|13 May, 2013 - India: Bajaj Wins Patent Court Case Against LML - 7 Year Struggle|
|#Bajaj #LML #India - Italian scooter manufacturer LML and Indian manufacturer Bajaj have been at odds for the last seven years, and slugging it out in court. The reason? Bajaj have been granted a patent for an intake system for two stroke engines which improves fuel efficiency and reduce emissions, two much sought-after technologies in today's world.|
LML have been claiming that the patent granted to Bajaj was not new, just a minor improvement over existing technology. The Indian courts disagreed, but it took 7 years of, probably very boring, testimonies to come to that conclusion.
Bajaj is over the moon, and LML will challenge the ruling. I think the only real winners were the lawyers.
|22 January, 2013 - Ad: Piaggio MP3 and Lions|
|I don't know about you, but there's no way in hell I'll be riding a Piaggio MP3 scooter, or even a super fast motorcycle alongside any lions. So I'm a bit amazed at this advertisement from Piaggio. With a copy line that says "So stable, you'll think it's a car", just because the scooter is more stable than traditional 2 wheelers, doesn't mean that it's safer?|
|17 January, 2013 - Using Your Scooter As Toilet|
|Last year we've seen a motorcycle that runs on a toilet's "product" on the internet. We've also seen toilets that have motorcycle logos. But how about motorcycles, or in this case scooters, that ARE toilets.|
Imagine someone loves their Vespa so much, they're willing to take a crap on them..............
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|9 November, 2012 - Kymco Gives You Wings|
|Want to fly? Get a Kymco scooter... or at least that is what the advertisement would let you believe. I found the ad in a local French motorcycle magazine, I kind of liked the image (I just scanned the image not the ad itself).|
So if you want to be an angel, or a devil, you know what to do....
|29 August, 2012 - Govecs: The Right Way Of Doing Electric Scooter Batteries|
|#electric #e-bikes - There are many reasons why people decided not to buy an electric scooter or motorcycle. Although many of the traditional reasons, like performance, range and even price, are becoming less of a factor, one reason not to buy an e-Bike is the battery charging method. |
Simply put, you need to have a power outlet where you park your motorcycle. If you live in a house, it will not be a great problem, even if you don't have a power outlet outside. You can make do.... but houses are usually found outside the big cities, in the suburbs. If you live in the city, and have an apartment, you could be out of luck. Even if you're lucky enough to have an underground parking space, chances are that there's no power outlet. If you don't have a parking space, you're not going to hang a power cord down your window 15 floors down to charge your scooter or motorcycle, are you?
So the only sensible thing is to take the battery with you. But 99% of the electric motorcycles and scooters don't allow you to do this. Their batteries are embedded deeply inside the vehicle, and are often very heavy. The e-Solex was one of the first to allow their customer to remove the battery and take it home to charge. But the battery is relatively small and light.
Now there's Govecs...........
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|2 August, 2012 - iPhone Connected Piaggio Scooters|
|Piaggio released an optional kit for their X10 series of scooters that allows you to hook up your iPhone (and shortly Android) smartphone to your scooter, which will then tell you, without wires, all your telemetric data, like speed, fuel consumption, battery, when to replace your tires, tire pressure and if you have a GPS/Navigation unit app installed, where to go to get fuel, since it knows when you are running out.|
With a large number of extra functions, like your owner manual, downloadable telemetric data and others, you'll not need the old fashion onboard dashboard.
We might even find the Piaggio PMP (Piaggio Multimedia Platform) on Aprilia, Moto Guzzi and Vespa models in the near future. How cool is that?
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|17 May, 2012 - If Your Scooter Gets Cold At Night, Here Is A Solution|
|If your scooter sleeps outside during the night, especially in the winter, here's something you can make to keep it warm... |
.. or you can just use it as it was intended to be used, decoration. The scooter is a crochet, but you can not buy it. No, you're going to have to work for it. You buy the pattern, and then you spend the next weeks crocheting the thing together.
