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Chuckanut driven

August 4, 2011

I curse not being able to shoot video for events like the recent Hamster Run. Luckily, others are equipped to do so.

Hope you have some time, because there’s over 35 minutes’ worth here. It begins as the group heads out from the 76 station at 12th Street and Old Fairhaven Parkway to begin a descent of Chuckanut Drive. Other segments have the group riding on Yew Street Road and along the shore of Lake Samish. Thanks, Eric D! Favicon

  1. August 4, 2011 7:12 pm

    The headset in the still from the video looks like a Kymco Agility 125.

  2. August 4, 2011 8:26 pm


  3. Jack Riepe permalink
    August 5, 2011 1:48 pm

    Dear Orin:

    I rather enjoyed this. It’s not often I get to see “roving bands of scooter toughs” terrorizing a neighborhood from inside the pack. Has anyone tried to replace the mufflers on these machines with Vance and Hines straight pipes? I see that the crowd quickly adopts the staggered formation, but I liked that there was a lot more room between the scooters than you are likely to find with motorcyclists. The late moto-safety guru, Larry Grotsky, was an advocate of the single file formation, with a few bike lengths between riders. I have come to favor that opinion myself.

    Nice blog post today.

  4. August 5, 2011 2:48 pm

    Jack, as far as I know Vance & Hines doesn’t make pipes for scooters, but there are a lot of other companies that do. The Sito Plus is a very popular choice for old-skool Vespas (I had one on the PX) and Stellas not only because it’s inexpensive, but because it gives a noticeable increase in power with no penalty in fuel consumption or reliability. And it sounds really good, too. 😉

    Most scooterists (at least the ones who participate in rallies on a regular basis) in this part of the world are graduates of MSF-approved Basic Rider Courses, so you’ll always see a large group riding in proper staggered formation. It usually keeps the cagers from muscling into the middle of a group…

  5. Jack Riepe permalink
    August 7, 2011 7:08 pm

    Dear Orin:

    I was kidding about the straight pipes… But this raises the question, do straight pipes make the scooters uncomfortably loud?


  6. August 7, 2011 10:06 pm

    To me, they do. Performance pipes for modern Vespas make them sound like a DR chipper-shredder. And they really don’t enhance performance enough to be worthwhile, at least to me. However, the aftermarket pipes are considerably cheaper than the OEM item ($661, sez Vespa Lynnwood), so I may actually end up putting one on…

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