A few days ago, I gave you a taste of the motorcycle scene here in Oaxaca, at least those that are pressed into workaday service. Today we look at scooters here in Oaxaca, a species perhaps even more numerous than the working motorcycle.
Frist off: in the above-mentioned drivel, I mentioned that every manufacturer here in Mexico has a copy, with greater or lesser fidelity, of the ubiquitous Honda CG-125 Cargo, and then failed to provide a picture of such. So herewith, oversight remedied, the Honda CG-125, in Dominoes delivery regalia:
Now with the scooters. Actually we’ll start with a sub-species of scooter, the step-through. The most common type scene around Oaxaca is the Italika, a particularly rough example I found on Independecia this morning:
There are, of course, the Honda 90 and 110cc units in abundance, here seen in personal transport form:
and the local-made copies, italikas, i believe. We see them here again, press-ganged into service of the evil Dominoes:
and now for something completely different, before we get to the conventional scooters, is a WTF moment. I have no earthly idea what service this little beastie performs, but it’s here near the Zocolo every day, and it’s back tires are worn smooth, from on-road use, i presume:
A fairly large local user of scooters as transport are the police. Here we see two of Oaxaca’s finest arriving at the station aboard their fire-breathing Honda Elite 125:
Honda Elite 125
Another popular brand of locally-made scooter is the Vento, here seen transporting a local businessman on his daily errands:
but some of the local folks have a more finely honed sense of style and are willing to part with the serious dough (by local standards) to show it off. To wit, a classic Vespa:
in contrast to the classic vespa above, here we see an older scooter, logos (and gloss) long since lost to the ravages of time and blazing sun. I think this is an older Italika:
Speaking of finely honed sense of style, this gent obviously has it goin’ on: newish italika 150 scoot, board shorts, UNAM Pumas shirt, shades, beisbol cap, and iPod:
Which brings us to a few scoots that are obviously objects of some enthusiastic focus of their owners. First we have the Rizla Gilera, complete with LeoVince pipe and RaceTech stickers:
And then a pair of mexican carbella Koncepts:
and in the “ideas above it’s station department”, the Italika that wants to a Kawasaki when it grows up:
And to finish off, it’s not a scooter, but it gives a great idea of the demands that these folks put on their transportation on a regular basis. Car? who needs a stinkin’ car?
well, that wraps it up for today. We’ll see what tomorrow brings. Keep the rubber side down and keep those feet up!