When I was a kid (80s) we where all riding mopeds that looked like motorcycles. And I don't recall anyone ever riding scooters... but nowadays it seems like scooters are everywhere in all shapes and sizes....
What made the scooter design so popular? Any theories?
Post by stepthrutuner on Oct 29, 2009 23:23:21 GMT -5
I would say practicality(on board storage, skirt friendly). Unthreatening, no-shift automatics, simple single cyl. engines that are fairly easy to work on. Economy(sometimes 100+ mpg). Cheapness.... especially with the recent crop of China scoots. And probably a bunch of broke-ass Baby Boomers that have lost their bloomers in the recent economic downturn!
It seems to me the hottest venue these days in the States is modding out the Honda Ruckus especially extending the back end and installing a two stroke.... especially a Yamaha Grand Axis(not sold here) 100cc+ two stroke.
Obviousyl the economy and fuel prices have helped mopeds and scooters in general, but as far as the actual scooter styling I think stepthru hit it on the head. On top of that, look at motorcycles now compared to the 80s. Sportbikes with lots of plastics are much more common now than then too. The plastic'd scoots are a little more modern looking. Even the so called "retro" scoots look more modern than a true moped IMO.
The Ruckus crowd is kind of a different story. They're like a whole different community and high dollar builds are much more common in their world. Some of the upgrade headlights for those things cost as much as a new Chinese scooter. They have lots of style upgrades available in carbon fiber, stainless steel, chrome, and more. If you wanna spend sprotbike or cruiser money, but want a scooter... buy a Ruckus and pick up some catalogs. There are some really amazing Rucks out there.