Seems to me MO got in a little hot water with one of the manufacturers for crashing their scooter. Why MO did it was understandable to me. The only way to make scooters interesting is to abuse the heck out of them. Bring it on! Scooter demolition derby! Scooter figure 8 racing! Scooter jousting!
I'll make another comment about scooters and MO to explain my point of view, then I'll shut up about it. I don't think it is so much about snobbery about scooters, although I do think scooters are just dumbed down motorcycles, basically a transportation appliance.
I see MO as an enthusiasts' website. I can't complain about an occasional scooter review, but the editor says a lot more scooter content is coming. To me, it is like a website dedicated to high performance cars suddenly deciding to do a bunch of stories on mini-vans because somebody notices a lot of them are being sold.
I know decisions about what stories to run are business decisions. I know MO's time and resources are limited, so the more space spent on scooter stuff means less on other motorcycle content. I see, based on the responses, there are 4 or 5 people interested in more scooter content. I look at people putting around on scooters, and I wonder how much they spend on website or magazine subscriptions. Just because a lot of scooters are being sold doesn't necessarily mean there are a lot of people reading about them. A lot of microwave ovens are sold, too, but even Consumer Reports only writes about them every couple of years or so.
Anyway, I am not too worried about it. I just resubscribed for another year today. I hope you take the feedback in the spirit intended.
People will hop up anything, an activity I find admirable. But in a way, you've kind of proved my point. In order to make your scooter interesting, you had to mod it. I wasn't kidding too much in my other post about abusing them. Whenever I've ridden a scooter, I've get the irresistible urge to wring its neck. Otherwise, its a snooze. Even then, the limitations of the thing make it get old pretty quickly.
Anyway, hotrodded scooters ain't what MO's articles have been about. They are about stock commuter scooters.
Thanks, Gabe, for the response. You know your audience better than I do, so I'll quit my sniveling. I see there is a fair amount of interest in scooters here, and my carping about it was bad manners. My apologies.