The Buzz #5

“All The News That’s Fit To Get Buzzed Over “ | Number 5 | Volume 1
Marbles Mahoney, Founder & President Of The Hornets Scooter Club.

Welcome to the 5th issue issue of our Newsletter. This online publication will attempt to sum up the week’s news, upcoming events and make things easier to follow for us all. We will also keep you informed on other Scooter News from the Scooter World at large. It is all FREE. Please Subscribe, that is FREE too. Here now the news…

Hot Rod Sunday Swarm…

We Swarmed this past Sunday into Selden on Long Island’s South Shore in Suffolk County to their Street Fair & Car Show. A very big turn there with quite a showing of some really nice Vintage, Custom & Classic 4 Wheeled things. Selden is a very scenic town with Museums and a cool vibe. We found an Umberto’s Pizza (one of our favorites) and had a cool but hot lunch. It was a very hot day. It was great ride led by Glen with Marbles riding Sweep. As always we kind of make up the routes as we go along and we as usual found the best roads to Swarm on. We than all The Hornets for coming out with us on this Hot, Hot Rod Swarm. Mm

The T-Shirt…

Official Hornets Scooter Club T-Shirts are available to help you show the world that you belong to one of the oldest active Scooter clubs in the NYC/LI Area. This is our new logo that does not annoy the Copyright Police and designed by yours truly, Marbles Mahoney. They are available at Makoa Customs! Makoa Customs (Formerly Makoa Scooters) is huge supporter of the worldwide Scooter scene. They are famous for their custom work on the Honda Ruckus. Click the link and buy a T-Shirt! https://www.makoacustoms.com/product/Hornets-T-Shirts/781

2 Forks / 2 Ferries…

Last week’s poll of our members both on and offline indicate that the “2 Forks / 2 Ferries Ride” is the ride everyone wants to do the most. This week’s Poll (see below) will ask what day works best for us, so please Vote or forever hold your throttle. What is the 2 Forks / 2 Ferries aka The 2F/2F ride, anyways?

The 2F/2F Ride is a ride to Long Island, New York’s Shelter Island. Shelter Island is in between the 2 Forks of Long Island. The only way to get there is via Ferry. The only way to get off is via Ferry. One for the North Side and one for the South. We will travel up the North Shore to Greenport & catch the North Ferry. Once on Shelter Island, we will have Lunch and head for the South Ferry on Rt 114. Then we will travel along the South Shore home.

Please Vote…

Upcoming Events…

Our weekly “Meet & Eat” Every Wednesday at 630 – 7pm. Come ready to Eat!
The longest running Scooter Ride in the NYC/LI Area. Every Dry Sunday at 9am. Be Ready to Ride!

In Other News…

2023 Vespa 300…

Our sources indicate some changes for the Vespa 300 next year. Our sources also indicated that orders for new ones are not being taken yet and that waiting lists are forming for all new models. Get to your Vespa dealer quick if you want one. Here is what we know, so far, none of this is official…
– Mirrors has an elongated hexagonal shape.
– Equipped with Smartkey lock on Vespa GTS.
– GTS rims are shiny stainless steel like Sprint.
– Vespa GTS turn signal lights upgrade LED and change shape (Round to Square) and texture.
– New details of separate license plate lights.

The Long Island Vespa Club.

Our Sister Club, The Long Island Vespa Club is now an official Chapter of The Vespa Club Of America (VCOA)! This entitles members to discounts and more when they join the VCOA. Click here to join & Scoot On…


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The Buzz #4

“All The News That’s Fit To Get Buzzed Over “ | Number 4 | Volume 1
Marbles Mahoney, Founder & President Of The Hornets Scooter Club.

Welcome to the 4th issue issue of our Newsletter. This online publication will attempt to sum up the week’s news, upcoming events and make things easier to follow for us all. We will also keep you informed on other Scooter News from the Scooter World at large. It is all FREE. Please Subscribe, that is FREE too. Here now the news…

Honda ADV 150.

