Wussy#2 (@vespamecanix206) April 05, 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.
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.
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.
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.