Sarah wanted to clear some space in the garage to store items for a yard sale on Saturday. Kylie was home for the sale and we were headed to Mossfire Grill for dinner. Along the way is my office, the place where the bikes would stay while away from home.
Because we had two to move I thought it would be quicker to ride two of them to the office at once, so Sarah said she would ride one. I put her on Vanessa, gave her the usual instructions and sent her off from the driveway. She had ridden the Malaguti several times and I made the incorrect assumption that this ride would be easy.
She rounded the corner onto the road and promptly ran into the rear bumper of a Land Rover parked across the street.
Luckily, Sarah emerged unscathed! Just a minor pain of the tailbone when doing yoga the next day.
The damage to Vanessa is limited to the front end, but she is really damaged.
After a brief look, I assumed that Vanessa was a write-off. But we are now looking at ways to save her.
I have spoken to Boris and others to get advice on the direction to head.
My wonderful friend Ken settled me down, offering sage advice that I am now using to move forward.
It was an error in judgement that has me reeling.
I truly enjoy these scooters. Seeing one go down is hard. And with my wife on board was very scary. It is a miracle that she was not hurt.
A note to all. These machines, that appear to be so simple and fun to ride to us seasoned riders, are very dangerous to those with little experience. I see it very clearly now.