Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Vento Scooters

Scootertronics ahs added the powerful and stylish Vento scooters. The Vento carry a history like no others and are built right here in USA.

With speed and looks the Vento 150cc GT5 scooters are sure to impress all.

Sunday, January 15, 2006

Tune Up

Tune injected scooters
if you own a fuel-injected scooter and fancy a little bit more speed, then you'll be intersted in the ECU conversion kit just released by Malossi.
The conversion allows a caburettor to be used, with a Digitronic KRM electronic ECU. It's a direct replacement for the original item, and is connected to the existing wiring. No carburettor is included, as different owners will require different sizes.
The ECU fits Aprilia, Gilera, Peugeot, and Piaggio fuel-injected scooters. It costs £186. Contact: 0115-9462991

Friday, December 30, 2005

Scooters Far Away

One of the two Jonway-Galaxy scooters might be of interest to science-fiction fans, as it appears to come with a Star Trek logo.
Both bikes are single cylinder four-strokes, and the yellow 2A is available with a 150cc capacity. They should be good for a maximum speed of around 85km/h, with low fuel consumption, the choice of kick or electrive start.
The prices may be of interest, with the Jonway-Galaxy YY150T-4A coming in at $1500, and the Jonway Galaxy YY150T-2A at $1750. If you are interested, contact the Chicago, USA-based distributors on 001-773250-3042.

New York Eyes Scooters

The most important part of Ehron Sidel's job as a mortgage banker for HSBC is face time with the client. And since he ditched mass transit for a scooter, clients and friends have been seeing his face a lot more.Before Sidel, 24, bought a Vespa in early November, he spent hours each day waiting for subway trains or sitting in taxi traffic during his daily trips to meet with business associates.

Not anymore."The scooter has literally increased my productivity," he said. "I used to do maybe two appointments a day and now I do at least four."And last week's transit strike? No sweat.Sidel, who lives on the Lower East Side, hopped his scooter and headed to work in the financial district as usual -- except that he had a few passengers."My manager asked me to pick up some colleagues and bring them to work," he said.Nicholas Mendizabal, 31, owner of the scooter shop Brooklynbretta, said the strike shone a spotlight on the city's growing scooter community."We got a lot of calls from people wanting to rent scooters," he said. "People were standing around or walking and the scooters were getting around like nothing ever happened," he said.Scooter popularity was on the rise in the city before the transit strike – a trend Mendizabal attributes to a variety of factors. New Yorkers, especially younger denizens, are moving to neighborhoods farther from Manhattan that have fewer transit options; MTA fares and gas prices are spiraling. The scooters offer commuters control – and they're fun."You're in control of your own destiny on a Vespa," said Zach Shieffelin, owner of the Vespa SoHo store. "When you want to go, you just go."Shieffelin, 34, commutes to SoHo from Brooklyn – a trip that takes about eight minutes on the scooter and 40 minutes driving or using mass transit.Scooting quickly became a lifestyle for Shieffelin."The ownership experience is very much like getting a word processor," he said. "Once you've used it for your daily business in New York, it's really hard to fathom how you did it beforehand.New Jersey resident Neil Barton, 32, cut his commute from an hour and a half to 20 minutes when he traded in his '89 Jeep Grand Wagoneer for a Vespa in 2003."The time and flexibility I've got now is immeasurable," he said. "And I feel a lot more empowered in terms of getting in and out."Barton, a technology consultant, is such a fan, he started a blog devoted to city scooting,, and also writes for the Vespa-sponsored blog Anastasio, who has worked for the city parks department for 17 years, got a Vespa for her 41st birthday. She was leery of city driving, but had wanted a scooter since she saw The Who's "Quadrophenia" at age 14.Though the obstacles of urban scooting are many – among them SUVs, potholes, veering cabs and pedestrians on cell phones -- driving "turned out to be not as hard," she said. "You just have to wear the right gear and be incredibly alert when you ride."It's unclear how many scooters have been involved in road accidents in New York, as the DMV and NYPD group them generally with motorcycles.

