|Sorry - badly wanted to post my own pic of me on bike|
For various reasons my husband and I decided we have to have a scooter. Correction - the scooter was supposed to be for me, to stop me wasting (now expensive) petrol (gas) driving around to the library and shops - my automatic choke still on most of the way. For the last two years we have looked around, hubbie turning his nose up at the cheap Chinese versions on the market and raising his eyebrows at the silly price of the Italian Vespa. Turns out he wants to ride it too. Then fate played a hand. We drove across town to obtain a radiator hose for my son's 1986 trusty old Honda Ballade - only the Honda dealer had one that would fit. And as we walked through the showroom - Voila! A beautiful new Honda scooter in sparkling, virgin white (well, one can dream), with all the features we had been looking for. My husband was impressed by the fuel-injection, combination brakes and bigger wheels: I was delighted to find the shopping bag hook at the front and that a helmet or shopping bag would easily fit under the seat. Also, the bike is pretty! More important: my husband is a Honda fanatic. He lovingly rebuilds our forty-year old lawnmower from time to time for the sake of its everlasting Honda motor and we were at one time the proud owners of two Honda Ballade cars (the 1985 model went to my daughter). The salesman informed us that this new model scooter (Vision, 110 cc) had been brought in to compete price-wise with the Chinese (which it does), but there was to be a 5% increase on 5th April. Done deal. Many people have stopped to admire my machine; I have demo-ed it for a lady in my gym class. She is 73 and said her husband who is 83 and in a wheelchair, is driving her nuts and that her psychiatrist had thought her idea of getting herself a scooter to be a good one. That gave me pause for thought. Note to self: be more patient with hubby's deafness; he's only one year older than me and we still have a long way to go. ... I can't believe it - I specially took a pic of me on my bike to show you - but no longer know how to upload it here??? What is this Picasa business?? Help ! My pics are in my I-Photo folder. No good?