The fourth article of 5 is about the ride itself. I am Marbles Mahoney, Founder & President of The Hornets Scooter Club of Long Island. I have been leading rides on a weekly basis for over 20 years now, so I know a lot about the subject from cold hard experience.
The Destination is not the Ride, The Ride is the Destination.
The most common question we get is “Where are we going?” It is usually asked as if the answer depends on if the rider approves of it. I say, “Does it really matter?”. I mean seriously, you are riding your amazing Scooter with an organized group of like minded riders, on a beautiful day surrounded by equally beautiful scenery. Isn’t that enough?
We are here to ride Scooters, not go to carnivals, concerts, see dancing girls and stuff our faces, we are here to ride! That is the main event, the ride! The pavement rushing under your feet, the wind in your face, the unknown places you explore is the main focus. We can do all those other things much easier by hoping in your car. Yes, when we find something cool to do, we do it, when possible of course.
What do I mean by “When Possible”. That means that not everything we want to do can always be done by a group of Scooters. Parking for the group is a major consideration. The Group itself is major consideration. Some cool towns have very limited parking and mostly it is limited further with aggressive parking fees designed to keep the riff raff out. Not just Towns and their Parks, but State Parks require Parking fees per rider. A lot of time we get around this when I use the force… “These are not the Scooters you are looking for, move along” – LOL, sometimes my charm works, sometimes it does not. Your results may vary.
Group thinking is what the point of today’s Article is. When you are riding by yourself there are many options available that can not be used by a larger group. It is not just you making a right turn, it is a 1/4 long freight train of riders making that turn and accounting for that is very important to whoever is in front. I hope these articles are helping me to share my group riding experience with you all to have a safer funer ride.
Founder & President
The Hornets Scooter Club of Long Island