Scooters has been forced by current economic circumstances to shut their
doors. The announcement was made in October of 2010. Here is an excerpt
from the dealer letter:
We want to thank you for your business, support,
and friendship over the last 5 years. We regret to inform you that we
will be closing our doors in the next several weeks. Over the last couple
of years we have had over 75 of our dealerships go out of business and not
been able to turn enough volume to keep the doors open.
Daniel and Leon at Fly are trying to get as many spare parts as possible
in the hands of existing dealers. This was a difficult decision for Fly,
especially as they just launched the Scout and had hoped to continue to
develop their product offerings. All of us at JustGottaScoot will miss the
people at Fly. Unlike so many distributors who have recently shut down,
they worked hard to bring a good quality product at a great price to their
customers. They were constantly striving to improve their dealer support
and demonstrated a strong commitment to the scooter community. We wish
them the best of luck in their future endeavors.
The NEW Fly Scout is On The Way!
The boys at Fly Scooters have been working on this
project for some time and have just let us know that the first shipment of
Scouts should be at USA Fly dealers by the end of April. This 110cc
4-stroke semi-manual bike is based on the time-honored Cub design. MSRP
for the Scout is $1,799 which is lower than a lot of 50cc scooters.
The Honda Cub is the world's most popular vehicle. It
has sold more than the Ford F-150 or Volkswagen Beatle. This design had
been out of the US marketplace from some time and we are glad to see that
Fly (and others) are bringing it back. Here in the Twin Cities
area, you can reserve your Fly Scout at GOMOTO.
It goes without saying that we will be doing a full
review of the Scout just as soon as we can get our grubby little mitts on
one. Check back in early May.
CLICK HERE to see the
Scout at Flyscooters.com
CLICK HERE to see
the long-term review
CLICK HERE for the Scout Alaska Adventure
JustGottaScoot Visits Fly/CPI in California
Just got back in the office from a week in California that included an
extended visit to Daniel, Leon and the gang at Fly in Oakland. I had the
opportunity to ride several scooters from Fly as well as the new offerings
from CPI of Taiwan. I put well over 100 miles on the CPI GTR180 and have
completed a full review (the
first review of the 2009 season).
Fly Scooters is run by Leon Li and
Daniel Pak. Here is the "How Fly Scooters Started" excerpt from their
When Leon Li arrived in the little town of Qing Huang Dao, China to
teach English two and half years ago, he did not know that it was
the beginning of a wonderful journey that would eventually lead to
the creation of a scooter company call Flyscooters. What he did
know, at that moment, was there were some obvious problems of
getting around in this little town. Well, little is a relative term.
In this case, little literally means more than 2 million people.
Needless to say Leon soon discovered that getting around in this
“little” town was not an easy or pleasant task. Most buses are
packed like sardine cans. Empty taxis are nowhere to be found during
rush hours. Bicycling is impractical because of the distances
traveled. Someone even suggested buying a used car…well that was
great except parking in QHD was about fun as parking in NYC, not to
mention paying Chinese gas prices, which was on par with Europe. So
what did he do…? You guessed it, he noticed that a lot of people are
getting around in a two wheel machine that seemed to buzz through
any traffic jam with ease. These little machines are parked along
side bicycles, but moved with cars. Until then he had not seen these
vehicles except in a few promotional ads for Italian vacations. But
they looked like fun and the price was right at $400 for a used
scooter. A few weeks and few hundred kilometers later he was hooked.
12 months later, back in the USA, gas prices were hitting new highs
everyday. He found himself living in one of the biggest parking lots
in the world… also known by most American as L.A. Like a classic
cartoon scene, a light bulb went off inside his head; scooters are
what America needed to free itself from all its woes (or some of
them): global warming, dependence on foreign oil, round the clock
traffic jams, lack of free parking, etc. Okay, perhaps scooters are
not going to save the world, but it just may save you some time,
some money, and a lot of headaches. So if you must ask, how did
Flyscooters get started? Well…now you know.
Some Videos From Fly Scooters:
How Scooters Work:
How a CVT Works:
Scooter Oil Change:
Fly Scooter Pre-Delivery Inspection: