was launched in October of 2005 to share the fun of scootering and to offer
cool scooter-related stuff (like apparel, coffee mugs, gifts and such).
Check the ABOUT US page to glimpse inside the
twisted mind of Dave, the founder of this site (WARNING, common side effects
include dementia, confusion and irrational silliness).
The Most Common
Question We Get!
Some information about deciding on which scooter is
right for you as well as some opinions on specific models.
enough pointless, rambling talk about scooters in your life? Click on the
upper left image to jump to the JustGottaScoot Podcast page, or the right image
to go to the podcast archive. The two most recent episodes are linked on
the lower images.
often hear people talk about fuel savings making their scooter "free"
to own. Can it be true? Click on the graphic to open or download a
Microsoft Excel spreadsheet. Fill in the light blue boxes and the
spreadsheet does the rest!
of the SHAD 39 Liter Topcase & Commuting with the Honda PCX October, 2014 As promised in the Honda PCX review, we've added a windshield and
topcase to the PCX and have been utilizing it to commute. Amazingly,
it's still mostly sunny and in the 50s here in Minnesota in late
October. We'll keep riding until the evils of winter road conditions
stop us. Click here to read about the SHAD topcase and commuting on the
Honda PCX. We'll update the commuting section as changes and additions
are made. For one thing, we'll likely modify the seat over the winter.
of the Lance Soho 50 October, 2014
It's been too long since we reviewed a moped-legal scooter. Let's make
up for lost time by looking at the big-wheeled Lance Soho 50, built by
SYM. For a lot of scooter riders, moped-legal machines offer parking
advantage that just can't be beat. Click Here to jump to the review.
Automatic Update & Rear Rack October, 2014
I recently had the opportunity to ride the same Stellauto I utilized for
the review and to install and check out a new rear luggage rack for the
scooter (also fits any other Stella or P-Series Vespa).
here to see my comments.
of the Honda PCX 150 October, 2014
As I write this it's 44 degrees and we have snow flurries in the
forecast tonight. Don't think any white stuff will stick, but I don't
know how much longer we'll be doing reviews this season. If this ends up
being the last one for a while, it's worth it. Is the Thailand built
Honda PCX 150 worthy of Honda's reputation for quality?
Click here to read the review.
170i vs Buddy 150 Black Jack Who is the REAL Hooligan? September, 2014 The problem with mentioning a local scooterist by name in a review
is that they often show up and want to ride the scooter from the review
in question. At least that was my experience with the Genuine Hooligan
and local scooter-hooligan Pooter. What did I do? Begged Bob at
Scooterville to let him ride it of course...
of the Genuine Hooligan 170i Scooter September, 2014
Just how capable can a small urban scooter be? Can a person have sporty
handling, great brakes, quick acceleration, and practical functionality
in one scooter? Yes, a person can. Can a person have this scooter in a
wide assortment of bright, shiny colors? Nope. Can a scooter reviewer
get over it and just accept the flat finishes on new scooters? That
remains to be seen.... click here to read the review.
PENDING RECALL July, 2014
We just received word from Genuine Scooters that a recall on the new
Stella Automatic scooter is pending. The ECU has a potential issue that
could cause the scooter to not start or to stall when running. The good
folks at Genuine are on top of this and are already shipping replacement
parts to dealers. Even though the recall has not been finalized, Genuine
is doing their best to ensure that the issue is correctly as quickly as
possible. If you own a Genuine Stella Automatic,
contact your dealer right away to have your ECU replaced.
of the Lance Cabo 150 Scooter June, 2014
Lance brings us another Taiwanese scooter (manufactured
by SYM) that offers good quality, a great price and a whole mess of
fun riding. Designed to be utilitarian and sporty, I rode the new Cabo
150 on roads all over St. Paul and off roads.... well... you'll have to
read the review.
Scootering May, 2014
Quite a few people have emailed, asking about
cheaper choices for scootering. I thought it might be a good idea to
post a few thoughts about this topic. Then I thought I should offer some
suggestions of brands and models to look for. After that, I threw in a
couple of thoughts on gear and other expenses. Pretty much goes without
saying that this ended up being one LONG tirade on the topic of
cheapskate scootering. DO NOT bother with this
if you are easily bored.
of the Genuine Stella 125cc Automatic Scooter April 2014
Looking for a true retro scooter with a metal body
AND an automatic transmission? Look no further, the new Stella Automatic
is here. Though the never-ending winter of 2014 still lingers in
Minnesota (below freezing temperatures and some light snow), we
braved conditions and spent some time with this much-anticipated new
scooter. CLICK HERE or on the image to jump
to the review.
for Kymco People GTi March 2014
Another windshield is available for the excellent
Kymco People GTi 300 scooter. This one is brought to us from PUIG and
mounts WITHOUT requiring removal or modification of the USA-mandatory
front turn signals. CLICK HERE
or on the image for more information.
Scooter Cannonball - 2 Different
Events March 2014 There
has been some unpleasantness recently on Facebook and some scooter and
motorcycle forums about the two different Scooter
Cannonball events. JustGottaScoot.com takes a lot at the two events and
offers up our opinion. CLICK HERE to
on the image to jump to the page.
Scooter Diaries March 2014
Two Canadians in love and riding a Lambretta through Latin America... A
Vespa I can see, but a Lammy? Without a support crew??? "The Scooter
Diaries" is the story of Ron and Tove Bowman and their adventure,
starting in 1959, aboard a Lambretta as they journey through Latin
HERE or on the image to check it out.
More About Scooters & Ethanol
Blends February 2014 The
Scooter Madness Blog has a posting from Erik Baeumlisberger about the
potential problems that fuel blended with ethanol can cause in a lot of
scooters, particularly the air-cooled and carbureted scooters so
commonly seen on the road in the USA.
CLICK HERE or on the image to jump to the blog entry.
Lake Tahoe Extreme
Endurance Race.... Plus Sidecars? September, 2013 Alan Spears, a friend and supporter of JustGottaScoot.com, just let
us know that a scooter-with-side-car class has been added to the
upcoming Motor Scooter Land Speed Federation's Lake Tahoe event.
CLICK HERE or on the image to read to full press release.
Trust me, I've seen motorcycle side-car racing, you don't want to miss
of the Kymco MyRoad 700i September, 2013
Here's the second of that two-in-a-row review spurt I mentioned earlier.
We've been waiting for the Kymco MyRoad 700i maxi-scooter since 2010. It
took a while to actually get here, but our very generous friends at
Scooterville let us take a real, live MyRoad out for several days.
CLICK HERE or on the image to read the full
of the Lance PCH 150 September, 2013
How about that? Months and months of no new scooter reviews and now
we've done two in a row. This time it's the Lance PCH 150, built by SYM.
It's sporty, it's inexpensive and it's fun. Best of all? I got to ride
it during a couple of gorgeous late summer days.
CLICK HERE or on the image to read the review.
Vespa Blog August, 2013 Follow the adventures of a Down Under 1966 Vespa small frame as Brad
documents its fixes, enhancements, and use.
or on the image to visit Brad's Blog. It's always good to see a nice
vintage ride gettin' some love.
of the Piaggio Fly 150 August, 2013 Yes, I know, it's been more than a while
since our last review. To make up for that gap, we're bringing you a
very cool new Piaggio Fly 150 with a fuel injected three-valve engine.
First they gave us the incredible BV 350 and now a sweet 150 - Piaggio
is going up a notch or two in my book. CLICK
HERE or on the image to read the review.
Grand Rider Taiwan Tour 2012 March, 2013
Check out the video.SYM Taiwan,
key sponsors of the Grand Riders Event, provided North American riders
with new 250cc scooters for the 8 day ride and event.
Strass Publishes eBook on Scooter Touring January, 2013
BJ Strass is the former editor of Scooter Rider
Magazine and has been a friend of JustGottaScoot.com since our
inception. BJ's new eBook is a collection of enhanced and extended
articles from Scooter Rider with over 50 photographs. BJ is a great guy
and I've always enjoyed his writing.
CLICK HERE to get this eBook from Amazon.
Luggage Rack for the SYM CityCom 300i December, 2012
Alliance Powersports has announced the
availability of a proprietary rear rack for the CityCom 300i. Yes,
within a month or two of getting this fine scooter into the marketplace
here, they are responding to riders (and reviewers) and providing
accessories. Are you listening Kymco?
of the SYM 2013 CityCom 300i Scooter October, 2012
Yes, it's October in Minnesota. Yes, it has snowed
almost a foot (in northern Minnesota). Yes, we are still
reviewing scooters. OK, it's still in the 40s and 50s here in the Twin
Cites and we do try and ride as much as possible year-round (as long
as the roads are clear) so I guess I should announce reviews in
January if I really want to get attention. The SYM CityCom 300 that we
last reviewed in 2009 is back and we just had
another look. CLICK HERE or on the image
for the full review.
of the TourMaster Flex Jacket September, 2012
Good riding gear is an important part of ensuring
an enjoyable scooter riding experience. The right gear will make you
more comfortable, let you ride in a wider range of weather, and help
protect you in an accident. We reviewed the TourMaster Flex jacket which
offers you a good choice for a riding jacket whether it's 90 degrees and
humid or 35 degrees and raining.
RV200 Evo Here, More New Models on the Way September, 2012
Just announced, the new SYM RV200 Evo scooter is
here in the USA! This is a very similar scooter to the excellent
SYM HD 200. This version has an MSRP of
$3,699 which is a good value. The fuel injected CityCom 300i will be in
the USA this year, and the RV300i is expected in the USA next year.
These 200cc - 300cc scooters make excellent "do-everything" machines and
we are glad to see scooters of this quality from Taiwan being made
available in our market. Look for the RV200 at your
local SYM dealer in the very near future. More information will be
ONLINE in the coming days.
New Parts Website Offers Biondi Windscreens August, 2012
As mentioned in our review, the Kymco People GTi
scooter is in DESPERATE need of a decent medium windscreen that can be
installed WITHOUT removing the USA-mandated front turn signal lights.
Scooterville in Minneapolis Minnesota has come through by importing the
fine Biondi windscreen for the People GTi.
of the Piaggio BV350 Scooter August, 2012
Lots of power, big wheels, comfortable, do we have
a new King of do-everything scooters? Click on the image to read the
review and find out.
Windshield Failure July, 2012
The Givi windshield installed on our Kymco People
GTi 300 has experienced a failure that we believe is caused by a fatal
flaw in the design of the mounting system.
of the Hot Glue and Paint Helmet Skin July, 2012
Looking to express yourself and your fashion sense
while riding your scooter? Seeking more visibility among the "killer
cars" while out riding? Check out these helmet skins from Hot Glue and
of the Lance Cali Classic 125 Scooter June, 2012
Ha! You saw "Lance" and thought I was going to
make a joke about another mainland Chinese scooter review, didn't you.
Nope, the Cali Classic is made in Taiwan by SYM. Priced (just)
below $2,000, it's an interesting machine and certainly the best quality
Joker clone that we have come across in some time.
for Kymco People GTi 200 & 300 June, 2012
With Kymco ignoring
the need for accessories, Bob Hedstrom of Scooterville in
Minneapolis Minnesota has stepped up to the plate and knocked one
out of the park. Bob invited me over today to install and check out
a windscreen for the Kymco People GTi that DOES NOT require removal
or modification of the US-mandatory front turn signals. If you have
a Kymco People GTi and want one of these, contact Bob at
Offers Hyosung Parts May, 2012
From RacingPlanet's press release:
As of today
www.RacingPlanetUSA.com is the place to be for
full support for the Hyosung scooter lineup. If you are a Hyosung rider
and have had difficulties finding parts and accessories for your Hyosung
scooter never fear Racing Planet is now here! Our website now has full
parts schematics, line drawings, and easy simple to use charts for
Hyosung scooters. For all the readers of JustGottaScoot.com if you have
a Hyosung scooter now you can shop and easily find the part you were
looking for.CLICK HERE to go to the RacingPlanetUSA home
page, or on the image to go to their Hyosung page.
Reflective Striping Kit May, 2012
You unfortunate souls who live in the
Minneapolis/St. Paul area and have had to suffer my "lectures" on
scooter visibility know that ALL my scooters (and motorcycles)
have reflective checkerboard on them. I'm a strong advocate for taking
steps to make yourself more visible when riding - from your helmet and
gear to your scooter. After seeing the video below from BackAtYa.biz, I
don't feel so extreme anymore. Check it out.
