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Scooters and Scooter Culture

Scooters and Scooter Culture in America
Scooters and Scooter Culture in America
Scooters and Scooter Culture in America

Scooter culture has always had a distinctly European flavor, but the scooter lifestyle has developed a huge following in the USA. Interestingly, the scooter subculture in America displays almost as much diversity as its motorcycling counterpart. The modern scooter movement is borne as much of nostalgia as it is of independence.

They say the first scooter was probably built in 1894 by the German pair Hildebrand and Wolfmüller. That first scooter even had the identifiable scooter feature of a step-through frame. One must wonder if that German duo had any idea what that simple design would lead to.

A half century after that first design, the scooter culture blossomed in Europe. The British "Mods" of the 1950s are the most famous faction of the European scooter movement. Those first Mods were born of the eccentric and ultra-cool beatnik coffeebar culture. This motorized, bohemian subculture had a decidedly more artistic bent than the testosterone- fueled Rockers of the café racer scene that was also flourishing at the time.

So what will you find in the raucous world of scootering? Here is a quick look.

The Machine

Scooters are fuel-sipping mini-motorcycles. Many scooters get well over 100 miles per gallon. They typically feature step-through designs and user-friendly controls. They roll on wheels that are roughly half the size of those found on motorcycles. Scooters are powered by either 2–or 4-stroke single cylinder engines.

As a general rule, engines sized at 50ccs go 40–45 mph, 125ccs go 50–55 mph, 150ccs can move at speeds of 60–65 mph and 250cc sized engines can reach speeds up to 85 mph. That being said, most scooter pilots are less concerned with performance than with convenience, economy, and "cool". In true counter-culture, art-deco style, many scooters are painted in soft pastel hues. Others sport tongue-in-cheek flames and skulls.

The most recognizable scooter brands are Vespa, Piaggio, Aprilia, and Lambretta. You will notice a distinct Italian influence in those names. When you are talking style and cool, Italian design is certainly the benchmark. This is as true in the scooter world as it is in the automotive and motorcycling worlds.

Scooter Clubs

Every major city in the US has at least one scooter club

Some of the more famous clubs are urban fixtures. The Royal Bastards Scooter Club has chapters in San Francisco, Sacramento, Oakland, Los Angeles, Seattle, Philadelphia, Houston, New Orleans and the Carolinas. The New York Scooter Club is one of the biggest single-city clubs in the nation, and welcomes any kind of scooter.

Then there is the club known as The Boston Stranglers, which is New black porn England's largest and most active classic scooter group. The Modwest (get it?) Scooter Club serves much of the Midwest's scooter culture. You get the idea.

If you are looking to find your way into a scooter club, there is certainly one close by.

Scooter Races

Yes, I said it. There is a scooter racing organization called the North American Scooter Association, or NASRA. The NASRA mission is clear: "By hosting races throughout the country we are working to solidify our race culture through good sportsmanship and standardized race classes."

The organization even sponsors drag races. Hold on tightly scooter-boys!

Famous Scooter Riders

So who rides a scooter? Well to name a few, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law, Pete Townshend, and Brad Pitt. Some classically cool scooter riders were Gregory Peck and even James Dean who owned and rode an Italian Lancia scooter.

So would a MotoGP racer be caught dead on a scooter? Well, yes. Even Nicky Hayden owns and rides a scooter. The MotoGP champion confesses, "I do own a scooter. I ride it a bit because anything bigger will normally get me in trouble riding

So there you have it. The scooter culture is alive and thriving in America. So pull on your half-helmet, peg your jeans, step onto your scooter and ride off into the sunset.

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