17 March 2010

The Sunday Scooter Service: O'Connell Street, Dublin

The Sunday Scooter Service was introduced about a year ago with the aim of encouraging Dublin-based scooterists to shake-off the cobwebs and get back on the roads more regularly.

Since then, one could safely assume that if there wasn't a rally going on that weekend, there was certainly a Scooter Service which involved rideouts to spots around Dublin (with the occasional trip down to join up with scooterists down in Waterford and Cork).

Sadly for me, this one (which was on last Sunday) was only my second Scooter Service with my last one being over a year ago. No excuses really but at least I'm on my scooter 5 days a week all throughout the year!

Anyway, a pitstop at the local petrol station before the meet-up at O'Connell Street was in order. The front tyre felt a bit off for some reason. A quick check confirmed that it was just short a bit of air.

I just had to stop on the way and take a pic in Phoenix Park. I pass by this place every day, to and back from work but, I still think it's a gorgeous place. All major cities around the world should have a park like this, smack-bang in the city centre.

As I expected, I'd be one of the first few to arrive at the Monument...

 ...and was soon after joined by the VCI's Il Presidente with his all-new Banksy-themed PX200. The scooter is still very much a work-in-progress but even at this stage it's fairly impressive and refreshing.

A few more scooters later and I was already starting to feel like we were either the centre of attenton on O'Connell Street OR being looked on as circus freaks or something. Unsurprising really, since a combination of skinheads, punks, mods and one slightly lost looking Asian bloke would certainly catch one's eyes.

Mick's 30-year old Mod P125X was literally a crowd-puller and soon enough...
...curious onlookers along with tourists coming over from around the world for Paddy's Day were queuing up to take pics with our scoots.

Finally, after about half an hour of waiting around, we set-off on our journey to the coastal town of Howth.

More Howth pics to follow! 


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