Touring on a CFMoto May, 2012
Here at JustGottaScoot we are routinely accused of
badmouthing scooters from Mainland China. It's not that we think all
Chinese scooters are bad, not at all. Some are just fine and can be
reliable transportation and a great value. CFMoto scooters, for example.
We recently heard about a gentleman who has done some touring on a 150cc
CF Moto Chinese scooter. John Fabian has completed one east coast tour
and has other
adventures in the works. He is working on a book about his 2011
tour. CLICK HERE to
Scooter Should I Buy? - UPDATED May, 2012
Our "most commonly asked question" gets an update
in the "my favourites" section. Remember, these are MY choices in each
classification. This year and next are going to result in some changes
in this section if for no other reason than the change in available
models. CLICK HERE to see the
Luggage for a Kymco People 50 April, 2012
I searching for a supremely practical moped-legal
scooter for urban transportation, we add a SHAD 37 liter topcase to the
wonderful Kymco People 50 scooter.
CLICK HERE to read the review.
Help for Frustrated Kymco Scooter Owners April, 2012
I've mentioned several time on the
Just Gotta Scoot Podcasts, and in several
articles, that Kymco
USA seems to have little or no interest in parts and accessories for
their own scooters. Their own dealers and riders are left to try and
find things in the aftermarket. So be it, at least some of the
aftermarket companies are stepping up. Racing Planet is expanding in the
USA marketplace with their new website:
RacingPlanetUSA. According to their recent press release:In the coming weeks
US clients will be able to find a full selection of exhausts, racing
upgrades, and performance parts for the Kymco 150cc to 500cc range.
Racing Planet is already the premier website for Kymco parts and
accessories in Europe...
I for one am glad to see more scooter parts and
accessories available in THIS country. The European sellers have been
great to deal with, but OOF, those shipping costs!
Scooter with Real-World Off Road Capabilities April, 2012
No, this is NOT an "April Fool's" thing. Shown in
March in Bangkok Thailand, the new Yamaha TTX Adventure is based on
Yamaha's TTX 115cc fuel injected scooter. The Adventure has a beefed up
frame, extra luggage capacity, knobby tires and so forth to give it some
true off-road capability in countries where the speed limit of a road is
often determined by the condition of that "road".
CLICK HERE to read more at Gizmag.com. Thanks to Krevin from
Random Scootering at
MMM for the tip.
- An Excellent Site that Promotes Safe Riding March, 2012
Alan Hearnshaw is an ex-pat Brit who has put together a wonderful
blog about riding safely. In Alan's own words, "My
hope with this blog is to do my part in making scooter riding safer, and
to encourage the use of this eminently practical form of transport."
There is some great info here, well worth a look.
CLICK HERE or on
the image to the left to visit the site.
Maxi-Scooters Coming Next Year November, 2011
Yes, BMW scooters, here, in the USA, soon. At some point early next
year, BMW dealers will have two maxi-scooter models available for US
buyers. The C650GT and the C600 Sport. Both are powered by a twin cylinder
647cc powerplant with a claimed 60 horses and 49 ft-lbs. of torque. Fuel
injection, liquid cooling, stainless steel exhaust, front & rear disc
brakes with ABS, 60 liters of storage space, the list goes on and on. No
BMW as of yet, but you can bet they'll be pricey.
Review of the NEW CFMoto JetMax October, 2011
a decent scooter come out of factory in mainland China? Yes. Marty from
GoMoto arranged for us to ride the new CFMoto
JetMax 250cc fuel-injected liquid-cooled scooter. A mechanically
impressive machine for the price, the JetMax is an in-house design from
CFMoto and NOT a clone of anything from Japan.
CLICK HERE to read the review.
SYM Wolf Classic 150cc Motorcycle Review October, 2011
NOW at Twin
Cities Rider - a review of the new SYM Wolf Classic 150cc motorcycle.
No, it's certainly not a scooter, but it IS small displacement,
light weight, damn cute and a bunch of fun to ride. TC Rider is our
Minneapolis/St. Paul area website and covers scooters, motorcycles &
SYM's USA Distributor Launches Website October, 2011
website for the new SYM USA distributor,
Powersports, is up and running. I've been told by Alliance that the
site is still a work in progress (aren't virtually ALL websites a work
in progress?), but there is a working dealer locator and info about
the currently available models.
NEW Vectrix VX2 All-Electric Scooter October, 2011
is back under new ownership after their 2009 bankruptcy. The big, highway
capable VX1 is back, in two versions, AND Vectrix has introduced a
smaller, city-street-speed scooter the VX2. It's this one that we reviewed
this time around. CLICK HERE to read the
STILL Working on the People GTi300 September, 2011
pursuit of the perfect do-everything scooters continues. We added a
windshield to our Kymco People GTi300 (which still needs to be cut down
a bit) and got some reflective checkerboard on the scooter. Now we
just need more storage. A SHAD 48 liter top case was chosen and installed
(with some more modification).
CLICK HERE for more details. We
also installed the very nice
Yamaha Zuma 125 Review September, 2011
it's the impending arrival of another Minnesota winter (grey, cool and
rainy early this week), but seem to feel an urgent need to ride and
review scooters. Quick, gotta get another review done before....
before.... what? This time it's a first year (2009) Yamaha Zuma
125. Another fuel injected scooter and that's a good thing.
CLICK HERE to read the review.
Still Working on the People GTi300 September, 2011
mentioned in the review of the Kymco People GTi300, I am working to
address the minor imperfections of this scooter. One of those is the lack
of a windshield. Here we try a Givi with mixed results. Yes, it works and
it's mounted on my scooter, but this installation isn't for the faint of
heart. CLICK HERE.
Kymco Downtown 300i Review September, 2011
sooner did I complete the Kymco People GTi300 review than it's sibling
scooter, the Downtown 300i became available. Aside from a potential
ergonomic issue, Kymco has another winner here.
CLICK HERE to read the review.
