Sexy. 

First and foremost, look at these new riding gloves that I came across over at Harley Davidson. Wow. Stunning, if I do say so myself. A perfect find for me to come across to wear out on summer rides and worth the little splurge. This past weekend I was out shopping and brought back a few goodies to share with y’all to help fellow LadyVespas, or other women riders, gain a better idea of what your options are for riding gear and creating your own style within the basic gear choices (jackets specifically).  (more…)

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I cannot believe it: 10,000 views. Wow. Thank you everyone who has joined me on this journey.

I am now fairly settled in the States and have enjoyed the details of life here this past week.

Every time I see two wheels pass me by, as I now ride on four, I do feel a tinge of sadness for the Vespa I left behind in Israel. I wonder what adventures I would get myself into if I had one here at my disposal. Now that would be rather amazing. I think New Orleans would be the city I’d most yearn to rediscover via Vespa, but I am not sure I could handle that much awesome. Ha. Luckily, I have now made sure this stop (to New Orleans) is one we’ll make on this trip. This fact makes me very happy. If you guys can ever make it to that city, do and enjoy the strange and local flair.  (more…)

Last week was the International Female Ride Day 2012 and I asked those who were participating to send me over a shot of them with gear on while riding, so that I could show just how sexy women can be in gear. It seems like this years ride was indeed a huge success and brought in women riders all over the globe, who held various rallies and rides in their own communities.

It is really powerful to see such images again and again of these women, who sent me photos and posted them on the IFRD FB page, in their gear and really owning the image they represent. There is a pride from them that I haven’t really yet seen from the general vespa community and it was nice to find plenty of it around the IFRD group.  I didn’t see many vespa/scooter ladies over there, but maybe in the following years there will be a more diverse crowd of riders beyond those who only ride motorcycles. (I know we are out there!) Maybe the scooter and vespa ladies just haven’t found out about the event, as I just barely heard about it a week before the ride. They are a cool group of women, to be sure:  they were cool with sending photos of them on their bikes in for a vespa blog. Women riders are all riders, no matter what you ride. Respect.  (more…)

fantasy is not reality. 
Just in case y’all forgot, 

fantasy is not reality. 

This photo is currently being passed along the FB Scooter/Vespa pages, and I couldn’t resist displaying it here. She is a beauty to be sure, but OUCH! Brought to you by the guys over @MenPeopleWhoWon’tScootWithoutTonsofGearOnNutEpectWomenToLookLikeThis. Fantasy, shmanty: I look good with gear on and think that it is responsible to present another aspect of women who [really] ride. Any of you have photos out on rides with your gear on and want to show the world how it is done, please email me your photo. Let’s show ’em the sexy reality of our world: izevel1923@gmail.com.  (more…)

Ladyvespas: fierceness defined. 

 (Photo Credit: taken from the article, AARON HARRIS/FOR THE TORONTO STAR.)

I am so happy that, slowly, more and more articles about woman scooterists/motorcyclist are being written that takes the focus away from them as  sex symbols and more towards them being seen as regular riders and respected as such. I recently saw this one article posted by the Vespa Americas FB Page and wanted to share it here:

Scooter style: How to look good but avoid road rash.  (more…)

Scoot Safety, Gear. Beyond the Image of Cool

 A Touchy Subject,

ATGATT is shorthand for the motorcycle safety philosophy “all the gear, all the time” which maintains safety gear should be worn at all times and should not be reduced at times when the perceived risk is less. More complete information about ATGATT, read here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Motorcycle_safety_clothing.

 The basic ideals of ATGATT are discussed throughout Rockthegear.com’s site, where they focus on gathering the latest information on safety gear products and provide testimonials of people who have been in accidents. Their mission states,

“We will strive to produce up-to-date information on all the latest available technologies in protective apparel.  Links to new articles from industry-wide sources as well as reviews from riders just like you will be posted weekly. Rock the Gear will ensure that a vast amount of knowledge is always at your fingertips, as well as encouraging the desire to be a lifelong learner…. We promise to always set the highest example of personal responsibility…. We encourage every rider to make an educated decision when they choose what to wear.”

 Make sure to click around the Rockthegear site if you are interested in learning more about ATGATT . They have gathered some of the best information for new and weathered riders that promotes personal responsibility when riding.  Continue reading