You meet the nicest people on a Honda. It is an old Advertising slogan from the 60’s. We also got to see a really nice Honda. The new ADV 150, One of our newer riders (Welcome Ken!) showed up on our first Suffolk Sunday Swarm. Yes, he was a very nice guy too, but the Scooter was very impressive. People were asking about it wherever we went. It seems like a very high quality piece with many features found on bigger sport bikes that are also much more pricey. Its rider had nothing but excellent things to say about it, except that the stock seat was not that comfortable. He replaced it with one from Corbin Seats and it all worked out in the end.

Safety.

Let’s talk about Safety for a moment. This Sunday we had a brand new rider on a brand new Vespa come ride with us for the first time. It was also the first time for her riding in a group. Of course this raise our concerns for everyone’s safety. We have some riders that still have not figured out their right from their left, LOL. Anyway she had taken a Safety Course and obviously paid attention. She rode along with the Swarm like a pro, staying in formation, never falling behind and most importantly having a good time. We all did. It always more fun when everyone knows what they are doing on the road. We recommend all riders take a Safety Course, old & new. Welcome to the club, Donna!

The Suffolk Swarm.
We held our first Swarm in Suffolk this past Sunday. We met at Dunkin’ Donuts at 694 Motor Parkway Hauppauge, NY 11788. We do this on the last Sunday of the month to let our more East-er-ly members to ride with us. Our regular Swarm in Plainview scooted on as well and we all met up at Tara’s in Port Washington. Tara’s is a world famous Biker Bar known for its $1 Dollar Hamburgers and $2 Hot Dogs. We go there often. At first some of us got our signals crossed about where & why to meet. LOL. This was quite surprising as we have been making announcements for over a month, indicating that whichever meeting place was coinvent for you is cool. Some even thought that this a permanent & mandatory change in our meeting location. It was not. The only thing “Mandatory” in this club is having Fun. It only happens at the end of the month and we have enough of an Island to go to together. Riding together is what our Club is about. We are a Club of Inclusion not Exclusion. It will always be that way and everyone is always welcome as long as they respect our ways, ride safely and have fun.

Upcoming Events…

Besides our weekly Swarms, we have some large events on our horizon. We usually take a ride to “THE END” aka Montauk Point every year. However a ride to Orient Point has also been suggested too. Add to that our very popular 2 Forks, 2 Ferries Ride that has us visit both forks on Long Island via the Shelter Island Ferries.
Please vote in the poll below…

This Week’s Events…

SEE YOU THERE!
SEE YOU THEN!

Swarm De La Pizza!

Tonight we will Swarm to La Foccacia at 64 Broadhollow Rd in Melville, NY 11747 for a meeting of the Minds and Pizzas. besides great Pizza these meetings are a great way to get in on the behind the scenes action with the club. We discuss future rides and routes & exchange ides on how to take over the world. The usual stuff. Here is the 411 on Facebook. We hope to see you there and hope you subscribe!

Scoot On… Marbles Mahoney

The Buzz #3

“All The News That’s Fit To Get Buzzed Over “ | 7.25.2022 | Number 3 | Volume 1 | Marbles Mahoney, Editor In Chief

Welcome to the THIRD issue issue of our Newsletter. This Blog will attempt to sum up the week’s news & upcoming events and make things easier to follow for us all. All official announcements will come from this Website from now on. Our Facebook Page & Private Group will remain intact & this will be available there as well. It is all FREE. Please Subscribe, here now the news…

Never A Dull Moment…

Sagamore Hill, Birthplace Of The Hornets

Despite record breaking temperatures on the Island Of Long, we had a great turnout. We also welcomed a few new members! We had a lot of Motorcycles as well, and they are always welcome. We decided on a short ride to Teddy Roosevelt’s House on Sagamore Hill in Oyster Bay and beyond. Our first ride many years ago was to Teddy’s place and we go back often. As always we take the long way wherever we go, so we headed up Sweet Hollow Road, right off Misery Mountain near Melville, NY. If you ride with us, these places are well known.