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|10 February, 2012 - First All Spanish Electric Scooter - LEMev Stream|
|Three companies got together back in 2007 to develop better motorcycles, and here is their first brainchild. The three companies, Inmotec (Moto2 and Moto3 racing technology), Luma (Europe's biggest anti-theft devices) and Dhemen (industrial design group).|
The joint venture company is called LEM, and their first product is named LEMev Stream, and it is an electric scooter. The scooter is 100% Spanish, designed and built there, and funded by national and local authorities.
|2 February, 2012 - Switzerland: 20 Times More Scooters Last 20 Years|
|These are pretty amazing statistics coming from the Swiss Federal Office of Statistics (OFS). Overall in 2010, there were 5.36 million vehicles circulating in Switzerland, of which 12% were motorcycles. |
In the last 20 years, the number of motorcycle doubled, from 299,264 to 651,252 in 2010, but it's the number of scooters that blows your mind (well, at least it did mine). In the last 20 years, the number of scooters was multiplied by a factor of 20, representing 37% of the motorcycle park.
|4 January, 2012 - HDX3 - Mobility Scooter, The Italian Way|
|Just because you are disabled and want to ride a motorcycle or scooter, doesn't lean that the scooter has to look like crap.... |
A company in Italy has designed a really nice package for disabled bikers; called the HDX3, it's a scooter based on the popular Honda SH 125 with an electrically, and remote, operated loading platform for wheelchair.
They plan to sell the scooter for an affordable price. Looks good...
|28 December, 2011 - Yuk! A Real Rat Motorcycle|
|From all the rat motorcycles and scooters out there (many seen on this site, see related articles below), this has got to be the real rat bike. No doubt about it. |
... and to think they eat the creatures....
|27 December, 2011 - Electric Scooter Made Out Of Linen|
|French research & development group, Citi, showed at the last Paris motorcycle & scooter exhibition, their electric scooter concept, named ek'O. |
The interesting things that set this electric scooter apart from others, is that the frame shell is made out of linen (resin), and that it used only 15 parts, instead of the traditional average of 50 parts.
Performance is that of a 125cc, and they expect to be selling it by 2013 at a street price of €5000.
|7 December, 2011 - DIY: Paper Model Vespa Scooter|
|Here's a 10 minute project to do during the holiday season, when you're waiting your turn to get the presents.... make a small paper model of a Vespa scooter.|
|15 November, 2011 - Video: Lambretta Ad - Anti Vespa|
|Hehe... a funny anti-Vespa scooter commercial from Lambretta. It's Italian, from the Life, Longari & Loman PR agency in Italy. |
The advertisement squashes Vespa, literally.
|11 November, 2011 - Eicma 2011: The Electric Motorcycles|
|Every year at Eicma there are more and more electric motorcycles and scooter manufacturers. |
This year so a lot of them, though many are cheap Asian bikes, there where however several players in the market.
Here's a round-up of the more interesting electric motorcycles and scooters.
|8 November, 2011 - Eicma 2011: BMW New Maxi-Scooters|
|BMW introduced with a big ceremony their two new maxi-scooters, the 600 Sport and the 650 GT. |
Only thing missing to make it a real BMW, is heated seats...
|23 September, 2011 - Ad: Vespa Map|
|Interesting print advertisement for Vespa scooters from Romania. |
It's a bit too sophisticated for my taste, but it does convey the message.
|22 September, 2011 - DIY Scooter/Motorcycle #7465|
|This is what a scooter/motorcycle will look like if I tried to make one from scratch. |
I'd probably forget to put in an engine...
|15 September, 2011 - Vespa Scooter - The Golden Edition|
|This was spotted on the streets of Paris, France - a golden edition of the Vespa scooter..|
Since it's a delivery scooter, we'll assume that it's not real gold..
|13 September, 2011 - Ad: Vespa Scooters and Shavers|
|The things you got to do as an ad agency. Well, one thing that works for me, is a motorcycle (or in this case a Vespa scooter) and a pretty girl, even if they're drawings. |
That's what the JWT agency in New York used to draw your attention to Schick Quattro shavers for women. Okay, so maybe I'm the wrong audience...
|9 August, 2011 - The Problem With Being Popular - Lambretta Case|
|Lambretta, the iconic Italian scooter manufacturer, has taken the fight against their former dealers and fake sites to the web. |
Just head for the web site, and see their lawyers at work.
