Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
It looks like it adheres to the basic build-off formulas made popular (or tiresome, however you may look at it) by shows like Orange County Choppers. Although, I like scooters much more and I think it is harder (and more interesting) to recreate impeccable custom vintage scooters than just fabricate new choppers like the Tuttle family does.
A nice nod by having Phil Daniels narrate (he'll always be Jimmy whether he likes it or not) and for using Taffspeed, a well-known shop. Although, you have to chuckle when Colin the millionaire mod says, "You don't build a show-winning bike by just chucking money at it..." which it seems that he may well be doing by having the Taffspeed team doing it (!). But ah well, that's what those shows are about, and I am sure it will inspire the "everymen" scooterists in their garages to take up the cause.
Very excited about the possibility of this show!
Sunday, September 27, 2009
You can enter now at the official site.
The rules are:
This competition is open to any person, club or shop that wants to build a quality scoot. We realize that some participants may not have the same resources that others do. Outsourcing of work is allowed as long as the team gives proper recognition to the shops they have used. Work that can be outsourced includes body, paint, plating, welding and engine work. The registered participants must complete the actual build (except outsourced work) themselves. The scooter can be up to the primer stage prior to the Build Off. Meaning all body work and prep can be done, however the paint and assembly must happen after the Build Off begins.
2. Eligible Scooters
This is a Vintage Scooter Build Off, keep your Rivas at home. Scooters that are allowed are 50's, 60's & 70's manual shift, metal bodied scooters. While Vespas and Lambrettas are the common entries we welcome other vintage makes.
3. The Scooter must be complete and in running condition on the day of the event.
4. Scooters must remain on display in the designated Scooter Build Off area until completion of judging. We will try to display the scooters near the Corazzo booth. This still has to be determined and we will have the Build Off area clearly marked on the day of the event.
5. Judges decisions are final. Judging forms become the sole property of the Scooter Build Off organizers.
6. Please post a "before" picture on the website, periodic progress updates are requested from participants.
7. Trophies and prizes will be awarded to winners in the 3 categories by Corazzo. The Mulligan category will receive a trophy from the event organizers, and a beer.
Please pay all entry fees promptly. All monies received are used solely for the Build Off, no one is making a profit here. Registrants will receive patches and shirts with their registration (please specify shirt size) extra patches and shirts will be available but will be limited.
Fees per team:
$50.00 1 scooter, 1 patch, 1 shirt
$80.00 2 scooters, 2 patches, 2 shirts
$100.00 3 scooters, 3 patches, 3 shirts
Fees can be sent via Paypal to Rudy Perez.
If you need to send a check or money order please send it to:
835 SE 8th ST
Gresham OR 97080
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Friday, September 25, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
My flight was delayed several hours and then ultimately canceled with a vague promise to get me out the next day at 9:45. I decided to check on a rental car, but was told the main arteries out of Atlanta were flooded and that people had to scramble onto the roofs of their cars to avoid the quick-flowing onslaught. Rental car was a bit silly since it would have cost me and arm-and-a-leg for a one-way rental.I couldn't get my bags until I arrived at Asheville, so no cell phone charger or toothbrush. Hotels nearby were booked and I was advised to only get hotels with free shuttles as cab fare would run me $40 each way. So, I wondered if it would be better to incur the cost of a hotel and try to get out the next day, knowing that I would miss half of the day's presentation, only to attempt to come back the next day with thunderstorms in the forecast, again. Turns out that the weather was okay to fly back home, which what I ended up doing, albeit with a 3 hour delay. I arrived home at 2:15am exhausted.
That probably explains the nasty cold I developed Tuesday night. The rest of my week has been spent in bed or on the couch watching John Edward reruns.
My infirmity has given me time to write out address labels for the contributors to the current issue. #52 should be arriving at scooter shops this week and retailers within 2 weeks, subscribers should be getting the magazine anytime from this week through the next 3 weeks depending on how remote they are located.
Off to bed. Where is my neti pot?
Blog entry soundtrack: Pleasure Little Treasure by Depeche Mode.
Monday, September 21, 2009
Now Playing: "You Make Me Weak at the Knees" by Electrelane
-- Post From My iPhone
Saturday, September 19, 2009
I like to register some bills before I travel & then take them with me. I spend them on the trip and hope that someone will then re-enter them. Scooter rallies are a great occasion for spending some bills.
