Thursday, 15 March, 2018 by Alan Hearnshaw
Following on from Motorcycle Awareness Day, which was held on the 11th of this month at the Ace Cafe, London, the London Fire Brigade launched a new initiative and training scheme to help riders deal with a crash on two wheels.
What is Biker Down?
Biker Down! is a free nationwide scheme that was devised to provide the tools to help bikers if they’re involved in a crash.
The scheme is in partnership with London Ambulance Service, Transport for London and the Metropolitan Police.
Friday, 9 March, 2018 by Alan Hearnshaw
BMW is tentatively eyeing the possibility of two-wheeled ride-sharing schemes. Specifically, they are looking into offering ride-sharing schemes—an UBER or LYFT like service—for bikes in major citites.
The biggest problem that has yet to be solved is that of the second helmet. How to provide get a “one size fits all” helmet? This does seem to be a knotty problem. Aside from the size issue, who will want to wear the lid which, just minutes before, adorned the sweaty pate of the last beer-swilling, chain-smoking passenger? Eww. I can smell it now.
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.
Thursday, 22 February, 2018 by Alan Hearnshaw
Can you hear me? I said: CAN YOU HEAR ME?
I must admit to being on the wrong side of the fence with this particular issue. I never use earplugs when riding, and never have. It’s not because I have anything against them. I just never think about it.
I may have to rethink this after having looked over the unsettling figures that came out of a study recently conducted in Germany.
Saturday, 10 February, 2018 by Alan Hearnshaw
Called the Vespa Elettricra, the new scooter retains the famous delectable lines of its “analogue” stable mates, but sports an electric motor capable of pushing the Italian lovely (and rider) sixty-two miles before needing to suckle at the electronic teat.
I wouldn’t expect sports bike performance out of this. Vespa claims it will have “superior performance” to a 50cc scooter. Still, we can at least expect that zero-revolution torque that makes electric motors so delicious. Vespa’s parent company, Piaggio, hints at its urban intent by saying that it will be “perfect for city environments”.
Thursday, 8 February, 2018 by Alan Hearnshaw
It’s no secret that in Europe, scooter riding is far more commonplace than, say, the United States. The Europeans are also at the forefront of on-street leasing schemes with their public bicycle rentals that have been on the streets of countries such as Denmark and Sweden for many years. It was only a matter of time, then, before somebody came up with the idea to rent scooters on a per-minute basis.
That company is called “CityScoot”, and they’re renting electric scooters, no less.
Wednesday, 7 February, 2018 by Alan Hearnshaw
There are lies, damned lies, and statistics. That’s the quote famously attributed to Benjamin Disraeli.
However you interpret that phrase, a recent study published in the British Medical Journal claims to have statistical proof that more motorcyclists (and, presumably, scooter riders) die during a full moon than at other times.
Canadian researchers used the Fatality Analysis Reporting System, an official registry of fatal crashes in the US, to analyse all deaths caused my motorcycle crashes between 1975 and 2014. They then cross-referenced those data to dates when a full moon was present.
Sunday, 4 February, 2018 by Alan Hearnshaw
An 80 year old grandmother leapt into action on Friday to save a scooterist from being scooter-jacked.
Rosemary Bodger was shopping early on Friday morning when she witnessed two criminals trying to wrestle another Vespa from a rider in North London. They had already taken the keys from the rider, theatre worker Stefan Cooper, 47, and were trying to get the scooter away from him.
That’s when she leapt into action. She took hold of the handlebars as other members of the public rushed to the scene.
Tuesday, 8 December, 2015 by Alan Hearnshaw
BMW has issued a recall for some 2,000 C 600 and C 650 scooters.
The scooters affected are 2013 to 2015 models. The issue is with the front brake line, which can kink when the handlebars are turned fully to the left. This can cause a brake fluid leak.
The affected machines are C 600 Sport scooters built Aug. 2, 2012, to March 31, 2014, and the C 650 GT scooters built July 30, 2012, to May 29, 2015.
BMW will be notifying current owners, although the parts to fix the issue will not become available until the 28th of December. BMW will issue a second notice when the parts become available. If you have any questions, you can contact BMW Customer Service at: 1-800-525-7417
Tuesday, 27 October, 2015 by Alan Hearnshaw
Just when you thought your scooter was stylish enough, well-known Italian designer Georgio Armani (yes, they of the elegant purses—bring on the wisecracks) has teamed up with Piaggio to create a special edition scooter for the fashion conscious rider.