Kymco People GTi300 Review September, 2011
years (about six of them) I have been saying that the Kymco People
250 is the perfect do-everything scooter. Even the release of the 250 'S'
wasn't enough to unseat the "old" style. Now there's a new GTi300 People
with fuel injection and 299cc of power. Is the King dead?
Read the review to find out.
Genuine Buddy 170i Review August, 2011
yeah, we usually are the first ones to have a review out
when a new Genuine scooter hits the market. This time, that new scooter
was so popular we had trouble getting a review example.
Luckily, Cari in Minnesota was kind enough to let us have her new silver
Buddy 170i for a few days. CLICK HERE for the
Honda Elite 110 Review July, 2011
Honda scooters for review is as tough as pulling teeth from a pissed-off
shark when your hand is covered in tuna oil without getting chomped (now
that's tough) Sometimes we luck out and one falls into our
hands from other sources. We ride a 2010 Honda Elite 110, a fuel injected
and liquid cooled scooter that is manufactured by Honda in China. How is
it? CLICK HERE to find out.
Kymco People 50 Review July, 2011
it be? We haven't done a 50cc scooter review since the Mio back in May of
2008??? We'll try and make up for that oversight by offering up a review
on the Kymco People 50. CLICK HERE or on the
image to the left.
Larry Crowne Premiere - In Hollywood and Minneapolis June, 2011
Well, OK, Edina technically. On Monday, June 27th, the new Tom Hanks
movie "Larry Crowne" premiered in Hollywood. Mr. Hanks road to the red
carpet event on the Yamaha Riva scooter from the movie in the company of
such scooter luminaries as Philip McCaleb of Genuine
Scooters and Glen Alan Bartels of Route
66 Scooters. On Tuesday, June 28th, the Twin Cities enjoyed a sneak
peek at this new movie. A bunch (40 or so) scooterists met at
Scooterville and road to the Southdale
theatres in Edina. The place was packed - I didn't see a single open seat.
The early reviews of "Larry Crowne" have been lukewarm at best, but I
enjoyed the movie. It's great, light summer fare and it has SCOOTERS in
Crowne Movie June, 2011
Opening in July, this new Tom Hanks & Julia Roberts movie features Tom
Hanks as a 50 year old man who re-invents himself as he enrolls in college
and joins a scooter group in Los Angeles. Tom Hanks, Scooters, what's not
to like? Admit it. You enjoyed "Splash". Tom Hanks has to be one of the
most likeable actors working today. Put him on a scooter, and you have the
perfect summer movie. 50 Genuine riders will accompany Tom Hanks on an
escorted Scooter convoy through the streets of Hollywood en route to the
"Larry Crowne" world premier on June 27th. "We can't wait, we're all
riding together and the rumor is that Julia Roberts will be joining us
riding in a 'Larry Crowne' taxi - a Genuine Stella scooter with a sidecar!"
said McCaleb. "This is a perfect summer for scooters to re-emerge as
the growing alternative to people wanting 100 MPG plus with the new
reality of high gas prices."
Kit-Scooters May, 2011
Thinking about a vintage Vespa as a daily rider? Already have a
2-stroke Stella and looking for something different but equally reliable?
Want stay away from the crap that all too often comes out of Asia?
Scooterworks in Chicago is offering "Kit-Scooters". For quite a while now,
Scooterworks has offered vintage Vespas with modern LML powerplants
through select Genuine dealers. I have seen quite a few of these machines
and they are really very sweet. Now you get a frame with pre-wired
instruments, front suspension and a 10" front wheel/tire starting at
CLICK HERE to check
SYM Update April, 2011
The official notification has come out from Lance Powersports
announcing that they (in the form of Alliance Powersports) are now
the Western USA importer/distributor for SYM. We have posted the letter
from Mike Hickman of Lance on our SYM page. We're VERY glad
that current SYM owners now appear to have some warranty and parts
support. CLICK HERE to read the
Stella 4-Strokes at Dealers March, 2011
The much anticipated Genuine
Stella 4-stroke is arriving at dealers. They've been a long time coming,
but probably worth the wait. Glen Bartels at Route 66 Modern Classics in
California tricked out a Stella 4T with a bunch of accessories including
Harley Davidson stuff?!?! How cool is that!
CLICK HERE for a better picture.
SYM of Canada? March, 2011
It's looking like the
eastern US distributor for SYM will be SYM of Canada. Earlier there was
talk that it would be Peirspeed, but this was vehemently denied by Bill
there. I can't get confirmation about SYM of Canada, but the official
announcement is expected in April, so I guess we wait for a while.
Man Finds Winter Use For Scooter February, 2011
Yes, it's been a tough winter and no, we're not serious about this
picture. Keith in Minnesota (those who attended Rattle My Bones 4 will
remember that Keith and his wife were food service volunteers for the
rally) sent in this photo of his Genuine Buddy set up for use as a
snow plow. Notice that this fine rig includes a sand/salt dispenser in the
rear. I think I'm seeing the newest accessory package for Scooterworks to
offer.... Thanks much Keith.
Reviews a Scorpion Diamond Jacket January, 2011
I'm not saying I believe this, but according to her review, Jordana
rode her scooter while wearing this jacket when it was only 17 degrees
out. If this is true, Jordana is really sacrificing herself to bring
you the real scoop on this jacket. I've been riding with Jordana when it
was 60 degrees out and she was "freezing to death", so I hope you'll
CLICK HERE to enjoy the fruits of her
Looks Like New SYM Distributors in the US January, 2011
We are still waiting for official word
from SYM, but it looks like there will be two distributors in the US
market and neither of them is Carter Brothers. According to communications
Scooters, they will be the "western" US distributor for SYM. Reports
had indicated that
Pierspeed would be the "eastern" US distributor, but this
has been denied by Pierspeed. A confidential (but very reliable source)
has passed on that in conversation with Bill Pierce of Pierspeed he said
that they were definately NOT the East Coast distributor for SYM. Lance has a history as
an importer of Chinese scooters. It's too early to say if this is
good move for SYM, but we are glad that current SYM owners may have some
parts support in this country.
