American Icon: The 1955 Cushman Eagle

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The Cushman Eagle was by far the most desirable scooter in the USA in the 1950s. The designers at the American company had struck upon the idea of releasing a scooter that included all the design hallmarks of the big American motorcycles of the day built by Harley-Davidson and Indian. This ensured that every red-blooded teenage…

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Shanghai Customs 100% Electric Sidecar Scooter

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Over the past decade or so China has become a leading builder and consumer of electric vehicles – so much so that many large cities have banned the formerly ubiquitous small capacity scooters and motorcycles that used to swarm the streets in clouds of smog. The Shanghai Customs Electric Scooter The scooter you see here…

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Scooter Commuter

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Scooter Commuter is a 1962 film in the “Look at Life” miniseries that was produced for British television. Each episode is approximately 10 minutes long, and it looks at a different career or subculture within Britain at the time. This film offers a look into the still burgeoning world of the motor scooter in the…

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Moto Vietnam

I’m currently sitting at a small roadside cafe in Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital city. I flew in last Thursday to join 15 men on a motorcycle tour of the mountainous Laos/Vietnam border and let me tell you, it was incredible. So incredible that I lost my passport after a heavy night of drinking locally brewed rice…

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Isle of Man Scooter Racing – Circa 1970

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I never knew that people raced scooters at the Isle of Man, until last week when I discovered this footage and became an immediately happier person. I like scooters. I know that this makes me less of a man in the eyes of hard-core motorcycle dudes but I don’t care. There’s a lot to be said for a 50cc smoke-spewing two-stroke.

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The Wooden Vespa by Carlos Alberto

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It boggles the mind to think how much skill, talent and patience it must have taken Carlos Alberto to create this fully-functioning laminated hardwood Vespa. He built it for his daughter Daniella and subsequently named it after her, the 50cc 60s era scooter is built to the same exact dimensions of the original, iconic Vespas…

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