3 thoughts on ““It’s like the difference
between a Zippo and a Bic””

  1. Scooter world is host to its own brand of exclusivity. Asian-brand bikes are considered inferior (“It’s like the difference between a Zippo lighter and a Bic, “said Aaron Peterson, the sales manager at Vespa Soho)

    Well, I guess that would be accurate if Zippo started having all of its parts made in China, lost its soul and became difficult to get parts for.

    “There are some scooter politics at play,” confessed Segal. “There was a pissing contest about who owned the scooter scene. The people who ride new ones are considered wussies…

    Does anyone have to OWN the scooter scene? Ok, maybe in NYC that’s a requirement. I can’t believe we’re still talking about this crap.

    “We went to a motorcycle rally once in Clifton, New Jersey,” said Perkel, “and we got a standing ovation. They were like, “you rode these in from New York?”

    Gee, all the way from NY? No, Really, you’ve got to be kidding me!

    That’s it…I’m finding another hobby.

    Well, maybe after I sell the business and complete my “cashing in on the true-scooterist” plot to gut the scene from the inside out.

  2. Brooke, what have you done with Phil? I seriously thought that was Brooke until the last sentence.

    It is silly, but at least it’s OUR silly.

    I’m with you as far as inclusivity and getting along and everyone riding together and doing their thing, but I’ll never concede that a Vino is equal to a vintage Vespa. No slam on Vino owners, but it’s just not the same as far as I’m concerned.

  3. Phil: Clifton = approx 12 mi from NYC. I’ve walked bikes home from that distance. (Also, a question: What’s the music playing on your site?)

    Beeb: You’re absolutely right about vintage Vespas and Vinos being inequal–Vino owners spend way more time riding their bikes than you do….


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