Tag Archives: Scooters

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!


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


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!