‘The Scooter Diaries’ by Ronald Bowman

The Scooter Diaries front cover

Only a few hours left to make this dream come true…scroll down to the end and why not contribute a few $$…Gordon is only $4500 away from making this happen….

A review


This book has been painstakingly edited by Gordon Bowman, the son of the author, who discovered his father’s rough manuscript after his death. He had always said to his father he should write a book about the adventures he and his wife had in the 1950s travelling from Canada to Peru and back on a 150cc Lambretta.

At the time of writing this review the book is nearing the end of a kick-starter campaign http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/928997794/the-scooter-diaries to help fund publication and so I can’t comment on the characteristics of the hard copy, as I’ve read a digital preview copy. However the cover photo and blurb has been supplied and drew me to the book in the first place. Continue reading “‘The Scooter Diaries’ by Ronald Bowman”


Got this great info from a new friend we made while in Anchorage this summer on our Alaskan Adventure.  Gary and his wife Deb practically saved us from being homeless while we waited in Anchorage for the Triumph Tiger’s that we were riding to get “fixed” after experiencing stalling issues for 1000’s of kilometers.  While the fix did not work permanently when we were away, the good news is that 10 days after we got back Triumph had a world wide recall ready for all owners out there. It appears the stalling is no longer an issue for the Tiger’s.  Winking smile  Thanks Gary for the link and being a part of this BLOG and of course for your ADV hospitality.

I think this bike is a great idea if you lived in a city and or near work.  In our cases, both Cheryl and I live about an hour or more from work and commute on highways.  Maybe not a bike for our type of commute but for others?  Probably more feasible. 

Yamaha Y125 MOEGI Slated for Tokyo Motor Show


You see a lot of strange concepts displayed at the Tokyo Motor Show, but this one caught our eye.  There is something charming/retro about this ultra lightweight, air cooled single from Yamaha.  Although Yamaha isn’t saying, it doesn’t look like this machine could weigh more than 150 pounds.  The tire sizes look like they come from a mountain bike/beach cruiser bicycle, so one would have to wonder how they would hold up to even semi-aggressive cornering.  Nevertheless, if you value simplicity, this is an attractive concept.

Here is the sum total of what Yamaha has had to say about the Y125 MOEGI prior to the show:

“This concept model is a fresh embodiment of Yamaha design philosophy that combines the familiar look and feel of a bicycle in a motorcycle. Mounting a world standard 125cc class engine on a slim, lightweight frame, this model is designed to offer good fuel economy with an easy and enjoyable ride. Besides its appeal as a personal vehicle for daily commuting, it sports an active image that will lure owners on longer jaunts on the weekends.”

Cool Commuter Concept click here

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