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Old 04-25-2013, 08:22 PM   #91
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I was first exposed to motorcycles and motorcycling at age 11 back in the early 60's. My uncle had a Harley Bagger and a little Vespa. He let us kids ride that Vespa up and down in the alley behind his house. I rode that thing probably a thousand miles in that one block length of alley that summer. I was hooked after that.

I have always thought that scooters were art as well as transportation. Getting to live for a year in Italy in my mid 20's made that impression even stronger for me.

I have ridden motorcycles all my life (after age 11). I have also owned a scooter (50-250cc) the last ten years. Now into my 62 year, I have found that I have difficulty getting onto my Wee-Strom as I have Rheumatoid Arthritis. Then last summer I found that I was having trouble pulling my clutch due to my thumbs hurting - the docs wanted to fuse the base joints on my thumbs. My answer was to let the joints rest over the winter and to ride my Honda Helix in town. Last weekend, I traded my Helix on a Burgman 650 Executive. The Wee-Strom is just sitting in the motorcycle shed not being ridden at this time.

Do I love scooters? I have always loved them. As I said above, I think they are art. I also love them as transportation. I love the little scooters for a lot of the reasons you guys have already said. I love my big scooter because it allows me to still do motorcycle stuff too. The best of both worlds...
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Old 05-11-2013, 06:48 PM   #92
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There is an element of adventure in every ride.
Nice pic Scootrboi,

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Old 05-12-2013, 05:59 AM   #93
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If I had a motorcycle I would use it on those beautiful warm dry days that occur once in a while in June and July. The rest of the year, I would ride my foul weather miracle, the scooter with legshield, floor and windshield.
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Old 05-12-2013, 11:29 AM   #94
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When asked what I like about riding...I said the following "I think it's something primitive. Just you, the machine...no distractions. Your fully committed to keeping yourself and the bike safe...because the road below you is unforgiving. It's being on that edge...not being stupid, not being foolish...but connecting to the world around you. Smelling the flowers as you pass, feeling a stone as it kicks up and strikes you. Your fully alive. Your fully engaged."

I have only ridden scooters. Well I've considered getting a "real bike" I just don't think it's me. I'm a scooter guy in my heart.
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Old 05-12-2013, 02:02 PM   #95
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When asked what I like about riding...I said the following "I think it's something primitive. Just you, the machine...no distractions. Your fully committed to keeping yourself and the bike safe...because the road below you is unforgiving. It's being on that edge...not being stupid, not being foolish...but connecting to the world around you. Smelling the flowers as you pass, feeling a stone as it kicks up and strikes you. Your fully alive. Your fully engaged."

I have only ridden scooters. Well I've considered getting a "real bike" I just don't think it's me. I'm a scooter guy in my heart.
I just bookmarked your blog and will be following your adventures.
We lived in Tamps for a long time , moved back to central NC. about 7 years ago. Next time i am down there I'll try and look you up.
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Old 05-12-2013, 07:37 PM   #96
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When asked what I like about riding...I said the following "I think it's something primitive. Just you, the machine...no distractions. Your fully committed to keeping yourself and the bike safe...because the road below you is unforgiving. It's being on that edge...not being stupid, not being foolish...but connecting to the world around you. Smelling the flowers as you pass, feeling a stone as it kicks up and strikes you. Your fully alive. Your fully engaged."

I have only ridden scooters. Well I've considered getting a "real bike" I just don't think it's me. I'm a scooter guy in my heart.
Well said.
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Old 05-12-2013, 07:47 PM   #97
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I have owned bikes and scooters over the course of 20 + years. Love them all. What I like most about scooters is their ease of use, simplicity, the slower pace, the ability to jump on, jump off, stopping more frequently to smell the roses and snap pictures. I like the low cost of ownership, the smiles from on-lookers and the ones that come from simply riding the damn things.

I have several right now, all special in their own ways.





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