Re: All This Scooter Stuff is Weird, says Gabe...
Gabe, thanks for the explanantion, though personally I kinda had that figured out. Following various scooter enthusiast websites over the last couple years (scooterbbs.com, scootdawg.com, majestyusa.com, burgmanusa.com and the kymcoscooterforum yahoo group), including my personal experience of seeing more scoots on teh road this season than than during the previous 30 seasons combined, I can only conlcude that the scooter market in the USA primed for a period of rapid growth, to include a developing enthusiast community.
I'm 50 and have been riding sicne 1975. I've done my time being injudicious on sportbikes and, annoying the hoi poloi with a loud V-twin, adn now feel like, I have nothing to prove and nobody to impress, and I just wanna ride. ALL THE TIME. on a machine that makes it easy to ride, ALL THE TIME. Scooters - especially the megas - with their many convenient features ( maximum forward fairing coverage, large internal storage, twist-n-go operation, lighter weights than the usual sport-touring offerings) appeal to me as a two wheeled vehivcle that would be far easier to deal with day-to-day than the bike I ride now (1980 yam XS850).
Your previous comment regarding MO doing a comparo of the 4-5 maxiscoots next year is exactly congruent with a suggestion I was going to make in this thread. ;-)
BTW, IMPO, MO is the best online motorcycle review site, bar none. your reviews definitely are - contentwise - competitive with the major print rags, and are better by far than some of the B-level print media.
Having read a few of them, the scooter print media has a long way to go to develop, the cred you folks have.