Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Scooter Art

“Patricia Piccinini The Stags 2008″
“Patricia Piccinini Nest″

Vespa Scooter Sculpture by James Corbet

La Dolce Vita, Lorenzo Quinn
Mixed media, resin, authentic scooter, Corten steel
Casina Valadier, Villa Borghese, Rome

Milton Elting Hebald American, b. 1917 Man and Woman on a Scooter

and finally, this lovely piece of work:

Dork on a scooter

Monday, January 23, 2012

And now a word from our sponsor...  is chock full of scooter commercials if you are really that bored. 
I picked a few of my favorites.

A cute little commercial celebrating the savings you get from riding a scooter.

A cute Pink scooter commercial for the ladies.

Totally 80's, Grace Jones and the Honda Scooter.

This is a fun little commercial with a large parade of scooters.
Hey - at least I can watch people riding scooters and having fun, while I snow-blow my driveway and shovel out the dogs yard.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Looking for a "Sch-mooter"

I am making it my goal to try one of these.

As a lady scooter rider, I sometimes have to read between the lines when it comes to PTW reviews.

Most video reviews are from the perspective of some dude who has been riding motorcycles for years and has a great disdain for anything that may be trying for a wider market. Or he has "mad skills" and he wants to "push the outside of the envelope" when it comes to the machine's performance. Because of this, it is hard for me to find a review that I feel is applicable to me, and my needs and wants as a rider.

When I decided that I wanted to check out some of the newer automatic bikes, like the Honda DN-01. I had a hard time finding a review that wasn't casting a jaded eye on a product that may include me/women as a buyer. 

I lucked onto this review by Susan Carpenter  of the Los Angeles Times. It was so nice to see a lady rider, on a vehicle, giving her opinion of the product. Heck it was just nice to see a female on a bike, just so I could see how I might possibly fit or handle the same bike!

Based on the video review above, I am now going to check out a used Honda DN-01 in the area. I have to say, that the bike seemed to be scraping the ground on some of the turns, so it might not offer as much lean as other bikes. But I am now, much more motivated to check it out, based on the video review alone, that is fairly telling.

Funny that, if you show a woman riding and reviewing a vehicle, I am more likely to be interested in it. Hmmm....Perhaps those marketing the bike might show a wider group of consumers riding and reviewing the bike? Maybe people in the 40-50s? People who have difficulty shifting but still want the 2-wheel experience could give this particular bike a try? Or total noobs, both male and female could try it in a MSF course setting? Just a few ideas Honda.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Do I love or hate this???

Every now and then, something comes along and totally screws with my head. 
The object responsible is this little beauty.

Being that it is WINTER here and I am totally bored out of my gourd, I found myself looking for the worlds ugliest motorcycle helmet. This was not as easy as you would think, because there is an ABUNDANCE of crazy ugly helmets out there. So designating the exact "ugliest" motorcycle helmet is quit a task.

We may have found a winner folks

After googling "Ugliest Motorcycle Helmet" this popped up. Why I don't know. It is very clever, well constructed and and very stylish. 

Taken from Daniel Don Chang's design website:

Luxy is an iconic woman’s motorcycle helmet used during commutes and casual motorcycle riding.

The concept is inspired by Sixties Mod Era and hairstyles to bring an iconic fashion style into current helmets. Since many riders are women, the distinct and unique look give it a competitive edge from existing helmets. It also inspires women to be proud and glamorous riders
.© Daniel Don Chang Design // All rights reserved "

Now, I love design. I am a designer by trade. Abet, not as clever as Mr. Chang. But I am totally perplexed by my feelings about this helmet. Do I love it? or do I hate it? I mean, what can you say about a helmet, inspired by a hair cut. I have heard of helmet hair, but this is crazy!

Before I can say "HATE IT!" I have to own up to the fact that I am a child of the 60's and the 70's and the clean mod look of this helmet is all up in my "Emma Peel, Avengers, Cat Woman" Mod-loving biz-ness.

But before I can say, "LOVE IT!" Look at this....

As a real scooter rider, the design is kinda pointless. There is little or no protection, no visor, but I am sure goggles would help.

But the entire reason for a helmet is to function as protection while I ride. Not to act as an accessory for riding the bus, shoe shopping or hanging out at the mall.

As if anyone is going to be looking at my damn eyelashes and lipstick, while bugs and road debris spatter up in mah super modely face.

But you know, I still kinda like it. Shoot, I'd pop for it if the price was right. It would make a great parade helmet. With some cool goggles of course.

And it is no-way as near as bad as another group of  "Designer" helmets.

 These are by Karl Largerfeld.

Your choice of jewel-encrusted space biotch look. 

Or a mink-covered furry deer tick magnet helmet???

Pssst, hey girl, you have a dead weasel on your head.

Actually, Brett's Hair Helmet from Flight of the Concords is better. 

Yep, much better.

Deal with it Karl!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Winter Blahs

All I can do is wait for the two big motorcycle shows in February. 

Winter is pretty boring around here. 

Until then, just chill-lax

Monday, January 2, 2012

Scooter A fuego!

Tired of a cold, dark and boring winter?

Enjoy some of these hot scooters from Puerto Rico!