Suzuki’s fuel-cell Burgman has been approved by the European Union. Prototypes of the water-emitting scooter are being tested in England.
UK Tests for Burgman Fuel Cell
Suzuki’s Burgman Fuel Cell Scooter is being tested in a small town in Leicestershire this month with plans for London tests later in the year.
Japanese custom twist-n-gos
We linked these before, but what the hell, right? Japanese custom scooters.
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Here’s a nice collection of photos of customized twist-n-gos from Japan on twowheelsblog. Not my thing, at all, but worth a look.
Burgman Motor-vational poster
Dunno who came up with this, but it’s funny. (Thanks, Gome.)Update: The poster was made by Franky of the Usual Suspects SC, in response to some sort of BBS flare-up that we won’t go into. Even if it was designed in spite, I still think it’s funny.
Suzuki Gemma 250 concept
The phallic Japanese concept maxiscooters just keep on coming, no pun intended. Suzuki’s Gemma 250 debuted at the Tokyo Motor Show this week. If I were the Scooter Scoop, I would probably further push my luck with some sort of Gemma Ward joke, but she’s not my type, and she was born the year I graduated from high school. (Update: Steve posted this story within seconds of 2sb, but didn’t make any supermodel jokes, heh.)
News chunks 10/8/07
- Like many economy-minded Americans, a rural-Illinois journalist buys a $2000 Honda Metropolitan to save (by my calculations) $50 a year on gas.
- The Moped Army gets a story in their hometown paper, with a shout-out to the Jedi Knights SC.
- As the entire Bajaj family continues to feud, merge, and demerge, Bajaj Auto is still closing their historic Akurdi plant. Or maybe not. But probably. Whatever happens, it will take eons to sort it out with the unions. Of course, motorcycle sales are down and scooter sales are up, even Suzuki Motors India, one of the smaller players, is hoping to sell 125,000 scooters this year (and a 500cc Hayabusa, which in India might as well be two million crore cubic lakh-o-meters). So as soon as the dust settles and the plant closes at the peak of the scooter boom, look for our long-predicted announcement of the retro “new” Chetak, and the reopening of Akurdi, just as the scooter market tanks again.
- Did you know: They have scooters in Arkansas now. (For the uninitiated, Arkansas is a southern American unincorporated rural province where newspaper editors use “apostrophe-s” to pluralize word’s.) It is, however, always great to see a club doing charity work. In other Arkansas scooter news, 20 University of Arkansas football players are riding scooters, which seems to be a trend among college football players lately, though I can’t find any more info right now to back that up.
- Speaking of charity, a bunch of pub regulars in Birmingham, England are raffling a Lambretta painted in Aston Villa colors to raise money for a local childrens’ home. Meanwhile, the childrens’ home is selling candy to raise money for football lessons for Gareth Barry. (That was a little soccer joke there.)
- Scooters India, Ltd., the most recent manufacturers of the metal-bodied 4-speed 2-stroke Lambretta GP, is investing 186 million rupees ($US 8.79) to upgrade facilities. Don’t get excited, they’ve produced only three-wheelers since 1997.
- This thing has been garnering schloads of press in the last week, even though it’s basically an enclosed mobility scooter that would fall over if it got hit by a tennis ball.
- Scooter parking is getting harder in Taiwan, just like everywhere else.
- Only the Cincinnati Enquirer would publish a photo of a scooter thief in retro prisonwear with a smashed up face, then offer to sell you the photo.
Suzuki Burgman 200
Something I never thought I’d see: The Suzuki Burgman 200. Wait, there’s a Burgman 125? Why? That must be a screamer.
A scooter riddle
Q: How many chicks licking ice-cream cones does it take to get 2strokebuzz to care about the Suzuki Bergman?
A: I still don’t care about the Suzuki Bergman, and what are those Hooters waitresses doing in Italy?
Suzuki LC Concept
Speaking of tiny cars, POCphil just posted this Suzuki LC concept car from the 2006 Tokyo Motor Show. For some reason it seems familiar.
Beckham to L.A., Burgman on CNN
Amazing, David Beckham signed to the L.A. Galaxy. Good news because it will raise the profile of U.S. Soccer and give me more reason to hate the Galaxy. But that’s not the amazing part, the amazing part is that Suzuki is buying Burgman banner ads on CNN.com. (Thanks, Alex)
Reader Bill Meek responded to our “Burgmania spreads” story:
Itâ€™s great that a 2-stroke site has information and links about the Suzuki Burgman.Â Hereâ€™s an interesting newspaper article about a Burgman rider (me) and his unusual passenger that I thought you might find amusing.
We certainly did. Bill and his dog Sandy have covered over 10,000 miles in the last year. Sandy even has her own website with photos, press appearances, and videos.
Suzuki’s doing something right, their Burgman continues to rack up glowing news stories nationwide. Interestingly, the bike also seems to be expanding beyond touring scooters’ usual market (the elderly, and wives of touring motorcyclists) in almost every direction. Here are a few news reports we’ve seen lately:
- Gizmag’s story is a rather technical, but interesting, overview of the Burgman 650’s unique transmission. The Scooter Scoop summarized the Gizmag story nicely, with some added perspective.
- SFgate’s review starts out with the second half of a joke usually directed at mopeds (the first half is “Scooters are like fat chicksâ€¦”). It thankfully goes uphill from there.
- The Hagarstown Herald-Mail uncovers the source of the name “Burgman,” apparently it’s some sort of Engrish translation of “Burgermeister”
- “From the looks I got, you’d think I was riding a unicornâ€¦” starts Susan Carpenter’s review in the LA Times. Carpenter toured the California coast in the name of journalism, must be rough being a professional motorcycle journalist.
- MotorcycleUSA also tested the bike on the California coast, in San Francisco. Their story also studies the “Burgman demographic” in depth.
Jacko’s scooter Love
Motoblog found these circa-1980 Japanese ads featuring “Off-the-Wall”-era Michael Jackson shilling for the Suzuki Love scooter. Here come some good commentsâ€¦