Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Old, fat guys hurting "hip" scooter image?

Sporting those sleek, Italian designs, and enjoying a history of being popular with the young set, scooters have always seemed pretty fun and cool.

Lately, however, there has been a notable increase in the number of older, balder, fat guys riding scooters around the city.

Could this spell trouble to the burgeoning scooter business?

11 comments:

urban Review said...

Hmmmm, should I take offense?

Rick Bonasch said...

Steve-

Thanks for your question, but let's try to avoid any personalities and keep our focus on the issues.

RB

Anonymous said...

What issues?????

This isnt' an issue, is it?

Anonymous said...

If you've seen some of the old, accountant-looking bald guys riding around south city on scooters I have, you've got to be concerned about what they are doing to hurt the hip image of scootering.

On the other hand, I've seen Steve on his scooter, and he definitely is doing his part to uphold the hip image of the scootering world.

Anonymous said...

I'm equally concerned about old, fat guys hurting the "hip" Mini image.

Thanks for using this forum to raise these serious issues.

Anonymous said...

^ Thank you. That is an excellent point.

Minis and scooters are factoring big in our urban revival.

As are accountants and lawyers.

Hmmmm.

Anonymous said...

^
As are bald guys.

urban Review said...

Maybe scooters are helping the image of old fat balding guys like me? Although technically I'm not bald, just shaved. OK, that one spot on the back of my head is bald...

The thing with scooters is that no matter who is riding them it helps the overall hip factor of the city. The key is the old fat guy really shouldn't get a tricked out vintage Vespa. Those are reserved for the cool cats that don't mind getting greasy when they break down. Us old fat scooterists should stick to the newer models, no flames on helmets and wear normal attire.

If these simple rules are followed everyone's image will remain intact. And for the record, I rarely take offense at anything...

Anonymous said...

Its been a trend for well over a decade now (Even longer) that the "upwardly mobile" types have been dropping top dollar on motorcycles and leathers as if they can be some type of "outlaw" on the weekend. Okay well whatever there is nothing to be done about it. Now is it a "problem" ? I'm not so sure. I don't tend to ride with that crowd nor do I detect that there are so many of them that it infringes on my ability to have a good time. Sure its kind of irritating when these guys plunk down list price for bikes they should be negotiating for. But I'm gonna ride no matter what. So if Larry Lawyer or Danny Doctor gets psyched by watching American Chopper than fine.

The Restless Mouse said...

Would you rather have him bearing down on you in his Ford Expedition?

fuwad84 said...

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Here's me. A big fat balding engineer running a few errands on my beloved 150cc scooter. It's fun, it's cheap, it's convenient and easy to park. I have no issue what's so ever riding it - I LOVE IT!

My response to the author of this blog post is as follows: DON'T LIKE MY SCOOTER? GO F*CK YOURSELF, THANK YOU!