Posts Tagged ‘Scooterist’

Scootering and scooters — the Vespa Way

December 2, 2008

OK, so I’m a sucker for anything Vespa. With that said, Vespa USA’s new Web site is pretty interesting.vespapic11
It features a pretty cool section called Community Rides, which features user-generated ride maps. I haven’t had a chance to check out all the local So Cal routes, but did notice that a couple of them are suggestions on navigating Los Angeles’ — and by Los Angeles, I mean the West Side — infamous gridlock. These routes are almost as useful and interesting as any number of suggested rides through mountainous twisties.

There’s also a powerful dealer locator that not only lists dealers by zip code or city, but also Google Maps each dealership for the viewer’s pleasure.vespapic21

Beginners can follow the “Six easy steps to getting on the road with my Vespa” and other advice on owning and maintaining a Vespa.

But the kicker for me, because I’m an admitted Vespa geek and scooter nut, is the Heritage and History page. Here you can view a timeline of the history of these Italian beauties, view old advertising copy and see a little about this bike my all-time favorite Vespa model.

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Piaggio has really kicked into high gear its growth plan for the U.S. For more info on its brands read here, here and here.

Monday Scoot alert!

December 1, 2008

A variety of scooter bits and pieces from across the Web world. As a former Mod and a lifetime scooterist, these stories are near and dear to my smartly-dressed heart, especially this one coming from the BBC regarding the scooter ridden by Jimmy (Phil Daniels) in Quadrophenia.

You killed me scooter, Mr. Postman!

You killed me scooter, Mr. Postman!

The auction house Bonhams announced that the Lambretta Li 150 Series 3 went for £36,000 at auction. (That’s about $54,000 in U.S. greenbacks.) It had a list price of £20,000 to £25,000 so that’s a pretty nice closing price I’d say. Turns out a guy named Paul Marsh rescued the scoot from somebody’s yard in Portsmouth, in the U.K.

From the BBC:

Earlier, Stephanie Connell, of Bonhams, said: “We have a few items from Quadrophenia come through the auction house but a scooter is very rare.

“It has been fully restored and is in great condition. We are expecting a lot of interest.

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And in other scooter news there’s this … thing. Not even sure what to say about it other than, eh, yeah. Interesting. For every taste there’s a style or something like that. Anyway, be sure to check out the little opening video on the Web site for the company called CustomScooter or some such. It features a rider inexplicably cruising this scooter through an office with the Steve Miller Band’s “The Joker” playing in the background.

Uh, yeah.

Uh, yeah.