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Relax, take a deep breath

September 14, 2015
Vespa GTS concept from motoblog dot it

Nothing to see here fokis, move along… (Illustration by Luc via

I noticed this was making the rounds of the Interwebz, so I did some looking around.

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Uh, Ben, it’s not a “moped”

August 27, 2015
Macklemore reclines on a P200

M&RL Films

Seattle rap act Macklemore & Ryan Lewis today released their video of the song “Downtown.” Which is full of scooters. Which is why I’m writing about it! :D

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The Riders Show 2015

August 23, 2015
Ruckus-like motorcycle

Riders Show attendees: What to make of this? (Orin O’Neill photos)

I must say, it’s nice to be back among the living. And it was even nicer to discover I can drive my car just fine… I don’ need no steenking hand controls! So I pointed the More Expensive Ford Taurus with a Different Grille toward Seattle, and the first annual Riders Show.

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A crore is 10 million

August 20, 2015
2015 Honda Acitvia3G

Sales of Honda’s IDM Activa scooter have reached 10 million (Honda India photo)

Bellingham has had perfect riding weather lately. Sunny, warm when not hot (90°F has happened many more times than usual this summer), there are scooters running around. Not a whole lot, but more than you’d see during the rest of the year.

But nothing like the numbers you’d see in India. One scooter in particular recently passed a major sales milestone.

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Go, land speed racers?

August 17, 2015
2015 salt

You can’t race on salt like this… (Photo from the Internet)

The other shoe dropped today.

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Go, land speed racer, go: 2015 edition

August 13, 2015
Hattori, sans engine and other things

Hattori is looking a bit naked… (Jaylin Billig photos)

It’s August, and that means the thoughts of many turn to the famous Salt Flats at Bonneville. But not necessarily for the reasons you might think.

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Getting a leg further up

August 10, 2015

Prosthesis and shoes

I still can’t believe it’s been six months since Safety Ed brought me to the Emergency Department at the VA Medical Center in Seattle. It’s been (sorry) a long, strange trip, but it’s about to come to a conclusion… I will be going home later this week.

In case you’re just joining us, back in February I got really sick which made having my right leg amputated below the knee necessary.

Since then, I was sent to a skilled nursing facility to recover from the surgery, then returned to VAMC Seattle for physical and occupational therapy. The picture shows the latest version of a prosthesis I will be wearing for the rest of my life. Unless, of course, someone discovers what gene switch to flip to make amputated limbs grow back, as some reptiles can do.

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