Monthly Archives: April 2012

Observation Links

Today, I’d like to talk a little about really honing our powers of observation:

Observations skills (and the use we make of the information gathered during observation) are arguably the most important skills we have to help us stay safe out there on our scooters.

Imagine a scenario where two riders encounter the same situation while doing their daily commute. For our purposes it could be any hazard situation. Let’s say – a car suddenly coming over the brow of a hill encroaching on your side of the road.
(Actually, I’m using this example because it’s a real-life situation that cropped up while I was taking my advanced motorcycle test).

For one rider, it’s a complete non-event. For the other, it’s a panic stricken, stressful moment. How could that be so? Continue reading Observation Links

Steering, and the Great Counter-Steering Debate

Scooter Steering and Counter-Steering

So, what’s all this we keep hearing about counter-steering?

It’s a buzz phrase we tend to hear often among the scooter and motorcycle community. Some riders spend their entire life riding – and have never heard of it. Some espouse the merits of active attention to it, and some claim it’s a myth! Continue reading Steering, and the Great Counter-Steering Debate

SYM Classic 150 Review. Back To My Youth.

You can be forgiven for wondering why – in the first of my series of scooter reviews – I’m talking about a motorcycle.
There is method in my madness, however, for the little gem I’d like to talk about today carries a name that is very familiar to most scooter riders: SYM.

That’s right. SYM, the Taiwanese company famous for such well-made scooters as the Mio and the MAXSYM, have released a little motorcycle. Continue reading SYM Classic 150 Review. Back To My Youth.

Honda Announces Two New Scooters for 2013

Honda has begun the 2013 model year with the introduction of two new scooters.

Well, make that one new one and one with a facelift.

Available this summer, comes the new Honda PCX150.

It has a 150cc liquid cooled engine, with generous under-seat storage (enough for a full-face helmet).

The price is yet to be determined.

 

Also coming this year, is an updated classic – the Honda Metropolitan.

The 50cc Metropolitan will be available in June, and features a redesigned headlight and clock setup, new handlebars, and a new tail-light assembly.

With 22 litres of under-seat storage, a separate storage area big enough for a 1 litre bottle, and a larger bag hook, this could be the perfect thing for those round-town trips.

The MSRP is $1,999.

Group Riding and the Marker System

With the onset of spring, and the great riding weather we’re all looking forward to, my thoughts have turned to the many arranged group rides which will be taking place all over the world.

Riding in groups is a great way to enjoy our scooters, and I always find that the scooter community is an extremely friendly and sociable group of people. Group riding can be a lot of fun.

However, my experience has been that group riding continues to be one of the more dangerous activities we can participate in with scooters and motorcycles. Continue reading Group Riding and the Marker System