If you didn’t know this already, Frau Schmitt and your humble narrator zip around New Orleans on twin motor scooters. It’s my mode of transportation when I visit neighborhood bakeries and delis and pastry shops and grocers every morning before our guests are awake. I go around to pick up the many varied delicacies we serve for breakfast every day. Our guests sometimes ask us if they can rent motor scooters during their stay. Our answer is always the same. The best scooter shop in New Orleans is Avenue Scooters located at 1134 St. Charles Avenue.
I went across the street from the shop to take a picture of it for this entry. Instead, I inadvertently shot a video. Here’s why we don’t feature a lot of videos directed by your humble narrator on this blog:
I’m much better at conjuring images with words than I am at conjuring compelling videos out of life’s raw materials in front of my eyes. Ever the Luddite, I prefer cold-pressed text. I’m sure Hoang and Harris, the twin backbones of Avenue Scooters, are gonna be delighted to see the panhandler in the St. Charles Avenue neutral ground given primary placement in this snapshot of their shop’s facade. Welcome to New Orleans.
Hoang and Harris are top-notch fellows. They have rescued this franchise which used to go under a different name. Avenue Scooters really is the best scooter shop in New Orleans. Frau Schmitt and I have been going there for years, but since Hoang and Harris have taken over, we don’t do it with a tinge of regret. Whenever we need something, it is a pleasure, rather than a chore, to visit Avenue Scooters.
They rent scooters by the day, if you are inclined to see New Orleans on two motorized wheels, and their prices are eminently reasonable.
I wanted some extra mirrors on my scooter and Harris ginned up the perfect solution to my desires:
My rear view is now in cinemascope when I’m tootling around New Orleans on my various errands. That’s pretty mod, eh?
I know of one other place where you can rent a scooter while you’re here. It’s not a place I would recommend. We rented a scoot from them when we visited New Orleans before we moved here, six years ago. The brakes didn’t work and the engine stalled whenever I wanted to accelerate. Those aren’t attributes you want when you’re straddling the smallest motorized vehicle on the road.
There are other places that sell scooters, and there are other places that service scooters. FX Motorsports comes to mind as a reputable shop that does fine mechanical and maintenance work. Dave is another top-notch guy and his shop is a magician’s workshop of parts and scooters in various states of disrepair and reassembly. Dave is located in a nondescript corrugated metal building on Chippewa Street in the Irish Channel. He only sells and services, though, as far as I know. It’s only Avenue Scooters that rents out super-sweet Genuine Buddys that are tight in a clinch and a joy to ride. When you’re driving a reliable motor scooter, you’ve got a smile on your face. You should see me every morning as I make my errands.
Why don’t I ride a super-sweet Buddy? I used to, but that bike got jinxed!! I switched to a Campagno 110 that Hoang sold me and Harris customized at Avenue Scooters and I haven’t looked back since except to enjoy the panascope view in my rear view mirrors.
No matter what you are looking for, we probably know where you can find it if you choose to stay at La Belle Esplanade during your New Orleans visit. We’re not going to tell you where to find prostitutes or illegal drugs. Maybe your Uber driver can help you with that. If he or she does, don’t bring either of these back home to our inn. If you are looking for just about anything else, though, we’re more than happy to tell you where the best deal to suit whatever your needs may be.
If you’re looking to rent a motor scooter, I’ve got two words for you.
When our guests ask where they should rent a scooter, I always say, “Avenue Scooters.” Frau Schmitt follows up my train of thought by saying, “He’s right.” Frau Schmitt is usually right about these things.
À votre santé,
La Belle Esplanade
…where every morning begins with a curated breakfast salon.
June 27, 2016: There’s a wine tasting up the street from us this afternoon at the Kitchen Witch cookbook store. Guess who’ll be there.