I’m Kristin and I’m so glad you found my site.
I launched Scooter Lust in 2008 to fill the void of all-inclusive scootering sites out there. My goal is to create a welcoming place where anyone on two wheels can get information, support and encouragement. (Or at least be entertained!) Also: lots of eye candy.
I have a degree in journalism with a concentration in photography so I thought I’d put it to good use and build a site about my biggest passion. I create all the content on this site – writing and photos – unless expressly credited otherwise.
Whether you’re new to scootering or an old gearhead, I hope everyone feels comfortable here. I’m especially interested in empowering the ladies out there. Learning how to work on my own scooter has been fascinating and inspiring. Let’s create a space to get our hands dirty!
Scootering is about the experience of riding and being part of a community. It’s not about labels or engine size. I believe in one love – regardless of race, creed, gender, CC’s or country of manufacture: a love of RIDING.
I’ve been riding for 22 years, since I got my first scooter – an eyesore 1985 Honda CH250 that hauled ass and was super comfortable. We called it The Beast. It was taxicab yellow when I bought it, but I rattle-canned it sparkly blue in the parking lot of my apartment. The milk crate zip-tied to the rear rack matched. Always start exactly where you are!
Currently in my fleet, I have a 1979 Vespa P200, a custom 2003 Genuine Stella known affectionately as the “Frankenstella,” a limited edition Atomic Fireball Stella (#001 of 150 made), and a 2019 Vespa GTS Super 300.
I lived in Seattle for 15 years, where I rode year-round – even in the rain. For a long time, scooters were my sole mode of transportation. I was President of the Vespa Club of Seattle and served on several scooter rally committees, including Seattle Scooter Insanity. I presently scoot in New York, and I’ve also scooted in Boston and New Haven, CT. I haven’t gotten the hang of riding in the snow yet, so my adventures are now of limited to three seasons.
I’d love to hear from you! Please leave a comment or drop me a line via the contact page.
Scoot happy and keep the rubber side down!
The Frankenstella, all dressed up for spring.
Performing my first brake job – with love – on the organ donor known as “The Vermonster,” my 1979 Vespa P200.
The Frankenstella on the bench, installing a new oil tank and sightglass.
My first stabs at learning to work on my bike a decade ago. It started with carb adjustments and asking, “what’s a ratchet?” True story.
Me being an idiot, yet still winning Genuine Scooter Co.’s Stella LOVE photo contest. Go figure.
Ride happy and keep the rubber side down, my friends!
[Photo credits: Frank Kuzmanich, Mary Vu, Joni James, Sheryl Medrano, and an ex-boyfriend who doesn’t get credit because he got one of my scooters.]