Inspiration to get a scooter
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Ossessionato
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Joined: 17 May 2006
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Location: Ranura de Monedas, NorCal
Sun May 21, 2006 3:10 pm quote
Included are a couple pics that made me think about getting a scooter for everyday use. I figured that if a bazillion people in SE Asia can get along without a car, I might be fine with one scooter and five cars (yeah, too many).

It is my understanding that the air is much better since the two-cycle engines were outlawed.

Most of these are Vietnam, while a couple are Thailand.

Four scooters, 11 people, look up the street.jpg
Four scooters, 11 people. Look at the traffic coming

Each of the 6 bags is 25KG.jpg
Thats about 330 POUNDS!

Four up on a Honda.jpg
Four up on a Honda

He's waving at me.jpg
Once this little guy saw the lens he had a huge smile and waved

Middle passenger has a helmet.jpg
See the legs poking out?

Traffic circle.jpg
From the 23rd floor, this was pure traffic circle entertainment. You basically hid on the off side of something bigger and gassed it.

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2006 LX50 (Florida), 2007 LX125 (Italy)
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Location: Bergamo, Italy
Sun May 21, 2006 5:11 pm quote
great pics! i love that last one!
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Sun May 21, 2006 7:35 pm quote
Were the handkerchieves for polution or wind protection?
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Mon May 22, 2006 6:43 am quote
Love the pics. Funny what's everyday acceptable some places. Four or five people on a scooter, no helmets jackets or side reflectors. And no Child seats!!
Ossessionato
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Location: Ranura de Monedas, NorCal
Mon May 22, 2006 6:46 am quote
The face masks were pollution control. At cyclo-tour (bicycle with tourist as the front impact zone) level you could tell why they were needed, but I really only think they'd filter out the chunks of pollution, not the gasses.

I walked by a store that had mind boggling ranges of styles and colors, everything from Scottish Tartans to Hello Kitty.

Here are a few more that were interesting, although the best one you'd have to believe me on which is first, is one with the scooter passenger holding a sheet of glass in his lap.

love the footwear.jpg
Good choice of shoes for scootering

Cyclotraffic.jpg
Slight delay at a traffic light

ground level.jpg
View from ground level, now all you need is almost constant honking, and a smoking cyclo driver over your shoulder.

lotta boxes.jpg
Great stack of boxes. Sorta suggests that the MSF load triangle, can be used, or not?

glass.jpg
This is the guy with the sheet of glass, look closely. THis is zoomed in about 1200%

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Location: Avon, Ohio (25 miles west of Cleveland)
Mon May 22, 2006 5:04 pm quote
Wow! The glass one is crazy!

I'd sure like to find a nice Cub.
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Joined: 21 Mar 2006
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Location: Cincinnati, OH
Tue May 23, 2006 5:30 am quote
Smorris wrote:
Wow! The glass one is crazy!

I'd sure like to find a nice Cub.
I've got an '81 Honda Passport, which is just a newer Super Cub. I might sell it to ya if you're interested. It's in pretty good shape, with about 500 original miles.
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Location: Denver, CO
Wed May 24, 2006 9:02 am quote
I love seeing photos like this. Always makes me realize that the US is the exception, and not the rule, when it comes to scooters. Millions of Asians can't be wrong!
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Zuma
Joined: 25 May 2006
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Location: The Woodlands, TX
Thu May 25, 2006 7:15 pm quote
On the subject of scooters in Saigon, watch this:

http://media.putfile.com/survive-saigon-short-movie/wide
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