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Vespa’s First Electric Scooter is Coming this Year!

Vespa made an exiting announcement at the Milan Motorcycle Show. This year, they are launching their first all-electric scooter.

Called the Vespa Elettricra, the new scooter retains the famous delectable lines of its “analogue” stable mates, but sports an electric motor capable of pushing the Italian lovely (and rider) sixty-two miles before needing to suckle at the electronic teat.

I wouldn’t expect sports bike performance out of this. Vespa claims it will have “superior performance” to a 50cc scooter. Still, we can at least expect that zero-revolution torque that makes electric motors so delicious. Vespa’s parent company, Piaggio, hints at its urban intent by saying that it will be “perfect for city environments”.

Vespa Elettricra

For those who would like a little more range, there is also going to be a model, called the Vespa Elettricra X, which has a four-stroke petrol engine on board as well. The petrol engine does not power the machine directly, but serves to charge the battery, bringing the usable range to 124 miles.

There’s an App for That

Vespa Elettricra DashThe Vespa Elettricra sports a gorgeous new 4.3″ TFT display, and will sync with a Vespa app. The app will allow you to view diagnostic information and range data, among other things.  You will be able to access your phone’s voice assistance and control music in conjunction with a new helmet they are going to release at the same time. This helmet contains bluetooth connectivity, speakers and a microphone.

We have no information on price, or exact release date at this time, but you can be sure we’ll be letting you know as soon as we do!

ScootSafely.com at Vespa Marietta this Saturday. Atlanta, GA.

ScootSafely.com will be giving a presentation on scooter safety at Vespa Marietta this coming Saturday during their “Spring Kick-off” event.

With a workshop on scooter maintenance, guest appearances, snacks, spring sale on scooter models, and a talk by yours truly, it should be a great event!

If you’re in the Atlanta area, come and meet us!

 

66 Year Old Retired Police Officer and Civilian Naval Captain to Race from Savannah to San Diego on a Vespa Scooter

MARIETTA, GA, March 07, 2012 – On April 22nd, sixty scooters will line up in Savannah, GA to participate in the Annual Cannonball Run.

The 8 day race stretches 2,648 miles across the U.S. and ends in San Diego, California. This year, newcomer Capt. Gary Kinney plans to finish the entire race riding a 2004 GT200 Vespa scooter.
What makes Capt.Gary different from the other 59 avid scooterists, Capt. Gary is 66 years old and he is riding to win.

With a resume like Capt. Gary’s, it doesn’t take much to see why he describes himself as an adventurer. Born in Traverse City, Michigan, Kinney moved to Dothan, Alabama and joined the police force as a motorcycle officer. Retiring in 1988, Kinney began his new career as a boat captain.

For the next 24 years, Capt. Gary sailed oil boats, yachts and Naval research vessels in the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, Mexico, Cuba and in the Pacific along the California Coast. He calls these his pirate years.

Kinney got the idea to participate in the endurance race from Floyd Grimm, Shop Manager of Vespa Marietta in Georgia. Gary claims Floyd “tricked him into it.” According to Kinney, ”we have a scooter that can win it and an old man who’s stupid enough to do it.” Within a few months,

Kinney had a team of backers including Vespa Marietta and several large powersports manufacturers who are supplying Kinney with the equipment he needs to complete the race.
The winning is up to Kinney. “The journey is more important than the destination, but if you’re not the lead dog the scenery doesn’t seem to change. With “world-class mechanic” David Brogdon from Panama City, Florida, and a truck full of tools, Kinney feels “pretty darn comfortable” that he has a good chance at winning.

Over the past five years, the Cannonball Run has become the top race for hard-core scooter riders across the nation. Each rider has eight days to make the almost 3,000 mile journey.
They must check into 3 control points each day and mark their time on a timecard. The winner of the race, is the rider with the fastest overall time, minus any handicap on the scooter depending on its age and displacement.

It’s not just the new fast Vespas that are entered in the race. These new bikes can easily coast along at 80 mph and still get 70 mpg. Included in the line-up this year are a rare 1946 Salsbury 85, several 1950’s and 1960’s Vespa and Lambretta scooters and even a modern 50cc Yamaha which screams along at 35 mph.

When asked about any challenges he sees ahead Kinney responded, “I don’t have a whole lot of quit in me. When you’ve been a boat Captain as long as I have…and if you’ve passed as many lighthouses as I have…you’ve got to be pretty darn handy making things happen.” As Kinney puts it, if something happens on a boat “you’ve got to get it fixed and get it going.” Is Kinney worried about the distance? According to him, “there’s a lot of endurance involved. It’s a mindset. Its another day