November 30, 2009
On the heels of the EICMA Pato Lambretta unveiling, Scootin’ Old Skool says Scoot About says Hammerhead’s “La Vita” faux-Vespa scooter will be available in the spring. Of course last spring, Scootin’ Old Skool said that Scoot About said it’d be out last summer, for what that’s worth. That said, Orin has a few good photos, and some more details about colors and seats. Like we said in our 2009 Dealer Expo Story, the Venti (as it was known then) really has the proportions and look of a vintage Vespa nailed down, if the engineering and quality are solid, it should be a popular bike.
November 26, 2009
POC’s having a Black Friday Sale. Motorsport and Scooterworks have big sales coming up too, more info on Monday!
November 24, 2009
How’s this look?
Doing some more gallery testing, got my favorite gallery (NextGen Gallery for WordpPress) to work (thanks, Tilted.net support!) so now it’s a matter of testing and getting everything dialed in.
Sadly, I had to deactivate the other gallery software I was using, but I’ll get back in there and convert those galleries to this one. If it keeps working.
November 16, 2009
Following last Saturday’s ride/party, the 2009-10 is officially underway. Complete rules and entry information are coming soon, but you can look at last year’s CWC page to get the idea. Which reminds me, I still have Bob Hedstom’s Malört, haven’t been up to Minnesota for ages!
November 13, 2009
More to say about this later, but check out the Lambretta Pato 125N. This is the same company that’s been selling the “Chrome Verizon logo”-style generic Chinese scooter in Italy as the “Lambretta Pato” for a few years, so it’s almost surely a typical Chinese engine/frame with a plastic bodywork, like the “Venti/La Vita” is to the Vespa.
November 13, 2009
A reminder: Join 2strokebuzz tomorrow (Saturday 11/14) for the Cold Weather Challenge Kick-off. The ride (map) leaves from the Kat Klub at 5pm, we’ll stop for burgers and ice cream, and return to Kat Klub for Berryoke at 8pm.
November 12, 2009
Piaggio is abandoning the seemingly passionate, creative, and reasonable (and privately-owned) Canadian Scooter Corporation to establish a Canadian Piaggio subsidary, because short-term greed, total unfamiliarity with a market, and unsustainable dealer inflation is working so well for them here in the U.S. The “effective immediately, wait, no actually, effective a month ago” nature of the press release makes it clear that this was a decision that was carefully planned well in advance with CSC’s blessing and assistance, and that the transition will be entirely smooth and trouble free for dealers and customers. Sigh. (Thanks, Scooterism)
UPDATE: A source tells me that CSC brought the change on themselves, see the comments.
November 11, 2009
Piaggio unveiled the new “USB” concept bike at EICMA this week. Just type “MP3″ or “USB” into Google and the first thing you get is Piaggio Scooters, right!? I look forward to the new Piaggio “BBW,” the Piaggio “The,” and the Piaggio “Britney Naked.” To be fair, the bike has some interesting points, but come ON, namers… Say What you will about the “Grand Dink” and the “Symply,” but they’re easy to find on the web.
November 6, 2009
If you’ve been starving for 4-stroke Stella news, here’s LML’s version, to be on display at EICMA in Milan next week.
November 6, 2009
Heather Parker came over last night to shoot some photos of Pudge. She’s so good.
Actual scooter content is resuming soon, promise! If you didn’t notice the ad on the site, we’re kicking off the Cold Weather Challenge next Saturday (11/14) with a ride and Berryoke party at the Kat Klub, be there!