TMW#5

1. Milano Visit Eight hours of travel through five airports on four airplanes for a quick five hour meeting. Love the smell of jet fuel in the morning, even if it meant leaving my scooter parked outside the airport at 5am (somehow I managed to squeeze in this Apocalypse Now reference twice in as many…

Really Expensive Vespa’s

How much would you be willing to spend on a vintage scooter? €8.000? Maybe €20.000, because it’s a classic and will surely increase in value? Have a look below, and say out loud the price you think this scooter is worth: And now let me tell you that you’re wrong. Way off. Not even in…

Schwalbe at EICMA

While still pretty hot from our Intermot official showing of the Schwalbe, this week GOVECS presented Schwalbe at EICMA in Milan, Italy. Our booth took on a little different arrangement from just a month ago due to an EICMA regulation on open floor space percentage, and while just a little smaller than at Intermot, we…

Bergamo, Italy

I spent the first half of this week in Bergamo, Italy, visiting a plastics manufacturer named Acerbis. I had previously only stopped by Bergamo on my way to Milan, and I must say that I was impressed by what Bergamo had to offer. The city has this totally european/Italian vibe to it. Pizza shops closed…

Milano

I’ve been to 4 EICMA’s thus far (EICMA being the single largest motorcycle trade show in the world), but I never really had the time to see anything in Milan besides the trade show itself. The day starts off with breakfast in the hotel, followed by 10-12 hours of trade show, finished off by a…

WUI – Writing Under the Influence

I’ve used my personal blog as means of expression. That’s actually the very basis of every blog; you’ve got something to say so you write it down for the world to see. Mine was not only to show photos I’ve taken, but also to scratch my everlasting itch to write. I know I’ll never be…

My EICMA 2013 Recap

This year marked my second time at the EICMA motorcycle exhibition, the biggest two wheel trade show in the world. And while the initial oomph of the show has worn off just a little from last year, only because I knew a little what to expect, this year did not disappoint. GOVECS is the reason I…

The Women of EICMA 2013

I believe everyone will agree that nothing compliments a great motorcycle more than a beautiful woman. So without further ado, here are a few photos from walking around this years EICMA Motorcycle Exhibition in Milan, Italy.

Raw Ducati

I spent some time walking the Ducati factory today. The shorthand of this entire write up? I want one! Of course I want a lot of things; a Yamaha T-Max scooter, Honda NC700X motorcycle, BMW GS800, my very own GOVECS GO! Fast electric scooter, so a Ducati would have to get in a long line…

Milan at Work

A 4am wake up call and a 6:15am morning flight later I am typing from Milan where I will be doing scooter work for the next few days. I obviously can’t share the details of my top secret assignment, top notch agency stuff you’ve only read in Tom Clancy novels, but I can show you…

My 2010 in Review

The time has come to wave good bye to year 2010 and welcome the new 2011 into our lives. This past year has been good to me. I met Karolina, I moved to Poland, I traveled a lot and even managed to make a buck or two. I’m grateful for having so many people in…

Palermo, Sicily

We didn’t spend much time in Palermo, yet our last night in Sicily spent there was the first time I saw this city. The actual Palermo airport is about 30 minutes away. Driving into the city at rush hour was interesting to say the least. I would say that driving there was crazy, scary, and…

Agrigento, Sicily

Agrigento is a city on the south side of Sicily with population of around 60 thousand established in 580 BC. After a six day work week we decided to make the most of our Sunday and took a drive to the southern coast to do some sight seeing. Even though it was my third visit…

RayTracker Fox

We first saw this fox at the site near the end of our last trip, it was dark and it came from the forest of RayTrackers looking for food from all of us. This time around we see it daily as it lives somewhere in the vicinity of the 5th megawatt on site. We’ve seen…

Italian Puppies

On a slow blog day, I think it’s only appropriate to spruce things up with a few pictures of Italian puppies. While momma bear was very protective and would bark at us simply for walking around, once the pups ran towards us everything was alright, or so we hoped. Hopefully I’ll get to see them…

The Italian Job

Should it still be called Italian food while at an airport in Rome, or should it just be food? I had about three hours to spare on every single lay over  on my last visit to Sicily and walked around aimlessly taking photos here and there. But as it turns out Italians are not too…

Sicily Continued

I’m not sure if I should be writing this, but my week long contract work in Sicily felt more like a mini vacation. Sure I was busy 8-10 hours a day at the job site, but the surroundings, the landscape, the people, the food, and oohhhh the wine made it all feel a little different.…

Sicily, Italy

I was given an opportunity to do a little contract work for one of my former employers on their project in Sicily, Italy. While I will not get into any specifics, I will tell you that this is truly a remarkable place. I’ve been told that there’s much more to Sicily than the small and…