But is this the way?
|2 August, 2011 - Ads: Ellesse Italia - Classy Ads|
|Two very classy, and old fashion print advertisements for Ellesse Italia casual and sportswear. |
One way of showing them in ads is the old fashion way. Nice artwork, young folks sitting on scooters. How more Italian can you get?
|19 July, 2011 - Ad: Yamaha X-Max, Master of City|
|Italians are known for designing pretty things, like motorcycles, cars and also advertisements. They pretty, but not always functional... |
Here's a pretty print ad for the Yamaha X-Max scooter, though well done, I think the message is lost...
|27 May, 2011 - Tuk-Tuk Limousine|
|You know those Tuk-Tuk you mostly see when travelling in Asia. Usually three wheel motorcycles with a two/three person seat... |
Well, like any vehicle, you'll find stretch versions ... here's the Tuk-Tuk Stretch Limo
|2 May, 2011 - 26 Scooters Ready For Adventure Riding|
|Adventure riding is a state of mind, not that of the right motorcycle. Of course a big bore BMW or KTM helps, but anything PTW will do the job. |
Scooter, though made for city riding, can be used for adventure rides. Here are 26 photos of scooters ready for a long distance ride into the unknown.
|7 April, 2011 - A Scooter In Its Element|
|Thar ya go... how to bring your scooter along if you can't ride it, and don't have a trailer, but you do have a Honda Element. |
Somehow I don't think it's easy to load and unload the scooter.
|28 March, 2011 - 41 Scooter Trikes|
|We've shown you many motorcycle trikes, but you don't need to have a motorcycle to turn it into a trike. A scooter will do. |
Maybe not as creative, but functional. Here are 41 (40 really) scooter trikes.
|4 March, 2011 - Yet Another Wooden Scooter - Rocking Chairs|
|Another children's rocking chair in the shape of a (Vespa) scooter. |
From the Dutch company Present Time, it's cute, and meant for kids aged 1-3, so not for you.
|8 February, 2011 - 0 Emission Vespa Scooter|
|A true zero emission Vespa scooter, but you will not get very far with it.... |
It's a rocking toy for kids. Nice crafted in oak wood.
|17 January, 2011 - 43 Scooters With Lights, Many, Many Lights|
|Having a good visibility at night is a good thing. Most motorcycle and scooter manufacturers often do not put sufficient lights on our rides to see properly in the dark. So we add some lights. And then we add some more light. And even more lights. Before you know it, you've got more lights than vehicle! |
Here are 43 scooters that have installed extra lights. And I mean a lot of lights.
|6 January, 2011 - Ultra Light Scooter|
|We're already shown you a Harley-Davidson motorcycle made by Chris Gilmour; totally made out of cardboard and glue. |
Here's another masterpiece made by the artist, a cardboard life-size replica of a Lambretta scooter, include an overdose of lights. Masterful!
|29 September, 2010 - Video: Peugeot Scooter vs Lamborghini Gallardo Drag Race|
|Incredible as it may sound, here's a video of a drag race between a Lamborghini Gallardo supercar and a Peugeot 50cc scooter. |
Can you guess who won? Ohhh ... the moped has a jet turbine engine onboard.
