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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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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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