Reviews a Fieldsheer Jacket December, 2010
By her own admission, Jordana is NOT a cold-weather kind of person. She
will be the first to admit that she considers people who ride year-round
in Minnesota to have some sort of mental defect. Being one of those
riders, I'm pretty sure she's correct. Still, she braved the elements and
got on her scooter with a Fieldsheer jacket. Check out here review HERE.
and United Motors November, 2010
From the press release by Joel Martin:
“I am proud to announce MRP has obtained all the
assets of United Motors... We strongly believe that many dealers and end
users have become orphan customers without access to many of these parts,
it is our duty to consolidate this part of the industry, to help the
dealers find UM parts, and to provide our customers with a one-stop
location for all their parts." UM manuals are posted on the MRP
CLICK HERE or on the image to the left to jump to that page.
Seat Conversion on Scout November, 2010
Even with Fly Scooter shutting down, interest remains on the Scout.
CLICK HERE or on the image to the
left to see the completed bench seat conversion.
Scooters Closing Down October, 2010
After Five years of operation, Fly Scooters in California is closing
their doors. Leon and Daniel have seen their business shrink to the point
that they can no longer sustain it. Unlike some of the distributors that
have gone under, Fly had a good reputation for striving to bring good
quality products for the price and strong support to their dealers.
CLICK HERE or on the image for
Challenge Report October, 2010 After several months of riding, the results are in. Scooter vs.
Motorcycle - a Kymco People 250 goes head to head with a Kawasaki Ninja
250 to see which machine is the better daily commuter.
CLICK HERE or on the image to read the
Scooter Races October, 2010
On Sunday, October 3rd 2010, There were scooter races at
Stockholm Motorsports Park in Cokato Minnesota (about an hour west
of the Twin Cities). Local shop owners Marty (Go
Moto) and Bob (Scooterville)
participated. There was also a contingent of racers from
and Jim from that group took the checkered flag! Yes, Matt from
an experienced scooter racer, was beat by a 'ped. A good group of
spectators made the drive out to cheer the racers on and it a truly great
Motors Moves October, 2010
One of our favourite St. Paul shops,
BlueCat Motors, has moved to a new location. They didn't move far (just
a few blocks) but they are now in a stand-alone building with much
better access. The new shop is located at 460 North Prior Avenue in St.
Paul Minnesota 55104. The telephone number remains the same: 651-645-1172.
S 150ie Review September, 2010
Jordana strikes again! This time, she's been riding the new Vespa S
150ie with fuel injection. Jordana told me she was excited about doing
this review because Vespas have always appealed to her. Let's see if this
scooter could live up to the image Jordana had in her mind for Vespa...
Swap Meet via Scout September, 2010
Marty from Go Moto went from the Twin
Cities to Davenport Iowa on a Fly Scoutto
attend the Antique Motorcycle Club of America Fall National Swap Meet. The
Scout performed quite well over 550 miles. Based on a design dating back
to 1958, the Fly Scout certainly fit in at the gathering.
Like 200i Review August, 2010
Fuel injection for scooters rules! Kymco recently introduced the Like
200i with a 163cc fuel injected engine. It starts easily, runs smoothly
and accelerates quickly. Of course here in Minnesota we're thrilled to NOT
have to drain a carburetor for winter storage of our scooters... Click on
the image or HERE to read the review.
Racing in Minnesota August, 2010
I was at Scooterville in Minneapolis the other day and The Scorpion rep
said that there was going to be scooter racing at the Stockholm
Motorsports Park in Cokato Minnesota. Check out
for more information.
Last! Protective Apparel for Women that Looks Good August, 2010
The intrepid Jordana adds another review to JustGottaScoot. This time
it's the Trench Jacket from GoGo Gear. Designed to be both fashionable and
protective, GoGo Gear is rapidly gaining a huge following. Jordana tried
out the Trench Jacket.
Reviews an HCI - 15 Helmet August, 2010
Am I getting lazy? Do I think you're sick of hearing my opinions? Hmmm,
probably a little of both. Jordana has been kind (foolish) enough
to continue helping out with product and scooter reviews. She is an
excellent writer and her opinions are always interesting. This time she
tries out an HCI - 15 copter-style helmet.
Potential Issue with Benelli X50 Scooter Fuel Tanks August, 2010
Martin at MRP says on his blog: In the recent
months, several dealers and consumers have contacted MRP regarding a leaky
gas tank on the 2008-2009 Benelli Andretti Pepe models in the USA, also
known as the X50 BENELLI X50 OR QUATTRO NOVE. We have received enough
questions and phone calls regarding this matter, that we felt it necessary
to make this post, as there may be some dealers and consumers unaware that
their gas tank is leaking. Therefore, in the interest of safety, we feel
it is important for consumers and dealers alike to inspect the X50 models
and make sure their tank is not leaking. To our knowledge, this is not an
official warranty issue, nor has there been a recall issued by the
distributors and/or the manufacturer.
Martin Racing Performance Provides Parts for Daelim
Scooters August, 2010
but true, Daelim is no longer represented in the US marketplace. If you
have a Daelim scooter, there is hope for ongoing parts availability. Joel
Martin of MRP has added Daelim to their (always growing) list of
brands they have parts for. Check out their website by clicking on the
image to the left. Ask your servicing dealer if they have an MRP account.
If they do, they can get you the parts you need for your Daelim from MRP.
Genuine Blur 220i Review July, 2010
We've finally completed a review of the new Blur 220i from Genuine
Scooters. The Blur was first brought to us in 2006
and has been out of Genuine's line-up since 2008. Now it's back with a
bigger engine and fuel injection.
SYM Temporary Moratorium July, 2010
California to Alaska on a 110cc
Symba June, 2010
displacement long-distance riding may seem completely odd to most North
American riders, but we at JustGottaScoot applaud this sort of thing. Binh
Cheung is in the process of riding a Symba from California to the Arctic
Circle in Alaska. CLICK HERE to follow
Binh Cheung's adventure in his own words.
17th, 2010 - The much anticipated four-stroke (4T) Stella
is here, in Chicago, but still NOT on the way to dealers. The scooters
have been tagged by the EPA for
"extensive" examination. Genuine Scooter Company has consistently been
an industry leader in compliance and has helped bring fuel efficient, low
emission vehicles to the USA market. They have always strictly followed
the rules so far as certification is concerned UNLIKE the many
fly-by-night scooter sellers who import containers of
questionable-if-not-outright-illegal product. I'm sure you all join me in
hoping that this hurdle is crossed quickly and Genuine is allowed to
continue to bring us the high quality scooters they are known for.
