GOVECS Supplier Forum

Late last month I attended my very first supplier forum. The feat itself was ever more rewarding since it was for a project that I am currently leading. Because GOVECS is a fairly small company with very start-up roots, our projects and scooters often don’t get the attention and consideration of other high volume customers…

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…

Women of EICMA 2016

I was really trying to write a meaningful blog entry just now, but simply nothing was making any sense as soon as I typed it. I figured it just wasn’t a good evening to write. So, without further ado, I leave you with all the models of EICMA 2016. Please note that most of these…

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…

Intermot Photos

I don’t really have too much commentary for this other that I hope you enjoy these photos. There’s quite a lot to take in at the show. One aspect very noticeably missing from the Intermot was the models. EICMA is definitely more model friendly than Intermot. I also noticed that the Queen made her presence pretty…

Scooters on Display

For some reason totally not explained in any way, shape, or form, there is a display of scooter posters in the middle of a shopping mall here in Wrocław. Naturally I had to investigate…and read all about every single scooter shown. I saw the display from afar, mostly because I saw my beloved Schwalbe in the…

Vespa PX125

A couple of weeks ago I got my hands on a Vespa PX125 by Piaggio. A model made sometime between 1983 and 1985 according to the VIN number. I did not buy this scooter, nor is it mine to keep. I was simply asked to evaluate its current state as it hasn’t been ridden in…

Birthday at Work

On February 3rd. 2000, I went to work to Montgomery Ward as scheduled. I was a 17 year old Sales Associate working part time while finishing high school. That day, however, was a little different. I found out that our Chicago head office had sent us a new furniture department floor layout and my manager…

Greetings From Gorinchem

Gorinchem is a small city of some 35 thousand people in the south of the Netherlands. It’s got great history dating back to year 1000 A.D., and has great architecture as you can see on some of the photos below. But most importantly it is home of our GOVECS Dutch importer. And that’s where I’ve…

My Photography

I’ve noticed a trend in my own photo taking, one that continuously veers towards the use of a phone camera rather than my DSLR. Ever since I played around with the awesome camera on a Nokia Lumia 920 I really stopped using my DSLR altogether. But I did find a new use for my Nikon…

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…

GOVECS at the Games

Taking part in actively promoting GOVECS electric mobility is a great opportunity to witness the smiles we put on people’s faces when they ride our scooters. People tend to approach us with a certain element of caution not knowing what to expect. “How does it work? Is it on, now? Ohh wow, it’s so quiet.”…

Maya

Today I got a chance to meet Maja [Maya] Włoszczowska, a world champion in cross-country mountain biking. She also happens to be a high school friend of my coworker Damian who asked her to stop by for a quick poster signing session. A few of us took a photo with Maja, naturally I provided a…

Oldtimer Bazar Redux

I did a writeup on Wrocław’s Oldtimer Bazar back in October, but I’m pretty sure it will be a recurring topic as I keep finding cool new stuff every time I attend. The original write up is here: Oldtimer Swap Meet. The most recent show took place a week ago and even though it’s still winter…

EICMA – Pure Cycling Heaven

EICMA stands for Esposizione Internazionale Ciclo Motociclo e Accessori, but to every non-Italian speaker it quite simply means Milan’s Motorcycle Show. It is the biggest motorcycle show in the world and every year it is the place to be if you’re a motorcycle manufacturer or simply a cycling enthusiast. This year marked  EICMA’s 70th show, and my very first one. To…

Zürich Scootering

I’m currently in Zurich, Switzerland on a 5-day weekend visiting my fiance Karolina who’s here on a month long work trip herself. But today was Friday so while Karo went off to work I went off sightseeing the city of Zurich. My first stop, a GOVECS dealership of course. M-Way is the official distributor of…

Simson Schwalbe KR 51

Simson Schwalbe KR 50 and the KR 51 pictured below was East-Germany’s answer to the Italian Vespa and to me is still the ultimate retro scooter. 153,500 KR 51 scooters were produced between 1964 and 1968 before eventually being replaced by a more modern SR50 model, but the KR family lived on till 1986 with…

Ski Jumping Scooters

I have recently moved and don’t have an internet connection at the new place; worse still,I probably won’t have one for a while. All my posts are now limited to whatever I remember to write and upload from my parents house or afterhours at work. This week I spent 3 days in the city of…