Post by floridagull on Oct 10, 2019 14:50:26 GMT -5
Gone, but not forgotten? 🤔
2017 Kymco People GT 300i (bought March 2018 as a leftover!) 2016 Kymco Super 8 150R (traded in on the above) 2008 Baccio VX150 (stolen!) 1987 Suzuki GS450LH (sold long ago) 1982 Yamaha SECA 650 (sold longer ago)
Post by oldchopperguy on Oct 20, 2019 22:08:32 GMT -5
Betty and I do miss Doug... I did the graphics for the original ScootDawg, as well as the original Scooter Rebels and ItIsTheRide. I truly enjoyed working with Doug on the banners and graphics. We always seemed to be on the same page. The Scooter Rebels ended up very much in tune with 50-150 Chinese rides and Doug wanted the new ItIsTheRide site to appeal to a wide variety of enthusiasts. That's why my banner design featured a larger scooter at Doug's request... He envisioned the site to appeal to all types of 2 and 3-wheel rides and ATV's, boats, whatever (including big bikes). Just before this forum debut, the Missus and I had the pleasure of having dinner with Doug when he visited our town of Grapevine. What a gentleman. He especially enjoyed reminiscing about my crazy youthful adventures, especially my "Flying Squirrel" and her neutral-drop, no-clutch, no clothes sub-11 second run on "Old Blue" at Oswego Dragway. Whew, were things done differently back then or what? These days, the scooter forums (fora?) seem somewhat stagnant... The great Trump economy and affordable gas certainly has slowed interest in scoots. The availability of "real motorcycles" like the Honda Rebel for less than a quality 250 scoot hasn't helped either. The whole world however DOES still ride scooters, so I doubt they will ever die-out here in the USA. Old age has taken its toll on Betty and I too... Strokes, too many meds... too little money... LOL! I still haven't gotten the old "Mouse" running since she died last November. Don't know if I ever will. Taking care of the Wife is a full-time labor of love, leaving little time to mess with fixing the scoot, or riding it. It is what it is, and we live with it. Life is short at best... Much TOO short in Doug's case. My sweet Betty is 87 and I turn 73 next Tuesday. Old Minnie Mouse may be dormant right now, but she's still a favorite "hotel" for our feral-cat friends. Our big cat, "PT" passed on a year back at 17, and our last kitty, "Inky" passed away a few months back, also at 17 and we recently took in a pair of little yellow-tiger-striped kittens and they are in love with us and we're in love with them... 37 years of marriage and we've never been without a cat or two... or ten, or eighteen or twenty... So here's to Doug, JR and all who worked to keep this forum a friendly, no-bullying site, respectful and informative to the newest novice, and the seasoned biker.
Ride safe, and keep it friendly. Life's too short to spend it fussing. We all are closer to that final ride than we think...