I read that article in the christian science monitor this am, thru Fark.com
I'm tellin' ya, scoots are looking VERY appealing to this long time (50 YO, 32+ years inthe saddle.) motorcyclist. two dealerships are vying to sell me a yamaha majesty: 400cc, 39claimed hp, HUGE underseat storage, 60+ REAL mpg, excellent weather pro...
Its looking more and more to me like the perfect commuter vehicle...
Honda needs to start selling the Super Cub here again. Cheap, simple, functional, reliable and tremendous mileage. No way in hell I'll pay over $7K for a scooter, like some of the bloated beasts on the market today (SilverWing, Bergman)
I wish a manufacturer would design a scooter that doesn't look like a scooter. The step through design just ruins it for me. Something with the bodywork of a Derbi, but the price of a zuma, that's what I'm talking about.
They are the future. Funny how they started so far in the past. No really, The Italians can be thanked for this one. When WWII ended they had all those aircraft plants wondering what the h3ll to do. Piaggio and Vespa ARE the grandfathers but Piaggio's Derbi and the Malaguti cool kids on the block.
I would love to buy a Honda Supercub in a 125cc version. It was a great idea when introduced as a 50cc bike and would be even better now. In Texas, 50cc is just not enough power but 125cc is a good compromise between speed and economy.