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No unread posts What Exactly is a Scooter?

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Scooter (or Motor Scooter) Noun

a low 2- or 3-wheeled automotive vehicle having a seat so that the rider does not straddle the engine.

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No unread posts Vespa

Vespa Scooters are Italian scooters known for their pressed steel unibody construction, which covers the engine, provides a floor board and a cowl at the front for wind protection. Vespa is one of seven companies owned by Piaggio, which is Europe's largest manufacturer of two-wheeled vehicles.

The Vespa brand was created after WWII by Enrico Piaggio. His father, Rinaldo Piaggio, founded the Piaggio company as an aircraft manufacturer. After the war, the Italian aircraft industry was severely curtailed as part of an armistice agreement. In light of this and the poor state of Italian roads after continued allied bombing raids, Enrico Piaggio wanted to produce a cheap and reliable means of transportation for the Italian people. Thusly the Vespa Scooter was born.

http://www.vespausa.com/

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Piaggio, the parent company of Vespa Scooters, produces scooters under its own marque. The company, founded by Rinaldo Piaggio and inherited by his son Enrico, has been producing scooters since shortly after WWII.

http://www.piaggiousa.com/

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Honda Motorcycles, which also produces Honda brand scooters, has been in operation since 1955. At its peak in 1982, Honda Motorcycles was producing 3 million motorcycles annually. The Honda Super Cub is historically considered Honda's first scooter, however as the rider actually straddles the engine, the Super Cub is closer in design to a small displacement motorcycle or a moped.

http://powersports.honda.com/street/scooters.aspx

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Yamaha Motor Company, located in Iwata, Shizouka Japan, is part of the larger Yamaha Corporation, which manufactures a wide variety of products. Yamaha first started building motorcycles in 1955. Today, Yamaha sells scooters as well as motorcycles. Yamaha scooters range in size from 50cc to 500cc.

http://www.yamaha-motor.com/sport/produ ... rview.aspx

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No unread posts Genuine

Genuine Scooters was started in 2002 by Phil McCaleb. The company is based in Chicago but has partnerships with PGO of Taiwan and LML of India to produce its CVT style and Stella scooter models respectively.

http://www.genuinescooters.com/

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Kymco is a Taiwanese scooter manufacturer that produced its first complete scooter in 1970. The company did not start selling scooters under the Kymco name until 1992. Kymco originally produced parts for Honda but broke away from that arrangement in 1963.

http://www.kymcousa.com/

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No unread posts Lambretta

Lambretta scooters were first manufactured by Innocenti, a one-time steel tubing manufacturer that converted to scooter production following the devastation of World War II. Like Vespa scooters, Lambretta scooters were inspired by the Cushman scooters, which came out of Nebraska, USA. In 1972 the Lambretta marque was purchased by the Indian government, which then created Scooters India Limited (SIL). Lambretta scooters were originally produced in Milan, Italy, but have since been buiit France, Germany, Taiwan and other countries.

http://www.lambrettausa.com/default.aspx

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BMW or Bayerische Motorwerken AG has been producing motorcycles since 1923. BMW produced its first scooter, the C1, an enclosed cockpit design, from 2000-2002. As of late, BMW has reentered the scooter market with a line up of Maxi-scooters, the 600 Sport and the C 650GT.

http://www.bmwmotorcycles.com/us/en/index.html

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Cushman produced scooters from 1936 until 1965. Cushman scooters served as the inspiration for some of the most famous scooters in the world, such as Vespas. One of the more amazing scooters produced by Cushman was the model 53, which was designed to be dropped out of an airplane alongside paratroopers in order to provide them with transportation upon landing. Other interesting aspects of Cushman scooters include the forward twisting throttle grips and the advertised "penny-a-mile" operating cost of some of their models. Cushman replicas and restorations can still be found around the world.

http://www.dennis-carpenter.com/cushman.php

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