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Beverly Harrington on Vino ScooterThe Story of Beverly - Her Version

I’ve known David for almost 25 years.  During those years, I’ve been very aware of his motorcycle obsession.  He even has gone so far as having fixed up and sold used motorcycles right inside our home garage!  Thank God that only lasted about two seasons.

It’s been, I would say, the last 10 years that David has unrelentingly tried to get me to drive my own motorcycle.  It wasn’t enough that I was riding on the back of his motorcycle with him; he wanted me to be ‘tough’ and ‘look cute’ driving my own motorcycle. 

Then I turned the ‘mature’ age of 40.  I distinctly remember David dragging me to one of the big motorcycle shows at the Minneapolis Convention Center.  I was sitting on a nice, ‘women’s’ BMW, and the sales women were giving me a lot of encouraging words.  All of a sudden I thought, “I’m 40, and I need to prove to myself that I can take on this challenge.... I can do this!” 

Shortly after I got my motorcycle permit, David eagerly purchased me two motorcycles, a Honda Rebel 450 and a Kawasaki Ninja 250.  I made some fairly long trips with David on either one or the other of the two motorcycles.  But after passing my license skill test, I remember coming home and telling David, “I did it, and now I’m done.”  I never practiced enough for it to be ‘natural’ or ‘fun’ and I simply didn’t have the desire to spend a whole lot of time getting ‘comfortable’ driving a motorcycle.  It was ‘too much work’ for me, concentrating on the manual shifting and the steering.  And the motorcycles weren’t any fun on surface streets, because they would heat up and stall.  David knew ‘it was over’, so almost immediately, he sold my two motorcycles.  

Five years later, David finally figured out how to get me back riding a motorized two-wheeler.  Actually, I don’t think his initial intentions were malicious.  I think he was seeing an up-and-coming trend in scooters, especially with rising gas prices.  So in addition to seeing an economical way to transport back and forth from our office, I also think he saw it as an activity the two of us would enjoy together.  

It started out with David buying one, small, 125cc Vino scooter for ‘the two of us’.  It didn’t take long for me to figure out that the Vino was ‘a bit small’ for the two of us.  Plus when he first brought it home, he was painstakingly showing me everything one would need to know to drive one of those things.  I barely fit on the back while he drove it around the block. Then he pulled it over to the curb, and said, “Okay, now you try it.” Nice trick, and it actually worked, in getting me to, once again, drive my own, motorized two-wheeler.  It looked ‘mostly harmless’, so I started out, trying to block all the fears I had developed in driving a motorcycle.  While I drove it around the block, our neighbor came out and was talking to David after I had gone around the block.  She stated, “I’m jealous!” and that really put a positive impact on my thoughts of ‘driving my own little scooter’.  And what I really enjoy is I can concentrate on the driving and steering without having to worry about the manual shifting.  Because it is automatic, it is so much easier!  Plus, what I enjoy is driving around on surface streets (no highways), and that is what the Vino is built to do!  With an automatic scooter, it’s just so much ‘fun’!   

David then purchased a manual-shifting Stella for his own, surface-street scooter, followed by a Kymco scooter for the two of us to ride on the highways.  It has been a whole lot of plain, simple ‘fun’ for the two of us.  And it’s been a great activity when our friend, Erika, comes up for a visit from Rochester, Minnesota, or for our frequently visiting friend, Larry, from Chicago.

Next year, David and I plan to do more highway trips on the Kymco together.  It’s an extraordinarily comfortable passenger ride.  I can see why it has received raving reviews, and I’m just talking from a passenger viewpoint! 

Happy Scooting, or for those of us in winter wonderland, Happy Scooter Thoughts!!

Beverly

As of the Summer of 2006, Bev has moved from her Vino to a very nice Genuine Scooter Company Buddy 125. She still says she likes the looks of the Vino better, but the performance and handling of the buddy was too hard to resist.

SEPTEMBER 2006 - Be Careful - They Are Trying to Kill All of Us (Scooterists) All of the Time

I was in a scooter accident on Wednesday, September 6th.  I was heading home on my scooter from David's office on University Avenue in St. Paul.  David was up in White Bear Lake with a client.   It started to rain.  I was at a red light on Wheellock Parkway at the intersection with Rice Street.  When my light turned green, I proceeded forward into the intersection to continue straight on Wheellock. 

