MIKE’S RIDE TO A CLASSIC SCOOTER RALLY
Talk about a buzz! (In both senses of the word, I’d reckon! Elwyn). Riding in a convoy of over 250 2-stroke machines dating back to the late 50s was awesome! The photo here is of some of the pack negotiating the Westgate Bridge. I’m fourth from the back on the right side with a wooden wine-crate as a top-box. The cloud of blue 2-stroke made one think they were at a “Jim's Mower Convention”, as can be seen in this photo of the group starting off in South Melbourne. The people of Daylesford gave us a warm welcome, lining the main street and cheering as we rode in en-masse. There was a similar response from the inhabitants of Ballarat when we rode there on the Sunday, for lunch. Although the ride given by 10” wheels is a lot more “lively” than that of the Scarabeo, I enjoy the older technology as an alternative and was impressed how the little 2-stroke performed for the just over 1000km trip from Tassie. I find classic/veteran cars, motorcycles, and motor-scooters fascinating and love to see examples of early models still in operation. At the same time, for my commuting and touring I ride a big wheel, 460cc Scarabeo and enjoy the practicality, reliability and protection such a scooter gives. But I also enjoy riding my PX200 and talking with fellow riders who have made interesting modifications to overcome limitations that aged technology provides. Thanks for the story, Mike. I like to see the older technology alive and well and out on the roads too. There is more character, somehow, to the older machinery. I’m sure you will get a lot of enjoyable motoring from the classic scoot!
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