I just ordered a stamp from StampConnection.com. Have any of you used them before? I'll let you know what happens.
Friday, September 18, 2009
Here is a sneak peek at the next issue of Scoot! which should be shipping out from the printers on Monday. In this issue we have:
- Scooter reviews: SYM Symba, Yamaha TMAX, Honda Elite 110
- Scootin' in Maui
- On the Road with punk rock scooterists: Rise Against
- Polini Cup Scooter Racing
- Reader's Rides
- Product Reviews
- Amerivespa 2009 report
- Rally in Puerto Rico
I'm already working on the December issue! If you have any suggestions on topics we should cover, let me know.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Sacramento welcomes the first Scooter Jamboree at The Scoot Shop this Saturday and Sunday to raise money for arts and music.
In a creative collaboration between The Fay Throckmorton, Kenneth Scott Mackrel Organization for the Arts (T&M Organization) and The Scoot Shop, the Scooter Jamboree was created as a charity event to help local youth gain access to art and music and gain revenue for the city, according to Rebekah Spurgeon, co-owner of The Scoot Shop.
"We liked the charity and thought it would be a fun collaboration," Spurgeon said.
The Scoot Shop, located at 1619-A E St. opened last year as the only full service scooter repair shop and dealership. The festivities will begin Saturday with a meet-and-greet from 5-10 p.m featuring live music by Jeffrey Valentine and the Storytella's, fire spinning after dark and an art show featuring Chicago scooter artist Casey Sachen at The Scoot Shop.
Sunday will kick-off at 10 a.m. with a two hour scooter ride for charity around the capitol followed by a dinner party that night at The Scoot Shop. Proceeds from the ride will benefit T&M Organization for the Arts.
According to The Scoot Shop's website, Registration is $25 in advance and $30 at the door. You can register online by phone or in person at The Scoot Shop. Registration includes food and drink tickets, T-shirts and raffle tickets. All shapes, colors and sizes of scooters are welcome, but don't forget your helmet.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
Tuesday, September 08, 2009
Sunday, September 06, 2009
Friday, September 04, 2009
SYM-USA is offering a CityCom300i Commuter Package to anyone who purchases a CityCom300i from July 20 through September 30. The program has been extended an additional month from its previous deadline of August 31. The package consists of a custom-made polycarbonate wind screen, a Carter-made custom rear rack and 45L GIVI top case, and has a $500 value. For more info follow the link above.
Wednesday, September 02, 2009
Here is a story about how Philadelphia is adding parking for two-wheeled vehicles to stop parking on sidewalks. I am against parking on sidewalks for the most part. It can be dangerous for the disabled and can foster bad feelings among the people that walk on the sidewalk. But, if there was adequate parking for motos, them people wouldn't park on the sidewalk. Moreover, if motos aren't competing with cars, then automobile drivers won't be annoyed by car spaces with one moto in them. I have seen scooters that were moved to accommodate a car-- much to the surprise of the scooter's owner!
Finally, if you have some success share it with Scoot! by dropping me an email. I'd love to inspire others. And if you don't get some help let me kow, too. Perhaps we can all work together for a common goal.
Other cities such as Portland, Seattle, Sarasota and Sydney have undergone moto parking makeovers. Interested in creating more scooter-friendly parking in your city? Try these suggestions:
- Organize: meet other scooterists and get an action group together. Research the amoutn of two-wheel riders in the area. Survey the area at different times and note how many scooters/motorcyces are parked. You must demonstrate a need if the city ia going to pay attention to your cause. Don't forget about motorcyclists. They want parking, too!
- Petition: create a petition that clearly outlines your request(s) and get people to sign it. Make sure that the names are legible and that there is a way to contact each person if needed.
- Facilitate: Odten cities feel that they cannot take away parking from cars, so do some legwork yourself. Specify exactly where you want parking and also identify spaces that can be converted to moto parking without taking away car spots. Examples can be spaces between driveways, ends of blocks where the space between a car spt and the crosswalk may accommodate a scooter or two. Take photos and provide them to the city.
- Be Polite: Yelling and threatening only aggravates others. You'll get more with sugar than vinegar as the saying goes.
- Give Credit: Make sure to give thanks and credit to those in government who are helpful. A bureaucrat's job can be a thankless one, so give them some credit when they are helpful. They will appreciate it!