Anastasio rides her custom-painted emerald green and gold-flecked scooter every day from her Lower East Side apartment to her job in Prospect Park – skirting the tangle of subway connections she would otherwise tackle to get there.Driving, said Anastasio, is much easier than parking.

Unlike many European cities where scooting has long been popular, or even U.S. cities like San Francisco and Seattle where scooting has boomed, New York does not have designated motorcycle parking.While there's usually room for a scooter in between parked cars, it's not legal for two vehicles to share one space. Many riders resort to sidewalk parking – which is also illegal, but a better alternative, they say, to parking on the street and finding the bike knocked over upon return.Groups like the coalition ParkingNow! have waged campaigns to push for designated parking – but with no results yet, it's common to see scooters rigged up with removable Velcro license plates. Riders pocket the plates when they park to avoid tickets, and replace them to ride.The problem will likely become more pressing as the city's three main scooter shops -- Vespa SoHo, Vespa Queens and Brooklynbretta – continue to report rising sales.Vespa SoHo, which opened in 2002, is closing in on its 1000th sale. Vespa Queens has sold 200 in the year it's been open, and Brooklynbretta – which specializes in restoring vintage bikes -- has sold more than 200 bikes in the three years since it opened.Add those to the hundreds of vintage bikes already on the roads, and you've got a lot of scooter traffic.The vintage-style Vespa has enjoyed an American renaissance the past few years. The brand was yanked from the U.S. market in the 1980s when emissions laws changed and the scooters no longer met requirements – but it came back with a vroom in 2001.Vespa isn't the only scooter to take New York City – but it's definitely the most visible and brings with it a mythic history.Vespa emerged in Italy in 1946 as a utilitarian motorbike for the masses. The bike was designed to help drivers maneuver through bombed-out streets and rubble in the wake of WWII and became a symbol of resilience in post-war Italy of both the people and the economy.The bike later became a style icon associated with carefree romance in the States, with the popularity of films such as "Roman Holiday" - which featured Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck zipping through Rome astride a Vespa.Starring roles in "Quadrophenia" and Fellini's "La Dolce Vita" broadened the Vespa's mod mystique.Most scooters, from Vespas to Stellas to Kymcos cost between $2200 to $5500. Embellishments, accessories and custom paint jobs jack up the price, but money saved on gas is a big draw.There are no studies that directly link the boost in scooter sales with rising gas prices, but the two occurred simultaneously.Most scooters hold about two gallons and get anywhere from 60 to 100 miles per gallon. Riders fill the tank once a week (if that) for between $5 to $7."I think of it as a latte's worth of gas," Shieffelin said.The sales growth in New York city mirrors a nationwide trend. A spokesman for Vespa-maker Piaggio USA said sales-to-date for 2005 have increased by 25 percent since last year in its 80 dealerships across the nation.In fact, sales are up for all kinds of scooters, not just Vespa, according to the Motorcycle Industry Council – a non-profit organization that follows two-wheeled trends. The MIC reports about 96,000 scooters were sold in the U.S. last year – twice the number sold in 2000.With the zoom in sales, a social scene was born. There's now an annual Gotham rally and scooter clubs like I Scoot NY, the New York Scooter Club, and the all girl group Donne Veloci meet weekly for group rides and often workshops on everything from maintenance to winter riding.John Cataneo, 36, bought his Vespa GT200 after moving to SoHo from Staten Island. Cataneo, who owns a plumbing and heating contracting business, founded the New York Scooter Club in the spring and acts as president.When Cataneo began riding, the New York scooter community was "cliquey" and comprised mostly of old guard vintage riders. He rode with them, but didn't feel like one of them.Cataneo started the new scooter club to create space for the diverse band of new riders hitting the city streets. Membership grew from about 10 to about 70 in under 10 months."You get to meet people you wouldn't otherwise," he said. "I can't imagine anything else that would bring such a diverse group together."Off-road, a vibrant Web community chats and trades information and snapshots via hordes of online forums and message boards like Gotham Scooter Forum or the New York Scooter forum and scooter-centric blogs like Barton's, and Brad in the Big City.The scooters are on New York's streets, in its cyber space and not even the cold weather can keep enthusiasts off the roads. Just like the Romans do – many city scooterists are prepared to ride all year long.Barton, Anastasio and Shieffelin wear full-face helmets, wind-proof armored jackets and thick gloves.Sidel wears long underwear everyday under his suit."It's part of my wardrobe now," he said. "It's cold riding out there, but I'm addicted."