The Scout from Fly Scooters is HERE! June, 2010
It's not on the way, it's not expected soon, it's here. The much
anticipated Scout from Fly Scooters is at dealers. Marty from GoMoto just let us know that he has them in
stock today. Of course we have one on order and will be doing a long-term review of this machine.
Scooters in Our Future? June, 2010
BMW CEO Hendrik Von Kuenheim had this to say during an interview with
Jeff Buchanan in American Motorcyclist magazine. "You call it the scooter
market, and I call it the urban transportation market. Yes, BMW will enter
this, and we will enter that market with more than just one model." The
"market" being referred to is the US market. Do you suppose US commuters
might start to see the light that has shone on the rest of the world and
take to scooters for urban transport?
of the GEN-U-BIN Buddy Scooter Storage System - May, 2010
Designed and manufactured in the USA specifically for the Genuine Buddy
scooter, the GEN-U-BIN storage system covers the stock open tray and adds
a drink holder, flip-top compartment and a slot for a Bell brand drink
holder. Installs in minutes (literally).
FINALLY - Safety Apparel That Looks GOOD
Gear currently offers high-fashion jackets for women that integrate
abrasion resistance, impact resistance, water resistance and high
visibility reflective material in garments that look like they just
stepped off the fashion runway. Check out our
podcasts with GoGo Gear founder Alrene Battishill. GoGo Gear
jackets will soon be available in the Twin Cities area at Scooterville.
A Great New Scooter Lifestyle Website April, 2010
& Suzanne McIntosh have launched a great new website:
They are focusing on scooter & motorcycle lifestyle news and events in the
Midsouth United States. They plan to expand the site to include nationwide
coverage. Many of you will know Pete from his work with SYM scooters and
Carter Brothers. We applaud his efforts to spread the good word about
scooters regardless of brand. Take a few minutes and check out his site.
Get a Buddy a Buddy Scooter March, 2010
Yearick from MPG Motors in Sellersville Pennsylvania has come up with a
great idea to help people out during these tough economic times. Click on
the image to the left or
HERE to read about his "Get a Buddy a Buddy Scooter" program. The
Buddy will be awarded this May 29th.
Ride-to-Work Day March, 2010
year national Ride To Work Day is on June 21st (usually in July)
and we strongly encourage scooterists to take part in this event. You can
visit the website at
http://ridetowork.org/ for more information about getting your
city to participate in this event. We firmly believes that people in the
USA need to wake up to the many advantages of scooters as regular
transportation and this event is one way to help spread that message.
Genuine Scooters Brings Back the BLUR! March, 2010
The Blur 150 was one of the best-handling machines on two wheels and
may have been the best handling scooter out there.... until now. Genuine
has brought the Blur back, this time with a 220cc fuel injected powerplant.
They should be in dealers soon and we will be doing a side-by-side review
with an "original" Blur 150 for comparison.
Martin Racing Performance is
Distributor for Armadillo Scooterwear February, 2010
brand Armadillo Scooter Wear have just launched their range of
scooter wear for the US market through a joint venture with Martin Racing
Performance of Miami, FL. CLICK HERE
for more info.
Genuine Stella 4-Stroke February, 2010
official! The new Genuine Scooter Company Stella 4-stroke is going to be
at Genuine dealers for the 2010 season. From Genuine: The regulatory folks
at CARB passed her with flying colors...she averaged 30% of the available
standards for CO, HC and the NOX composite! She's the cleanest scooter out
there with a gentle carbon footprint and a really sexy look!
Now I can admit to having ridden one of these fine machines for quite
some time this past season. If you are in the Twin Cities area and saw a
husky (though remarkably handsome) old guy on a suspiciously quiet
orange Stella riding all over town... it was me. Genuine was kind enough
to ask me to put some miles on one and I was very pleased with the
At a time when other scooter importers are crying doom and despair,
Genuine is stepping up to the plate to bring out new product to meet the
needs (and wants) of scooterists. It goes without saying that I
will be doing a review of the four-stroke Stella as soon as Minnesota weather
Martin Racing Performance Adds More Bands For Parts
Support January, 2010
Joel Martin of MRP is trying
to help all the consumers looking for parts. MRP has some parts for Tank
Scooters (they just closed last week so a lot of consumers need help
on these lesser known Chinese brands that are closing) MRP is now
adding all Benelli – Andretti part numbers and parts to its website.
Manuals will be under the repair manuals section. In the repair section
you can now find Andretti, CPI, Diamo, New Italjet (CF MOTO), QJ, TNG,
and Linhai 150 / 250 / 260 Scooters all parts available from MRP or one
of its dealers.
Motors in Sellersville Pennsylvania recently held a clinic on
operation and maintenance. Pat Yearick, the owner of MPG Motors, put
together a very nice slideshow and audio presentation from the event and
his it posted on his website. Click on the image to the left to go to the
MRP Provides Parts for TNG Scooters October, 2009
and CMSI are pleased to announce to the US dealer base a new parts and
aftermarket sales agreement between the two companies. Starting Mid
November MRP will be taking over all OEM parts and Aftermarket
distribution of parts for CMSI. The agreement allows MRP to expand its
dealer base while helping CMSI dealers have a wider range of products and
Review of the Kymco Yager GT 200i September, 2009
perfect urban commuter for the USA market? Featuring a 175cc liquid-cooled
and fuel-injected powerplant, the new Kymco Yager GT 200i is certainly a
contender for the title of "ultimate commuter." Click on the graphic to
read the full review including a side-by-side comparison with the SYM
Saint Paul Minnesota Parking
city of Saint Paul in Minnesota has launched a pilot program for
motorcycle (and scooter) parking in downtown St. Paul. CLICK HERE or on the
image to the left to open an Adobe Acrobat file showing a map of the two
pilot locations. Hopefully, this program will continue to grow and become
an example to other metropolitan areas. Thanks to Andrew Hine for the map.
Our First Mainland Chinese Scooter Review July, 2009
I know, I'm one of those people who have been telling you to stay away
from scooters manufactured in mainland China. OK, maybe not. I reviewed
the CFMoto Glory which is a liquid-cooled, fuel-injected 150cc scooter
made in China and it performed quite well.
