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November 15, 2017
BMW C400X

BMW’s new C400X aims for a piece of a large market (Photos: BMW Motorcycles)

BMW introduced a new scooter at EICMA 2017. The C400X slots below the current 600-ish cc offerings, which were introduced in 2011.

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2018-Model Seattle Auto Show

November 10, 2017
Seahawks Tundra

Because, reasons. (Orin O’Neill photos, except as noted)

If it’s November, it must be time for me to get off the subject of scooters and do my annual rant about the state of the automotive industry (and incidentally, what happened at the Seattle Auto Show). If you care not for this, you may peruse over 10 years’ worth of scooter awesomeness.

Still here? Auto show story begins after the jump.

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I sing the Vespa elettrica, again

November 7, 2017
Vespa Elettrica intro

Vespa introduced the production version of its Elettrica scooter at EICMA (photos: Piaggio Group)

EICMA kinda snuck up on me this year. Piaggio Group had a bunch of product intros, but the one of greatest interest to you, dear reader, is most likely the production version of the Vespa Elettrica scooter.

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Yet another trip to Portland

October 19, 2017
Adding electrons

Orin O’Neill photos

My weekend with the Chevrolet Bolt EV had come to an end. The folks at Forth Mobility needed it back in Portland Monday afternoon.

I have done the I-5 Shuffle to and from the Rose City literally thousands of times, but this time would be different… I’d be driving an electric car.

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2018 Chevrolet Bolt EV: Get your grand back

October 17, 2017
Chevy Bolt EV, parked

Photos: Orin O’Neill, unless otherwise noted.

It isn’t just Trump supporters who are willfully delusional. Those who drink gallons of the Tesla Kool-Aid are every bit as out of touch with reality.

“The Model 3 is the ONLY affordable (or “affordable,” your choice) electric car!” they enthuse. It will end America’s dependence on fossil fuel, cure cancer, and end world hunger!” “It’s made with MAGIC FAIRY DUST!!!”

Having delivered 30 “production” Model 3s to Tesla employees, Uncle Elon says his company will be cranking out half a million by the end of the year. In a factory where General Motors and Toyota only managed to build about a quarter million vehicles annually, that will be a neat trick.

Tesla doesn’t talk about the folks who’ve asked for their deposits back. I’m going to guess those requesting refunds had a look around and realized there are lots and lots of electric cars they can buy RIGHT NOW! Among them is the Chevrolet Bolt EV.

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Got Jesse

October 13, 2017
Red LX 150

Image: KIRO TV

In the time I’ve been writing this here blog, nothing leaves me shaking my head and saying “WTF” more than the conduct of so many motorcycle/scooter dealers. Following the jump is a story that just blows me away.

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The Running of the Oysters

September 25, 2017
All bikes are welcome

All bikes and riders are welcome at the annual Oyster Run (Orin O’Neill photos)

The fourth Sunday in September sees the annual Oyster Run converge on the pleasant town of Anacortes, Wash. What started out as a few guys getting together to ride to Edison, Wash. and eat oysters grew, and grew, and grew. While not as big as Sturgis, the Oyster Run fills Anacortes’ downtown with 2-(and 3-)wheelers of every possible description.

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