The Piaggio Group released its financial report for the first half of 2014 on Monday. In a statement issued at that time, the company said “measures taken to control costs and productivity kept the key profit margins at the same levels as the first half of 2013.” However, a number of factors in key markets pointed sales (and profits) downward.
If it’s the fourth weekend in July, most folks in these parts know that means time for Hamster Run in Bellingham. This one was the ninth edition.
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.
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 website.
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. :(