Tuesday, May 27, 2008


Here's one thing I've been thinking more and more about these days:

Over the years, I've looked at more than a few of these cute little numbers (and some on ebay that frankly weren't so cute) but now they seem almost practical. And, apparently, I'm not the only one. The Wall Street Journal had a story recently about the growing popularity of motor scooters:

"As the market for trucks, cars and motorcycles sagged, first-quarter scooter sales were up 25% from a year earlier, according to the Motorcycle Industry Council, a trade group. Manufacturers attribute the growth in part to sustained high fuel prices."

The story mentions the trade-off between fuel savings and vulnerability on the road. Bigger isn't always better, but they don't call those things organ donator-mobiles for nothing. I don't see that being the main problem — Memphis isn't as highway-dependent as other cities when it comes to getting around town — though with Memphis drivers you can never be too careful. My concern is that there are places in this city where people would steal your mother if you left her alone too long.

But how can you argue with a chart like this?

There used to be Vespa dealer in town; it doesn't look like there still is. But I've heard that some of the scooter places on Summer are really nice and helpful ... and that someone local is going to start importing refurbished Vespas from ... Japan? ... this summer. Obviously, I don't have all the deets (or any of them), but once I get them, I'll pass them along.

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