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Piaggio USA Launches New Vespa(R) 250cc Granturismo Sport Scooter in the U.S.

Sixty years after introducing the first scooter in post-war Europe, Piaggio, the manufacturer of the world-famous Vespa® scooter, has announced the release of the fastest and most technologically-advanced Vespa in history - the Granturismo Sport 250 i.e. with its commanding engine displacement and sleek design, the GTS 250 i.e. is the perfect choice for customers seeking both outstanding performance and style.

At the heart of the GTS 250 i.e. is a sophisticated 250cc four-stroke, liquid-cooled electronic injection engine, the largest engine displacement in the Vespa range. The new system considerably reduces both emissions and fuel consumption and provides immediate throttle response and speed that dramatically increases precise handling.
"The GTS 250 i.e. builds on Vespa's tradition of smart functionality and design by adding the most powerful and sophisticated Vespa engine to date," says Paolo Timoni, CEO of Piaggio USA. "This scooter is sure to ignite passion in riders and become the industry's new benchmark for urban mobility."
Due to arrive from Italy at authorized Piaggio USA and Vespa dealers across the country by mid-December 2005, the GTS 250 i.e. has a launch MSRP of $5,799. This includes a one-year roadside warranty.
One of the very first scooters in the 250cc category to exceed strict U.S. CARB emissions standards, the GTS 250 i.e. is built on a steel frame that echoes the design of the current popular Vespa Granturismo model. The GTS 250 i.e. features a redesigned tail light, instrument panel and a vintage-style rear rack. Riders will also enjoy the streamlined engineering that simulates a racing scooter, along with new, thinner side panels that visually push the entire vehicle forward.
"Consumers are increasingly realizing that scooters provide an economically- and environmentally-friendly solution to both the cost of transportation and fuel conservation," Timoni said. "The GTS 250 i.e. is the most eco-friendly Vespa ever built, has great style, superior handling and offers the best and most enjoyable riding experience in the scooter category."
The GTS 250 i.e. provides ample storage under its double-stitched seat, large enough to hold two scooter helmets or numerous other items. Its precise ergonomic design and response system make the scooter both comfortable and easy to maneuver, whether touring or scooting through city traffic.
To further enhance its sporty look, the GTS 250 i.e. is available in three eye-catching hues - Dragon Red with a black seat, Shiny Black with a tan seat and Excalibur Grey with a black seat. Custom accessories for the GTS 250 i.e. include a top case, windscreen, chrome kit and more.

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

New Honda Scooter

Honda shows PS scooters
Honda has revealed the details of two new scooters which feature the latest engine and emission technology
The PS125i and PS150i claim to have styling which “infuses a modern look of urban elegance into its curvaceous lines”. What they definitely have is a choice of a 125cc or 150cc fuel-injected four-stroke engine, both of which are designed for easy starting, smooth performance, and to produce low exhaust emissions with Honda’s most advanced HECS3 system. The automatic scooters both have the PGM-FI fuel injection which aims to improve economy, as well as giving low and miderange torque for getting away from the traffic lights. A linked rear brake improves stopping, as it engages the front brake at the same time. There’s wide flat floorboards for leg room and weather protection, with a locking seat which can store a full-face helmet, and a rear carrying rack and passenger grab rails. Up front is a small recessed locking compartment along with a carrying hook. Optional extras will include a windscreen, 35-litre top box, nylon inner bag, pillion backrest and clear urethane covers to protect the paint and plastic.

