We don’t throw the word “Yacht” around on 2strokebuzz very often, which is surprising since several maxiscooters could fairly be described as “yachts,” and VespaUSA seems to have been targeting yacht owners since 1999. But they’ve clearly been doing it wrong. If you have been keeping up on your southern-hemisphere superyacht news, you’ll know that […]
A review of Pippo Cappellano and Marina Cappabianca’s film Forever Vespa from the 13th Cathay Pacific Italian Film Festival in New Zealand. The reviewer is a Vespisti (and admittedly a bit snobby about it!) with an astute grip on the current scooter craze, he notes that it’s an independent film so well-supported by Piaggio’s archives […]
Via Steve, a nicely-done Australian Yamaha TV commercial showing the economical aspects of their scooters. Genuine and even PiaggioUSA are working on pretty limited budgets, but you have to wonder why Yamaha and Honda, who actually do run national spots on cable TV, haven’t done anything like this here in the U.S. yet. If it […]
The Courier-Mail in Australia reports Piaggio has shipped their last containerload of Vespa PX scooters to Australia. We reported that Vespa PX production effectively ended in December, 2006, though the U.S. received 2007 models (likely manufactured in 2006) and a 30th-anniversary limited edition of 1000 white PXes was released last October in Europe. It’s unclear […]
If you’re into the whole “celebrity sighting” thing, here’s Liev Schreiber on a Vespa GTS in Sydney.
The Australian website, mcnews.com.au, reports on an association of scooter importers that will represent manufacturers and dealers in an effort to “assist riders to avoid potential pitfalls”. This seems aimed directly at upstart importers of lower quality scooters brought in by the container load for fly-by-night organizations. The Australian Scooter Federation boasts membership from many […]
A Korean student in England decided riding his scooter back to Korea would be less uncomfortable than a 13-hour flight. The Times of London is digging the new Vespa S. Current rumor is 50cc and 150cc versions to the U.S. in the spring. The Age of Melbourne, on the other hand, may be the first […]
Starting up the Maxi is a disconcerting affair â€“ switch the key on, hold the left brake lever in, touch the right brake to start the bike andâ€¦ Well, nothing happens. Itâ€™s completely silent. Only a large â€œGo!â€? on the well-designed instrument display gives away the fact that the powerâ€™s on. The Vectrix electric scooter […]
I’ll ruin the ending and tell you the Vespa doesn’t win, but it puts up a hell of a fight and comes damn close.
My best friend’s sister’s boyfriend’s brother’s girlfriend heard from this guy who knows this kid who’s going with the girl who saw LML making scooters at 31 Flavors last night. I guess it’s pretty serious. OK, it’s not quite that convoluted, but we just heard that LML’s plant is officially back up and running, making […]
Two new developments in the Vespa GT/GTS exhaust gasket recall story: VespaUSA CEO Paolo Timoni vaguely addressed the exhaust problem in a story naming him “Powersports Business’ 2007 Executive of the Year”: “‘We have made some really good improvements in parts availability and our capability to serve dealers,’ he said, ‘although we cannot claim the […]
From Australia (via Nitro), more photos of what you’re likely to find under the paint and inside the engine of a poorly-restored Vespa from southeast Asia (or anywhere, for that matter)
We’re still catching up on news reports from our holiday break. This should bring us up to date: Authorities have banned the Segway from public streets and sidewalks in the Netherlands, citing their lack of a mechanical brake as a safety hazard. It’s easy to make jokes, and we should, because Segways are ridiculously stupid, […]
Lance Robson’s PX200 was named “Best Vespa” by the New Zealand Scooter Association. I was under the impression that SS90s and SS50s were fairly common in New Zealand, and there have to be some nice older Vespas around, so I’m betting there are some Kiwi scooterists who would beg to differ, but props to Lance […]
Today’s story from Gizmag teased us once again with Yamaha’s ultra-cool-looking Maxam3000 scooter, before going on to say that the popular Japan-market-only Maxam 250 will make an international debut soon at an Australian motor show, with the rest of the world to follow. Not so exciting as the futuristic “3000” (that’s 3000mm — almost ten […]