Piaggio, Arctic Cat form dealer alliance

In an announcement that brings to mind the Piaggio/Cushman agreement of the early 60s, Piaggio and Arctic Cat announced today a plan to “…expand and strengthen their respective distribution in Europe and North America, and potentially lead to other areas of future collaboration….” It appears that Piaggio Group scooters and motorcycles will soon be sold at selected North American Arctic Cat snowmobile/ATV dealers, a market almost as lowbrow as Piaggio’s “boutique” targets were highbrow. At least it appears Piaggio has moved on to marketing their vehicles as transportation rather than status symbols, and that makes us happy. That said, we’re fairly unfamiliar with the snowmobile market, Arctic Cats could be overpriced eye candy sold only in the ritziest districts of Minnesota…

Piaggio Aero plays down UAE link rumors

With Dubai port contracts under debate in the U.S., the Italian and British press are reporting that another United Arab Emirate-owned-company is moving to acquire a 20% share of Piaggio Aero from the Italian Government and the Ferrari family. Mubadala Development, the Abu Dhabi government investment firm, would come under scrutiny from US officials regarding Piaggio Aero’s US military contracts. (Note: today, Piaggio Aero is independent of Piaggio SpA, but, as you surely know, the Vespa scooter was designed and produced by Piaggio’s aircraft division after WWII.)

More bike bubbles

After the scooterball posting, I have been exposed to another type of inflatable bike enclosure. This one, however, seems to be a lot more practical. It’s ideal for parking your pride and joy up over the cold months, where riding isn’t an option.

You can find out more about them on their website

Bike bubble