We came to a weird angled intersection with a stop sign. We have had trouble here before. One of our Hornets went down and I pulled over right away, we all did. I put my Vespa on the Center stand, turned my back and BAM – my bike went down too, all by itself! Now we had 2 bikes down in the middle of a 3 way intersection and 10 others trying to help and get out of the way. We picked the Scoots up, got out of the way and went on our way. Nobody was hurt but our Scooters took some cosmetic damage. I have some new scratches and a small dent and Gino is going to need a new mirror. He is getting a new X-max soon, anyways…

Bonanza

The Oldest Restaurant in Oyster Bay

Our next stop was also historic as well. Besides being the oldest Restaurant in Oyster Bay (est. 1897 – yes, 1897) it also was a stop on a first Sunday Swarm. They have been making Italian Ices by hand in this little shack for over 120 years. In fact the hand cranked original machine in in the backyard. They also have Hot Dogs and stuff, but their main thing is the Ices. On a 98 Degree day, it was our main thing too.

Piano Man

Billy Joel’s Motorcycle Museum.

Right across the street from Bonanza is 20th Century Cycles. That is a Motorcycle Museum owned by Billy Joel. So are all the Motorcycles. They are all Registered, Plated, Batteries charged and ready to Rock & Roll. The place is chock full of rare and cool bikes. Nothing is for sale, Billy just puts them out their for us to enjoy. He also lives nearby. Sometimes he there, sometimes not. He also shows his great taste in 2 wheeled vehicles by having his Genuine Stella with a Sidecar on display.

NEXT SUNDAY:
The Suffolk Swarm!

Every last Sunday of the month we will meet in Suffolk. We will meet at Dunkin’ Donuts at 694 Motor Parkway Hauppauge, NY 11788 at 9am, kickstands up at 10am! I hope this gives more people a chance to scoot with us from Suffolk. It will also give me a break from riding to Plainview every Sunday now that I live out here in Suffolk. The Sunday swarms at Town Bagel in Plainview will continue as usual. You can meet there and then come out to Dunkin Donuts. Stay tuned for our destination for the first Suffolk Swarm! Mm

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Scoot On… Marbles Mahoney
Founder & President
The Hornets Scooter Club Of Long Island

The Sunday Swarm!

Every Sunday, we meet to ride somewhere cool on LI. This Sunday, 7/24 is no exception. Sometimes we have a plan, sometimes we dont! Either way, everyone is welcome to join us as we swarm Long Island. Motorcycles and Scooters are welcome. Even if you do not have one yet, come say hello! We meet at Town Bagel in Plainview at 9am! See you there, be ready to ride!

Here is the 411 on Facebook… https://www.facebook.com/events/3333196810244618

Scoot On… Marbles Mahoney

The Buzz #2

“All The News That’s Fit To Get Buzzed Over “ | 7.18.2022 | Number 2 | Volume 1 | Marbles Mahoney, Editor In Chief

Welcome to the second issue issue of our Newsletter. This Blog will attempt to sum up the week’s news & upcoming events and make things easier to follow for us all. All official announcements will come from this Website from now on. Our Facebook Page & Private Group will remain intact & this will be available there as well. It is all FREE. Please Subscribe…

Here Now The News…

Another amazing Swarm of Scooters descended upon Town Bagel in Plainview on Sunday morning. About a dozen of us met up at 9 AM. The Weather was iffy but it cleared up fast. Our Swarms are usually not planned and the actual destination is decided in person at the meeting. This way we can plan the ride for who shows up and the capabilities of the rider and Scooters present.

