Feel-good Friday: meet my new love

He’s black, he’s bright, he’s shiny and he’s brand spanking new. I like that he’s in touch with his feminine side.  Unfortunately this will only be a fair weather romance because he doesn’t like to get too wet or too cold, pay for parking or buy me things. But people have said we look good together.scooter6

We’ll enjoy the ride as long as it lasts.

There were two others before him. Someone stole my last love while I was sleeping so I was keeping my eyes open for a replacement. And the previous one that I was keeping on the side was getting too old so I finally dumped him. He held vintage charm but was set in his ways and I had a hard time controlling him.

So with this new one I didn’t even look around – he was the first thing I saw.  I didn’t think I would consider his type but when I spotted him looking so fine in the shop –  that was it.  I said hey, we belong together. When you know, you know. scooter7

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Have a lovely weekend and enjoy the ride.  Remember not to carry too much baggage.scooter5Now I’ve got to find something on the side…..(for my dog)

Life&Style: on two wheels

Four wheels move the body; two wheels move the soul

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Came across a cool find in Sonoma, California that had nothing to do with wine. I was on the lookout for a coffee shop.scooter3scooter6

 Something  reminded me of driving along for miles on a very long stretch of road with nothing in sight except for dirt in Marfa, Texas.  At the time, my husband who was driving the VW Camper casually said “I think there was a Prada store back there.”  Me, almost asleep in the back seat: “Whooah…go back, go back – just to make sure it’s not a mirage you’re seeing.”  It wasn’t.

So you can imagine my interest and surprise to discover just at the very moment I wanted a cup of coffee and some scooters (after some wine tasting in Sonoma) a café pitstop to end all pitstops.

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And again; a drive-by which happened so fast that I had to say “whooaa…what was that back there?  It looked like a really cool vintage scooter shop and I caught signage for coffee…(I have a sharp eye for certain things if I’m not sleeping) go back, go back.”

And there it was…scooter heaven with a latte on the side.

It’s everything I was looking for in a bike shop/café and to top it all off they serve you breakfast right there while you wait for repairs.  You can buy vintage vespas…and I found the helmet I was looking for.  A nice rare find with excellent coffee.scooter2

SORENTO IMPORTS HAS SONOMA COUNTYS MOST DIVERSE SELECTION OF NEW, USED AND VINTAGE MOTOR SCOOTERS! THEY ARE AUTHORIZED DEALERS OF GENUINE, ADLY, PEIRSPEED AND LANCE POWER SPORTS. THEY ALSO STOCK USED SCOOTERS AND DIRT BIKES WITH A LARGE COLLECTION OF VINTAGE VESPAS, LAMBRETTAS, CUSHMANS AND OTHER CLASSICS.

THE FULL SERVICE REPAIR SHOP OFFERS EVERYTHING FROM SCOOTER AND MOTORCYCLE MAINTENANCE TO FULL RESTORATIONS SPECIALIZING IN *SIDE CAR INSTALLATIONS AND CUSTOM MOBILE FOOD AND UTILITY CARTS.20160127_14182020160127_141838

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*Next time I’ll bring my scooter to have them install two side cars – one for each dog.

Photos: d. kingvespa1

Website: http://www.sorento-imports.com/

My Scooter board on Pinterest:

 

Contemplating buying a new helmet or shaving my head

I’ve been thinking about buying a new helmet for my scooter for the past three years now. Most of the ones I’ve come across are geared towards men.

This one shouts
This one shouts “look at me” – why don’t they have a female version or is it androgynous?  Too tough looking for me.
when I died my hair RED
So instead of wearing a helmet I dyed my hair RED to match my MiO

A matching helmet did not come with my vintage-inspired creamsicle looking scooter so I’ve been wearing one that a friend gave me (so that he could buy a nicer newer model) that is all scratched up and doesn’t really suit me.  Mine is ‘real’ vintage but not in the good way. I can have one painted to match (that’s too matchy) or just buy a new one but every time I go to check them out I think the old one is good enough because the newer ones are just as ordinary.  I don’t want something that looks like I’m riding a Harley and I don’t want one that looks like I’m riding a horse either.  Maybe I should create some fashionable helmets for women with scooters?  Or maybe I’ll just buy one of these:

the four variations in the series of ‘custom made helmets’
the four variations in the series of ‘custom made helmets’ – by jyo john mullor

Dubai-based digital designer jyo john mullor has realized a series of helmet designs that appear to leave the human head totally exposed to outdoor elements.  The trompe-l’œil effect brings about the illusion that a series of different people with shaved heads are seamlessly integrated into the plush, yet sturdy protective gear. Four variations include a motorcycle cap with ears and earrings, a simple bicycle style with shaved brunette hair, and a vintage safety hat with attached goggles stretching over the surface of the skin. Although not yet physical objects, Mullor’s ‘custom made helmets’ provide a look at the possibilities of extreme personalization, and would guarantee a double take on the road.

A vintage safety hat with attached goggles stretches over the surface of the skin.  I could go with this.
A vintage safety hat with attached goggles stretches over the surface of the skin. I could go with this.
Now this style appeals to me
Now this style appeals to me.  I even like the colour combo.

What do you think?  Would YOU wear one of these?

Jia Jia says
Jia Jia says “yes” to this Vespa in mint condition with sidecar – but then it would be “what kind of helmet do I get for him?”

Link to my scooter board on Pinterest: 

Source: http://designboom.com                                                                                            all helmet images courtesy of jyo john