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Earlier in the week, I heard that Keeler Smart Center Latham was hosting a Smart Car test drive at Crossgates yesterday and today.  I found out about it through Keeler’s tweets encouraging people to stop down.  So yesterday, Rose and I stopped down to check it out.  I had always wanted to drive one of the Smart cars, but never had the chance.

I had seen them for years before they came to the states a few years ago.  In my travels to Europe, and at Lime Rock in Connecticut.  The car at Lime Rock was most likely brought to the states and converted to US EPA standards.  That was way back in the late 90s or early 2000s, long before they began importing them for sale here.

Recently, I had seen them on the road here and there in the Capital District, and even see one up the street at a neighbor’s house every day.  It is bright yellow.  You can’t miss it.

Two of the people at the event were marketing reps for Smart USA, and I also met John Sterrett from the Latham Smart Center.  He went with me on my test drive.  Great guy!  We discussed the Smart car as well as sports cars and motorcycles.  Who could ask for a better co-pilot?  I got to drive the Smart ForTwo Passion Cabriolet in Blue Metallic and Rose drove the Smart ForTwo Passion Coupe in Red.

Here is the common misconception about these cars – they are incredibly roomy inside.  The car had lots of legroom and quite a bit of headroom.  There was even a decent amount of storage behind the seats for luggage or groceries, whichever you may be hauling.  They come equipped with a 1.0 L, 71 HP, 3 cylinder engine.  It’s not the fastest car you will ever drive, but it will pay off at the gas pump, as they get 41 miles per gallon according to the Smart USA website.  With gas now back to over $3 a gallon, that plays a huge factor in many people’s decision of which new car to buy.

The other question a lot of people ask is about the safety of such a small car.  The Smart ForTwo cars have a very high 5-star safety rating per the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.  That is pretty impressive in itself.  I would feel very safe in this car.  heck, it can’t be any worse that being on a motorcycle in traffic.  At least people might see you in the car.

The event is going on tomorrow as well.  Make sure you stop down and check them out. Sorry about the crappy pics.  All I had with me was my cell and was shooting into the sun.  I tweaked them a touch in Photoshop to make them  little better.   See ya soon!

On Friday I finally got Rose to take her first ride of the season with me.  I had been a few times already this year, but she hadn’t.  I don’t really mind the cold when riding the bike, but she is much more of a warm-blooded creature.

I got the Yamaha out and we got our gear together.  We are big fans of being safe when on the bike.  There is a term in the motorcycle world called “ATGATT”, which means “All The Gear, All The Time”.  This means that whenever we go out on the bike, we will wear a jacket with armor, a full face helmet, gloves and over the ankle boots.  No exceptions.

Rose had asked that we went to the Ocean State Job Lot in Valatie, as she was looking for something in particular.  I put the tour trunk on the back of the bike so we would have extra room to carry any small things we might buy.

We got on the road and on 90 just past the Corporate Woods exit we saw a Toyota Camry with a very funny vanity plate on it.  When I spotted it, I pointed it out to Rose.  The lady driving the Camry saw me pointing to it and gave me the thumbs up.  Rose had the small point and shoot camera and grabbed this shot…

PEDLSTUK

As we passed her, I gave her a wave and a smile.  That lady has a great sense of humor.  It’s good to see that some people don’t just freak out and give up on a good company.

We continued out 90 to exit 11A towards Pittsfield.  In Schodack, we took Route 9 down towards Valatie.  When we pulled into the Ocean State Job Lot parking lot, I noticed that the outside air temperature was 72 degrees.  So, we grabbed a picture of that as well.

We had no plans for the day, so we continued down Route 9 through Hudson where we picked up Route 23 across the Rip Van Winkle Bridge.  After the bridge, we hung a left and went down to the town of Catskill for some lunch.  We had been to a great cafe down there called MOD previously, and were hoping to eat there but they closed at 3 and we got there around 3:30.  Bummer.  So, we found a little pizza joint and grabbed an Italian Mix and a slice to refuel.

It was getting late, so we decided to take the highway home to make the trip a little quicker, as coming home on 9W would have taken close to an hour and a half.  So, we shot down to Saugerties and hopped on 87 for the ride home.  I don’t like being on the highways with the bike, as it is very boring.  I would rather be on the back roads eating up the twisties and having a blast.  This time of year it gets cold quickly after dark, so for Rose’s sake, I took the quick route.

Speaking of twisties, Rose was taking pics while I was going thru some twisties and here’s what she got…

A left-hander

A left-hander

A right-hander leaned way over

A right-hander leaned way over

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**Today’s photos are courtesy of Rose**