Want to take another guess?
|23 September, 2010 - Details Of The BMW/MINI Electric Scooter|
|Some of the official blurb from BMW/Mini about their new concept electric scooter. |
Looks good... too bad I don't ride mopeds anymore, but if I were to loose my license, I'd go for this...
|31 August, 2010 - Scooter Camping Car/Mobile Home|
|Who needs a Winnebago to travel in comfort, if you can have a camping motorcycle/scooter based on the popular Piaggio APE? |
Bed, fridge, cooking area, desk, 2 seats, wash basin.... what more do you need?
|23 August, 2010 - 49 Custom Paint Jobs For Scooters|
|Motorcycles aren't the only two wheelers that receive customized paint jobs. Scooter often have more daring paint jobs then their motorcycle counterparts. |
Here are 49 scooters and some outrageous paint jobs.
|14 June, 2010 - France: Cany-Barville’s Vintage Vehicles Market|
|At the small provincial town of Cany-Barville in Normandy, France, a few miles from my house, they held last weekend a rather large vintage cars and motorcycle swap-meet, spare parts and exposition gathering. |
It was quite an interesting event, with some pristine classic cars and motorcycles.
Who ever said it was boring living in the country?
|7 June, 2010 - The Piaggio Scooter Museum|
|Here's a photographic visit to the Piaggio Museum in Italy, a place not only full of Piaggio, Vespa and Gilera scooters, but also other "strange" and wonderful vehicles. |
A worthwhile visit...
|22 May, 2010 - #fiatyamahateam MotoGP France Report: The Scooters|
|MotoGP races isn't only about really fast motorcycles. The majority of motorcycles are in fact small, 50cc, scooters and mopeds. |
Here's a look at the fleet of scooters and almost-motorcycles, and one electric Quantya motorcycle that I saw at the French MotoGP.
|19 May, 2010 - Beautiful Scooter Desk Lamps|
|Don't you just love these beautiful desk lamps fashioned after Vespa and Lambretta scooters? |
The handlebars are the original size.
|5 March, 2010 - Scoot Magazine Looking For Original Scooter Art|
|Scoot Magazine are looking for original scooter art to publish in their magazine. |
If you've made any art representing scooters (on any type of support, like photo, jewelry, etc), send it in, and it may be published in their next issue.
|8 January, 2010 - Training Wheels For Scooters|
|TVS Motors in India offer a scooter, called very originally, Scooty, for girls, and it includes training wheels.... |
Kind of strange that they don't offer it for guys...Why is that? And don't say that guys can ride better than gals...
|22 December, 2009 - Stretch Scooter|
|Here's a pretty and handy Vespa scooter. It's a stretch version of a Vespa, made for Vespa South Africa for promotional activities. |
But it might catch on when the cost of fuel goes North again.
|11 November, 2009 - EICMA2009: Hyosung Electric Scooter GEM 4.0 and 2.0|
|Hyosung showed other prototypes of electric scooters, the GEM 4.0 and the GEM 2.0. |
Both look nice, but they remain prototypes. Maybe when the reach the 4.5 and 2.7 version will they go live....
|5 November, 2009 - One Way To Make Sure No One Steals Your Scooter|
|If you want to make sure nobody makes off with your motorcycle or scooter, do what this owner did... |
Put it in fresh concrete... no one can move it ... including yourself...
|23 October, 2009 - Suzuki Introduces New Burgman Scooter With Fuel Cell|
|Suzuki have introduced a prototype hydrogen fuel cell scooter based on the popular Burgman scooter. |
10 liters will get you a maximum of 300 kms range, but that only under special circumstances.
|27 August, 2009 - Customizing Your Scooter Saddle|
|Here's a company in Germany that customizes your scooter saddle by using photo-realistic prints on vinyl. |
Ride on the photo of your girl/boy friend, or use the logo of your pizza delivery.
Prices start at €99...
|9 July, 2009 - Hybrid Peugot Hymotion Motorcycle On Sale Next Year|
|Announced last year at the Paris car exhibition, the hybrid Peugeot Hymotion will go on sale next year. |
With a 125 cc engine and two electric engines, performance should be that of a 400 cc scooter/motorcycle, while using only 2 liters per 100 kms, emitting only 47 grams / 100 km of CO2.
|18 June, 2009 - Backup For Your Scooter|
|Need to bring your bicycle with you on your scooter/motorcycle? |
That's a bit of a hassle, unless you're good with a few tubes and soldering equipment.