Unbeknownst to me, a driver of a car on Rice Street to the left of me wanted to turn left to head in the same direction I was heading on Wheellock.  This driver was not in the intersection when his light turned red, and proceeded into the intersection and turned left onto Wheellock.  I had to brake and swerve to avoid hitting the car.  My shoulder took the impact on the pavement.  The driver never stopped.  I and other witnesses could not identify the car and did not get the license plate (I was looking at the pavement!). 

Three guys immediately ran over to me, asked if I was okay, and pulled my scooter over to the side.  One of the guys called 911 right away for the cops, and insisted on an ambulance 'just to check me out'.  My shoulder hurt, but the adrenaline was so high in me that I had no idea whether I was seriously hurt.  Once I got in the ambulance and they pulled my jacket away, they knew I had broken my right clavicle, because there was a bump on my right side that was not on my left side.  Very lucky for me, I had on an armored jacket, helmet, and padded gloves.  I had a broken clavicle and a scraped knee and ankle.  No road rash like so many people get in bike accidents.  When I was in the emergency room, they took X-rays.  There was a huge gap between the 2 broken edges of the clavicle, and one end was pushing up on the deltoid muscle and almost piercing the skin.  A couple young orthopedic doctors discussed surgery with me to assure recovery of full mobility.  I agreed with the surgery.  But first they had to consult a higher-up doctor.  They came back and told me I was going home with an immobilizer and sling, and I would have a follow-up appointment the following week. (It turned out that the higher-up orthopedic doctor at the hospital that day does not do surgical procedures).  

The following Tuesday, I met with an orthopedic doctor who has pioneered clavicle surgeries nationwide.  They used to say that recovery of a clavicle with only immobilization was 90% successful.  Dr. Cole researched it and discovered the success rate was only 60%.  Looking at my X-ray after I broke my clavicle, there was little doubt that I would've been one of the 40% unsuccessful recoveries with immobilization-only.  My surgery was on Thursday, September 21st.  They put in one small plate on top of the side of the bone that was practically piercing my skin, just to hold it down and in place while they put in the big plate that runs across the front of my clavicle to keep the two pieces together.  There was some dead bone that they had to remove.  To fill in the spot where the dead bone had been before the accident, they created a bone graph.  They had to 'clean up' the area around the clavicle so the body would recognize, again, that it needed to repair.  They used the stuff from cleaning the area for part of the bone graph. (I had two weeks that my body was trying to recover before my surgery, so there was some bone-building substance in this stuff).  They took some bone meal (the doctor said they look like croutons!), ground it up, and added this 'stuff' to make the bone graph to fill in the empty area.  

I had my post-op exam on Thursday, October 5th.  The X-rays and the stitches looked great, so the doctor prescribed me Physical Therapy two times a week for the next month. The doctor also told me to quit using my sling, unless I'm in public (more of a warning for others to steer-clear of me).  So now I'm typing with two hands again, and straightening my right arm, after one month!  In one more month, I meet with the doctors again, and they'll most likely introduce 3 to 5- pound weights into my Physical Therapy exercises.  In a period of two months from my surgery, I should be fully recovered- just in time for Thanksgiving! 

I thought I would go up to my Mom's in East Grand Forks for Thanksgiving.  I haven't been driving on highways since the accident, but I've driven a few surface-road trips around the St. Paul area.   It's been quite an experience- I had never broken a bone or had in-patient surgery with anesthetics before.  I stopped taking prescribed painkillers a week or more ago, and now I've even stopped taking Tylenol.  I'm feeling no pain.  Now it's just regaining full mobility.  Before my accident, I was walking/jogging 65 miles a week (10.5 miles 6 days a week on my treadmill).  Now, instead, I walk flights of stairs from our main floor to upstairs - I'm up to 100 flights a day- it only takes 40 minutes!

Dave has my Buddy all fixed back up - better than new. He added a luggage rack, color-matched trunk and a very cool small windshield with black & white checkerboard on the very lower part (not factory  - he did it custom, just for me). It's too cold now (November) for me to ride, but I'm really looking forward to a warm spring!

Beverly

Gotta Make Room in the Garage...

After being a volunteer test pilot for my Blur review, Bev just had to have one of her own. She's pictured below at Scooterville, "visiting" her new Blur as it gets prepped.

Beverly's New Genuine Scooter Company Blur

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