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All About Scooters

7/13/2012 12:52:43 PM | by Anonymous


Also known simply as a scooter, a motorscooter is a type of motorcycle that operates on two wheels. It has a step-through frame that allows a rider to rest his or her feet on the flat floorboard whilst straddling the seat in a similar manner to a bicycle. These vehicles, as the name would suggest, are motor/engine powered that is usually attached the rear axle or fixed under the seat. There is also some storage space in the scooter that can be accessed when the seat is raised. With the introduction of Vespa and Lambretta after the World War Two, the popularity of scooters grew tremendously. A regular scooter would have wheels that are between 8 to 12 inches in diameter. This makes these transportation vehicles very popular in developing or developed countries due to the ease of maneuvering it in busy city streets. They also have a low cost of purchase along with operational benefits such as ease of parking, maintenance and fuel consumption. At most countries, obtaining a license and insurance policies for a scooter are less costly compared to cars. Learning how to ride a motorscooter is relatively easier as compared to learning how to ride a car or motorcycle.


The invention of scooters can be dated back to the World War Two when Cushman manufactured scooters to aid the War efforts and help troops overcome rugged terrains more easily. As they were compact and lightweight in design, Italian manufacturer Vespa adapted these designs and started mass production of the vehicle to aid transportation in the bustling city where the population needed a cheaper form of transport. Vespa dominated the scooter market for more than 30 years. However, it lost the monopoly in the 1980s when Asian manufacturers started adapting the design and marketing it to own local markets.


As for vehicles, laws are implemented to strictly govern the exhaust emission of the scooter in most countries worldwide. Policies are made to ensure that the emission do not cause air pollution. There are strict restrictions on the emissions and manufacturers are expected to produce scooters that follow the requirements. Therefore, to better accommodate these policies, manufacturers have now started using liquid petroleum gas (LPG) to fuel the vehicle in many parts of the world. Hence instead of running on gasoline or diesel, the scooters now run on LPG. The emissions with LPG being used to fuel the scooter are much lesser as compared to gasoline or diesel.


As technology advances, the demand for more advanced features and better efficiency increase, therefore manufacturers have to constantly keep developing their models of scooters to offer customers their ideal ride. Modern scooters that are being offered in a higher price boast features such as better aesthetics, more comfort and improved performance. Body frames, engines, braking systems and other features of scooters are constantly being upgraded to meet the needs of various customers. Some scooters even have windshields with a cabin like design, similar to cars, to boost rider comfort. Many manufacturers allow the customer to custom build their own scooter according to their own preferences which gives the customer more freedom of choice.


Because of the fact that customers customize their ride now, manufacturers have started using more efficient engines to power these vehicles. While some may be moving towards more advanced scooters, there are some who still prefer the classic design of the Vespa. Despite the copetition faced by the Vespa, it still remains popular in many parts of the world due to its classic and elegant design.


Scooters have aided transportation for several years now, providing cheap, convenient and efficient transport.

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