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What are we bid?

May 22, 2017
1957 Vespa, lot 107

This 1957 Vespa VB1T is lot 107 in the Neale and Sons auction being held as part of Amerivespa (liveauctions.com photo)

Amerivespa 2017 in Seattle will be here before you know it. The 25th annual gathering of scooter folk will end with something new: an auction.

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Where’s the beef (tariff)?

May 16, 2017
2015 Vespa GTS 300 Super

Vespa GTS 300 Super (Photo: Piaggio Group)

U.S. Senate confirmation of Robert Lighthizer as U.S. Trade Representative means a decision on whether to apply a proposed 100% tariff on 51- to 500cc motorcycles imported from Europe will likely be made soon.

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Mexivespa

May 4, 2017

Envespamx logo

While the excitement continues to build for Amerivespa 2017 in Seattle, scooterists in Mexico wrapped up their national gathering Monday.

The eighth edition of Encuentro Nacional Vespa México was held in Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico, which is south of Mexico City (or as some say, CDMX). Organized by the Vespa Club México and Vespanautas SC (the folks who rode to Memphis for Amerivespa 2016), riders from all over Mexico and other countries spent four days (six counting the the unofficial before and after rides) riding, socializing, eating, and if one were so inclined, mountain climbing.

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Scooter economics

May 1, 2017

Flat tire

I walked out to the More Expensive Ford Taurus with a Different Grille and this caught my eye. Crap.

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Time marches on

April 22, 2017
Our Friend Chuck's MP3 400

Our Friend Chuck’s MP3 400 is for sale (Chuck Pefley photos)

“End of an era,” read the comment by Mr. Robert the Hair Stylist. Indeed. Our Friend Chuck has put his Piaggio MP3 400 up for sale.

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Cannonballin’ in 2018?

April 17, 2017
Cannonball scooters

Early arrivals at Lighthouse Park in Mukilteo, Wash., the finish line for the 2016 Scooter Cannonball (Orin O’Neill photos)

It’s not too early to start thinking about the 2018 version of the Scooter Cannonball Run. Not at all.

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The Vespa story, c. 2017

March 23, 2017
Chinese-made Jaguar electric motorcycle

Electric motorcycles, like this Chinese-made Jaguar, are becoming popular in Cuba. Used with permission – ©2017 Brenda Priddy

You’re familiar with the story of the first Vespa, right? If not, here it is: Piaggio & C. SpA, seeking new lines of business, introduces the first Vespa scooter to a poor Italy recovering from the ravages of WWII, to help satisfy its pent-up demand for personal transportation. That first Vespa is a simple, inexpensive device that’s easy to ride, and addresses what its designer considered the downsides of motorcycle ownership.

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