Monday, July 23, 2012

Overheard on College Avenue...

Heading south on College after yesterday's fun show excursion, Bobbi and I passed a couple out riding on a couple of Chinese HTV-mobiles*...
Me: "What did the sticker on that first one say? 'Peace-something'. Peace Racer? Peace Rider? Peace F*%er?"

RX: "'The new Ford Peacef*%er! Powered by unicorn farts!"

Me: "No, powered by hippie tears! And every time your 'low fuel' light comes on, you have to pull over and punch a hippie to gas up! It'd be the perfect vehicle for Broad Ripple, because fuel would be too cheap to meter."
(It said "Peace Ride", as we discovered when they came ring-ding-ding-ing up at the next traffic light.)


*In Indiana, scooters with an engine displacement of less than 50cc's are not considered motor vehicles, and do not require a license to operate, which warms the more anarchic cockles of my heart. They are frequently piloted by Habitual Traffic Violators. It is customary to say "Sorry about your license!" when passing one. (Or at least it is for me.)

16 comments:

Joe said...

When I see an adult on a scooter I just consider it as an expensive "I'm a drunk driver" placard.

Robert said...

We have so many of them around here you'd think they were shooting a remake of Quadrophenia.

Ben C said...

Do they offer a model with lights and sirens for the IMPD frequent fliers, or do they still get their police cars?

Woodman said...

It's the scooters on one hand, the really sad ones are the 30+ men on a street bicycle trying to make it down Fall Creek during rush hour in the winter.

There are some people making some cash on the side "boring out" those engines. Giving them some more ponies. According to a LEO friend of mine, he doesn't care how many CC's it has, if it's going over 35 he's pulling you over.

I thought this was pretty much universal, but I've had to enlighten several out of staters as to why there are so many grown men tooling around Anderson in scooters.

Pakkinpoppa said...

Habitual Traffic Violators...
Ha ha ha ha ha!

Jake (formerly Riposte3) said...

A lot of college students around her have them, because they're so convenient for tooling around town on, and really good on gas. For a while, there was even a little store selling them just a block or so from campus. I think the rent for that location was too high for that kind of business to last, but it says something that they lasted as long as they did.

Of course, a lot of people who can't get a license anymore also have them, since VA doesn't require a license for them either.

Lergnom said...

Coming home late one night, I saw a man in a suit, with a briefcase slung cross-body, calmly riding a motorized skateboard. Not the most unusual thing I've seen, but definitely in the top 10.

Stay safe

Anonymous said...

The vast majority of them are NOT actually less than 50 cc, therefore, require licensing.
The police say they have better things to do than enforce the moped/scooter distinction, but it is OUT OF CONTROL.
(it's a bit of a chuckle to drive/ride by the community corrections facility and see the work releasers parking lot, chock full of "moped" scooters)

rickn8or said...

"Peace F*%er" as opposed to the Ford "Earth F*%er" which I understand runs on Spotted Owl feathers.

And I suppose a two-stroke anything would make a hippie cry.

Borepatch said...

If it's powered by Unicorn farts, wouldn't it be from the People's Automotive Collective? Accomplish the Green Five Year Plan in four years, Comrade!

Anonymous said...

Around here, the habitual traffic violators tend to ride $10 junker road bikes, with the drop bars rolled up so that the "U" formed by the end of the bars is vertical, instead of parallel to the ground.

Cyclists refer to this as riding in the DUI position.


SiGraybeard @ work

Kristopher said...

Heh.

Make your own:

http://www.spookytoothcycles.com/

Woodman said...

I want a motorized adult big wheel.

Will said...

Back in the early days of mopeds (early 70's) I worked at a motorcycle shop that sold them. (Moto Guzzi had the best) Discovered the way the manufacturers regulated speed was to put a different intake "manifold" on them. Externally they all looked the same, but the ID of the bore varied. IIRC, that was the only thing you had to swap, or bore out, to get some screaming performance out of them.

The trick to riding them was to keep the top speed down, but use the added acceleration, light to light.

NotClauswitz said...

Vespas are pretty popular here, you can get one with a Louis Vuitton top-box.

Roscoe said...

Liquor-cycle.