"Goodbye" to Vectrix? July, 2009
certainly appears that the Vectrix scooter is no more. The company website
is down and all but a skeleton staff of employees have been laid off. This
is a truly unfortunate situation. The Vectrix was an exceptional zero
emissions vehicle, but apparently the buying public was not yet ready to
take to these in sufficient numbers to support the company. A smaller
USA-based company is continuing to try and bring viable electric scooters
to the public at Current Motors.
SYM Symba Review July, 2009
has been a great deal of excitement around the SYM Symba. It has been
reviewed by other websites, but JustGottaScoot has been waiting for
accessories to be available for the Symba. The stock seat configuration
was an issue during our review and now we are thrilled to say that a VERY
NICE bench seat is available that solves addresses those issues. Get to
your local SYM dealer and check out the Symba today!
SYM CityCom 300i Review July, 2009
ultimate modern urban commuter? You'll have to read the review to find
Sachs MadAss 50cc Review June, 2009
have started on a three-part review of the Sachs MadAss 50cc minimalist
motorbike. My nephew Avery has purchased one, and we will begin with a
review of the stock machine. Next we will follow Avery as he adds
considerable performance upgrades to the engine. Then we will re-review
the bike with the enhanced engine performance completed.
MRP Acquires CPI Parts Business June, 2009
Taiwan have sold their US parts warehouse and inventory to MRP of Miami,
FL. Martin Racing Performance a supplier of OEM and Performance Scooter,
ATV, and Go Kart parts will now be the source of CPI replacement parts
in North America. CPI is a Taiwanese scooter manufacturer whose success
in Europe translated into 50,000 units sold in 2008.
Martin Racing Performance is solely dedicated to wholesale parts
distribution and will not be handling the scooter sales only the parts
sales. Any consumer of CPI scooters can visit their local CPI or MRP
dealer and have them contact MRP for their parts needs. They can also
visit the MRP website for part numbers, CPI manuals in the repair section,
and order online from select MRP dealers.
Visit Our Symba Page June, 2009
HERE! The much anticipated Symba (aka Wowow) is at USA SYM dealers.
Based on the design of the classic Honda Cub and adding decades of
Taiwanese engineering, the Symba is an outstanding "do-everything" vehicle
that has proven itself all over the globe. Click on the image to the left
to jump to our dedicated Symba page. We were fortunate enough to have one
for several days and a full review will be published here very soon.
Fly Scooters & Rider Rescue May, 2009
Scooters is excited to announce that they have partnered with Rider Rescue
to offer roadside assistance to customers who purchase a 2009 Fly scooter.
Fly Scooters recognized that in these turbulent economic times, people are
seeking purchases they can be confident about. Offering roadside
assistance will help provide peace of mind for purchasers of their
Review of the Genuine Rattler 110 2-Stroke Scooter
have been trying to get a Genuine Rattler 110 for review for some time
now. In a way, this is a combination review because we own a Rattler 50 (modified
with 70cc kit and other goodies) and have had a lot of time to find
out about the basic Rattler platform. The Rattler 50 is no longer offered
by Genuine, having been replaced by the very capable RoughHouse 50. Click
on the image to read the review.
Review of the NEW Genuine Buddy BlackJack
is our first review of the Buddy BlackJack from Genuine Scooters. We will
be adding to this review with comments from other riders, reports on
accessories, and other items. There will also be regular updates as this
is a long-term review. We will be reporting on maintenance and any issues
that might crop up over time.
Scooter-Themed Art in the Twin Cities
Vesparados: The Art of the Scooter will premiere on June 13th, 2009 at the
Northrup King Building located at 1500 Jackson Street NE, Minneapolis, MN
Fly Scooters Now Available in the Twin Cities March 2009
from GoMoto just let me know that he has received his first shipment of
Fly Scooters. GoMoto is located in the Northwest Twin Cities area and is
locally known as the premiere CF Moto dealer. GoMoto is also the local CPI
dealer and expects to have those fine scooters (including the GTR) very soon.
JustGottaScoot Visits Fly/CPI in California February 2009
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).
SHAD Adds Genuine & KYMCO Color-matched Options
Michael Schuiten from
Group (SHAD in the USA) just let us know that they have developed more
color-matched options for scooterists. These include red, green and blue
that match the Genuine Scooter Company Buddy
International series as well as red and blue that match
scooter colors. We applaud SHAD and Binetto for paying attention to the
requests of scooter owners and responding with products that are
Two-Wheels-And-A-Motor Website Yes, another cool site devoted to scooters, motorcycles,
mopeds, just about anything with two wheels and a motor. Several Twin
Cities locals have gotten together and started with some podcasts to
spread the word: It doesn't matter WHAT you ride as long as you ride.
Fly Scooters announced that they are partnering with CPI
of Taiwan. I consider this a big deal because it brings all four main
Taiwanese manufacturers to the USA (Kymco, SYM, PGO/Genuine, and now
CPI). You can listen to the podcast announcing the CPI partnership
HERE, or visit our Fly Scooter Page.
What's the deal with turn signals?
OK, I was wrong. I have said that the "added on" front turn signals on
the Genuine Buddy, SYM Fiddle II, and numerous other scooters were placed
there to meet the federal height requirement for front turn
signals. Turns out I should have looked it up first as they are there to
meet the federal width requirement for front turn signals. And I
(f) Turn signals. Each motorcycle manufactured
on or after January 1, 1973 shall be equipped with front and rear turn
signal lamps. Front turn signal lamps shall be amber mounted at or near
the front of the motorcycle on each side of the vertical center line at
the same height and shall have a minimum horizontal separation distance
(measured from center of lamps) of 16 inches. Minimum edge to edge
separation distance between turn signal lamp and head lamp shall be four
inches. Rear turn signals shall be red or amber mounted on each side of
the vertical center line at the same height and having a minimum
horizontal separation distance (measured from center of lamps) of nine
inches. All turn signal lamps shall be mounted at a height from the road
surface of not less than 15 inches nor more than 83 inches. Turn signal
lamps shall flash at a rate of 60 to 120 flashes per minute. The turn
signal lamp activating control shall be positioned so as to be operated
without removing the hand from the handlebar and shall properly indicate
right and left when so switched. Turn signal lamps shall be visible at a
distance of 200 feet under normal daylight conditions. Every motorcycle
shall be equipped with a device to permit the front and rear directional
signals to flash simultaneously if originally equipped by the
RandMcNally Introduces NEW Map with a Genuine Buddy Contest
Imagine a city map that is tear-proof, wrinkle-proof and water-proof!
