full face, modular, 3/4). I’m probably going to wear one of the half helmets around my neighborhood, but for longer jaunts: going modular. They have a button release that flips the front up so you can see and talk comfortably without taking off the whole helmet.

I hope this helps with gear info… But please note that this is all my opinion and observation. As with all things, it’s up to you to find what works.

Happy riding!