It was like any other Monday morning. I ride my scooter into the lane while I close the carport door. The sun was shining and it was an uneventful ride in the cool air
I twist and turn my way through the city, stopping, accelerating and finally I make my way to work . I park in my usual spot at work next to the large HD
Today everything felt a little different. I knew that this was my last commute using my Kymco X500Ri . It would be the last time I could look out my window and see this . . .
I am usually one of the last people to leave work . Doesn't my Kymco X500Ri look lonely parked all by itself. In about an hour from now my Xciting is going to be picked up by its new owner.
I did not advertise my scooter for sale but I did mention to a few people that I wasn't using it very much and would consider selling it. A few people expressed interest in it but decided to go in different directions. The day after I decided to insure and use it I received a call from Dan who wished to purchase it "sight unseen" . Of course I insisted that he at least come over and touch it. A deal was struck and he wanted to take delivery after work on Monday
It is a very capable machine capable of transversing our great land from coast to coast. Dan is interested in taking a trip to Alberta and wanted to upgrade to a larger scooter.
We got our paperwork in order, chatted a bit and soon it was time to exchange licence plates. Here in British Columbia you are required to obtain your own insurance and registration. The plates do not transfer with the vehicle.
Soon it was time to say our farewells and Dan was ready to ride away. Here is my last glimpse of my Xciting 500Ri just before he rode away into the sunset
Dan, I know my scooter is in good hands. It has treated me very well and has given me some great memories. I hope that you will enjoy your scooter as much as I have.
Friday BBQ and ride to the Richmond Night Market:
Robert, the Reverend decided that he would host a charity BBQ and later, go for a scooter ride
Technically, I still have two scooters, plus the Suzuki Wee Strom, but I took the Strom. Urban Wasp (aka: Vespa Vancouver) matches the donations and Robert mans the BBQ. The BBQ was from 5pm-6:30p and I barely make it in time as I have to come from Coquitlam. He did manage to save me a smokie and beverage
After we are finished eating and the grill is cleaned and put away, we head over to our 2nd meetup point at Rideaway Motors (Kymco Dealer) to wait for more riders from the Urban Riders, who are an inclusive group of riders with bikes & scooters of all sizes.
Mark is already here with his Kymco Xciting 500Ri and soon Tony arrives on his Suzuki Bandit
Tony also has a Derbi scooter.
That`s Kevin`s Honda V45 Magna in the background. We haven`t seen Kevin for a couple of years since he rode his Yamaha BWS 125 across Canada.
Soon we were ready for our short trip to the Night Market where were excited about heading for their food fare.
Robert, the Reverend is our leader for the ride and he remarked that he is riding the smallest bike tonight, half are motorcycles
The Richmond Night Market is known for their food, we see lots and sample lots too
It is getting very busy and we can hardly make our way down the aisles because of the crowds. It is still early and it will get more crowded later in the night
Eating makes you thirsty and we soon settle for a couple of fruit drinks. This is Mark with his Mango smoothie
while I settled for a fresh strawberry smoothie .