We had 2 Swarms. Sometimes we have so many people and so many places to go that 1 will not do. We went to visit the newest Revzilla location in Brooklyn. Since we ride early, the trip was a non traffic situation and only took 40 minutes! Thanx to Mike and all The Hornets for using their resources to get to Revzilla. (Editor’s note… Roumor has it they were shopping for my Birthday present. LOL)

The Hornets in Brooklyn…

Even though it seems our Politicians have issues handling Democracy, but not the Hornets. We get together and it is always a group effort when we do decide where and when we scoot. Everyone has a say so. We do have planned rides often so stay tuned to this Blog.

Our Second Swarm was local but was not short. Ahmed first led us on his Monkey and then Bruce took us on an long and winding tour of Long Island’s North Shore. We ended up at a Holocaust Museum in the middle of a forest in Glen Cove.

This Week’s Swarms…

THE PIZZA SWARM 7/20/22 630PM:


We have a new Pizza Swarm location! A new central LI location on Route 110 is our new spot. Our Pizza Swarms try different locations to make it easier for everyone to join in. These are not really group rides, generally. They are designed for to hang out and meet and greet new nd old members alike. This Wednesday at 630PM we will be at La Focaccia, 64 Broadhollow Road in Melville, 11747. Everyone is welcome, including Motorcycles, Cars & whatever you care to Swarm in.

NEW! THE SUNDAY SWARM 7/31/22 9AM:


Every last Sunday of the month we will meet in Suffolk. We will meet at Dunkin’ Donuts at 694 Motor Parkway Hauppauge, NY 11788 at 9am, kickstands up at 10am! I hope this gives more people a chance to scoot with us from Suffolk. The Sunday swarms at Town Bagel will continue as usual. Mm

A look in to the future…

We have a lot of area to cover and a short time to do it. Here are some upcoming events we are working on…

  • Ride To Orient Point “Get To The Point!”
  • Ride To Montauk Point “The Ride To THE END”
  • Two Forks, Two Ferries Ride
  • Scooter Rally at Valley Stream State Park
  • Ducks Baseball Game

Thank you for reading, subscribing and scootering! CU@ the next swarm!


Scoot On… Marbles Mahoney
Founder & President
The Hornets Scooter Club of Long Island, NY

A Brief History Of The Hornets…

While it is true that we started in 1999, it took a while for the swarm to start swarming. Starting at The Bellmore RR Station on Friday nights, I started to gather up Scooterists in the area. After 2 years of Advertising in Newspapers and Scooter Magazines, somebody showed up and the riding started. After a while there were about a half dozen of us and we decided to meet on Sunday mornings. Less traffic and more time to explore the Island. There were not really any Maxi Scooters at the time and the biggest engine anyone had was a modified 172cc. Our first Sunday Swarm was to Sagamore Hill, Teddy Roosevelts home. We still ride there at least once a year.

In 2002, 4 of us did our first “Ride To The End” to Montauk Point. A 250cc, 2 150’s and an 80cc Honda made the journey. It was not easy, but we made it a point to make it an annual tradition. We have done it ever since, only missing a year or two due to circumstances beyond our control.

The die was set. A weekly meeting on Sundays & an annual Rally to Montauk Point. We were off to a good start. Our website was launched and we were on MySpace. The Swarm started growing. My Career as Internet Marketing Manager paid off and I used my talents to make us be known around the world. We were the first club from America to entered into the International Federation of Vespa Clubs. None of this was without Drama. Many other area Clubs took notice & lot of negative online discourse followed. Many did not like the fact that we were accepting of all new scooters, including asian imports and automatics. After 23 years I am happy to report that we have out lived them all.

Nowadays, we meet twice a week. Sunday to Ride, Wednesday to Eat. We enjoy great relations with the Scooter Clubs in the Area and all the copycat clubs have dissolved. Most of the other clubs were based on the Internet. Our Club is based on the road. We meet in person, not on a forum. We discuss our adventures face to face. This is the way people have communicated for millions of years and I have no desire to change anything. We have a private members only Facebook Group and a public Facebook page as well as this website. I hope you enjoy and continue to…

Scoot on… Marbles Mahoney
Founder & President

One of the first Swarms at the Bellmore RR Station.

