1. I understand from where you are coming from, but I want to make a couple of things clear. I am most definitely not an expert on Asian restorations, I wanted to comment directly on some of the scathing comments that I had read regarding Asian restorers. Almost damning each and every one, simply because they were from Asia. I was trying provide an opinion that buying solely a restored scooter (or interpretation of restoration) from ones home market doesn’t make you a scooter aficionado, or a purist. It doesn’t make one scooter; better than another. It provides choice. I love the enthusiasm of the scooter community, but I dislike the snobbery.
Bona fides are important and I think at this point to ensure credibility of no connection to the one restorer in particular. My background is Healthcare Recruitment. I have visited SE Asia for the purpose of recruitment, no other reason. If I gave the impression that I have spent significant time there, that is incorrect on my behalf , I wish to clarify immediately that I have visited various SE Asian countries on numerous occasions for periods up to 6 weeks at a time for the purpose of work and leisure (family vacations etc.). The most time spent in SE Asia has been the Philippines and with my connections in recruitment and HR you will understand the obvious connection.
Why post on an Australian site - simple, it’s a fun site, I believe that scootering; the passion and enthusiasm crosses all boundaries whether they be cultural or geographical.
Please find my linkedin page for reference regarding my personal background. You will also see a continued attachment to Australia also, maybe that will also explain the connection to Australia.
You pose the question regarding my personal exposure to the Australian market or classic scene, from a commercial aspect, no most definitely not, I have no experience. On the classic scene front, from a personal prospective unfortunately not, as I have mentioned in other posts, the scene in Australia seems active, vibrant and fun. With the lifestyle and sunshine that Australia offers it seems like the perfect place to enjoy a scooter, whether classic or modern.
Symposiums which stimulate debate, discussion and dialogue are all elements which I believe invigorate forum sites, I apologise if you mistook 'axe grinding' for what was intended as simply an alternative consideration of the Asian restoration market; that not all restorers were awful and that buying from your home market was not a guarantee of a perfect restoration (or interpretation of restoration).
Moving on, I am with Mike, it’s a matter of personal opinion. I am happy to move on and see an end to this thread. I feel that I have made my point and importantly stressed and attempted to prove that I have NO connection with any commercial activity or market associated with the scooter industry.
The only thing on your post which did really hurt was the comments about my bike, however as you say, it’s your personal taste. I love my scooter; I have wanted one exactly like this for a long time. Difference is what makes life and each and every one of us unique - which I believe is a wonderful thing. Sometimes though, descriptions such as ‘garish’, 'almost painful to look at' and 'bastardisations' are not simply observations but personal annotations and observations which could quite easily be taken or meant offend or provoke. A simple response to the appearance of my scooter would have been ' I like to see original, or original-like, scoots and I think tose (sic) combinations are ......... not restorations' , it’s the same sentiment from a personal perspective and observational point of view, but not potentially insensitive to the poster. I felt the comment almost had a ‘troll’ characteristic and was intended to antagonise. I have taken a time to compose a response and do not believe (or hope) that they were your intentions on this occasion
I happily put this post to bed and promise not to comment on your Scooters appearance!!!!!!!!!! LoL
PS, nearly forgot here is my linkedin page. http://uk.linkedin.com/pub/rob-walker/4b/563/473