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Posted By: SpecialK, 09-13-2011, 05:19 PM

The Petersen museum had a scooter exhibit.

1963 Vespa Gran Sport 160 had 8 HP and a 4-speed and could go 62 MPH.

1959 Cushman Eagle had a hard tail and sprung seat.

1948 Gest G-1, advertised as "the scooter you couldn't afford not to own", got 75-100 MPG.

The 1984 Honda Elite had a pop-up headlamp, a ducted-air foot warmer, and went just fast enough at 55 MPH to be a nuisance on the freeway.

The Vespa Super Sprint 90 stored a spare tire between your legs, and the fake gas tank held a toolbox.

Vespa heaven includes the Ape (pronounced ah-pay) woody.

Razor put out this 20MPH Pocket Rocket in 2006, which conveniently places your head at the same height as a car bumper.

1963 Vespa with custom trailer.

Exact replica of the 1951 Vespa 125 in the movie Roman Holiday.

Toy pedal-scooters.

The 2010 Piaggio MP-3 has 2 wheels up front for a bit of stability at up to 89 MPH.

1961 Lambretta with sidecar.

1983 Yamaha Riva 180 with California sidecar is regarded as one of the world's first "modern" scooters.

In the rear is a 1960 Bobcat Golf Scooter with a fancy kick-stand that would raise and lower as the driver sat down or stood up.

1960 Fuji Go-Devil in extended and folded up configurations. Came with a carrying case and weighed 60 lbs.

1960 Grasshopper and carrying case. This is the only one known to exist.

At the opposite end of the spectrum from the Grasshopper is the 13-foot long Mohs King O' the Road. Built by 14-year old Bruce Mohs, he drove almost 500 miles in 16 hours when he was 15.

1944 Cushman Airborne 53 was intended to be dropped with paratroopers.

1939 Moto-Kar and Moto-Scoot.

1949 Indian Stylemaster.

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09-13-2011, 06:20 PM   #2
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Nice collection!

Thank you for sharing...
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Great series. Thanks for posting the details on the scooters, it made for an interesting read.

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What a variety ! Love the Grasshopper ! Some of those look like transposed lawn mowers !

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I had motorcycles in the past, but my one or two rides on a Lambretta did not inspire confidence, and there is nothing to hold onto with your knees. Watch those dips...
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Thanks for posting that cool series! I'm a motorcyclist and a scooter wanna-be, so I really enjoyed them.

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