Monday, October 21, 2013

Billie Meets Another Admirer

Yes, I rode to work today.

And . . .

As I was taking off my helmet in the parking area this morning a man came over and asked me how many miles to the gallon my bike got. I told him, "Over a hundred." We continued to talk. He wanted to know what kind of bike it was and where I got it. We talked about how there isn't any place to get one new in St. Louis, but to keep an eye on Craig's List. I know I'm not the only one who bought a Symba when they were available. It is funny, so many people seem infatuated with my Symba. Lots of people say they wish they could have a bike just like her, yet when they were available they weren't exactly a hot item.

As we finished our conversation he said, "I've seen that bike parked here and I wondered whose it was. I'm glad it is someone like you." I thanked him and said, "By the way, her name is Miss Billie." He laughed, and I added, "And it ain't because she sings the blues."

  • 50F/10C with some clouds for the ride to work.
  • 55F/13C and a little more cloudy than in the morning for the home ride.


  1. I like this. Another one of those exchanges- that Midwesterners do so well.

  2. Miss Billie's relatives are still sold at Capital City Scooters in Columbus Ohio!

    I think they are darn cool and I've been wanting to make the trip up to try one out!

    Isn't it nice when someone asks about your scooter? I love that!

    1. Right now there isn't a Kymco, SYM, or Vespa dealer here. Kind of surprising.

      It has been a very sweet ride for me. It has its limitations, but it does lots of things very well. And I don't have to worry about going through deep puddles :^)

  3. Doesn't everyone who meets Billie love her?

    Funny how some bikes and scooters become more popular after they are out of mainstream.

    1. I think Billie is the kind of bike lots of people would get if they were going to get a bike, but it's the same lots of people who are never going to buy any bike. I'm sure glad I have one.

  4. I just think it's a natural move. I know the weather and seasons are different here in Florida (where we have a year round riding season more or less). Gas prices are continuing to raise. Car payments and insurance costs are approaching what used to be considered a mortgage payment. Public transportation is getting cut back. People are looking for a better way. Scooters can provide that at a fraction of the cost and without the storage and shifting issues that a traditional motorcycle has.