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My One And Only Scooter

After many years of having to ride my motorcycles with ‘L’ plates because I’d never taken a test, and having to do the Compulsory Basic Training every 3 years, I sold the Yamaha (see yesterday) and bought this Piaggio Zip 50, a machine I could ride without ‘L’ plates because a car driving license covers small capacity scooters like this. I had this for a long time during my final years of working and the first few years of my retirement. It was quite fun to ride, the 30 mph.restricter had been removed before I bought it and for a 50cc.bike it was extremely quick, a very unstable 65 mph.downhill on one occasion! In some ways I wish I had kept it a bit longer, there are times even now, where it would be handy to nip out on when Maureen is out in our car, which is quite often, although Maureen would be far from happy!

My One And Only Scooter

After many years of having to ride my motorcycles with ‘L’ plates because I’d never taken a test, and having to do the Compulsory Basic Training every 3 years, I sold the Yamaha (see yesterday) and bought this Piaggio Zip 50, a machine I could ride without ‘L’ plates because a car driving license covers small capacity scooters like this. I had this for a long time during my final years of working and the first few years of my retirement. It was quite fun to ride, the 30 mph.restricter had been removed before I bought it and for a 50cc.bike it was extremely quick, a very unstable 65 mph.downhill on one occasion! In some ways I wish I had kept it a bit longer, there are times even now, where it would be handy to nip out on when Maureen is out in our car, which is quite often, although Maureen would be far from happy!

comments (12)

Ah yes - I can see why Maureen would take issue!
Brian Walbey: In reality my balance issues probably rule out me riding one of these any more but it would come in handy at times to nip around town to the shops etc.
You could always buy another, Brian....smile
Brian Walbey: n reality my balance issues probably rule out me riding one of these any more but it would come in handy at times to nip around town to the shops etc.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 9 Mar 2017, 04:36
Yup...good fun, and useful,too...whip out and grab a new one, so Maureen doesn't need to think about what to get for her best bloke for his next birthday, Brian.
Brian Walbey: I did sort of broach the subject in a roundabout way, as we men do with our best gals, but it didn't go down very well and in reality my balance issues probably rule out me riding one of these any more but it would come in handy at times to nip around town to the shops etc.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 9 Mar 2017, 06:37
I'd urge you to get another one so you can nip around with your camera Brian
Brian Walbey: In reality my balance issues probably rule out me riding one of these any more but it would come in handy at times to nip around town to the shops etc.but I did used to go out on this, and the Yamaha to the GCR and other local places of interest to take photos.
  • Lisl
  • Bath, England
  • 9 Mar 2017, 06:39
You have tried a variety of personal transport over the years, Brian
Brian Walbey: I did go for quite a long time between my first motorbike and my second, and then another long gap to the Yamaha I showed yesterday, I only wish I'd passed my test and then I could have had a larger bike, my next door neighbour has two beautiful bikes in his garage which of course he only rides in the best months of the year, they stay inside during the winter, lucky man.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 9 Mar 2017, 08:06
I did not realise that you could drive one of these with a car licence. I can imagine that it would quite handy to nip round the streets of Shepshed. You could keep it nearby at a neighbour's and Maureen need never know...
Brian Walbey: Yes these are classed as mopeds under licensing regulations. I could get another one and keep it in my neighbours garage alongside his brand new Triumph 675 and Royal Enfield 550 Continental, perhaps it wouldn't be noticed smile
For you Brian I'd imagine this was a bit of a come down.
Brian Walbey: Not really Chad, It saved doing the compulsory training every 3 years and was handy to nip about on locally, and cheaper to run than the Yamaha.
That is more like what I was talking about yesterday, Brian.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Mary.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 9 Mar 2017, 19:46
Riding a motorcycle must be a passion of you. But you have the happy memories!
Brian Walbey: Not quite a passion Philine but quite an enjoyable thing to do for leisure, although my journeys to and from work in busy traffic is something I wouldn't want to repeat.
My first vehicle of any kind was a Lambretta.
Brian Walbey: I always liked Lambrettas, I never had one but a friend did and I rode his once or twice.
I had a Honda 50 when I moved to Birmingham and it was ideal transport for househunting
Brian Walbey: I recall you syaing before you had a Honda, our Chris had one for a while, for some reason his generation called them 'Slammers!'
i think a lot of South East Asian cities have these handy things, weaving in and out of traffic, sometimes dangerously so., Brian
Brian Walbey: Whenever one sees films and documentaries of South Eastern towns and cities there seem to be hundreds of these things rushing about with lots of people on them or loaded with all sorts of goods, in a very dangerous fashion as you say. I rode mine a bit more sedately smile

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