It’s always a little different — rain. And so is riding in it. The quality of the rain, temperature, how I’m feeling, the tires on the scooter; they all have an effect on the experience of riding a Vespa scooter in rain.
The ride home from work, though like so many others, was unique for a dozen different reasons. The rain stood out. Anyone who rides in the rain on a regular basis knows what to expect and has learned how to respond. The beginning of a rain event after weeks of dry weather often creates a slippery slurry of oil and other road film which can send a rider down in a hurry if not paying attention. That’s decidedly different from riding after hours of a steady rain where the road is washed clean.
On this ride, everything conspired to create a perfect embrace; as if there was no place warmer and safer than being in that rain. You may know the feeling, a time when you aren’t concerned with being wet or if the road is slippery.
That’s where I was. No rush or hurry, no concerns for safety, just a pleasant ride in the rain.
I wish those rides were more frequent.