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Scooter in the new sticks

July 16, 2014

Scooter in the Sticks masthead

If you’ve been a longtime follower of Steve Williams’ seminal scooter blog, Scooter in the Sticks, you might have noticed a few changes. Not only is there a new theme, but a new URL:

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Happy Bellingham Pride

July 13, 2014
Nelly on her GTS

Nelly on her GTS; she let me ride her P200 in the parade (Orin O’Neill photos)

It’s been a while since I last rode a scooter in a parade. And it’s been a while since I’ve ridden one that required shifting gears.

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Speaking of recalls…

July 9, 2014

Front view

It seems not a day goes by without more bad news regarding the General Motors ignition recall. Such things are not limited to cars and trucks, as you probably alreday know if you own a Genuine Stella 125 Automatic.

If you don’t know, here’s what’s up: As reported first by Scooterfile, Genuine Scooter Company is recalling all 2014 Stella Automatics to replace a potentially defective ECU. As this is a potential safety issue, this recall has been reported to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which will assign a recall number and make details available on its Web site.

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Insanity the 27th

July 5, 2014
Alley parking

Insanity 27 scooterists gathered at Café Racer Friday evening (Orin O’Neill photos)

Fourth of July fell on Friday in 2014, which for our purposes meant Day Two out of four days of Scooter Insanity. This 27th version included an evening gathering at Café Racer, centered around the raffle of a 2014 Stella Automatic. Which I didn’t win. :(

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I knew this would happen

July 1, 2014
946 Bellisima

Vespa 946 Bellisima (Piaggio Group)

If you wanted a Vespa 946 but weren’t able to get one from the initial batch, you’re in luck! :)

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2015 Honda Fit EX: Fit for whatever

June 30, 2014
2015 Honda Fit

2015 Honda Fit improves on its predecessor

Bellingham, Washington has this, uh, reputation. People here are into outdoor activities in a big way, which to many means ‘Hamsters all drive Subaru Outbacks, usually with a kayak or a pair of mountain bikes strapped to the roof.

Not quite. Yes, there are a lot of Outbacks running around, but you’ll also see a lot of Honda Fits.

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2015 Vespa Sprint: S is for “improvement” *updated

June 26, 2014
2015 Sprint side view

2015 Vespa Sprint is one pretty bike… especially in blue (Orin O’Neill photos)

Another week, another highly-anticipated new scooter to ride. I could get used to this! :)

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