Col fitted SIP Performer tyres, tubeless rims, SIP Road 2 exhaust, a SLUK screen and ran on SIP 2-stroke oil all season
Col fitted SIP Performer tyres, tubeless rims, SIP Road 2 exhaust, a SLUK screen and ran on SIP 2-stroke oil all season

When we asked unsung scootering hero, Col to blog his year on board a standard PX 125 we knew he’d do both himself and us proud. We also knew he’d have all the facts and figures backed up to give the lowdown on his year. A standard PX 125 isn’t the most exciting thing to ride but it’s given Col a new way to travel and he’s forced himself not to use motorways at all, meaning almost every journey was different than it has been for the last 30 years. Here’s his year in facts, figures and numbers…

I'm not sure if this means Col lost a finger or completed all 9 Nationals...
I’m not sure if this means Col lost a finger or completed all 9 Nationals…

Where does time go? One minute I’m planning to ride a 125cc scooter to a full year of National Rallies – and the next thing, here I am, one year on, waiting for the next year of rallies to start! I know there are end of season and pre-season rallies that make the winter time break from riding shorter than ever, but it’s hard to believe that as I type this we are halfway in time between the last National rally of 2017 in Brid, and the first rally of 2018 in Whitby.

My riding blog has been a joy to do, and, to be honest, attending all nine Nationals on the PX 125 was a doddle – far, far easier than I’d bargained for! I bought the PX on a bit of a whim, for a bit of a laugh, thinking I would sell it on when my challenge was over. But I’ve had so much fun riding it, I’m going to keep it and ride to some more rallies this coming year on it. It performed better than I imagined it would, and the aftermarket spares I bought for it have gone way beyond my expectations.

Col’s 2017 rally season in numbers

  • 3811 miles or 6097 kilometres ridden to the 9 events (Google’s most direct routes claimed 3378 miles) so my ‘A’ roads and ‘B’ roads, plus detours and getting lost didn’t really add too much mileage to the total.
  • The 3 SIP performer tyres I bought will easily pass this year’s M.O.T; good going when they’ve done the above mileage, wouldn’t you agree?
  • 38 gallons = 171 litres = £215 fuel cost (I spent far more on accommodation for the season)
  • 100mpg or 22.2 miles on a litre of fuel, and in total I only used 4.7 litres of 2 stroke oil. That’s a fraction over a gallon of oil for a full year of riding.
  •  423 mile average round trip for each of the nine rallies, this would have been more if the Easter rally hadn’t been here in my hometown of Scarborough.
  • Woolacombe rally was the longest round trip at 789 miles, and strangely the Big7 and Isle of Wight rallies were virtually the same mileage 662 and 661 miles respectively.
  • Within my 10 blog updates, I’ve submitted 650 rally photos and two videos, the videos have had over 2400 views on YouTube, and I’m reliably informed that the blogs have been shared over 1100 times on Facebook. I’m shocked and humbled at those facts but flattered immensely as to how many of you have spoken to me at the rallies about the blog. Scooterists, on the whole, are professional piss takers and some of you excelled yourselves (Superb..!)
  • Here’s the best number of all 0, a big fat zero. Not one single breakdown or trouble all year. I took the panels off to put the Scooterlab logos on at the start of the year, and then again halfway through the year to give the scooter an oil and spark plug change, other than that it hasn’t seen any spanners or adjustments at all.
That's another full season of rally patches for Col's memorabilia collection.
That’s another full season of rally patches for Col’s memorabilia collection.

I will remember 2017 as a season of very good weather; Kelso, Big7, Cleethorpes, Llandudno and the Isle of Wight. Five Nationals in a row, all scorching hot. When did that last happen? I thoroughly enjoyed all the 2017 rallies. I especially enjoyed chilling around the campsite with an on-site custom show. Kelso, Big 7 and Cleethorpes were spot on for this. Being asked to help judge the custom show at Kelso was an honour, and then doing the Kelso write up here on SLUK was a first in my scootering career.

But for me the Isle of Wight never fails to impress. To be honest I’m sick to death of hearing about the comedy brigade spoiling things for people. There is more than enough on that special little island to keep anyone who has a genuine interest in scooters happy. And for me, my pilgrimage to the Smallbrook stadium official campsite is as good now as it ever was, everything all on one site without the aggro and grief we got back in the 80s.

The saying goes “Money can’t buy you happiness” –  I say what a load of old bollocks that is. If you’ve got some money, buy yourself a scooter, fit some good quality spare parts and then head off with an open mind to a scooter rally. Then you’ll know what happiness is all about…

It goes without saying I’d like to say massive thanks to all the various rally organisers and helpers within the BSRA, who give up their weekends to make ours good ones. And a final thanks to Dan Guest the Lambretta riding superstar DJ from York Scooter Club. Dan sold me the PX in a swap deal, it was my most inspired seasons riding in years and years. Cheers mate!

Whitby National Rally in about 10 weeks anybody?

Ride safe Slukers

Col

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