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Rallies: That Scooter Thing Season Opener

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A few weeks ago, Jude (our son aged 9.5) and I joined our friends at That Scooter Thing for their start of the season gathering. It's been a tradition in their family to invite friends and family over to the garage to celebrate the unofficial beginning of the riding year.

This time they upgraded operations and made it a mini rally, complete with multiple locations, a ride, and awards. It's really targeted more towards scooterists, but all were welcome and here come the cc-advantaged to crash the damn thing anyway. (It's what we do.)


The That Scooter Thing crew, ie Lee and his wife Carrot, are great friends of ours who do absolutely silly things with scooters on their YouTube channel, mainly using their custom engine-building skills to turn Vespas into deathtrap wheelie machines that none but the bravest of women and men will actually ride.

They also tune regular scoots that run rul good and show off some great technical skills, I SUPPOSE, but we're skipping straight to…

It's Always Okay to Ask

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The minute someone claims to be an expert, the minute I stop listening.

There are a lot of armchair experts in the motorcycle world and, especially when starting out, it can feel very intimidating. It’s easy to feel flooded with information, which can lead to making any decisions impossible.

Will you like cruisers... sport bikes (for the love of god please quit saying crotch rockets)... adventure bikes... vintage bikes? Will you prefer street riding only... dirt only... dual sport riding? And that’s just trying to decide your riding style. When it comes to gear there’s a whole other realm of decisions. Leather gear... textile gear... no gear (please don’t)... full face helmet... 3/4 helmet... modular helmet... you get the picture.

All of this can be very overwhelming to both beginners and seasoned veterans alike. Which is why...

IT’S ALWAYS OKAY TO ASK.
The most challenging part of this is knowing who to ask. It is no secret that the motorcycle world is like one big extended family an…

The Thing of the Week

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One of the major downsides (as opposed to all the upsides 🤪) of logging a ton of miles commuting is boredom. It can be easy to stagnate just doing the saaaame loop, week after week. To keep things from being completely dull, I experiment with different routes, people watch, and, of course, practice THE THING OF THE WEEK.

Okay so, here’s the deal with the thing of the week and why I think everyone should do it (true facts):Each week I pick one super-specific bike skill and challenge myself to practice it to death during my commute.

It can be something basic like smooth takeoffs, or something picky and technical like using my upper thighs to support my body to relieve input on the bars during stops. Sometimes the thing of the week lasts more than a week—I’ll do it until either I’ve mastered the skill or I get bored and move on to something else.


Picking a specific task and making a game out of it is a great way to stay focused and commuting is the perfect time to do it. I already know t…

Review: Shoei CWR-1 Transitions Photochromatic Pinlock Shield

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I know what you are going to say and you don't even have to go there. $200 for a helmet face shield is outlandish, crazy, maybe even stupid... but oh no it isn't, not when it is the Shoei Transitions Photochromatic face shield!

My sunglass addiction isn't just to pretend I'm a cool gal. I have very light sensitive eyes so doing any sort of motorcycle travel without the proper shades just isn't feasible. I have never mastered the sunglasses under full face helmet circus. Somehow my glasses always end up looking like an outtake from Revenge of the Nerds. Then there's the steaming up and the pain from the ear pieces, it's generally just not my thing.

For several years I rode with a Scorpion EXO 1100 which includes the flip down style tinted face shield underneath the main face shield. I really liked this solution except for the cut in your line of vision caused by the drop down shield.

When it was time to upgrade helmets, the Scorpion brand no longer fit my ti…

Reflections: One kiss is all it takes

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I had the loveliest ride in to work this morning and there was nothing particularly special about it.

It was 39 degrees. It was pitch-fucking-black. I had to stop and get gas. There were cars in front of me in my favorite double-apex corner (and at 5 other super annoying times). I left my turn signal on for a mile like a dork. One of my earrings was caught on the liner of my helmet.

Despite all that, it was divine and I was absolutely glowing by the time I got to work.

I have come to really love commuting, but I have a hard time putting my finger on what exactly I find so fabulous. Doing endless clutchwork in stop-and-go traffic? Arriving with haystack bangs and Shoei imprint lines on my face? Hiding 3 pairs of shoes and an extra pair of underwear in my desk? (Don't ask.)

There are the usual theories, of course. If you’re going to have to go to work, you might as well do it the funnest way possible, right? And what better way to wake up than with your beloved motorcycle! Who can re…