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  1. Hi I’m wondering if you could please help me.
    I have a Vespa primeva and then it’s on the stand the back wheel moves left to right slightly and only when I slightly move it. I came off out and just got it back from the shop.
    I’m just wondering if it’s meant to do that as my confidence is shaken at the moment

    1. Hi Abigail. I guess this depends on the amount of movement. There will be some lateral play as the wheel is attached to a driveshaft, and by a chain connected to the wheel itself. If there is minimal play, then I would assume this to be normal. However, if you’re at all concerned—which I think you are—I would take it back into the shop to have it checked.

  2. Bought your book in 2014-read through it in two days and over the last year I have taken it out every couple of months and go through it again. Dennis

    1. Hi Keith. Will do. I’ll hopefully receive the proof from the new publisher at the beginning of the week. If that’s OK, it should be available next week. I had to change publisher to try to get the cost down.

  3. Hey! I’m a 16 year old from India, I have just started riding my scooter and I was looking online for some tips on how to ride safely, and I came across your website. The articles are very informative and I think will help me to ride more safely, Thanks a lot! 😀 I ride a Honda Dio by the way, the 2009 version.

  4. I’m a future scooter owner and previous motorcycle owner. I’m interested in learning about the differences in riding between the two.

  5. I have been riding a Vespa GTV 250 for four years. It serves all of my around the town needs, even in winter (in Boston) if pavements are dry. However, as a scooter it has one major disadvantage. It doesn’t handle Interstate travel well. Though it can cruise at 70, much beyond 60 the wind buffeting becomes a problem. Hence, I’ve decided to get a mid-sized cycle, around 1000 cc. That will allow me to travel anywhere on the Interstates and will open up new opportunities for travel. However, I shall never give up the Vespa for local commuting. It’s convenient, easy to operate, fun, and very economical.

  6. Nice review of the BV350. My biggest reserve about all things Italian is parts & service but otherwise I like the bike very much.

    Marietta. My Honda PC800 came from a used reseller up there. Glad to see another southerner. We seem to be under-represented in the scooter world.

  7. I’ve just bought my first scooter – a SYM Fiddle II, and know absolutely nothing about riding. Passed my motorcycle learners license and am now unleashed on the roads of South Africa which are pretty dangerous (I think in most people would agree). Hunting on the web for help on “how to…” and “scooter safety” and any other helpful stuff I came across your website. It is SO helpful and SO accessible. Thank you. Thank you!! I’m hooked!!

  8. Thanks for a great site on riding safely. Safety and being seen are very BIG priorities when I ride. I ride as though I’m invisible to cagers and am always playing your “what if” game. For more visibility I’ve developed a line of attention grabbing helmet skins. Even had a Police Officer stop to tell me, “Thank you for making yourself so easily seen”. Here’s a website page with those designs…

  9. Hi Alan, thanks for taking your time to educate and inform. I’m looking forward to reading and ingesting all the information on your blog. I’m 51 and just starting scooting on my Vespa 300 GTS one year ago. I found out about your blog through the Just Gotta Scoot website. I really do appreciate your time and efforts. Take care, and I know you’ll be riding safely!

  10. Thank you for putting together this important website. Because scooters are less intimidating than motorcycles, some people ride them too casually, and without sufficient attention to safe practices and protective gear. I’m glad to see you recommend David Hough’s “Proficient Motorcycling”. This is an excellent book about motorcycle and scooter safety, and it’s also a very enjoyable read.

    One thing: I see that Google has placed ads on your site. I’d like to encourage you to block Google from doing so. has received an “F” grade from the Better Business Bureau (you can see for yourself). Scooterdepot sells cheap, low-quality scooters, and doesn’t provide adequate support when these scooters fail.

    Thank you sir.

  11. Hi. I found a link to your site on Just gotta scoot’s web page. I’m 77 years old and
    have been riding motorcycles since 1953, all sizes from 100cc to 1300cc, both dirt and street. I live in Portland, Oregon and was tired of holding in, or slipping the clutch in heavy traffic, so I decided to get a scooter, a 125cc for getting round
    town, but mamma said she wanted to ride with me. So I did my home work and six months ago I got a new, left over, 2009 Yamaha TMAX 500. It is my first scooter, so I can’t compair it to any other scooters, but I can to motorcycles, at least for me.
    This is heavy scooter! It weighs more than many of the motorcycles I have owned, but the weight is down low and it’s very easy to ride. Around town below 40 mph, it handles like I expected a scooter to handle. Above 40 mph It want’s to go! On the freeway and the back roads It handles as good as a lot of sport bikes I have ridden. Needless to say I am very pleased with it, and I only wish I had switched sooner! So, to answer your question, when does a scooter become a motorcycle? For me that’s easy. It’s 40 mph.
    Thanks for listening and I’m sure I will be reading many more of your posts.


    1. What a cool guy! We should all be so cool at your age. I hope I will be. I just turned 56, and thought I was being daring by getting a new scooter, a SH150i! I haven’t ridden it yet, but will soon. Can’t wait!
      Be safe!

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