La Focaccia

A new location for our Pizza Swarm has been selected! La Focaccia in Melville has been voted one of the best Pizzerias on Long Island by Newsday. It is centrally located right on Route 110 aka Broad Hollow Road in Melville, next to Starbucks. It is a strip mall in between Rt 110 and Walt Whitman Road, in between Pinelawn Road & Old Country Road. Next to the LIE and the Northern State, too!. Here is a link in Google Maps…

64 Broadhollow Road, Melville, NY, 11747

I am very grateful that we tried Richie’s in Deer Park, in an attempt to bring things closer to me. It was a thoughtful idea & Richie’s is great but I think it is a bit too far out east for everyone. I have have moved out east and I am already “too far out” as it is. LOL…

I hope to see you this Wednesday around 630pm. Come on 2 wheels or four, this is more of a meet and greet than a ride, so come hungry and ready to make friends!

Scoot On…

Marbles Mahoney
Founder & President
The Hornets Scooter Club of Long Island

The Buzz. #1

“All The News That’s Fit To Get Buzzed Over “
7.11.2022 | Number 1 | Volume 1


Welcome.
This is the first issue of our Newsletter. This Blog will attempt to sum up the week’s news & upcoming events and make things easier to follow for us all. All official announcements will come from this Website from now on. Our Facebook Page & Private Group will remain intact & this will be available there as well. It is all FREE. Please Subscribe…

Here Now The News…

We had a great Swarm on Sunday! We met as usual at Town Bagel in Plainview. Over a half dozen of us went to some familiar spots for us. Our journey took us to the South Shore of Long Island. Our first stop was Wantagh Park. This is the site of our very first ride, 23 years ago. However we could not stop to savor our history, because it costs $10 each to park. Along the way we passed The Bellmore RR Station, the site of our first meeting spot. Moving right along, we went a mile or so east to Cedar Creek Park in Seaford. This is where the Nassau County Aerodrome is located. It is an Airport for Remote Control Planes. It is hidden way behind the Park near the Police Impound Yard (don’t ask how I know that). We were treated to biplanes, Jets and more all operated by remote control. It was like our own private Airshow. While there we made a new friend…

Our next stop was to All American Burger in Massapequa. We originally planned to go to Oak Beach, but the Swarm was hungry and wanted a shorter day of Scootering. We are a Democracy, after all. All American is a world famous landmark on Long Island and a favorite destination of the Swarm. It was a beautiful day to be out & about. We must of hung out there for over an hour just enjoying each others company. We chilled, discussed our plans for Scooter World Domination and had the coolest Burgers & Fries on Long Island. We split up from there and went back to life beyond the Swarm.

This Week’s Swarms…

THE PIZZA SWARM:
This week, we have a new Pizza Swarm location! A new central LI location on Route 110 is our new spot. Our Pizza Swarms try different locations to make it easier for everyone to join in. These are not really group rides, generally. They are designed for to hang out and meet and greet new nd old members alike. This Wednesday at 630PM we will be at La Focaccia, 64 Broadhollow Road in Melville, 11747. Everyone is welcome, including Motorcycles, Cars & whatever you care to Swarm in.

THE SUNDAY SWARM:
The longest running Scooter meet in the NYC/LI Area. Since 1999 we have been bring Long Island’s Scooter Lovers together for fun & friendship. We meet at Town Bagel at 1133 Old Country Road, Plainview, 11803 around 83o-9AM. We like to get an early start to beat the infamous LI traffic before it beats us. Destination are usually unplanned and decided by and based on those that show up. Planned rides do happen often enough and those will be posted here on this Blog and Facebook. See you Sunday!

Please subscribe to get more updates & Scoot On… Mm

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