The Story of Don Schaffer
Back in the day in Colorado you had to be
16 to drive a car or ride a Motorcycle, but you could get a Scooter
license at 14, so scooters were pretty popular. My first scooter was a
'57 or '58 Vespa I bought in 1962. I then had a Lambretta and a couple
of Cushmans (or is that Cushmen). I graduated to Motorcycles as soon as
I turned 16, you know the macho thing. I had a series of Cycles, mostly
British. I rode Triumph, BSA, and Royal Enfield mostly.
I then got married and did the family
thing. After my kids were grown and gone my wife and I took a few trips
to Europe and every time we went to Rome we commented about all of the
scooters. A couple of years ago I was driving by a Honda Dealer and saw
some Metro's setting out front. To make a long story short My wife and
I bought a pair of Salsa Metros.
We love scootin and I can't figure why I
ever quit back in the 60's. Scooters are a lot more fun than
Motorcycles. They handle better and are lot more comfortable than
straddling a big hot engine. It's taken over 40 years, but I've come
full circle back to a scooter. When I'm scootin I feel like a teenager
again not a 60 year old grandpa.
I am an old Marine Sgt and Viet Nam Veteran
so I don't need a Harley to show my masculinity, I can ride my Metro and
feel good about myself.