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Please kill me now

March 7, 2017
VW Sedric concept

Volkswagen unveiled its Sedric autonomous car concept at the Geneva Auto Show (VW Group photos)

Disruption is the word these days. Just about anything you can think of is undergoing (or about to) a tectonic shift. Amazon continues to disrupt retail. Spotify, Pandora, et al disrupted iTunes, which disrupted the music biz. The auto industry faces disruption of its business model, its leaders scrambling to find a way forward.

One of those possible ways forward was suggested by Volkswagen Group, which unveiled its Sedric concept (above) at the Geneva Auto Show Monday.

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The oily bird catches the worm

February 26, 2017
Lubri-gas camel

Kinda like 2-stroke oil, huh? (Dawn Brightwell photos)

Winter is hanging on for dear life in the Pacific Northwest. Yes, the days are longer and the temperatures warmer during the day, but a light dusting of snow can still greet you in the morning. Luckily for Tacoma’s Firkin SC, the snow stayed away Saturday, the occasion of their monthly group ride.

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Doing the Thailand shuffle

February 2, 2017
Scomadi people

Photo: Scomadi PM Tuning

Scomadi PM Tuning, the folks you bring you Lambretta-inspired modern scooters, announced in a Facebook post Wednesday that it would be shifting production from China.

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Going once, going twice, SOLD!

January 19, 2017
1960 Lambretta Li 125 Series 2

This 1960 Lambretta Li 125 sold Thursday at Bonhams Scottsdale auction. Used with permission – ©2017 Brenda Priddy

It’s collector-vehicle auction time in Arizona, and once again Bonhams Scottsdale had a vintage Lambretta on offer.

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Trade War II

January 14, 2017
Vespa GTS 300

How does $13,398 U.S. for a GTS sound? (Piaggio Group ohoto)

Surely you’ve heard President-elect Donald Trump say he wants to slap YUGE tariffs on goods imported from China and Mexico. Well, there’s a distinct possibility of such a tariff being imposed on European motorcycles. And it’s much larger than what Mr. Trump proposes.

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ISOTY, 2016

December 26, 2016
Aprilia SR 150

Aprilia SR 150 Sports Scooter. Yes, really. (Piaggio Group photo)

Word arrives in my inbox about the recent accolades received by Piaggio’s Aprilia SR 150 scooter. In India.

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November 16, 2016
Mickey, Minnie and the scooter

Disney Animation

Remember the Mickey Mouse opus Croissant de Triomphe? Well, Mickey, Minnie and the anthropomorphic scooter are back with a new adventure.

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