Red Dog and Me

This is an on-going dialog between me and a certain motor scooter, namely a 2009 Piaggio MP3 500 that came to live with me in October of 2009. I've named the scooter Red Dog and as yet have not determined its gender. In the past when I've named boats, bikes, and other like characters I've thought of them as feminine due to their behavior characteristics. Red Dog I'm not so sure about...we'll see. Update: OK, Red Dog's a girl...with an attitude

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Dec 05, 2009 Uni-Go or not to go?

After much deliberation and listening to countless opinions and advice I’ve decided to buy a Uni-Go trailer for Red Dog. For those of you who are unfamiliar with that particular beast here’s a link to their web site:

If you go there be sure to watch the video; that and testimonials are what convinced me to take the plunge.

Some of you who have followed my previous blogs know that I like to haul way too much stuff along on my meanderings. This, much to my chagrin has on occasion resulted in overloading my bikes causing subsequent handling problems. My goal with the Uni-Go is to enable me to take along a reasonable amount of camping gear without affecting the ride characteristics of the bike, in this case, Red Dog.

To date I’ve had two meetings with Ron, the owner of Bandon Fabrication regarding building a custom hitch for towing the Uni-Go and we’re comfortable that it can be done. To date it seems no one else has done so and this will be a first. I’m confident in Ron and his crew as well as the folks at Uni-Go and I’m anxiously looking forward to the next phase in this venture. Delivery should be in the next few weeks but with the holiday season in full swing it will likely take awhile to complete.

Next year’s ride is going to be a blast!


  1. Well, with that purse, its gender is now known.

  2. I think you've got it! Either that or Red Dog's confused.... I'll go with the tender gender until proven otherwise.

  3. Larry, I read the post and slipped into a dream. I saw you riding in Italy. I saw you riding in England. I saw you riding in Spain and Japan as well. But I did not, I mean DID NOT see you pulling up to a biker bar in Iowa on Red Dog.