So you love the Ruckus styling, but 50cc is too small, and that new PS250 is too big and expensive? TN’G has a surprise for you. (see bottom of the page). Thanks James!
From some guy that works with Ryan, so you know it’s good: Make your own Gasoline Octane Boosters. The disclaimer at the bottom applies for 2sb, too. When you blow up your engine, sell it to me cheap.
With 2003 Illinois motorcycle fatalities up 47% since 2002 (now the sixth-highest number (143) of deaths in the nation), and several well-publicized motorcycle accidents (1, 2, 3, for example, not to mention the “205 MPH” asshat and Indian Larry) in the last week or so, Alderman Edward Burke has proposed a city-wide helmet law. Mayor Daley has already come out in support of the law, and suggests extending it to bicycles and inline skaters. (Skateboarders and roller disco skaters are apparently exempt.) Stories appeared today in the Tribune (reg. req, so screw them), the Sun-Times, and
WLS, as well as a special report on Channel 5 Monday night called “Night Riders.” While 2sb would never be caught without a helmet, and can’t believe anyone would, we nevertheless thank all you asshole showoffs and shitty drivers for likely making it mandatory. A helmet law is no solution, it’s like putting pillows along the side of the road, the real solution is mandatory rider instruction, stricter licensing, and insanely high fines for anyone caught riding illegally.
Our Zombie correspondent found this History of Liverpool Mods and Rockers. Nicely done, other than blaming the Irish and using an apostrophe in just about every word ending with “s.”
The official Cannonball Run site has a travelogue of the event, and a promise of more details in the new Scoot! Quarterly. Bajaj’s site has some notes from J.D. Merryweather, who came in second on a Bajaj Legend 150. The overall winner was the organizer (Take that Brock Yates), Mike Heytens on a Vespa P200.
AutoWeek, unlike 2strokeBuzz, was invited to Piaggio’s recent conference on the scooter’s role in easing traffic congestion in American cities. Their reporter, after conceding “that’s like the fox holding a conference on free-range chickens” agrees that they might have a point. I can’t find anything else about the conference, but it sounded more like an X9 press party to me.
Stuff.co.nz reports that Piaggio/Aprilia owner Roberto Colaninno has denied rumors he’s looking to buy Fiat. Which can only mean he’s looking to buy Fiat. Fiat used to own Piaggio, by the way. Seriously, someone make me a flow chart of who owns what in Italy.
Matthew “Pierce” Wysocki sent this link to The Philip C. Vincent Collection. The article is from April, so I don’t know if it sold yet, but I hope whoever buys/bought it catalogues it on the web. I wonder if Corazino D’Ascanio kept similar records. I do, but I doubt ebay is ready for two file drawers of 2sb crap. That reminds me, I have more old letters to 2sb to post!
As a result of the Bic Pen crisis, Kryptonite is replacing the following locks free of charge to owners who registered their locks in the past two years: Evolution lock, KryptoLok lock, New York Chain, New York Noose, Evolution Disc Lock, KryptoDisco or DFS Disc Lock. Full details will be available at kryptonite.com tomorrow afternoon.