Winter Product Testing

Just because it’s a little colder at this time of year doesn’t mean we here at ScooterNova magazine stop riding our scooters. In fact, the winter weather is the ideal opportunity to be testing certain products.
Here are a few things that we’ll be reporting on in a future edition of the magazine, but for all those scooterists riding throughout the year we thought we’d give you the heads-up about a few bits now.

Tucano Urbano Miss Lady jacket

Ann has been wearing the new Tucano Urbano ‘Miss Lady’ jacket recently which is waterproof, breathable, features body armour and ‘Reflective’ (reflective) inserts for safety at night. By the far the most impressive feature however seems to be the removable hood with a faux fur lining, to which she regularly exclaims, “How can they make it so soft?” Ladies, this could be your new cold-weather riding coat too…

Tucano Urbano Miss Lady jacket
Tucano Urbano Pol-Ice


Meanwhile I (Andy) have been trying out the Tucano Urbano Pol-Ice jacket, which is a winter version of their retro style summer Pol jacket. It’s a short jacket in a smart, retro style but so far it’s ticked the boxes for having body armour, plenty of useful pockets, and being so very warm indeed to ride around in, even on icy cold mornings. The lining is removable but I can’t see it being taken out for a while yet!

Speaking of riding, I recently fitted SIP Scootershop’s new Classic tyres to my Vespa T5. I started first with my usual Michelin S83 on the front and the new SIP on the rear to see how the profiles matched it felt very good. As for riding conditions, until now they’ve endured rain, frost, damp leaves and most of what winter throws at you except for the snow. So far so good as they say, and as these new tyres are rated to 93mph those with tuned classic scooters as well (myself included) will no doubt be interested in these too.

SIP Classic tyre, 3.50×10 size

Keep an eye on future editions of ScooterNova magazine for more on these and plenty of other products that we evaluate while riding our scooters. Until then, here’s a small video out riding on the new tyres…

** ScooterNova is an independent scooter magazine published bi-monthly. Edition 17 was published on 21 December 2019 and covers Jan/Feb 2020.
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Isle of Wight Scooter Rally 2020 – NEWS FLASH!!

New decade – new location – same weekend – same favourite Island!

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New MOT, new tyres

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While the scooter-rally season might be over, there’s no reason to pack the scooter away until next Easter. Here at ScooterNova magazine we just wrap up a little warmer than did a few months ago!

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2020 BSRA National Scooter Rallies

Hot off the press from the BSRA meeting at Southport Scooter Rally today, here are the dates and venues for the national scooter rallies in 2020.

10-13 April (Easter) – Whitby

8-10 May (VE Day) – Tenby

22-24 May (Spring B/H) – Kelso

26-27 June – Big 7

24-26 July – Weymouth

28-31 August (B/H) – Isle of Wight

25-27 September – Woolacombe

23-24 October – Southport

At the meeting it was also discussed that 2019 has been the best year so far regarding entrants to the BSRA Riders Championship and once again both male and female titles were very close runs. Next year’s bonus signing-on event (as well as the BSRA nationals) will be at Mersea Island in September. Meanwhile the Monsters and Olympic SCs announced Cleethorpes rally would be given a rest for another year. Regarding the Isle of Wight, it will go ahead over the August Bank Holiday weekend although final details will be announced in due course as local planning permission may affect the rally location. Other events announced at the meeting included;

6-9 March: (Modrapheniacs SC 20th rally anniversary)

27-29 March: Teignmouth (SWSC event)

15-17 May: Phoenix Nights

29-31 May: Hayling Island (SWSC)31 July-2 August: Salford Knights

21-25 August: British Vespa Days

4-6 September: Mersea Island

11-12 September: WoT

14-15 November: Great Eastern Rally (tbc)

20-23 November: Warmwell TBC (SWSC)

Further scooter rally and event dates will added to the ScooterNova blog as they are announced.

Finally best wishes to Steve Foster who announced his retirement from VFM in the near future to spend more time riding his scooter amongst other things. Thanks Steve for everything you’ve done mate.
Ride safe and see you on the road soon!

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