• May 13, 2011
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USA Today reports that sales of gasoline-fueled scooters in the U.S. were up by nearly 50 percent in the first quarter of 2011, compared to the same four-month period in 2010, according to information obtained from the Motorcycle Industry Council. Ty van Hooydonk, a spokesman for the council, told USA Today that "We see spikes when fuel prices rise." Hooydonk noted that many scooters average 60 to 80 miles per gallon, making them attractive to commuters looking to minimize fuel consumption and save some cash at the pump.

As Gas 2.0 points out, back in July of 2008, when the national average price of gas soared to $4.114 a gallon, two-wheeled commuting shot up by 15 percent, compared to 2007. With the national average price of gasoline officially hitting $4 a gallon last Sunday, will commuters once again turn to the trusty two-wheeler for transportation?




[Source: USA Today, Gas 2.0]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      I am wondering why gasoline-fueled scooters sales are going up. Are people becoming less caring for the environment? With rising prices of fossil fuel, people should shift to electric scooters. They are more environment friendly and they hardly make noise that will annoy your neighbors
      • 3 Years Ago
      I hope they''ll at least do as the Swiss, and ban the use of 2-strokes if scooters are becoming more popular. Their noise and smoke is an anathema to the goals of being more environmentally responsible ,and using less fuel (a "tuned" 2-stroke 50cc, doing 50 mph will use as much fuel as an average car, maybe a bit less, BUT will produce about 4 times as much pollutants, I know. I tuned quite a few of them, NO-ONE wants to trundle along at a dangerous 28mph when in city-traffic....) 2-Strokes are easily tuned, but highly inefficient. Plus their ruckus is annoying. If scooters are becoming more mainstream ,I hope for more 4-strokes for now ,and more electrics in the near future.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why don't scooters get better gas mileage? And do they pollute less than a typical auto?
        EJ
        • 3 Years Ago
        Scooter emissions are horrible.
          Nick
          • 3 Years Ago
          @EJ
          There are a lot of 4-stroke scotters now, and even electric ones (Vectrix).
          • 3 Years Ago
          @EJ
          It depends on the scooter. Sadly, most of the scooters in this report are likely powered by 50cc two-stroke engines - which do have poor emissions ratings due to burning a gas/oil mix. Some newer scooters now offer cleaner-burning four-stroke engines.
      • 3 Years Ago
      "USA Today reports that sales of gasoline-fueled scooters in the U.S. were up by nearly 50 percent in the first quarter of 2011, compared to the same four-month period in 2010" Is quarter four months in US? :O
      • 3 Years Ago
      Find great deals for scooters online. I have just bought mine from http://e300electricscooter.org. Check it out
      upstategreenie
      • 3 Years Ago
      to comment below re: emissions from scooters, overseas they are, indeed, horrible, even though there are surprise inspections and you can report violators. on the plus side, millions outside of US drive scooters on a daily basis, and most outside of US are able to keep 20 yr old scooters running, which of course would not be up to current emissions. in the US, this is a non issue as, first, we have much higher emissions standards and, second, because of giant SUVs making it more dangerous for everybody else on the road, and general non friendliness towards pedestrian/bike/scooter/human sized vehicles.... cities in US which are NOT autocentric are called 'socialist'...it is really f*(ed up in the US right now in 2011. If more people in the US bought scooters right now, they would be buying fuel injected scooters which get even higher MPG than older carbureted models....better yet, there are tons of elec motorcycle models which accelerate faster than typical internal combustion models. in fact, ALL elec. vehicles take off more quickly due to instant full power.... anyway, It is a red herring if you don't ride a scooter and complain about emissions as a reason to continue driving a giant tin can ruining roads and taking up space and wasting gas. buy what is avail. now and be part of the solution, instead of the peanut gallery complaining and yet doing nothing positive. just more blah blah blah. otherwise, it is a machiavellian and guaranteed that if americans keep doing nothing to change, eventually you will be left out of most things...in fact we are now, as my local vespa dealer closed a couple years ago and there is NO local dealer anymore....due to americans not giving a sh*(. peace out.
      adrive7
      • 3 Years Ago
      Of course, what people seem to fail to consider is the amount of gas they could buy for the price of a new scooter. Because it's a lot.
      Nick
      • 3 Years Ago
      There's an even cheaper solution: Bicycles.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Nick
        They also stay warmer, through a combination of smugness and that health-giving exercise, as they pump those particulates deep into their lungs! :-)
          Nick
          • 3 Years Ago
          Not as much as the guy sitting in the car for 1h, behind a diesel tractor, on a jam packed freeway :) The same trip takes me 17min and goes through parks, pedestrian bridges and bicycle ways.
          Ryan
          • 3 Years Ago
          The air is probably cleaner than normal on bike paths through farm fields and woods. :) It's also nice not having to pay $40 for gas each month to get to and from work, and probably another $40 in other trips to stores, parks, library, and friends houses that I save.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Nick
        You have not looked at bicycles for a while. You can get to $4,000 plus on a premium bicycle very quickly.
      Alterego
      • 3 Years Ago
      My Geo Metro gets 50 mpg cruising at freeway speeds. I commuted 110 miles in it yesterday. Try that on a scooter. That said, I love scooters, but I'll only buy one if I find one in almost-new, low mileage condition for about 20% of new cost. Chances are it was bought new by a well-intentioned "money-saver" in the throes of a gas crisis.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I do hope that electric scooters catch on fast. Fume-belching, noisy two strokes running around are hideous.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Scooters are so small and yet their gas mileage isn't that much better than a Prius. Why is that?
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