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April 22, 2017
Our Friend Chuck's MP3 400

Our Friend Chuck’s MP3 400 is for sale (Chuck Pefley photos)

“End of an era,” read the comment by Mr. Robert the Hair Stylist. Indeed. Our Friend Chuck has put his Piaggio MP3 400 up for sale.

In the Craigslist post, Chuck says he is “reluctantly selling due to health reasons.” He’s asking $4,500, which includes a long list of accessories. No garage queen, this, it shows 16588 miles and a complete service history. Chuck took it on a 2400-mile road trip shortly after picking it up at Chispa’s going-out-of-business sale.

MP3 entering Idaho

It’s been on a lot of other road trips, and to a lot of rallies. I wish I had the money to buy it.

In fact, I wish I had the money to buy other scooters I’ve been offered. There have been several lately.

In the almost 14 years since I got the ET4, much has changed, not only in the world at large, but the scooter world. Many friends have come and gone, as have several clubs. While there are some exceptions (136 bikes at Spring Scoot in Portland, which had great weather), rallies that used to draw hundreds of bikes are now only seeing dozens.

Scarabeo, packed

Morgan is ready to go! (Morgan Mahana photo)

Even my friend Morgan, she of scooter shopping and glamping fame and as hardcore a scooter rider as you’ll ever find, is moving on. Her Scarabeo 500 was stolen recently, and when the insurance check arrives she plans to replace it with a car or truck.

The Bellingham scooter club disbanded a couple years ago, bringing the Hamster Run to an end. There is no place within the city limits of Bellingham to buy a scooter, a situation faced by potential riders in lots of places. Healthy dealers make for healthy scooter scenes, and vise versa.

Back in the 1970s, the rock-with-horns band Chicago posed the question, “Where Do We Go From Here?” That’s a very good question.

One Comment
  1. Chuck Pefley permalink
    April 22, 2017 3:31 pm

    Thanks for the shout out, Orin. Yes “to everything there is a season”. Sad but then again perhaps not. Change, after all, is the only constant.

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