• May 23, 2006
Are you a scooterist? A new survey released Monday shows that roughly a third of Americans are thinking about it, with 30 percent of U.S. consumers saying they'd consider using a scooter. When consumers were asked if they'd be likely to use a scooter if they could save $25 a week on gas, 35 percent said yes.
The survey was sponsored by Piaggio Group, makers of the iconic Vespa and other two-wheelers (and three-wheelers!), which enjoyed 15 percent U.S. sales growth in 2005. The company expects scooter manufacturers to enjoy record sales this summer.

[Source: Piaggio Group Americas]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      Last year I traded in my '97 Toyota RAV4 for a Corolla. On average I got 23mpg with it. The Corolla gets 35mpg or so.

      Last September I got a slightly used Honda Reflex 250. I rode it to work today, and I've been out on the freeway a few times.

      I figure that with gas prices the way they are here ($3.40 per gallon) I would be spending nearly $300 a month on gas with the RAV4. By getting the Corolla and the scooter I'm now paying less than half that, which is about the cost of the minimum monthly payment for the loan.
      • 8 Years Ago
      What about riding a bicycle around town? I get probably 500 miles per gallon (of food) when I ride that thing :-)

      I do see how driving an efficient used car is better than a scooter. Plus you can use it to carpool or carry things and it's safer.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I own a scooter and it blows, it's too slow. We just bought a motorcycle to replace it.

      The dealer told us it could be registered as a moped and that's not true (not legaly anyways) It's not just about the engine size in Alberta it's also weight and speed.



      --Noah
      gbh
      • 8 Years Ago
      Personally, I prefer a KLR650 - 55MPG and 125MPH. Bigger wheels, and enough height to make that the average moron sees me coming.

      You can easily get a very modern looking Chinese 150cc scooter for around 1K. With ABS, remote alarm, decent brakes, and decent performance. One of ny friends has one, runs like a champ.


      • 8 Years Ago
      I have a real question: Why do 99% of scooters have rainbow stickers or that equal sign sticker stuck to them?
      • 8 Years Ago
      I have had a Honda Metropolitan for 3 years now and its perfect for driving around in DC. I also have an A4 but for my commute to work the scooter saves me alot of money and in fact time.
      Instead of dealing with the traffic jams I just jump up on the sidewalk or drive inbetween the cars since its not a motorcycle its a huge gray area that no cop has any clue about so they just let you do as you please.

      Viva La Scooter
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'm all for scooters and I'd have one if I wasn't so car poor right now. Lambrettas get me all sorts of hot and bothered. Curse their crazy high prices.

      As it stands, I'll probably get a Stella or a bike like a Royal Enfield in the comming months. Gixxers, 'busas and Harleys don't interest me, but a cool old single looks like a lot of fun to work on.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Somebody say diesel?
      http://www.gizmag.com/go/4272/
      • 8 Years Ago
      the scooter and motorcycle industry is so stoked right now
      • 8 Years Ago
      Scooters are for homosexuals.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Just get a motorcycle so you can get out of your own way and don't have to wear a gay, mint green, matching helmet.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I spend $60 per week in gas just commuting with my Armada that has a 23 gal tank. I rode a motorcycle to work every day last week and it only cost me $10 to put in 4 gallons. I'm taking that from now on, weather permitting.
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