If you’re shopping for a scooter, you’ve probably noticed the term “pressed steel monocoque” in the specification sheet for modern Vespas. The picture above is of a Vespa LX’s monocoque, which is also referred to as a unibody or unit body.
EICMA is now open to the public, and while Honda introduced a boatload of new motorcycles, there were otherwise no Earth-shattering intros in the scooter realm.
While important details about the 2014 Vespa Primavera have yet to be revealed (MSRP, on-sale dates, that sort of thing), Piaggio has released a whole bunch of pictures.
EICMA kinda snuck up on me this year. While I can’t be there, our amici at Motoblog.it are on the spot for media days today and Tuesday, when the majority of press conferences will take place. Piaggio Group’s press conference is one of those, but today Motoblog reported an interesting bit of Vespa news (in Italian).
Earlier this week, my unblemished driving record took a hit. And as you can see, so did the Fourth Estate.
For the first time in a couple of decades, I had to miss the Seattle Auto Show. Did I mention I was in hospital for a month and a half? I now have a more partial right foot than before, and I decided trying to walk a couple of miles at CenturyLink Events Center so soon after being released was not a good idea, at least not with the shoes I have. So this year’s story is going to lean heavily in the rant direction, with things I’ve heard secondhand sprinkled here and there. The show organizers have been making steady, meaningful improvements in the last few years; this year, I’m sorry to have missed it.
As always, if this is of no interest to you, there are nearly 600 posts about scooters for you to explore. Read my rant after the jump.