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Piaggio Group Worldwide Profits Plunged in 2013

It’s no secret that the automotive and powersports sectors have been hit especially hard during The Great Recession of the past few years, but it’s not always easy to get a full picture of just how hard they’ve been hit. Well Yahoo! Autos is reporting that Piaggio’s 2013 financials show a 57% decline in profits over the year before. That drop in profit is driven by a number of factors, but most significantly by a lack of sales and fluctuations in worldwide currency values.

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This Week In Scooters: Feb 16-22

It’s been a busy week at ScooterFile HQ, but the news never stops. This week saw some significant editorial content from us, some amazing gallery finds, and yet another key tool that scooter fans can use in making their next scooter purchase decision. Let’s get into the week that was.

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ScooterFile Guide: New Scooter Warranties

One of the biggest draws to buying a new scooter as opposed to a used scooter is that factory warranty. For the first year or two, you can know that if something goes wrong mechanically, you’re not on the hook for it. Question is, which scooter manufacturers offer the best warranty? Which offer roadside assistance? We’ve broken it down for you here in our ScooterFile Guide to the New Scooter Warranties.

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ScooterFile Guide: How to Winterize Your Scooter

Tomorrow is the first official day of winter, although for those of us who live in seasonal latitudes, we’re on nearly the sixth week of winter. Regardless of the actual outside temperature, this time of year is scooter hibernation season for many. With that in mind, there are some key things you can do to make sure that come spring, your favorite two wheel ride is ready to go again when things warm up.

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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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