|3 April, 2009 - BMW’s New C1 Replacement?|
|BMW, under the "Project I" think-tank, are designing a new ecological motorcycle/scooter for 2012. |
Based on the C1 scooter concept, the bike will have a roof, transport 2 people, not require a helmet, and will have some form of alternative fuel engine.
|16 December, 2008 - Video: Kawasaki Zone 125 TV Ad|
|A lame, but well done, Kawasaki Indonesia TV ad for their Zone 125 motorcycle scooter. |
It's amazing what can be done with CGI nowadays, but I still prefer the good old fashion comical Kawasaki TV ads for a few years back.
|3 December, 2008 - Sci-Fi Scooter/Motorcycle|
|This looks like the scooter/motorcycle of the future. |
LCD screens, lots of lights (used to levitate the contraption?)... Alien UFO or just a plain simple Honda?
|5 November, 2008 - EICMA 2008: A Few Scooters|
|Here are some photos of scooters that caught my attention at EICMA 2008. |
I don't know much about scoots, but these were special...
|13 October, 2008 - Jeremy Clarkson On A Motorcycle!|
|Famous and notorious Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson has been spotted riding a motorcycle scooter! |
On its own not much news, except for Jeremy's position and attitude towards motorcycles and scooters! He HATES them. But here he is riding one himself.
|8 October, 2008 - Intermot 2008 - Scooters|
|Back on popular demand (well one person, Maggie), here's a look at the scooters of Intermot motorcycle exhibition.|
There are sooooo many, mostly from China, that they could have a separate show as big as Intermot.
|14 August, 2008 - Off Road Riding With Your Scooter|
|From the photo it's obvious that you can ride your scooter off road, though it's not a dirt motorcycle. |
But somehow I don't think the people wanted to ride off road.. at least not with pleasure.
|31 July, 2008 - Triumph Scooter|
|A little know fact, but Triumph motorcycles used to make scooters once upon a time. |
The 100 cc Tina T10 scooter had a short lived time, since the competition was fierce, and the Japanese were invading the motorcycle market. It cost Triumph dearly.
|25 July, 2008 - US Scooter Sales Up 65% 1st Half 2008|
|Guess what? Sales of scooters (and motorcycles) are through the roof! |
In the US alone, during the 1st half of 2008 sales of scooters was up 65.7%!!
|18 June, 2008 - New Airbag For Scooters|
|Scooters are now following their bigger motorcycle counterparts. They're being equipped with airbags. |
Makes the world a safer place...
|19 March, 2008 - John Kerry Rides The Vectrix, Forgets His Helmet|
|Senator (and ex-Presidential candidate) John Kerry is a motorcycle lover, we probably all know that. |
He recently gave the electric Vectrix a twirl, but in the process forgot his helmet, despite a mandatory helmet law in the state.
|13 March, 2008 - Electric Scooter Vectrix Scootering Away In The UK|
|Vectrix may not be selling in the quantities they would have liked to the general public, but their sales to government agencies seem to be working. |
In the UK, they just got two sales, one in London, and one in Glasgow.
|18 February, 2008 - KTM Scooter In The Offering?|
|Is KTM finally moving into another market? After bicycles, street motorcycles and even cars, is KTM now going to produce scooters? |
Scooters are a highly lucrative market segment, with more scooters sold than motorcycles, so why not?
Find out more...
|1 February, 2008 - First 3-Wheel Scooter Taxi Comes To Paris|
|Another motorcycle/scooter taxi company has started in Paris. Called NIP Bike Urban Transport, they used the Piaggio 400cc MP3 scooter. |
Nice, cheap(ish) and fast.
|22 January, 2008 - Ehh, Is That A Scooter?|
|Wacky but interesting design. The Mopah is a totally newly designed scooter/moped, that, as key, uses your iPod. |
It'll only ride if you plug in your iPod, someone else's iPod will not power it.
|21 January, 2008 - Anyone Want To Ride This Scooter?|
|This somehow does not look like a safe implementation of running a scooter on gas ... |
Would you want to ride this..??
|7 December, 2007 - France: Scooter Publicity, or How To Make A Buck|
|Two wheel publicity vans are becoming more and more popular in crowded and grid-locked cities. |
here's an example of a French company offering street publicity, scooters dragging a trailer with billboards behind them.
