Thinking of owning a scooter?

Well you're in a fine company of smart people who like to have fun.

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Advantages

  • Scooters are more budget-friendly than motorcycles. Depending on engine size, you can buy a new scooter for as low as $1,000.
  • Most scooters average more than 70 mpg, with some getting almost 100 mpg.
  • You can fill a scooter’s gas tank for less than $5.
  • Electric scooters render gas prices moot.
  • Scooters are easier to mount than motorcycles, equating to easier maneuverability.
  • Besides a helmet, scooters require no special riding gear, allowing you to ride to work in a suit.
  • Scooters are faster than mopeds, blending effortlessly with the pace of city traffic.
  • Scooters are easier to park than cars and motorcycles. Most cities allow scooters to be chained to trees, street lamps and bike racks.

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Fun Facts

  • The first motor scooter, an auto-fauteuil, was invented in France in 1902.
  • The first contemporary motorized scooter was invented in 1946 by Enrico Piaggio.
  • Vespa, the name of the Piaggio’s first scooter, means “wasp” in Italian.
  • The Vespa gained international recognition in 1953 when Audrey Hepburn rode one with Gregory Peck in Roman Holiday.
  • The United States is the only nation in the free world to have had a politician named “Scooter” (Libby).
  • There are more scooters than cars in Vietnam.