When my husband got his Vespa, he was worried about being laughed at or even beat up by serious bikers. While this is pretty silly of him, it can’t be denied that he’s basically riding a leaf blower, power-wise.
He quickly realized that the worst he’d get is slight condescension – the kind of treatment one might give a loved kid brother who’s a little slow. Many bikers give him “the nod” when they pass in traffic, and of course fellow scooter riders honk and wave and are generally adorable.
So today he was apparently stuck behind a slow-moving vehicle on La Brea, and when he was finally able to get around it at the intersection of Second Street he gunned it through the intersection despite the yellow light that was turning red.
Coming the opposite direction was a motorcycle cop.
…Who also gunned it through the intersection, giving my husband “the nod” as they passed.