|16 November, 2007 - VW Bus Scooter Sidecar|
|Wooow... a VW Bus sidecar for a scooter... |
What will they think of next? Some job!! Nice....
|6 November, 2007 - EICMA 2007: Vectrix|
|Vectrix, the electric scooter/motorcycle manufacturer showed off at EICMA 2007 some special version of their current electric scooter, different versions of their prototype 3 wheeler, and... |
...their electric sports motorcycle. 200 kph, 1/4 mile in 12 seconds, costing €50,000....
|1 November, 2007 - US Navy Blue Angels Scooter|
|Going from the photo on the left to the one on the right takes some imagination. |
Not a bad job...
|31 October, 2007 - Ride Your Scooter Like A Honda Goldwing|
|Maxi Trailers produce special trailers for scooters. |
Great if you're into riding long distance on your Vespa or Lambretta, but don't have any luggage space to put your stuff.
Nice looking stuff too....
|25 October, 2007 - Sci-Fi Scooter, Japanese Style|
|Take some Japanese, get a Honda scooter, mix in some fertile imagination, and let simmer for a few months. |
The result: a scooter that would look really great in a Sci-Fi movie.
|28 September, 2007 - Paris Mondial 2007: CargoBike|
|Walking alongside the stands at the Paris Mondial Motorcycle Exhibition, I noticed this stuffed motorcycle. |
It's called the CargoBike, and it's exactly that... a motorcycle to carry lots of cargo.
|27 August, 2007 - Motorcycle/Scooter Desk Lamps|
|Lamponi produces works of art. They're desk lamps based on famous scooter and motorcycle manufacturers. |
Have a Vespa or Indian desk lamp.
|20 August, 2007 - Create A Video, Win A Vespa Scooter|
|Piaggio USA are running a contest. Create a video showing Vespa in a positive light for global warming, and you can win a .... Vespa. |
Grab your camera, and start shooting. You've got 2 months.
|6 June, 2007 - Renting A MP3 Scooter At Paris|
|If you need to travel to Paris, France by airplane, you'll probably will want to go downtown with a two-wheeler, since traffic is terrible. |
But how about going on three wheels ??
There's a company in Orly that rents out Piaggio MP3 scooters!
€89 per day, unlimited mileage.... off you go!
|24 April, 2007 - ScootGP, Not MotoGP|
|Scooter racing! |
Quite spectacular, considering that these machines are not race motorcycle. They have rather large skirting boards, small wheels, and you're not exactly sitting in an aerodynamic position.
This photos "stolen" from Vespinoy, where you can find tons of other photos of the scooter race.
|29 January, 2007 - Horse Scooter or is it Scooter Horse ?|
|A very strange photos of some contraption being pulled by a scooter, without a rider; a bit like a horse and carriage. |
Have a look, and judge yourself.
|15 November, 2006 - EICMA Motorcycle Show - Day 1 Sym - Woow ! (5 photos)|
|From all the stands we saw, from all the attention grabbers, SYM were by far the most creative. |
Imagine having STRIPPERS on your stand, stripping out of their clothes, and pole dancing !!
Way to go Sym !
|20 June, 2006 - Female Scooter|
|I don't think we're wrong in claiming that this scooter belongs to a girl. |
|1 February, 2006 - Scooters TV - A First ?|
|Here's a first (we think). ScooterScoop.com has launched a first TV show that can be downloaded or viewed directly from your PC 'but you need to live in a country currently serviced by Google Video). |
|4 March, 2005 - Honda’s Hybrid Scooter|
|Honda releases a prototype hybrid scooter (where's my hybrid motorcycles ??). |
|23 January, 2004 - Wrong Exit Strategy|
|A small animated photo of a scooter rider that exits a parking garage without looking. |
|4 July, 2003 - Dog Poop Motorcycles|
|The French have scooters that are equipped with a vacuum cleaner that patrol the sidewalks and "suck" in all dog shit.....|