Aprilia in crisis: Guzzi back to Ducati? Scooter models at risk? Moto Guzzi buyout by Texas Pacific Group? Read more at Inside Bikes News.Posted by jeremy at 11:37 AM
According to the Seattle Times, scooter sales are up due to the increasing cost of gasoline.
"High gas prices are pushing sales of scooters. The Motorcycle Industry Council, a trade group, said scooter sales in the first quarter rose 21 percent from a year earlier, with sales of Vespa and Piaggio scooters up 72 percent.
Here's why: A scooter gets as much as 60 miles to the gallon, meaning it can travel more than 120 miles on a single fill-up of a typical 2.5-gallon tank. The average SUV will travel about 30 miles on the same amount of fuel."
Soon you'll be able to get an honest-to-goodness Smart vehicle here in the U.S. -- until then you can just drool/desire via their website, where you can find out about the new Crossblade. Yes, "a motorcycle with four wheels." Wha...? Wait, that looks suspiciously like a tiny car with no roof. Powered by a 3-cylinder 599-cc engine. Roof is not an option or accessory, but the car is water resistant.Posted by jeremy at 10:28 AM