Sep 25 2012
This summer I had the opportunity to interact with some full size motorcycle riders and I have to say they are a funny bunch.
It happened at a dice run locally that advertised “all bikes welcome” so I showed up early on the day of the ride with my daughter and my Stella all fueled up ready to go. I asked the organizers if they would mind a scooter taking along, they were ‘the more the merrier”. Since we were there early we got to see everyone arrive, there were 4 maybe 5 people who even looked at the scooter. Only 1 had the self-confidence to come over and talk to us. Since it was a memorial dice run we had a police escort past the home of the person being remembered, and then to the town line, at which point I lost the group. It was close to an hour run to the first stop, and I pulled in less than 10 minutes after the group. After arriving there were more people who would talk to my daughter and myself. The second stop wasn’t as far as the first so I left about 5 minutes before the group, and I pulled in just ahead of them. There were even more people willing to talk to us. We left the second stop with the group and there was a group that held their speed down a bit to ride with me, including us in the group. At the third stop, which is a favorite restaurant of ours so we had a bite to eat, so we left a little later than the rest. I also had to switch to reserve on the way to the final stop, which meant I had to get fuel so we arrived later than most everyone. Once we got there, people were actually looking for us, coming over asking if we were the ones on the scooter, they had to come over and say that they were amazed at how we kept up and that we had done the whole ride.
It was a big change from the beginning of the day, it seems everyone thinks of a scooter as a 50cc low-speed bike. I know some opinions of scooters were changed that day, and I am glad to have done it.