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April 23, 2016
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Vespa 98

Today, April 23, 2016, is the 70th anniversary of the patent filing by Piaggio & C. S.p.A for “a motor cycle with a rational complex of organs and elements with body combined with the mudguards and bonnet covering all the mechanical parts.” Okay, I’m sure it sounded better in Italian, but you get the idea. Since then, 17 million Vespa scooters, give or take, have been built and sold worldwide. Wish your Vespa (or whatever other scooter you own) a happy birthday today, and go for a ride.

GenZe 2.0: An electric I could like

April 20, 2016
GenZe scooter

GenZe scooter has a lot to like (GenZe photo)

I won’t apologize for not being a huge fan of electric vehicles. Especially electric scooters. However, I also used to be a climate-change skeptic, but when presented with compelling facts, I changed my mind.

Most electric scooters available now cause my eyes to roll because of poor conception, poor engineering, and poor construction. GenZe’s 2.0 electric, however, is something that could very easily change my mind.

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Signed up yet?

April 11, 2016

Amerivespa 2016, Memphis

You probably know by now that Amerivespa 2016 will be held in Memphis, Tenn. June 23-26. It looks like a great time. Have you registered yet?

Why the heck not?

Luckily, there’s still time to get registered! Make sure you get your t-shirt, patch and goodie bag by clicking right here. While you’re at it, you can also become a member of Vespa Club of America (not required for Amerivespa participation). It’s easy!

See you there?

Yamaha grasps the concept

April 9, 2016
Yamaha 04GEN scooter

Yamaha 04GEN debuted at the first-ever Vietnam Motorcycle Show (Yamaha photos)

Aside from Pho’ and Bahn Mi, Vietnam is rather famous for city streets teeming with scooters and motorbikes. Vietnam is also becoming famous for its transformation from communism to the kind of state capitalism that propelled China’s economy to second-largest in the world. Which among other things means more and more of Vietnam’s people can think about such things as style and image. Especially when it comes to transportation.

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And Bob’s your uncle

April 4, 2016
British scooters

Scooter friend Drew went on his first U.K. group ride the other day (Drew Garcia photos)

Many dream of it, scooter friend Drew has done it: he’s moved to the U.K., and gotten a scooter. His first foray into the Worcestershire (yes, as in the sauce) scooter scene follows the jump.

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A pretty darn good scooter hauler

April 1, 2016
Chevy Tornado

Chevrolet Tornado starts at $11,000 in Mexico (Photos: General Motors Company)

Several friends will be riding to Portland today, to participate in Spring Scoot 22. For once, the weather will be sunny, and warmer than usual. It should be a great ride down. But what about those times when riding isn’t practical, or feasible?

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Splitting atoms

February 16, 2016

Lane-splitting

Word comes of a lane-splitting bill being introduced in the Colorado General Assembly.

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