Monthly Archives: February 2012

Four-legged Friends get a boost from Scooter Fans

Scooters and Dogs. What’s Not to Love?

About 100 enthusiasts from Brighton Scooter Club, as well as other associated organisations, rode from The Volks, on Brighton seafront, to the Dogs Trust’s Shoreham rehoming centre, to deliver enough food to keep the four-legged friends fed for two months.

The event was organised by two of the club’s founding members, Mark Nichols and Len Taylor, who set up a doggie goodie collection box, in Sainsbury’s, Hove.

“Maybe not an army, but certainly a platoon of scooter soldiers, but unlike in the 1960s, these soldiers were not on a mission of violence or destruction,” said Mark’s daugher, Michelle..

“Their mission was to dedicate their love to man’s best friend.”

As well as dog food, the riders were also carrying treats, blankets and duvets.

Full Story: Shoreham Herald


St. Louis Scooter Shop Owner Charged with Drugs and Gun Crimes

It seems this St. Louis scooter store owner wasn’t quite making enough selling our beloved two-wheeled machines. Would you like some drugs or guns with that Buddy?

ST. PETERS, Mo. (AP) — A St. Louis-area scooter shop owner is facing charges after police say they found a methamphetamine lab, guns and more than $19,000 in cash in his office.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 49-year-old Bradley Gelber of St. Peters was among five people arrested Friday in a roundup of alleged members of a meth ring. Gelber does not have a listed attorney and the voice mailbox for his business was full and could not accept new messages.
Gelber is owner of Brad’s Scooters. A narcotics officer went to the shop, acting on a tip that Gelber was the financier and front man for the meth ring.
Authorities say officers had to shoot and kill a dog that attacked them while arresting another suspected ring member.

Boca Raton Woman Charged with Aggravated Battery After Ramming Scooter

A 42-year-old Boca Raton woman is charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon after being accused of ramming a scooter with her SUV on Monday, according to Lighthouse Point Police.

Tina Marie Brown got into an argument with L.W. Bedinotti III in the parking lot of a Publix supermarket on the 2400 block of N. Federal Highway, Commander Michael Oh said.

“He was driving through the parking lot with his wife on the back of his scooter and at some point [Brown] was crossing the parking lot and she felt that he drove a little too close to her and that started an argument,” Oh said.

Bedinotti’s wife went into Publix and while he waited outside Brown drove up and bumped the front of his scooter with her vehicle. She continued to push his scooter backward with the front of her SUV so he turned and drove past Brown to get out of harm’s way, Oh said.

The whole incident was recorded by a surveillance camera. Police arrested Brown. Bedinotti was treated for back injuries and released from the hospital.

Source: Orlando Sentinel

Limit Point Analysis – The Road is Telling You More Than You Think

Today, I’m going to be talking about an invaluable technique for safe scooter riding called Limit Point Analysis.

I say this technique is invaluable because application of it really can give us a “free” window into the future: What is happening with the road ahead.
It is often telling us things such as how fast we can safely take that corner, or what safe speed should we be doing right now.
It is often telling us how sharp that curve is up ahead, and whether the curve we are on is beginning to get tighter, or straighten out.

All this is available to us – if only we know where to look. Doesn’t that sound interesting? It sure was to me when I first came across it! Continue reading Limit Point Analysis – The Road is Telling You More Than You Think

Group Finds Creative Way to Beat Pain at the Pump

LAS VEGAS — Gas prices are creeping higher and higher. This week alone, AAA reports that prices have jumped up 14 cents. So, some drivers around the valley are trading their vehicles for scooters.

Lou-Ann Humble, who refers to herself as “Moped Mama,” leads the pack of the Nevada Scooter Brigade. The group started in 2009 with 23 members. Now, their group has swelled to 95.

Humble traces the growth back to a one very costly reason — the gas. The scooters her group rides come in all different shapes, sizes and power levels, but they all share a common fuel-sipping trait.

“Usually when I am at a gas station the guy at the pump next to me is putting $60 or $70 in, he looks over at mine and he sees like $6.95,” said fellow rider, Vinnie Scocozzo. “He just kind of smiles at me and walks away.”

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Back to Basics – Starting Your Scooter

It has struck me that, in this blog, I often talk about more advanced techniques for safe scooter riding, but haven’t provided much discussion about some of the most basic things – like actually starting your scooter and taking it off its stand. I’m going to devote a little time to that now. Continue reading Back to Basics – Starting Your Scooter

Riding is Good for You! A Study Confirms It.

Riding a motorcycle (or scooter) every day might actually keep your brain functioning at peak condition, or so says a study conducted by the University of Tokyo. The study demonstrated that riders between the age of 40 and 50 were shown to improve their levels of cognitive functioning, compared to a control group, after riding their motorcycles daily to their workplace for a mere two months.

Kawashima’s experiments involved current riders who currently rode motorcycles on a regular basis (the average age of the riders was 45) and ex-riders who once rode regularly but had not taken a ride for 10 years or more. Kawashima asked the participants to ride on courses in different conditions while he recorded their brain activities.

The upshot was that the use of motorcycles in everyday life improved cognitive faculties, particularly those that relate to memory and spatial reasoning capacity. An added benefit? Participants revealed on questionnaires they filled out at the end of the study that their stress levels had been reduced and their mental state changed for the better.