Okay, in some cases maybe. This cute little combo caught my attention a couple years ago and I’m just getting around to posting it. A truly minimal teardrop trailer that I suspect can just sleep two with about one suitcase each. I found it labelled “The 1941 Kozy Coach Travel Trailer ” but a search around the internet didn’t turn up anything confirming this. My only real fear in pulling this micro home on wheels would be the complete lack of rear visibility.
A perfect little combination.
All I have is conjecture and observation for this one. If anyone knows more and wants to share then please post in the comments section. As a scooterist myself, I’m a bit jealous of this rig.
And for some continuity, my great-grandfather on his brother-in-law’s scoot just after the war.
Where have you been all my life. Lady Florence Norman on her Autoped; another interesting Internet find. This is what I found about it:
“Lady Florence Norman, a suffragette, on her motor-scooter in 1916, travelling to work at offices in London where she was a supervisor. The scooter was a birthday present from her husband, the journalist and Liberal politician Sir Henry Norman.”
1917 est une année cruciale pour la France en guerre : révolution russe et entrée de l’Amérique dans le conflit. En attendant cette aide décisive, il faut bien soutenir le moral des troupes… de l’arrière. L’hebdomadaire coquin La Vie Parisienne du 12 mai s’y emploit de son mieux et, à l’affût des dernières nouveautés, découvre un véhicule venu des États-Unis : l’Autopède. De quoi railler gentiment une nouvelle mode sur une double-page intitulée : “Le dernier cri ! La patinette automobile” … un engin que la France connaîtra quelques décennies plus tard. Vous vous souvenez ?
(Les légendes de ces dessins de G. Léonnec sont celles de La Vie Parisienne)
I’m glad to know that, in the near future, no one will walk at all. Oh, it must be the future!
This one’s not quite the same, being gasoline powered but is an interesting little piece nonetheless.
Yes, I love the scooters. Here’s an interesting setup I found via Tumblr at Scooterscene. Probably not for high-speed use but still, a remarkable little taxi.
I would love to learn more about these little guys.
Roberto Patrignani photographed in Afghanistan on his way to Tokyo from Italy on a 1964 Vespa adapted to the purpose.
Found on MODamorphosis on TUMBLR. An ambitious set-up for sure.
More about Roberto and his amazing travels can be found here at the Scooterist or just click an image below.
I’m a big fan of Retro-Futuristic design. Maybe that’s why some of the better Steam Punk designs appeal to me. I don’t mean the stuff that’s just hot-gluing old watch gears onto some leather or carrying a toy ray-gun around in an old-western holster. I want art that can actually be part of our daily lives. To paraphrase a better writer than I, Life Should Be Art. However, it shouldn’t just look cool or pretty, our tools, houses, and transportation can be practical, well-engineered, and well-made. Things that are crafted by hand from good materials tend to be better thought out, have individual character, and have the quality of an heirloom.
Some mass-produced things are still pretty cool and it’s not always practical or affordable for us, in the modern rat-race, to make or have made, everything in our lives. In this direction, I have noticed quite a few Makers repurposing or redesigning their possessions. In other words, “hacking” the designs of others.
While looking for images of old scooters last night, I came across these amazing guys in Japan who took a pretty average-looking Honda scooter that looked like this:
and tore it down to the essentials before rebuilding it into this classy ride:
It is such a cool, yet realistic design, my first impression was that this was a 1930s or 40s scooter rebuilt.
Here’s another shot:
And it’s final color!
Click on the image above to have a look at their tear-down and build. There’s a lot of pages but it’s a well-documented process.