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Scooter Insanity the 26th

July 5, 2013
Kids, please don't try this at home. (Orin O'Neill photos)

Kids, please don’t try this at home. (Orin O’Neill photos)

I know, I know, it’s been a while. Between doubling down on my effort to become employed, and hot having a whole lot to write about, not having a scooter and all, my formerly-prolific posting activity has stalled. My apologies. I went down to Seattle Thursday for the opening day of Scooter Insanity because, well, it’s been too damn long. Details follow the jump.

Yes, this is the 26th edition of Seattle’s biggest scooter rally, and all of the Emerald City’s major scooter clubs took part in organization and planning.

Insanity scarf

Participants had a choice of two rally packs. The standard $15 one was bursting with discount coupons and freebies, many, like the $20 cert for Uber, a new ride-locating service, non-scooter related.

But it was the deluxe version that caught everyone’s attention. An extra five bucks got you a limited-edition rally scarf (left) made by Ruffneck Scarves, official supplier to Seattle Sounders FC, among others.

But then, it was hardly scarf weather at the meet n’ greet. Which is highly unusual for Seattle. Really, July 4th is as likely as not to be rainy, but this year, the weather gods were kind, serving up a rain-free 4-day weekend.

People met and greeted at Big People Scooters/Vespa Seattle’s Sodo location, which has this wonderful courtyard parking area.

VBB with matching plate

As you’d expect, there were lots of old-skool Vespas. But there were some unusual and interesting things as well.

Piaggio Ape

Hodge’s Ape, for one. He’s got it all kitted out, which is not at all unusual in light of Apes’ 50cc engines.

Blue Lambretta

While Labretta Jamboree is also happening this weekend, not all the Lammys were in Colorado Springs.

2014 Piaggio Fly 150 3V

Of course, Big People had a nice selection of new and used scooters. If I’d happened to have $2,899 plus tax, license, setup and negotiable doc fee in my wallet, I’d have snapped this one right up. Piaggio’s 2014 Fly 150 3V offers 12.9 hp (9.6 kw), 104 mpg (2.25 liters/100 km) fuel economy and a proper front suspension for a price that can’t be beat.

Safety Ed and Plaidass

Of course, it’s nice to catch up with Seattle friends, many of whom I haven’t seen for a while. Safety Ed is telling Plaidass about the hella expensive ticket he got in San Diego at Amerivespa, for trying to be helpful and road-marshaling the group ride from the park where they got kicked out back to the Vespa dealer. Long story, best left for another time.

Kelly takes sound readings

Among the day’s activites was a contest to determine the loudest bike. Kelly is taking sound readings. Hefe was the winner with his race bike, its reading completely off the scale. No word on how many ruptured eardrums resulted.

Free lunch

There was even free food—naan bread with chicken tikka marsala, a lentil curry and mango chutney. Quite good, and not just because it was free.

Insanity 27 button

Is the above button a preview for next year? Nobody is saying for sure. I hope I’ll have a scooter by then. Favicon

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One Comment
  1. Matt permalink
    July 5, 2013 5:19 pm

    Still rock my Scooter Insanity ’96 T-shirt down here in So-Cal. Seems like yesterday and glad this insanity still going!

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