NYCS 2010 Year In Review
Wow, folks. Wow. What a year. I’ve just spent the past hour looking back over our posts in 2010 and it’s been an incredible ride of local developments, scooter manufacturer news, and every kind of scooter tid-bit imaginable.
We’ve had an incredible year at NYCS and wanted to thank you for joining us in our second year on the web. We’ve had incredible responses and requests from all our readers, dealers, and supporters alike. Please keep them coming in 2011.
With the holidays upon us, it’s once again time to take a look back on some of the scooter news highlights of the year. While it’s been a down-turned economy with the sad loss of some valued and storied scooter dealers and importers nationwide, we’re pleased to say that NYC scooterists have survived the year relatively unscathed with lots of great news and support from local retailers, organizations and clubs.
Vespa P-Series, Bajaj, Stella Gear Oil Change
We started out the year with a post that while it might not have been the most exciting piece of content in the world of scootering, one that certainly proved to be popular among readers – a step-by-step article on a routine piece of maintenance: changing the gear oil on your scooter.
Stella Four-Stroke Video Footage
We got news of Chicago’s Genuine Scooter Company plans to introduce a four-stroke version of their popular Vespa P-series clone, the Stella back in the closing months of 2009. Unfortunately, while the new Stella hit a painful series of upsets making it into the country for a failed Spring then Summer 2010 release, we did get our first video view of the new beast thanks to the lucky folks at Edinburgh’s Vivo Scooters who reviewed the European LML badged version of the scooter.
NYCS Merch Table
You asked for it. You got it. February also saw the introduction of official New York Scootering apparel and doo-dads. Head on over to our online store if you’re still looking for that one-of-a-kind last minute holiday gift.
February was a historic month in NYC. We saw the return of seminal British ska band, and long-term scooterist favorites, The Specials make their return to the Big Apple for the first time in eons as part of their thirtieth anniversary tour.
March saw the first anniversary of our site. In the same spirit of this article, we used the anniversary to take a look back on some of our biggest scoops of 2009. Roll on second birthday…
One of my personal favorites of the past year. A hauntingly beautiful short film of Vespas spotted on the streets of Germany thanks to Vimeo member Style43. If you haven’t yet checked out the film, we encouraged you to take five minutes out of your day to watch it. It’ll help keep the winter blues at bay as the frost creeps in here in NYC.
The King Of Punk Is Dead
We started the month with sad news of the loss of punk impresario Malcom McLaren. Malcolm, one-time manager of the Sex Pistols and outspoken counter culture figure passed away at age 64 from mesothelioma.
Scooter and motorcycle parking is a perennial subject matter here at NYCS and the local scooter community at large. April saw a concerted effort by the NYPD to crackdown on local scooterists playing loose with the law in terms of parking. This is a more-or-less annual revenue earning event for the local fuzz, so we’ll keep you up to date on rumors in 2011 as they come in.
Vespa P-Series Hydraulic Disc Brake Installation
With the Spring weather picking up (but still plenty of rain) we had a chance to get our hands dirty with a modification to a drum-brake fitted 1985 Vespa PX150. Like our gear change article at the beginning of the year the piece proved popular with readers so keep your eyes open for similar articles in 2011.
New York Scooter Club 2010 Block Party
At this point THE annual event that should be on every city scooterist’s calendar, New York Scooter Club had another fantastic, and well attended year. Once again, we were there and we have the pictures to prove it.
NYCS’s trip to Scooters Originali
Before we said goodbye to May we said hello to Jersey. A long-awaited trip out to Scooters Originali in Orange, NJ introduced us to two new (and essential) friends, Gene and Andrea the fantastic folks behind the most important vintage scooter shop on the east coast. Get out there and support them in 2011. Like all scooter dealers and mechanics, in the US this is a niche business and they need your business after a tough couple of years. The local scooter community would be nothing without folks like Originali.
Looking back on June it was a quiet news month. Sure there are articles we could drag up and re-print here, but you know what? It was quiet because we were too busy getting out on two wheels and enjoying the weather and we hope you were too.
Local Vesparati Killed By SUV
Speaking of getting out and riding, sadly July brought us the sobering news that getting out there can be a dangerous experience. Beloved local mom and fellow British ex-pat Aileen McKay-Dalton was hit and killed in Fort Greene while riding her Vespa LX150. Ride safe folks and wear the right safety gear.
NYCS Visits Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand
I was one lucky bastard getting a chance to head out to SE Asia in August, but I didn’t put work behind me. No – it wasn’t all Mai-Thais, it was a chance to check in on local scooter culture and sniff out the trail on bodged scooter imports. Plenty of great pictures and interesting findings to check out if you never had a chance to follow along with the trip.
WNYC Interviews Local Scooterists
Local scooterists got a chance to air their grievances outside of the traditional Festivus holidays by chatting with WNYC. As always parking became a heated point of discussion.
We rounded out a busy August by welcoming aboard Scott who joined the NYCS team to bring a newbie’s point-of-view to the trials and tribulations of not just owning and riding a scooter in New York City, but a vintage one at that – a beautiful 1962 Vespa VNB.
A Day Among OddScoots
Scott brought out the big-guns for one of his first articles with us documenting his first major trip on his VNB up to Westchester to report back on a fantastic private collection of historical scooter oddities.
After a long local hunt for the right set of wheels, September welcomed a new addition to the NYCS family – a 1975 Serveta Jet 200. The bike has provided us an opportunity to bring a Lambretta perspective to our reports in the last half of the year following a prior year that had biased Piaggio’s Vespa.
NYCS Reports From Paris
We got a little international in 2010. Hot on the heels of reporting on the scooter scene in SE Asia, September and October gave us the opportunity to head to Paris and phone in our reports from a fantastic scooter loving country where local riders get to PARK ON THE DAMN SIDEWALK.
Stella Four-Stroke Review
While the four-stroke Stella sadly never made it to NYC in 2010 we look forward to welcoming it better late than never in the early part of next year. October continued the trend of periodic updates on the new scooter thanks to the first in-depth US review thanks to the folks at Motorcycle-USA.com
The Vespa PX Is Back
Rumors of the return of the venerable two-stroke Vespa PX have been around so long many riders may have assumed it never left. While it won’t unfortunately be coming to the US in 2011 due to our stringent emissions laws, the rumors did turn out to be true in a manner of speaking. Annual two-wheeler show EICMA in Milan gave us a glimpse of the subtle changes being introduced in the PX for its reintroduction to the rest of the world in 2011.
Well that’s it for news in 2010 folks following an admittedly traditional slow scooter news month this December. Happy Holidays everyone! Here’s to a happy, news-worthy, and safe scootering year to your all in 2011!