Roman Holiday

Video: A visual history of the Vespa

To the unfamiliar eye, all scooters look the same. Yet even just within the Vespa marque, the bikes have evolved over the years. In this terrific animated video, we see the shape of the iconic Vespa change over the years. Created by French creative agency Nomoon, this video shows us nearly 70 years of Vespa history. Take a look.

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Video: Rome by Scooter

For many, their romantic attachment to scooters is tied directly to the root of that very word: Rome. Traveling Italy by scooter is something many scooter fans dream of doing, and thanks to a myriad of tour companies, is something pretty accessible to anyone with the time and the money. For those on the fence, here’s a video tour of what it’s like to see Rome from the back of a scooter.

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Happy Birthday, Audrey Hepburn

Today we celebrate the birthday of romantic scooting’s first lady, Audrey Hepburn. Were Audrey as immortal in body as she is in memory, she’d be 76 years-old today. Her Academy Award Winning performance in Roman Holiday will likely forever be a part of scooter culture, just like the Mods, The Who and the very name of Vespa.

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Photo: Winter Scarab

With snow covering the ground in most of the midwestern USA, most of us still have our scooters tucked away warm in our garages. Yet there are still those intrepid scooterists who venture out into the winter slush. They’re fools, heroes and ambassadors. My own longing for warmer weather and riding season to come back around are why this photo hit me so hard. The bright red against the muted palette of white and gray — the juxtaposition of an object of warm weather joy — these themes play against the cold and help dull the sting of a winter not yet over.

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