Greetings!

Greetings and welcome to my first installation on Scooterlounge.com! I will probably post something every couple of weeks, so don't get too excited and go thinking I'm going to be taking over for Paul. My entries are going to be of the same type of stuff that I've been writing for the Lambretta Club USA in my column in the members' magazine, the Specialist and the monthly members' newsbulletin, the LambrettGazette.

 

Some of my entries will be directly from past issues of those publications and some will be unique to Scooterlounge.com. In case you're wondering what qualifies me to sit here and type away like I'm some kind of expert or something, I'll be the first to say that I don't think I'm some kind of expert! I've been scootering for about ten years and got my first Lambretta (a J-Range) around seven years ago. It's been all Lambretta, all the time ever since but otherwise the rest of my motorbike experience has been on motorcycles (for 35 years now).

 

My garage is currently inhabited by an original 1960 Series 2 Lambretta TV175, a '67 Li150 Special with an RB200 motor and other "enhancements," and a 2000 BMW R1150GS. I rode a pretty ratty Lambretta Starstream for quite awhile (that aforementioned J-Range) but after I finally got around to restoring it, it lost its appeal and I sold it. To me, a shiny, perfect scooter is nice to look at but I prefer my rides to be a little more... broken in, if you will. I do my own wrenching in my garage and help out friends with their bikes when the need arises.

 

 

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Here in my hometown of Portland, Oregon I'm a member of the Lucky Bastards Scooter Club. Portland is a cool city, not too big, not too small but juuuuuust right. We have a good riding scene here and it's pretty inclusive. Vintage and modern scooterists mix well and motorcyclists join us at events all the time. A handful of local guys brought the Pacific Northwest Scooter Racing Association to life here and it's been growing. Our local vintage scooter shop is a staple in the community and we have a couple annual rallies here in the Willamette Valley that are usually well attended.

 

Constructive criticism and article suggestions are always welcome so feel free to leave comments or send me an email at capn@scooterracer.com.

 

Okay then, now that the niceties are out of the way, lets get on with it!

 

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