• May 15th 2006 at 6:35PM
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Scooters have shot up in popularity alongside motorcycle sales as gas prices continue to hover around $3 a gallon. According to the Motorcycle Industry Council, sales went from 12,000 in 1997 to 113,000 in 2005 as people discovered the scooter's fuel-sipping100  mpg and its ability to zip through traffic snarls.
So-called 'blue-collar' buyers, who never before considered the scooter as a serious transportation alternative, are visiting scooter dealerships in greater numbers, especially after shelling out $100 to fill up their SUVs. And just like their motorcycle brethren, scooter riders are joining clubs, Internet forums, and organizing weekend rides.

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[Source: Associate Press via Happy News.com]

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      • 9 Years Ago
      I just purchased a Honda Reflex. My first time riding (bringing it home)it happened to rain. I have been riding it all weekend and have finally got a handle on turning corners and taking curves. My commute to work just got more fun and cheaper too!
      • 9 Years Ago
      #8 - rjl

      You never heard the term:
      "Scooters are like fat chicks;
      They're fun to ride but don't let your friends see you on them!"

      I hardly think you're ignorant for not knowing that joke.
      • 9 Years Ago
      #7 I know that I can reduce the risks a lot by being careful, but there are a lot of people who drive dangerously and inattentively so I like to minimize my risk.

      #8 My Saab does get 32+ mpg on the highway which is good enough for me, plus it's one of the safest cars on the road and it'll accelerate fast enough to fend off Detroit's high speed traffic. I would seriously consider a diesel car though, just none available in my price range from GM (where I used to work), or DaimlerChrysler (where I work now). I wish they would bring a C-Class diesel here, but only the E-Class is here.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Finaly people are realizing that mopeds are the superior form of mass transportation. More hard core than any biker gang, and more dedicated than any auto club, mopeds are the future.


      • 9 Years Ago
      #11 UH2L: Well, you could always import a diesel drivetrain from Europe... what model of Saab do you have? There may be a TiD drivetrain for it...
      • 9 Years Ago
      Honda Ruckus rider here. Truck stays at home and I get 100+MPG! I'm soon going to upgrade to a Morphous so I can take the wife along on all the cool scooter rides we have in the Bay Area.

      • 9 Years Ago
      I'll wait until there are fewer SUVs and pick-ups on the road. I don't want to get hit by one of those on a scooter. Until then, I'll stick with my 27 mpg combined car.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Just bought a Yamaha Majesty myself, to go along side my Chrysler Sebring Coupe. I absolutely love it, it does the freeway easily, and it isn't ugly. ;)
      • 9 Years Ago
      Last month, I bought an 05' Honda Metropolitan I. We live on an island with streets having a top speed limit of 35 MPH. It gets over 100 MPG and cost about $4.00 to fill. It is great, makes going to the store, post office, and running around a lot of fun. It also doesn't require insurance, a cycle endorsement, or a helmet. It has 2,000 miles on it an I bought it for only $1,300.00. This is very cheap transportation.
      • 9 Years Ago
      #13, you're definitely right Stan. It takes a real man with a big pair to ride a moped. Any poser can (and does) get the latest big cruiser and bolt on an obnoxiously loud exhaust. Ride a moped, especially the kind with pedals and you just HAVE to be comfortable with yourself.
      • 9 Years Ago
      #2 WillDaThrill,

      Pardon my ignorance, but I have no idea what you are talking about.

      #5 UH2L,

      I am not sure why you felt compelled to post. If you think it is too dangerous out there for a scooter, then you absolutely should not be riding one. Yes, you are obviously more vulneralbe on a scooter, but if you obey the rules of the road and stay attentive, you lessen the opportunity for having an accident exponentially.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Girlfriends don't have nearly as much attached to the "macho-ness" of our vehicles as we (men) tend to think they do. Total generalization, I know, but it's similar to the way we don't have nearly as much attached to the opposite sex's makeup and shoes as women are told we do.
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