The story I’m asked about most often regards winter riding. More specifically snow.
This is the story of my first drop of the scooter, one which occurred while riding in a March snow back in 2006 — just seven months after purchasing the Vespa LX150. The picture above was made just a few minutes after the unfortunate collision with the pavement.
Looking back that was a rapid transition from beginning rider to year round rider. Some may question the effectiveness of the Motorcycle Safety Foundation classroom training . Perhaps I wasn’t paying attention. (seriously — I highly recommend their training)
Doing a bit of research for this story in my early blog posts I saw two themes at work. The first was an early obsession and passion for riding. I’ve seen new riders excited to have a new motorcycle or scooter but not ride much. I was bit hard by the riding bug.
A second theme emerged regarding the expansion of my riding “oeuvre” — basically I continued to push the envelope in regard to time in the saddle, length of rides, time of day and eventually through all types of weather.
I was relentless. And looking back, perhaps not as astute as I should be regarding risk, skill and technique.
And I can’t blame youth for my poor choices — I was 52 years old.
Consideration of riding in the winter was influenced by two rider/blogger — Gary Charpentier and Dan Bateman. They shared technical information, approaches and considerations that helped me make the decision to roll down the street when there was a little snow on the ground.
Reading the story of my first drop again, an event which occurred on March 3, 2006, I shudder at the newbie mistakes I made — going too fast, not thinking through the route, and most importantly not understanding the nature of the snow. Ask any skier — it comes in many shapes and sizes.
So without further ado — here’s a link to a once upon a time in the snow story of my FIRST DROP.
See if you can pick up on the errors.
And as always, I don’t advise this kind of riding. Even a perfect approach can go wrong in the snow. And that’s not ever factoring other vehicles on the road.
Stay safe, keep your scooter shiny, stay at home when it’s snowing.