by Chris Orr
After two days of staring at my computer screen, the title was all I could come up with for this month’s column. While I liked the sound of it, the task of articulating that headline proved impossible for me. Why? Because I don’t know exactly what attracts people to scooters. So what follows are some random thoughts and observations as to why I enjoy motorscooters and the people who ride them.
Last Sunday our scooter club “The Regulars” met at the BLB (Bryant Lake Bowl) as usual for a group ride. We meet the first and third Sunday of every month for a little socializing between 3 and 4 p.m., and then around 4:15 we casually ride around town as a group for a couple of hours. That’s it. That’s all we do. But that simple act, meeting, talking, and riding with friends twice a month has become very important to me.
It has been well over a decade since I’ve chosen to be involved in any type of group activity and I had no idea how much I missed it. The sense of camaraderie I feel when riding with my club mates is fantastic. Do you remember the old ad campaign “You meet the nicest people on a Honda”. Well the same is true for a Vespa! I have met more cool people and made more new friends this summer than in many years simply by riding my scooter around town. Take Reggie for example. Reggie joined our ride for the first time last weekend, he lives in Mankato so he loaded his Vespa into his VW bus and drove it up for the day. He said some of his friends thought it odd that he would do such a thing. We both laughed and agreed they just don’t get it.
A group of vintage scooters riding in formation through the city seems to create a positive public response. People regularly honk and smile as we pass. Either it looks like as much fun as it actually is, or we come off as some sort of urban Shriner precision stunt team. I’m not sure which.
At one particularly busy intersection we had cars on both sides quizzing us about our scoots. When the light turned green we took off. Reggie looked over at me, smiled and said, if you don’t like people, don’t ride a Vespa! Say no more, the end.
For information about The Regulars Vintage Scooter Club please call 612.922.7333.