Sunday, June 03, 2007

Val's 'new' Vespa

She wanted a real scooter to get the feel of scootering. She saw the Vespa PK50 and said "That's real".

The scooter is over 20 years old and pretty tame by today's standards - all the better for someone who's never ridden a motorised two-wheeler.
Here is a short film of her test-riding the Vespa for the first time.




46 comments:

E.L. Wisty said...

So it doesn't look like made for the fast life but it DOES look wonderful. I love vespas :-)

Koos F said...

We all love you, Maria.

Anne-Marie said...

I can see why you stayed so far back, Koos. ;) She is the epitome of those aggressive Netherlander drivers we feared on the roads last summer!

Looks like great fun. Now you need one.

xx
AM

Koos F said...

Anne-Marie

Her becoming Dutch is a slow and gradual, all the while inescapable process.
It first shows in the aggressive riding style I emphasise so cleverly by the dynamic editing.

Her long term goal is to ride a scooter that goes faster than my Yamaha

Koos F said...

You find the Yamaha here in more detail.

gypsy noir said...

Look at val!!!
moving down the queens highway like a streak of lighning..

love the helmut...wheres the parka?!!?

Anne-Marie said...

Nice bike, Koos. I think Val is dreaming big. :)

xx
AM

MargieCM said...

Koos, great camera work! I think your Yamaha looks very space-aged and streamlined next to the Vespa, but I am a purist (and a coward), so my vote's still on Vally's.

How did you manage to clear all the other traffice away? Or was that just what happened as soon as Val started riding?

Koos F said...

Thanks Margie!
Re the lack of other traffic: I have friends in the Rotterdam Police Department (but don't tell Val).

Noces said...

Zie je / hoor je dinsdag a.s. wel, Koos!
greetz, Noces

jodie said...

Hahahaha, Brilliant... my mum the Mod! :)

Great editing btw Koos. :)

Suesjoy said...

Cool!
I REALLY want to buy a scooter when we move back to Taipei next month...so many people are discouraging me though...they are telling me it's too dangerous.
I like living dangerously!

Thanks for visiting my blog Koos!
So nice to see you again.

I am going to buy Val's book- I enjoyed the few chapters I read. I have a hard time reading books on the computer.

Take care Koos!
Love,
Suexx

Suesjoy said...

PS Does she sing: " I am a Mod I am a Mod I am I am I am a Mod!" ??

;)

Erik-Jan said...

Hi Koos,
Great movie. Specially like the 'no pans'. You do get better each day.
E.J.

Erik-Jan said...

For you and Val,
Much fun tommorrow at the Ahoy. I will not be there ;-(((((((
E.J.

Dale said...

Hi Koos!

This hi-speed technology is fantastic!

I am now privy to actually SEEING my friends in action.

Great movie and great scooter.

Dale said...

...and hearing...vroom vroom

Grace said...

looking gooooood!! X games her we come!

Anne-Marie said...

Have a great time at the Who show tonight!

Dale said...

Woohoo!

Going to The Who!

Have a fantastic time!

elena said...

Hola Koos,

It's been a long time since I don't post in your blog. Hope you are well, enjoy the concert!!!

Lots of love,
ElenaXXXXX

Invader Stu said...

It looks like she did alright. Soon she'll be speeding through the streets of Amsterdam :)

MargieCM said...

Koos - Vally's beaten you in getting her review of the concert up. Now I'm waiting for yours!

It sounds as if it was brilliant, and I'm so happy for you both.

Dale said...

well ?

Koos F said...

OMG sums it up pretty well.

Rache said...

You'd better keep an eye on that pretty red scooter of yours.....!

She's a natural! Motorcycle speed-racer Mama! Look out!

Stevie said...

damn, I forgot to watch the vid while in high speed land... I'll be there later.
on another note, Koos, if you have a moment, could you stop my my blog and let me know if you would like me to light a luminary for anyone?
:)

Stevie said...

AHA!
Finally watched Vespa Val burn up the streets!
Most excellent!

Mary Beth said...

Awesome! Val looks like an expert rider! I would probably have a broken something after my first attempt. :)

PTfan said...

Val is utterly ADORABLE!!! Ride on Val!

Dale said...

Remember - lean don't steer...

VallyP said...

Haha Dale! I see you know something about this biking business. Lean don't steer is right, but you need a tad more confidence than I have to do that! It will come...need more time, need more time....

May I just add my tuppence worth here and thank everyone for these lovely messages! I'm not really a natural at all - Koos's camera works makes it look far more assured, but I did keep going all the time, mainly because I was too scared to stop...haha!

Dan L. said...

Koos:

I very much enjoyed the vid, but also very much appreciated the great editing! It was fun!

Hello, Val!

See y'all,

--Dan L.

bookworm said...

Hi Koos,

sorry, because I'm very late with a comment. First thank you for the link to your "Tommy" post. I bought the LP 1972, but today I can hear it anymore, because there are a lot of scratches. Today I listen to the CD. I love this version.
Do you have the CD???

The video with Val as mod with her scooter is great.

This week I saw THE WHO in Oberhausen. I thought I was in the netherlands, because such a lot of Dutch people at the arena. Fantastic mood and a great gig.

Love and peace
Stefan

THIRD OF NEVER said...

VOODIN-VOODIN

Koos F said...

"VOODIN-VOODIN"
WOE?

Dale said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, KOOS!

Hope you have a great day and all the good things that come in the next year!

gypsy noir said...

Have a good one young man..
your greetings are in the Vallys!..

bookworm said...

Hi Koos,

saw on Val's blog it's your birthday today. I wish you a HAPPY BIRTHDAY and all the best from me to you. Hope you celebrate a wonderful day with sunshine and cake.

Love and peace
Stefan

Ahvarahn said...

Hoi Koos, Van Harte Gefeliciteerd met je verjaardag! ik houd van uw nieuwe foto! -Paul

Koos F said...

Thanks Dale, Gypsy, Stefan and Ahvarahn for your good wishes on my birhday.
Prize of the day for Ahvarahn of course, for doing it in really good Dutch!

What a wonderful friends all around us.

Love you all,
Koos

MargieCM said...

Koos, I blinked and I missed your birthday, for which I am truly sorry. I am a faithless blogger, but Val will tell you I mean well.

Hope you had a wonderful day, and that the coming year is simply brilliant for you both.

Oh, and I left a comment on your new pic on Val's too ...

String said...

Happy Late Birthday! Haven't been on blogger for a bit, so missed the party! Hope you had a good one and the new profile pic is great!

MoMo said...

Happy BIRTHDAY koos! See you next week

Koos F said...

Thanks for the congratulations Margie (AU), String (GB) and Momo (ZA).
What a wonderful group of great people. I feel rich.

Erik-Jan said...

Hi Koos,
Did not know it was your birthday but...
congratulations indeed.
E.J.