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Everywhere People are ridding Heres one story

When gas prices were hovering around $3, many drivers garaged their gas-gulping autos, preferring instead to take to the open road on two wheels. Year-round, Marion resident Susan Plater prefers her gas-sipping 2003 Honda Metropolitan motor scooter over her car any day.
"Although it gets approximately 100 miles per gallon, I mainly ride the scooter for my own enjoyment," said Plater, 58, an employee at Banterra Bank's drive-up window in downtown Marion.
The combination of chilling temperatures and gas prices in Marion dipping below the $2 mark have done little to deter Plater's preference for putting around town on her ride. Regardless of the weather, most days Plater rides her scooter to work, clad in a warm jacket, gloves and a muffler.
"My daughter once had a little Honda Spree, and I guess this is sort of like reliving the past," said Plater.
Riding the scooter five to six days a week, Plater has racked up almost 1,200 miles. Her husband Bill, a retired businessman, purchased his Metropolitan scooter in April 2004, and enjoys using his for short jaunts around town. He's put 600 miles on his scooter.
According to the Motorcycle Industry Council, sales of scooters, which were estimated at 86,000 last year, have doubled since 2000. The price of a scooter can range from $1,500 for a small scooter to upwards of $4,000 for a larger scooter, which is capable of higher speeds.
Scooters are state licensed and street legal, however one must hold a driver's license to legally operate. The scooters can top out at 40 miles per hour, but more comfortably cruise at 25 to 30 miles per hour.
"We use our scooters for short trips to the grocery store, the mall and the library," said Susan Plater. "In good weather, we ride our scooters out in the countryside, through Creal Springs and on the back roads around Marion."
Plater purchased a basket for the back of her scooter, hoping to take her toy poodle riding with her, but her dog wasn't fond of the experience.
The couple recommends a scooter for anyone who wants to save money on gas and enjoys the outdoors. Unlike a motorcycle, Susan Plater said there is no manual shifting of gears on a scooter, which allows the driver to concentrate on the road.
For now Plater is happy with her scooter, but next spring is considering stepping up to a larger, more powerful scooter.
"This is the poor person's Harley," said Plater. "And, you can get the same open-air thrill as riding a motorcycle."

Kinetic showcases Italian-designed scooters at auto expo

Two-wheeler manufacturer Kinetic Motor said on Tuesday that it unveiled two new scooters 'Millennium' and 'Euro' at the Italian Auto expo. "Millennium and Euro are two of the seven breakthrough Italian-designed scooters for which Kinetic has acquired complete global production and marketing rights," the company said in a statement in New Delhi.
"These are popular and established scooters with world-standard design and specifications; and at Indian manufacturing prices, they could very well turn the whole global two-wheeler market on its head," it said.

Scooters are very popular in European countries and several new European distributors have come on board to market Kinetic scooters, it said.
Kinetic also displayed its scooter 'Nova' and motorcycle 'GF125', both of which have homologated for Europe and North America and exported there along with several other countries.

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

More Police News for Scooters

Scooters don't faze



Alligator Contributing Writer
Scooters are treated as motorcycles by law when traveling at 30 mph or more, but local police usually disregard this fact because it would require an additional motor vehicle license, insurance and eye protection.
"Could we enforce them? Absolutely. Do we? Not really," said Gainesville Police Department Sgt. Anthony Ferrara.
Ferrara compared scooter law enforcement to jaywalking on a football gameday.
"There is a leniency given to students who aren't making waves," he said.
Amateur riders without proper protection, including a helmet, are a concern for officials, even though all scooter riders are not required to wear helmets.
"Any time you are going faster than walking pace on something not biologically part of you, you should have a helmet on," Ferrara said.
Under Florida law, motorcyclists over the age of 21 with proper license and $10,000 worth of personal injury insurance are exempt from helmet laws.
A state law requiring all motorcyclists to wear a helmet was revoked in 2000, and fatalities have dramatically increased since then. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, fatalities in Florida were 71 percent greater in the two years following the repeal than the two years before it.
"Students don't like to wear helmets because it doesn't look cool," said UPD officer David Miles. "It's a really dangerous trend."
University students hoping to return to Gainesville after the holiday break with new scooters should not overlook the helmets at the dealership.
"As a motorcycle rider, I don't see any significant difference between the two when you're in the city," said UF graduate student Paul Wiseman.