Vespa 946 Emporia Armani Arrives in the U.S.

Vespa 946 Emporia Armani Just when you thought your scooter was stylish enough, well-known Italian designer Georgio Armani (yes, they of the elegant purses—bring on the wisecracks) has teamed up with Piaggio to create a special edition scooter for the fashion conscious rider.

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Night Riding

graphic of a scooter riding at night I’d venture to say that there is a fair percentage of scooter riders who have never ridden at night. For some this may be because the need has never arisen. Some others would never entertain the thought for the perceived extra danger.

Personally, I find night riding a pleasant and relaxing activity which, done correctly, is no more dangerous than riding during the day. There are even some distinct advantages safety-wise.

Let’s shed some light on the subject:

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Bennett’s Insurance. Moped and Scooter Guide

Bennett's Insurance I was happy to recently be asked to provide some safety tips for new scooter riders on Bennett’s Insurance’s new Moped & Scooter Ownership Guide.

The guide is a worthwhile read if you’re new to the scooter world, or thinking of entering it. Among other things, it covers licensing requirements for the UK, clothing, buying your first bike, buying electric bikes, resources and, of course, safety! Check it out here!

Honda Recalls 10,000 Grom 125 and Forza Scooters

2014 Honda Forza Honda has issued a recall for 10,076 Grom motorcycles and Forza scooters. The recall is due to fuel system problems.

There is a resin bracket inside the fuel pump, which may swell and lead to a fuel pump failure.

The vehicles involved are: 2014 Grom 125 manufactured between 12th June, 2013 and 24th September 2014. The Forza scooters are models NSS300 and NSS300A manufactured between the 18th of June, 2013, and the 21st of May, 2014.

Honda will be notifying owners, and offering a free replacement fuel pump, or owners may contact Honda on: 1-310-783-2000

Honda’s reference number for this recall is:  JL1 NSS300 (Forza) and JL2 Grom (Grom125)

First Hydrogen Fuelled Scooter

Is this the shape of things to come?

A university in southern Taiwan has unveiled its first hydrogen-powered electric scooter.

Called the “Pegasus One”, its maiden run consisted of 80km (50 miles), but the estimated range is easily double that, according to Dr. Wei-Hsiang Lai, professor of aeronautics and astronautics at the National Cheng Kung University.

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Graphic. Micro-climates Here in Georgia, it’s that time of year when weather conditions are changing rapidly. In the last week alone, we have swung between icy conditions and snow, to beautiful sunshine and spring-like temperatures. And I’m sure we’re going to head back the other way in short order.

It occurs to me that these conditions are perfectly suited to generating the subject of today’s post: Micro-Climates.

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Honda Opens Second Scooter Safety Park in Delhi

Ribbon cutting ceremony Kudos to Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. They have opened their second traffic training park in Delhi to promote safe riding on Delhi’s busy roads.

The traffic training park, which is spread across some 1,172 square metres, is staffed by Honda’s expert safety instructors, and teaches riders from the age of thirteen to experience and handle over one hundred possible road dangers.

The park also caters to teaching younger riders from age nine to twelve on imported Honda CRF-50 bikes.

Mr. Yadvinder S. Guleria, Vice President-Sales & Marketing, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd, said, “For us, most overwhelming was the enthusiastic response of Delhi women who came forward and enrolled themselves to learn 2 wheeler safe riding program. From 18 year old college students to 45 plus home-makers and working women, over 2100 females enrolled in our Delhi traffic park. To facilitate the same Honda has launched Dream Riding – a safe riding initiative exclusively for females.”

Good for you, Honda. This is something that would help immensely in other countries as well.

The Traffic Light Gotcha

A traffic light OK, it’s admission time. Who goes to YouTube, and watches those “Crash Compilation” videos? Nobody admitting it? Well, OK. I’ll go first. I do!

Now, in my defence, I don’t merely watch them for voyeuristic reasons. I watch them to see if there is anything that can be learned from the mistakes that have been made.

You see, I adamantly refuse to call crashes “accidents”. Very rarely indeed is a crash the result of an accident. OK, maybe the unfortunate soul who is riding along when a rock dislodges from the cliff above, and knocks the hapless individual on his noggin… that could be called an accident. Well, possibly the guy who is riding along, minding his own business when a freak wind blows a carelessly discarded newspaper on to his visor — causing him to lose control as he is desperately trying to see through the sports section… that could be called an accident. But no more! For everything else, there is culpability.

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