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8TedTalk presenter says the fastest ambulance is a motorcycle

When Eli Beer was a child in Jerusalem, he witnessed a bus explode in a terror attack. This brutal awakening to the violence around his home led him into the medical field, starting as an EMT at 15 years old. In Jerusalem. That takes guts for anyone, let alone a 15-year-old kid.

6Watch Japanese postal workers celebrate the new year in style

It would seem mail gets to its destination a little differently in Japan. While the US Postal Service relies on the world's largest fleet of trucks, Japan gets its letters to doorsteps all over the country via an endearing fleet of scooters. Each year, postal workers in Hakata celebrate the new year by taking to the streets en masse. It's a freakish display of small-displacement, two-wheeled insanity, and we absolutely love it. Of course, it's even more fun when set to Wagner's Flight of the Va

1Scooter Land Speed Federation announces cross-country scooter dash

Classic and modern scooters, and a few motorcycles, will be racing coast-to-coast next May in the 2013 Real Cannonball Sea-To-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dash. The rally starts May 4 and will cover 2,926 miles between the famed Red Ball Garage in Manhattan, NY and the Portofino Hotel in Redondo Beach, CA.

11Bob Lutz joins electric scooter maker Current Motor

Bob Lutz rides again. And again. Everyone's favorite former auto executive has saddled up with a new electric scooter company, investing a sizeable chunk of change into Current Motor and taking a spot on the company's advisory council.

AddYogo scooter can be charged indoors, spare battery goes along for the ride

A British company called Econogo has released the Yogo scooter, but don't confuse it with the Yugo car. This little scooter has a couple of unique aspects. For example, the Yogo scooter can be charged indoors. How? By removing the 25-pound (!) lithium-iron phosphate battery and taking it to your charging location of choice while your much-loved scooter sits curbside. The simple task of running a cord to the scooter is so last year.

AddGreenlings: Which is greener, having two wheels or four?

Which is greener, having two wheels or four?

18Video: Celebrating 60 years with the women of Vespa

"Hello, would you like cake with your Vespa?"- Click above to watch the video after the jump

AddMotorcycle Industry Council: Two-wheelers are green

2010 Kawasaki Concours 14 - Click above to enlarge

AddLong haul: Piaggio introduces 12-month scooter test drive

Aprilia Scarabeo 200 - Click above for a high-res image gallery

14Consumer Reports tests motorcycles, scooters for first time since 1981

As gas prices shot for the moon last summer, the tide of scooters and small-bore motorcycles began rising right alongside as commuters did all they could to save a buck or two on fuel bills. The folks at Consumer Reports took it upon themselves to reintroduce motorcycle testing to the popular magazine for the first time since 1981 in order to help their readership make informed purchasing decisions.

AddFrance will require scooter drivers to get special training

Back in the late '90s, many European countries decided to allow car drivers, those with a B license, to drive scooters up to 125 cc. This was an effort to ease congestion. However, France has decided to partially overturn this measure. Although scooters account for 1.1 percent of all the traffic in France, 10.1 percent of all traffic accidents and 18 percent of all traffic deaths are related to scooters. The Ministry of Interior has therefore decided to make car drivers either get a motorbike l

AddHonda scooters - outsmarting the smart?

Scooter sales shot skyward just about as fast as gas prices did early this summer as the little buzzers took the place of larger, gas guzzling machines, especially in urban areas. Honda's got some new scooter advertising floating around these days, and it's pretty clever, likening the diminutive smart fortwo to the even smaller 50cc Metropolitan scooter (click the ad at the right to enlarge). Of course, Honda's two-wheeler handily outperforms its much larger four-wheeled cousin, more than doubli

AddVespa rolls out brand-new interactive website

Vespa makes some great scooters, but up until today, the Italian two-wheeled wasps were burdened by a rather unwieldy website. It's hard for customers to make informed purchasing decisions when the manufacturer's website doesn't offer the information that's needed to differentiate its wares from all the other options. So, Piaggio, Vespa's parent company, has developed a brand-new interactive website for its line of stylish, metal bodied scooters, and we spent some time talking with Paolo Timoni,

AddJeremy Clarkson on motorbikes: "You will be killed!"

When Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson was recently photographed riding near his Oxfordshire home on a Vespa, it caused a minor uproar. That's because Clarkson has long had a rather derisive attitude toward two-wheeled conveyances. Seeing Clarkson on a scooter caused some observers to accuse him of hypocrisy. It turns out the reason that Jezza was on a two wheeler had to do with the current situation with fuel prices and the move by many drivers to down size. Being a "responsible" motoring jour

AddScooter sales up 66% so far this year

Click above for more high-res shots of the new Vespa S150

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