This is Honda's newest bike - the 125 cc, supermoor-inspired Honda Grom. I think it's safe to say that it's the best thing ever, and that we (all of us) need to hunt down the men and women responsible for creating the Grom and immediately begin harvesting their DNA in the hopes of breeding a superior new race of genius transportation designers before - DEAR GOD, NO! - we all … [Read more...] about Someone Buy Me a 2014 Honda Grom NOW (w/ video)
Despite my much-professed and well-documented love for scooter-y things, the reborn Lambretta LN125 decided to bestow a tester to Spain's Motorpasion ... but they did such a great job reviewing the sexy little bike that I can hardly complain. Let's face it, if your article involves riding a scooter inside a diner I think you have a winner. This is an all-new Lambretta, from a … [Read more...] about Lambretta Reborn! All-new LN125 Gets Ridden in Spain
Last week, I wrote an article about Genuine's new Lemonhead Buddy scooter, wherein I called the little scoot zippy, practical, and traffic-carving. I figured the Lemonhead to be a sweet little ride, but complained about the bike's 30 mph top-speed ... to just about anyone who would listen. One person who listened was my friend and Twist n' Gone superstar Jeremy Hall. In … [Read more...] about Enviromoto Helps Build a Better Buddy
I'm not gonna lie, Genuine's Buddy line of small-displacement scooters have a special place in my heart. Over the past twelve months, I spent (quite literally) hundreds of hours riding various scoots, from Honda Metros to big-engined maxis, and the Buddy was always "just right". It's a "Goldilocks" bike, in other words ... and now, thanks to Ferrara Pan and the introduction of … [Read more...] about Genuine’s New Lemonhead Buddy is a 100+ mpg Sweetie
One of the mental stumbling blocks most people have with EVs has been the long charge time that interrupts long trips. Granted, even with a 2-hour quick charge system in place, that's a real issue (and if you don't believe that, spend 2 hours at a Flying J truckstop getting ultra-murdered). That's what makes battery-swap systems so exciting: the promise of clean power, … [Read more...] about Bat’Lib Battery-swap System for Matra Electric Scooters
Vespa's APE three-wheeler is a 3rd-world workhorse of the first order, combining low cost, easy maintenance, high utility, and globally available parts into a package that is tough to beat (just as the Tata Nano guys). In some markets, the APE (and APE-type vehicles) are generically referred to as "Tuk Tuks", and that's what you're looking at here: the Tuk Tuk Factory's new … [Read more...] about Super Amazing Electric APE Clone Makes Me Super Happy
Suzuki announced their new electric scooter this week. It’s called the e-Let’s, it’s under-50-cc-equivalent, and it goes on sale on January 9th. Scooters in general are pretty neat – they’re fuel efficient, small, and it’s hard not to look cute riding one. Add in an electric motor to reduce noise, vibration, and greenhouse gas emissions, and you’ve got something that makes a … [Read more...] about Electric Scooters – Now With Baskets, From Suzuki
At the International Motorcycle Show in Long Beach this past weekend, I spoke with Yamaha's Tim Olsen about their Zuma 50 and Zuma 125, both excellent scooters for new riders and young urban commuters. The 50 gets a mind-boggling 132 mpg, and must be loads of fun to ride. I only say this because I haven't ridden one yet, but I know of at least one very talented racer whose … [Read more...] about Yamaha’s Zuma 50: 132 mpg of fun!
Do you remember the Motocompo? Do you remember the super-awesome Honda of the 1980s? The Honda that built the Gyro scooter, oval-pistoned NR750 superbike, reinvented the Ferrari with the NSX, and reinvented the sportscar with the CRX Si? Honda does, and it’s drawing more inspiration from its own past with each new mention of the CR-Z, the upcoming "new" NSX hybrid, … [Read more...] about Honda Reveals New (Electric!) Motocompo Successor
That right there is the 50 cc Honda Metropolitan that's been carrying me across Chicago these past few months. With only 50 cc pushing the little scooter along, I can't say it's fast - but in rush hour traffic, with big-engine pickups and ultra-fast turbocharged Porsches dicing for position among stop-and-go city trucks? It's plenty fast enough, then ... ... and, when … [Read more...] about When Does 90 MPG Seem Low?