September 23, 2010
As a scooterist/reader of this site, you’ll surely know the feeling of consumerist love at first sight. I’ve become obsessed with countless vehicles at countless rallies and motorcycle trade shows, and I’m sure you have too. Once in a while, you get to the point where you see an early prototype and know you will eventually own that bike, as long as the manufacturer doesn’t screw up between the concept and manufacturing stages (sadly they usually do!)
Well, this week Fuji Co. (The film/camera concern, totally unrelated to Fuji Heavy Industries of Fuji Rabbit scooter and Subaru fame) unveiled the camera of my dreams, and gave me a lot of insight about the scooter market and the difference between what consumers want, what they think they want, and what they get. On top of that, I know of at least two other scooterist designer/photographers that are counting the days and saving pennies until it’s released, so maybe it’s of interest to scooterists in general.
September 5, 2010
What a great weekend, thanks to all new and old friends! If I learned one thing this weekend, it’s to never show up for a DJ gig without the theme from “Jaws.” Video and photos are below!
August 21, 2010
2SB visited the World Meet 2010 Microcar and Minicar show in Crystal Lake today. Ever since reviewing the book A-Z of Popular Scooters and Minicars a while back, we’ve been keen on checking out a microcar show, so we’ve been looking forward to this show in our backyard (well, our distant suburbs) for more than a year. We weren’t disappointed, there was a good turnout with some great vehicles. I don’t know much about these beasts, so I’ll let the photos speak for themselves, but to keep it scooter-related, look out for the several Vespa 400s, an Innocenti-made Mini, and an Isle-of-Man-built Peel Trident with its original DKW motor replaced with a Vespa engine. (You can’t see the engine, but the dashboard gives it away!)
June 24, 2010
We missed this year’s Chicago Mods vs. Rockers rally because we were at PVSC but Jordan Cinco sent some great photos (below). Looks like an even better scooter showing than usual, but that’s no surprise, it’s always a top event and it gets bigger and better every year.
June 23, 2010
To tell you the truth, I’ve become a bit disillusioned with rallies. I’ve only been hitting a couple a year, and they’re always pretty great, but modern-scooter city rallies just aren’t the same as the drunken rural camping rallies that got me hooked on scootering. I’d been finding excuses to skip Pittsburgh Vintage Scooter Club’s Band Camp rally in eastern Ohio for ten years, but after a great trip to Niagara last month, I finally decided it was time to see what I was missing.
June 1, 2010
If you’re looking for an Amerivespa wrapup, you’re in the wrong place, buddy. I’m still sobering up from Niagara two weeks ago. So it’s about time for a review and some photos, eh?
February 4, 2010
Once a week we will be giving away a prize to one follower or fan who posts a picture of themselves (or a friend) with their Genuine scooter!
January 27, 2010
Thanks to jrsjr, who posted it on Modern Buddy.
January 25, 2010
I used to put “Scooter Graveyard” on forms I was filling out to see how much junk mail I’d get, and I got a fair bit of mail addressed thus. But this guy… Man. Then again, I imagine that’s probably what Mike Frankovich’s backyard looks like. More photos here, if you’re into the Facebook thing. Thanks for sharing, Jen!
January 10, 2010
As temperatures drop and roads are cleared throughout the midwest, CWC entries are starting to flurry in. The current leader is 2009 runner-up Colin Doyle, who sits an impressive 17° below previous leader (and CWC organizer) Ryan Bastianelli.
December 11, 2009
Jordan’s back from Vespa Attack 5 in the Philippines. Every year I post his photos and say “I’ll go next year,” maybe 2010 will be the year!
November 6, 2009
Heather Parker came over last night to shoot some photos of Pudge. She’s so good.
Actual scooter content is resuming soon, promise! If you didn’t notice the ad on the site, we’re kicking off the Cold Weather Challenge next Saturday (11/14) with a ride and Berryoke party at the Kat Klub, be there!
August 24, 2009
Scooter Wallpapers Collection features 1600 x 1200 photos of scooters, mostly high-quality press photos with a white background. The selection is a little strange (no Vespas, lots of Derbi and several defunct brands) and the blog format maybe isn’t the best way to organize the photos, but it’s a neat resource.
August 20, 2009
Surely you’ve seen the poster, it has graced countless dorm rooms, and hangs in every other Italian restaurant in Chicago. Ruth Orkin’s photo “American Girl in Italy” has been a popular symbol of Italy for decades, but the first thing any scooterist sees is the early Lambretta to the right of the frame. Corriere della Sera recently tracked down the Lambrettista (now 79 and living in America) and interviewed him,. From what little sense the Google translation makes (he’s a Clint Eastwood lookalike? What?), it sounds like a fascinating story.
July 21, 2009
Via ScooterDiva‘s Twitter feed: A fan of Modculture.info sent them three great photos of his parents on their Lambretta LDs in the fifties. You see so many celebrity photos, and so many promo photos, but it’s rare to catch the pre-mod scooter era in candid family photography.