Name: PA (and Max)
Bike: Vespa PX
Location: Paris 10
Pierre-Alexis (aka PA) is what we can call a real parisian. He quickly understood that living in Paris required to own its own scooter, especially when you have to cross Paris every morning, or if you need to escape from the city (like he did once, to Fontainebleau, with his friend Maxime here on the picture). But for PA, this was more than a convenient way of transportation, it was mainly for the “old mechanic” and the loud sound of the engine that are typical of the PX. If PA had to buy a car, it would be a Citroën 2CV ! He also appreciates the look, the fact that it’s not too shiny and that it doesn’t really attract thieves.
PA customized its Vespa PX a bit: first, by repainting it from white to green, then by putting a few army stickers. He’s now considering changing its color again, to peacock blue this time. We’re sure he’ll set a new trend again !
Location: Paris 2
Simon is the first one I shot for this project. I was walking around Montorgueil in Paris, like a hunter looking for his prey. He was actually the perfect prey I was looking for, so when I saw him arriving and stopping at the red light, I didn’t hesitate a second and asked him if I could take a pic of him.
Of course taking a picture at the red light isn’t the best. Specially if you want to have a little chat to get a bit of a story about Simon and why he’s riding this nice red Kawasaki. So I took his email and asked him later.
Here are the few answers he kindly responded to my questions.
Simon has been riding in Paris for 20 years. To escape the metro. To be free to go where he wants, when he wants. For the thrill, for the fun and to be riding with friends.
He’s riding on the picture a Kawasaki from 1999 that he bought for his “sweety”. He’s happy and proud to see her riding it.
The furthest he wants with this bike is Malakoff (city in the south of Paris) but with other bikes he went until Arcachon or Marseilles, alone or his “sweety”.
Thanks Simon for having been the first just to say “yes” and for the answers.