Stumbled upon this on WordPress and wanted to share it over here. Good advise for everyone, including those who only drive cars. Respect the road and respect those on the road! Cheers and hope your weekend was long enough!
Just in case y’all forgot,
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: firstname.lastname@example.org. (more…)
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
Thank you for reading!!
And to spread the love, I found another blog that recently started up this month that is all about the safe scooting. The writer has tons of motorcycle and scooter experience (33 year riding and 20 years in motorcycle training), so his articles [so far] have been packed with great safety information. One of his post focuses on the psychology of visibility(the X-Motion and Z-Motion). He explains why people are always pulling out in front of you and how to change your riding habits so you are more likely to be seen. The information he provides is invaluable, if you want to drive safely. And you do!
So check out his blog,
City vs Highway Style,
I get caught in a space sometimes that I know other scooterists must know well that concerns your scooter attire and what is appropriate or not. Mostly, appropriate means [to me] wearing safe, protective gear. It makes sense in the winter to wear all the those heavier layers, since you need the warmth. But what happens as those warmer spring and summer months start approaching and those layers just aren’t as comfortable? Do you (and can you) compromise safety for more breathable clothes in those warmer month? Should you? Continue reading
Is it all a matter of tolerance and location? Pretty much, I’ve found out.
After doing some more research about this whole parking situation for scooters, I am fairly glad that I am here in Israel where everyone keeps it pretty loose concerning what you can and can’t do with your scooter. I park here and there without any hesitation and don’t have to worry about tickets when I return. I haven’t paid to park in any of the lots since I just make my way up to the store entrance and park off to the side on the sidewalk. I assume there was a more casual way of parking in the states also, but this is just simply not the case.
When you are putting yourself out there to face the elements head, on you want to be sure and dress smart. This is a basic guide to all of the essential items* to keep your person safe and protected from the elements and in general.
The List, in order of importance and necessity:
–Helmet: By far the most important accessories when riding your Vespa. These are the two helmets that came with my Vespa, but I prefer the LS2 CRUISER(white) since it offers more protection. It covers the back of the head and upper neck area better than the red helmet and also provides protection for your eyes with the visor. I am not sure what helmet I would buy for myself if these weren’t included in the deal, but I know that having the face visor is really important and useful when driving outside the city. As I am still trying to gain my confidence on Israel roads, I prefer the heavy duty helmet that offers better protection in case of an accident. I see one helmet as being very practical for city driving while the other is better for faster, highway driving. The red one is a VCAN V531 Cruiser and I have yet to wear this out. Be sure to get your helmet properly fit for your head and always wear it when riding your Vespa! It can save your life. Continue reading