Bike VS. Scooter

Bike VS. Scooter

The basic difference goes as: • Scooters are a form of motorbikes with a frame that allows riders to plant feet comfortably on the frame as against keeping legs sideways in motorbikes. • Another difference between scooter and motorbike lies in the lack of clutch and gears in scooters which are there in motorbikes. Scooters...

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“Trump declares war on the Vespa”

“Trump declares war on the Vespa”

Italy on Friday voiced alarm over Donald Trump’s plans to target imports responsible for the US trade deficit, amid fears products like Vespa scooters could be hit by punitive duties. “Trump declares war on the Vespa”, said a headline in national daily Il Messaggero, reflecting the tone of most of the media coverage on an...

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Vespa Club Uganda

Vespa Club Uganda

Once seen as a status symbol in Uganda and the capital Kampala, the iconic Piaggio Vespa is now derided as an anachronism. For devotees, though, old habits die hard Christopher Kiganda When the Tel Aviv-based photojournalist Ariel Tagar travelled to the Ugandan city of Kampala, he spotted a couple of men riding Vespa scooters. He struck up...

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Riding a Vespa in the Rain

Riding a Vespa in the Rain

Ride long enough and you’ll eventually find yourself on the road, drenched and dreaming of home. Ride longer and you may find yourself dreaming of being drenched. This morning I rode away from the dry comfort of home into uncertain weather, a welcome break from endless days of sunshine and heat. The gray, dim morning–...

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Why scooters?

Why scooters?

Scooters are two-wheeled vehicles powered by a small engine. Although it’s similar in concept to motorcycles, it has some important differences. The wheels of a scooter are fastened to the end of a short axle, rather than being mounted between a “fork” in the frame. The engine is usually concealed in a cowling of some kind, making them...

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Cluj-Napoca is a Romanian city that’s young at heart

Cluj-Napoca is a Romanian city that’s young at heart

Why Cluj-Napoca? The largest city in Transylvania, and the storied Romanian region’s unofficial capital, Cluj-Napoca – or plain Cluj in regular conversation – is some way from the clichés of Dracula-worthy architecture and dark-hearted goings-on. For that, you need to head to central Transylvania; here, in north-west Romania, towards the Hungarian border, this university city...

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Driving: My Life, My Vespa

Driving: My Life, My Vespa

When it came time to buy a scooter, I knew it had to be an Italian job. I’d ridden Vespa`s on vacation in Bermuda and loved them. I was familiar with Piaggio, the company that started manufacturing them in 1946, and I knew that several international movie stars, such as Anthony Quinn and Henry Fonda,...

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