February 5, 2020
The 2020 model of the Polish Romet won’t be available for a few more weeks and I will own one of the very first ones off the production line.
I guess calling it a motorcycle is disingenuous, it’s more of a runabout scooter and it’s exactly what I need to cruise to the store and roam around the Bulgarian back roads, explore villages and the countryside. It took me years to figure out exactly what I want to buy. A big Honda, an off-roader or a dual purpose but insurance on these little 50cc bikes is super cheap (5 Euros/month…yes $5), they go fast enough for my needs (50/60k which is practically the limit on all the backroads in BG), I can take Amalia with me and most importantly they are incredibly affordable to buy. Plans are to buy the blue 2020 model year (over the orange, although I love the orange, too).
I will write more about the ROMET BRAND in the coming months. It’s a 65 year old Polish company that made the original folding bikes I rode in Poland (think the Bulgarian Balkan bikes we ride now) and the very original motorcycles everyone rode back in the Polish communist times. I am going super retro, slow and steady and I am so fuckin’ excited and will video and document EVERYTHING.
Another thing – these are light and nimble enough to throw on the back of the campervan on just a hitch mounted scooter rack…just imagine the possibilities.
Below is what this machine looked like in 1985.
Here is an original Polish Romet “składak”, you can clearly see the resemblance with a Bulgarian Balkan.
What better way to celebrate a rainy Bulgarian afternoon than an Americano-Amalia Tex-Mex style custom 7 layer dip n’ Greek chips (that coincidentally have the best alligator-logo of any product).