Scooters first became popular in war-torn Europe after the first few world-wide spats broke loose and conspired to ruin the economies of a great many countries, not the least of which was Italy. The boot-shaped nation responded by embracing small, economical scooters, especially the wasp-like two-stroke Vespa. From there, it didn't take long for the scooter craze to pick up steam as subsequent models gained more power, more gears and, therefore, more top-speed and acceleration. By the sixties, t
The sky-high price of gas has hit some dealerships pretty hard. A perfect example of this is Moody Chevrolet in River Falls, Wisconsin which last sold a pick up truck sometime in February. While their truck inventory sits outside and waits patiently for new homes, the Moody brothers still need to sell something and that something now happens to be scooters. They might not have the profit margin of a Tahoe or an Avalanche but they don't cost nearly as much to stock either. They have sold 20 of t
Yamaha is not the first manufacturer to tout the fuel efficiency of its line of scooters, but it is the first to go so far as to list the estimated fuel mileage on each of its website's product pages. Scooter riders will be happy to see that Yamaha is claiming 124 miles per gallon from its Zuma, though its two-stroke engine likely emits more pollutants than a comparable four-stroke. Thankfully, both the Vino Classic and C3 use four-strokers and still do better than 100 miles per gallon. If highe
Motorcycle, scooter and moped manufacturers in India are worried. Since Tata announced their ultra-cheap Nano, the two-wheeled industry is abuzz with worry that the populace will quickly abandon their old single-track vehicles for the safety and convenience of a four-wheeler if the price points get too close. This is a rational concern, and it is exactly why Tata's created the Nano in the first place.
A few years ago, Bajaj stopped making their Chetak and Legend scooters, and since then there has been a dinstinct lack of any steel-bodied, manual transmission, 4-stroke scooters on the market. Genuine Scooters has begun selling their Stella scooter again after a short absence and Vespa themselves re-released 500 of the PX150 model to the American market, but both of those machines feature 2-stroke engines. Bajaj made some pretty compelling claims regarding the emissions improvement of their 4-s
This might be obvious, of course, but the circumstances and changes in Iraq have made its citizens more careful about using gasoline. The NYT has published a very nice article on how the perception of Iraqis towards oil has changed, when once it was even cheaper than bottled water.
With the growing (literally) problem of traffic in large cities and metropolitan areas, many are taking a fresh look at scooters as a viable form of transportation. Why? Simple, really. No, really... that's it: they are a simple way to get around. Not only do they pollute less than our cars and trucks, they even pollute less than most motorcycles. And, unlike your average motorcycle (which are getting nothing but larger these days) scooters are easy to maneuver, park and carry more stuff than mo
The Piaggio Group of Italy has commissioned a new study conducted by the Sam Schwartz Engineering consultancy on the effects of increased motor scooter use in New York City. The engineering company created computer simulation models of a section of midtown Manhattan and examined different traffic patterns, the effects on congestion, and pollution. If you've ever been in Manhattan, you know how nasty the traffic is. On a recent trip to New York, a 6.5 mile cab ride from LaGuardia airport to midto
I met a guy at the Motor Trend Community Forum who recently took a trip to Rome. While he was there, he took many pictures, and many of them were in an attempt to find the smallest cars in Rome that people actually drive. Look at the Gallery, you will see some classics like the Fiat 500, and some not-so-classics... like, well, I have no idea what some of them are. But, they certainly are small, and I bet they get some good mileage with them.
One of the options for saving fuel does not involve spending lots of money on hybrid vehicles, or brewing your own biodiesel in your garage. Using a bike is clearly going to save a ton of fuel, but even a scooter will put a good dent in your gas bill. The Utah News reports motorcycle, scooter and bicycle shops are seeing a rise in sales. Consumers are turning to scooters and motorcycles that get 50 to 110 miles per gallon, or use no gas at all in the case of bicycles. According to a Salt Lake Ci