I Heart Stella.


sardine canyon

  • 18 May 2006

i’d never noticed how cold sardine canyon is. maybe because every other time i’ve been through it, i had a roof and windows and doors. this time it was just me and a jacket at midnight.

she lives!

  • 19 March 2007

went riding with thomas yesterday. it was pretty effing rad. beautiful weather, sun was shining. great day for a ride.

how to pull a vespa cable housing

  • 21 October 2007

i really like the lines of the vespa/stella/bajaj scooters. they’re clean and uninterrupted by cables. unfortunately these cables have to go somewhere to get from the handlebars to the engine where they’ll actually do some good. that means they’ve gotta go through the frame. this can make replacing the cables a bit of a pain…

when i was in seattle last summer i had to do an emergency cable housing repair. luckily, my amazing scooter mechanic Dave had some great advice on how to pull the new housing through the frame. it’s actually quite slick:

attitude II

  • 26 July 2006

i love my scooter. random people stop to talk to me, tell me about the scooter they used to have… tell me about vacations to italy… it’s great.


  • 18 May 2006

Welcome to Justin’s latest adventure. In this issue, we will explore the many fun and interesting experiences to be had while wandering aimlessly about the country on a scooter.

legshield mirror: friend or foe?

  • 26 June 2007

the stock mirrors on a stella (or just about any other p series, for that matter) are worthless. they give me a nice clear view of my shoulders. definitely less effective.

so i got a legshield mirror. you know, those little mirrors that clamp on down by the floorboard?

legshield mirror - photo from scooterworks.com

yeah. one of those.

after a couple of months of riding with it, i feel like i can give it a solid review.

today my gas gauge decided to work: ten things i hate about stella scooters

  • 22 May 2007

i love my scooter. i love the quirks, i love almost everything about it. but stellas do have a few problems, and mine is no exception. today (just as i was about to run out of gas) i realized that my gas gauge started working. it hasn’t worked consistently in about a year, so this was a surprise. in honor of my suddenly cooperative fuel gauge, i decided to mention some of the problems i’ve run into on my stella.

musings on a couple of canadians.

  • 20 June 2006

the border patrol. what an untidy group of little fascists.</p>

i think they take some sadistic pleasure in making sure as many people as possible have an unpleasant experience crossing the border.

my experience started out okay. a few quick questions. i think they're required to ask them in the sternest voice they can muster.

"where do you plan on going?"
"how long are you staying in canada?"
"did you really ride that thing all the way from utah? how fast does it go?"

road trip 2.0 starts tomorrow night

  • 11 July 2007

my cousin’s getting married this weekend in southeastern washington. i was planning on flying but i was starting to feel a bit restless (plus i didn’t find a good deal on airfare). so i’ll be taking my scooter.