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Stella Automatic debuts at Scoot About

April 12, 2014
Flo and friends

Progressive Insurance commercial spokescharacter Flo makes the scene at Scoot About (Orin O’Neill photos)

While the Stella Automatic has been on sale for a while, Seattle Genunine Scooters dealer Scoot About held a launch party Saturday, which spawned a ride featuring Stellas and open to all other scooters.

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Springtime in Seattle

April 9, 2014
2014 Vespa Primavera

Vespa’s 2014 Primavera makes its Seattle debut (Orin O’Neill photos)

Spring is springing in Seattle and Western Washington. Cherry blossoms and crocus are making their annual appearances. And Vespa’s reborn Primavera made its debut at Vespa Seattle Tuesday.

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Lost and found

April 5, 2014

I must admit, I’m not a huge fan of Twitter. Don’t get me wrong, I am totally blown away that almost 900 of you find Scootin’ Old Skool’s tweets interesting enough to follow, and I thank you all (and if you’re not presently following, I invite you to join them… @scootinoldskool). In this case, a tweet grabbed my attention as few others have.

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S is for Sprint *Updated

March 25, 2014
2015 Vespa Sprint

2015 Vespa Sprint (Piaggio Group photos)

You already know the 2014 Vespa Primavera is due at U.S. Vespa dealers any day now, right? Well, the other half of the modern smallframe equation was introduced to the media in Rome Monday.

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2014 Genuine Stella 125 Automatic: Indeed, Hell hath frozen over

March 23, 2014
Stella Auto emblem

Orin O’Neill photos

Conventional wisdom in the U.S. powersports biz with regard to scooters has not changed over the years: The bike needs to look like an old-skool Vespa, work like a modern scooter, and most importantly, it needs to be inexpensive.

The ideal would therefore seem to be a Vespa P-series with a modern engine and drivetrain. After years of conjecture, rumor and wishful thinking, that vision has finally been rendered in metal—yes, metal, not plastic—by LML, and brought forth in the U.S. (and I imagine the Philippines, too) by the Genuine Scooter Company.

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Shorthand

February 27, 2014

Scoot-to URL shortener

If you spend any time at all on Twitter, Facebook or other similar sites, you’ve surely noticed by now that links to external pages are often really short, and have some kind of condensed domain name, e.g., n.pr, kng5.tv, etc. Bit.ly and other similar services (the .ly domain belongs to Libya, BTW) have offered free domain shortening for many years, which can make ungainly links like those generated by Google Maps much more manageable. (I wish more people knew about this…)

Well, there’s now a domain shortening service for the scooter world: Andrew (Danger is my middle name) has launched Scoot.to (.to is Tonga), a free service. If your scooter event or scooter business has a long, unintuitive URL (e.g., a Facebook event page), you can plug it into Scoot.to and get something easy to remember. Think of how you get there.

I got scoot.to/oldskool for this here blog. Favicon

2014 Portland Auto Show

February 10, 2014
PDX Auto Show

Orin O’Neill photos

As you may recall, I was forced to miss the Seattle International Auto Show in October. Luckily, Portland’s show happens in February, which means at least a few Detroit debutantes make the scene. As always, if cages aren’t your thing you can hit the archives for seven years’ worth of Scootin’ Old Skool awesomeness. Read about the show after the jump.

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