I remember the moment very distinctly and still stings a little.
Back in 2011, I was a relative newcomer to scooters. While I had ridden a variety of dirt bikes and mini-bikes in my youth and experienced periodic motorcycle rides over the years, it had been ages since I really rode anything. My family and I were living in Bangkok and I needed transportation. While we had a car, traffic in the city was beyond horrible. The only way I could get around was to own two wheeled transportation. After doing a little shopping, my wife and I concluded I needed a scooter and at her insistence, it had to be a Vespa.