Thursday, 8 March, 2018 by Alan Hearnshaw
Take a look at the blog. Notice anything different? I bet not. Yet, I have spent the last month or so working feverishly to completely alter the way Scoot Safely is produced.
This is going to be a short departure from scooter-related material, and it’s going to be just slightly technical. However, I thought my readers may like to take a look into the world of producing blogs, and some of the technical issues involved.
Wednesday, 20 August, 2014 by Alan Hearnshaw
I have two great loves. One, which won’t surprise you, is two-wheeled transport. The other is photography – more particularly, landscape photography. Fortunately for me, they are not mutually exclusive. In fact, they complement each other very well.
One of my greatest pleasures is to load Bella with my photography gear, and to head off into the wilderness in search of good photographs. Bella, incidentally, is my 2009 Vespa GTV 250. Venturing out in search of photographs is my form of hunting or fishing (except that no animals get harmed in the process). I make the reference to hunting because – just like the fishermen can report – a very enjoyable day can be had without catching a thing. What a great reason to get out and ride!
In a light-hearted departure from the usual subject of this blog, I’d like to share with my readers a scooter/photography trip I took at this time last year.
Sunday, 17 August, 2014 by Alan Hearnshaw
I’m very excited to announce that, after two years quietly writing and re-writing behind the scenes, drawing countless diagrams, and taking photographs, “Proficient Scootering” is available now for all the popular e-readers!
For those who prefer a traditional book, a print version is available as well!
I wish to thank all who prompted me to create this work. It has been a labour of love. I excitedly let it out into the world. Fly my pretties!
Take a look at the Book page for more details.
Saturday, 16 August, 2014 by Alan Hearnshaw
I surely need to start this post with an apology to my dear readers. It has been a long time — way too long — since I last posted on ScootSafely.
Some major upheavals on the home and work front have taken my attention for quite some time now, and have meant that I’ve had little time to pay attention to Scoot Safely. Hopefully, as things have calmed a little, I shall be back among the living in the blogosphere!
Still, I haven’t been idle! Here’s what I’ve been doing…
Wednesday, 2 May, 2012 by Alan Hearnshaw
Listen, car drivers kill us motorcyclists and scooter riders all the time by pulling out in front of us.
Because of this, please cut us a little slack when we’re wary around you.
To the guy pulling out of the gas station this morning: there you were, squinting into the sun, shielding your eyes with your hand. I was coming from the direction of the sun. You (of course) had no turn signal on, but I surmised you were about to turn left – from the great US turn signal.
The US turn signal, incidentally, is the two round black rubber things at the front of your car which can often – but not always – be relied upon to be pointing in the general direction you intend to turn. That’s all you’ve given me to work with… I’m sorry.
Wednesday, 14 March, 2012 by Alan Hearnshaw
Aprilia have released their official video for the monster scooter known as the SRV850 (shown below).
With an 850cc fuel-injected 90° V-Twin engine producing 79 horsepower, this scooter surely holds the accolade for the most powerful production scooter on the market.
While I have no doubt it is a remarkable machine – which I would love to spend a day on, It does, however, cause me to pause and wonder: is it actually still a scooter in the generally accepted meaning of the term?
While writing my recent book, [Buying Your First Scooter], I had to make an attempt to define what a scooter actually was, because the lines are beginning to be increasingly blurred.
Here is what I came up with (quoted from the book):
Monday, 12 March, 2012 by Alan Hearnshaw
I got to spend the day riding in the beautiful North Georgia (USA) mountains on Bella today.
There really is nothing better. Of course, I ride all year round, but weather like this – and seeing nature awakening from the winter – does make me appreciate where I live – and that I get to enjoy it on a fine Italian scooter.
While I was out, I came across an interesting road sign that seemed very apropos for this blog, so I had to share it. (Click for larger version).
Here’s wishing all my readers a very enjoyable and safe spring and summer of riding!
There is much more to come with the blog this year. I’m currently experimenting with the optimum camera set-up for creating some on-scooter video blogs.
The attempts I have made so far have been quite nausea-inducing, so I don’t want to inflict anything on my readers until they can view it without reaching for the Dramamine!
So, stay tuned, subscribe] to be notified as new content is posted, and let’s all have a great season!
Saturday, 18 February, 2012 by Alan Hearnshaw
Are you being bitten by the scooter bug?
You’re not alone. Motor scooters are generating a lot of interest right now.
The most obvious reason for this, of course, is the ever-riding cost of fuel.
Many scooters can achieve upwards of 100 miles per gallon.
But there are many other great reasons to consider a scooter for your transport needs. Here are just a few:
Friday, 3 February, 2012 by Alan Hearnshaw
I was just on my way home, and experienced the all too regular attitude of some car drivers. This prompted me to put virtual pen to paper about the attitude of other road users to us scooter riders.
Sadly, there are two common attitudes to scooters on the road in the US. The first seems to be that you don’t really have any business being on the road with such a vehicle, and “real” drivers will tolerate you as a mild form of amusement – provided you don’t hold them up in any way.