The other day I was asked to move my scooter. I almost said something about it's how it's not a scooter...it's a bike. Well technically it is a scooter but it feels more like a bike to me. When you start getting into the upper engine displacement ranges the line between "bike" and "scooter" start to fade in my mind. I can easily do 70 - 80 mph all day (the bike is capable of more but I'm not sure I am). I can easily pass cars and other motorcycles. So it's more than a "scooter" but in most people's minds, less than a motorcycle.
Does it really matter what it's called? Piaggio, I understand, is either currently producing a 850cc scooter in Europe or has been working on the plans for one for some time.
It appears to be pretty slick and blurs the line between "Scooter" and "Bike" even more. Some motorcycles now are automatic transmission as well, which used to be part of what defined a scooter.
I consider myself to be a "rider" not a "scooterist." The term "Scooter" to me at least has connotations of the classic "Roman Holiday." That is probably what most people think of when they hear the word "Scooter" - a small little two stroke Vespa which was probably capable of maybe 40 mph.
|And two stars are born|
Mention the word "Biker" to people and they probably picture something straight out of the Hell's Angels catalog. Which I am most definitively not, I do however have the scraggly beard.
So what the hell am I? Does it really matter? Why am I so obsessed with trying to define it? What I do know is that I enjoy getting out on my Burgie and just riding, even if it's just going to work or up to the mall. It's fun for me.
If I manage to save some gas, some money, help the Earth by lowering my Carbon Footprint all while smiling like some idiot well doing it, then more power to me. I just wish more people would forget about what something is and just get out and ride, be it on a scooter, maxi scooter, or motorcycle.
Speaking of which...I think I'm going for a ride. Till next time!