Saturday, June 14, 2008

Two 70-year-olds on 5,440km trip on Piaggio MP3 scooters


Who needs a BMW R1200GS when you can ride this...

Two 70-year-olds have recently set out to ride the 5,440km Lincoln Highway in the US. On scooters. The duo started off from San Francisco's Lincoln Park on the 13th of June, and their ride will conclude at the Times Square in New York city, on the 14th of July.

Riding 2008-model Piaggio MP3 500 scooters, Bob Chase and Bernard ‘Buddy’ Rosenbaum want to challenge the notion that older people cannot (or should not) ride bikes. ‘Getting older shouldn't keep you from doing the things you really love,’ says 71-year old Buddy. ‘Bob and I have spent the past few decades on two wheels, exploring every corner of the globe, and we plan to spend the next few doing exactly that, but on three wheels,’ he adds.

Rosenbaum and Chase met on a motorcycle trip in the late 1990s and since then, they’ve ridden across the world’s deserts and mountains, in all of 40 countries! Now in their 70s, the two find heavy sports-touring bikes a bit hard to handle, which is why they’ve decided to switch to the three-wheeled Piaggio MP3 500.

The Piaggio MP3 is reasonably fuel efficient (it manages about 22-24km/l) and is capable of hitting speeds of up to 145km/h. Plus, MP3 riders can safely lean the trike over at angles of up to 40 degrees – something that many sportsbike owners would find hard to do. So, finally, getting older is not as big a problem as it used to be for motorcyclists. Cheers to that!

You can follow Bob and Buddy's adventure here

Update (18.07.08): The ride concludes here

Also see:
Riding solo to the top of the world...
The maddest, fastest scooter in the world...
American Borders: A motorcycle misadventures journey...
Acabion GTBO 70: Mad Max rides again...
The very interesting Carver One...
Peraves MonoTracer: Simply amazing!
Classic: The 1970s/80s Moto Guzzi 850 Le Mans

External links:
Scooterists in Japan...
Here's your chance to win an MV Agusta F4...!


Adding a third wheel is one way to make scooters more interesting. This is the other way...

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