From POCPhil: Two members and one post as of 3:45CST today.
Ryetronics’ Cold Weather Challenge ended last week, with Matt DeVries of Minneapolis in first place, with -11.5)()(. Rob Baillie in Toronto rode seven miles farther at virtually the same temperature, but Ryetronics made the rules, not 2SB, so Rob’s in second place. Matt does get style points for doing it on a Vespa 90/Primavera hybrid, but you gotta give Rob props for riding a Canadian-spec Zuma.
Hugs to Ryetronics for hosting the winter’s #1 scooter reality show. Visit the site for more CWC stories, stator rebuilds, wiring looms, and CWC stickers.
Soon there will be bus package tours to cross the border and buy Vespas at a third of the U.S. price.
2SB has learned that Chicago Kymco/Bajaj dealer Baron Von Scoot is up for sale. Interested parties should contact Ken Ryan. They’re a good shop, and have been really supportive of scootering in Chicago, donating scooters to Slaughterhouse 7 and 8. Best wishes and thanks to Ken and good luck to the new owner!
Color me wrong, Drew points out that Vespa has a booth at the Chicago Auto Show. Still, the fact that Piaggio is selling other scooters in the US remains a well-guarded secret.
Meet at 9:45 AM at El Rancho Cha Cha – 3140 W Lyndale St (park in back). Coffee and bagels for everyone who shows. Ride to south side leaves at 10:15am SHARP. Fight our way to the parade, have a beer or two (be safe!) and afterwards ride to Soul Vegetarian, 205 E. 75th St., for some bbq twists and protein tidbits (sounds bad, tastes good) after that, to the Waxon7 show at the Bottom Lounge. Goodtimes.
Hyder sent me this Interview with Jim Huff from Design Within Reach’s newsletter. (I don’t know whose reach they’re talking about, I wish I could afford that stuff.) Go Jim! I didn’t know he’d moved to California.
Ever wonder why sometimes you hear “2T” instead of “2-stroke” or “2-cycle?” Well, I always wondered, and today I learned why:
Continue reading “Them darn two-timing engines”
Ananova reports an Indian mechanic named Mohad rode his scooter nearly 87 miles with his hands tied behind his back. Mohad rode from Pondicherry to Chennai to “propagate the messages of universal education, awareness on AIDS, rain water harvesting and eradication of female foeticide.” So, there’s your challenge for the summer. Good luck with that.
Longtime scooterist and friend Marco DeGroot’s 1954 BMW boxer is featured on the cover of Feburary 2004 Classic Bike Guide, with a great story and photos inside. Way to go!
To see the future, we must know the past. here’s Ryan’s review of the second Las Vegas rally in 2001, from the pre-blog days of 2strokebuzz.