April 30, 2004

Aprilia in Trouble?

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
Scooter Sales Up

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."

Posted by jeremy at 08:58 AM

April 21, 2004

Smart Crossblade

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