Piaggio Press Release: Piaggio and Vespa scooters get great gas mileage, with some models getting upwards of 113 mpg. Now through June 30, 2013 customers purchasing a new or unused MY12 Piaggio Typhoon 125, FLY 150, Vespa S 150, LX 150 or LXV 150 will receive a free $250 gas card as part of the [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Piaggio is placing a heavy bet on India. It has just completed a new manufacturing plant in Baramati specifically dedicated to producing its new Vespa LX 125 scooter. Covering an area of more than 1.6 million square feet, the factory is capable of producing 300,000 units annually. Given the positive response of the local market, [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Photographer : Jeff Allen
Recumbent Bicyclists. Dudes who wear socks with sandals. Drivers of French cars. Model railroaders. Sexy seniors. Will the introduction of BMW’s new “maxi-scooters” make them all cool? We know not. Yet the beauty of all these rugged individuals is that they just don’t care what the rest of the world thinks: Without peers, there is [...]Read Full Post | Comments(1)
I haven’t had the dream in a while, but I used to have it a lot: I’m driving my trusty Army deuce-and-a-half truck up a winding, snowy hill when we lose traction and slowly start sliding backwards. Soon, I’m alternating standing on the brakes with releasing them a little to maintain backward direction as I [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Ten Bikes with Soul and Character Ten ways to keep it soulful (and sometimes a little strange) while having a good time on two wheels.
For decades, the implacable march of technology and improved performance has driven motorcycles to incredible heights. Even our dyno and GPS-based timing equipment are so shocked by what they’re recording that they’ve started putting exclamation points after some of the horsepower and quarter-mile numbers. But as awesome as all this performance, economy, reliability, comfort and [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Piaggio’s new X10 scooter was unveiled at EICMA last November, but it was kind of overshadowed by the lovely Vespa Quarantasei retro/future concept. Too bad! After a riding preview through the most prestigious boulevards of Paris, I must humbly reckon that the X10 deserved a lot more attention by the easily distracted media people, yours truly [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Will The Motorcycle Of The Future Come From Pasadena? Italian motorcycle designer Miguel Galluzzi talks two-wheel transportation.
Piaggio is the Italian aircraft manufacturer that brought 16 million Vespa scooters into the world starting in 1946. Scooters were inexpensive, easy to use and seen as cute and chic. Today, Piaggio also owns Aprilia and Moto Guzzi, and in 2011, it delivered 100,000 two-wheelers of all kinds. Because it intends to remain in business [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Photography by Jeff Allen The motorcycles we usually write about are for exploring outer space—as in, the roads outside the city. The Angeles Crest Highway, for instance, which crawls up and out of L.A. over the San Gabriel Mountains—an awesomely twisting two-lane escape hatch many residents don’t know exists. To grasp the size of this [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
This year’s Cycle World/Ride for Kids bike to benefit the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation really does combine a few of our favorite things. Put together by Gregg DesJardins of Gregg’s Customs, this one starts out as the excellent little Honda CBR250R, loses a little bodywork, gains some cool bits, including CRG mirrors, and Dunlop tires, [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
People who ride motorcycles and scooters in what used to be called the First World purely for recreation too easily forget that their “toys” are first and foremost transportation devices. But people in the Third World use any motorized conveyance to replace Shank’s Mare or real mares for getting around and doing essential tasks—such as, [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)