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Last week, we posted this story about a study projecting that sales of electric motorcycles and scooters will grow ten fold over the next five years. Being a bit of a smart ass, my first thought was “Yes, if they’ve sold one bike today, and sell ten bikes five years from now, then they’ve grown by 10 times.” The real question is though, will the American market ever really embrace electric motorcycles or scooters?
Chopped Vespas are not in and of themselves anything we haven’t seen before, but this creation from Indonesian builders Kopi Kustom is the third in a series of outrageous, fully committed Vespa choppers. What instantly separates these creations is that level of commitment.
[Piaggio has since denied this rumor. See the update at the end of the post.] Indian car and bike blog Overdrive is reporting that the country’s Piaggio subsidiary is planning …
For any new rider, the generally accepted due diligence of learning to ride a two wheeler includes a short list of consistent activities.
1. Get yourself a helmet (and better yet, full riding gear)
2. Take the MSF rider safety course
3. Read David L. Hough’s Proficient Motorcycling
Though I’ve been riding scooters since 2007, I’ve only recently crossed #3 off my list, and I have to say, I put it off far too long. Not only was it an enjoyable, entertaining read, but Proficient Motorcycling is a treasure trove of riding tips.
Over the years motorcycle or scooter riders have also developed fashion for both style and functionality. When I see a person clad in black, my first thought is that they’re likely a motorcyclist because of the look. But beyond identification, that gear protects the wearer in case of a fall.
Turns out that motorcycle riding gear has a really interesting history. You can see some of that history in this infographic created by the UK’s Bennett’s Insurance:
At one time, not too long ago, “you get what you pay for” may have been a reasonable rule of thumb when buying motorcycle helmets. Sure, it still holds true …