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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
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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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M-O-U-S-E

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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Fake, fake, fake

November 14, 2016
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React365 screen grab

React365.com screen grab

The story was being shared all over Facebook. “Vespa’s coming out with a new 500cc shifter bike!” people breathlessly exclaimed. Um, no, they aren’t.

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2016 Seattle Auto Show

November 11, 2016
Buick Envision

Envision a Buick crossover built in China (Orin O’Neill photos, except as noted)

Seattle International Auto Show

Another year passes, another Seattle Auto Show comes to CenturyLink Events Center. As always, if cars aren’t your thing, you can avail yourself of a DECADE’s worth of scootery awesomeness elsewhere on this here blog. Still with me? Great! Read about the auto show after the jump.

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I sing the Vespa elettrica *updated

November 8, 2016
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Vespa elettrica

Vespa elettrica concept (Piaggio Group photos)

As the United States elected a new president (and most of the rest of the world nervously bites its fingernails), EICMA‘s exhibitors held press conferences Monday and Tuesday. The star of the Piaggio Group show was the Vespa elettrica concept.

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Won’t you help?

November 4, 2016

Café Racer, Seattle

If you’ve been reading this here blog from the beginning, you should know about Café Racer, located in Seattle’s University District.

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