Just crumble it up, hop on your scooter and go. Rand McNally's new
a very cool fabric city map that is ideal for scooterists. They are
introducing this new product through a contest to win a Genuine
Vectrix Sales Up 156%
sold 1,184 scooters during its fiscal year ended September of 2008, a 156%
increase compared to the 462 bikes sold during the previous year. For the
coming year, Vectrix is introducing an expanded product family. The
flagship scooter will be called the Vx1 and will be a refreshed version of
the current Vectrix model. A new model, the Vx1e will be introduced in
2009 that uses the same platform as the Vx1, but features a lower price
with slightly less acceleration and top speed. For the summer of 2009, the
Vx2 will be introduced. The entry-level Vx2 will be smaller and more
compact electric scooter.
Yes, we're trying to do more than just review scooters. Stephen Heller
who writes "Random Scootering" for Minnesota Motorcycle Monthly provided a
review of the Vega Nitro jacket. CLICK HERE of
on the image above to read his review.
Scooter Quest 2008
With Americans now spending upwards of $5 per gallon for a tank of gas,
something has to give. Unfortunately some Americans are choosing to give
up their freedom to travel in order to save a few bucks. But it doesn't
have to be that way. Enter Scooter Quest 2008.
It's an educational adventure from Minnesota to New York City, entirely on
fuel efficient scooters. We'll be burning rubber for a good cause,
spreading the news that scooters are a fun and easy way to get where you
want to go, without forking out a lot of cash. "By coming together on the
road we hope to show the rest of the United States that each of us can
make a difference.
HERE or on the image above to visit the Scooter Quest website.
21,000+ Miles on a Genuine Buddy
Angie (aka Bonegirl) rides a LOT. Click on the image
above to read her story.
Two New Scooters From SYM
Pete McIntosh and Robert Belmont of Carter Brothers (the US
distributor for SYM) joined us for a podcast and introduced two new
scooters. The Fiddle 2 is available in 50cc and 125cc versions and has a
retro look. The CityCom 300 is a fuel-injected, big-wheeled scooter. Click
on the image above to listen to this podcast, or CLICK
HERE to visit our SYM page.
First Accessory Review - SHAD Topcase
One of the most frequently added scooter accessories is additional
storage space. The SHAD topcase, made in Europe, is wonderfully practical
and of excellent quality. Click on the image above to read the review.
Review of the Kymco People 150
Something a little different - we review a 2006 scooter with over
5000km on it. It's pretty much the same specifications as the 2008 model,
but how well do these scooters hold up? Click on the image above to read
SHAD is back in the USA!
SHAD topcases are one of my favourite scooter accessories. They were
getting a little scarce here in the USA market, but now Binetto
Powersports Accessories has them. Click on the image above to visit the
Binetto website. Check with your local dealer - if they don't carry SHAD,
ask them to.
Review of the Vectrix ALL-Electric Scooter
Wow! An ALL-ELECTRIC scooter that will do 65 Miles-Per-Hour and costs
less than a penny a mile to operate. The new Vectrix is really something,
click on the graphic above to read the review
Review of the Genuine Buddy 150
Genuine Scooter Company has another "hit" on their hands with the new
Buddy International series in 150 cc. We spent some time with a St. Tropez
Buddy and compared it to a first generation Buddy 125. Click on the
graphic above to read the review.
Review of the SYM Mio - My New Favourite 4-Stroke
I have a new favourite 50cc 4-stroke scooter - the SYM Mio! It's quick
(four a 4-stroke 50) a bunch of fun to ride and just do darn cute.
Click on the image above to read the full review.
First Review of 2008
The snow has finally melted (for the season.... this time) and
that means it's scooter review time here at JustGottaScoot. We begin the
season with the SYM RV-250. Click on the image above to read the review.
Malaguti Manuals Available Online
Martin of MRP has (very kindly) made several
Malaguti manuals available through
the MRP website. Visit our MRP page to have a look.
Check Out Our New "Brand" Pages
Oh yes, if I had my way this entire website interface would be one
giant database driven page. You'd just enter in what you were looking for
and the appropriate material would pop up. Man.... I am SUCH
a dorky engineer. Click on the images above to jump to our Genuine Scooter Company or SYM pages. I will be adding others in the future
to organize the presentation our content based on brand.
2008 Dealer Expo in
"The largest business-to-business trade event for the powersports
industry in the world" (according to their
website) was held February 15th - 18th, 2008, in Indianapolis. I
had hoped to attend, but conflicts with my "day job" prevented it. Bob
Hedstrom, the owner of Scooterville, did go, and he was kind enough to
share his thoughts on the show, as well as some pictures. Click on the
image to the upper left to see the slideshow. It's a fairly large Adobe™
file (over 2MB) so it may take a minute to load. Click on the image
to the upper right to listen to the podcast report from the Dealer Expo.
More Responses on Yamaha Morphous Windscreens
Just Gotta Scoot's Podcasts in the News
as one of the best regional motorcycle publications in the nation,
Monthly has mentioned the JustGottaScoot podcasts several times in
Stephen Heller's Random Scootering section.
Moto is a West Coast publication and America's number one Guerrilla
Moto magazine. In the December 2007 issue, Karryll Nason's Scooter-Phile
included the following mention of the JustGottaScoot podcasts:
the national press is noticing the podcasts. The December 2007/January
2008 issue of
ScooterWorld has a feature article about the podcasts and even a photo
(one the cover no less) taken from a live podcast at Scooterville
in Minneapolis Minnesota. I am completely shocked (and thrilled)
that there is this much interest in the show.
Cities area scooter group featured on Summit Brewery's "The Social
In early November of 2007, the Heck's Angeles scooter group held a ride
that was video-taped but Summit Brewery for their "The Social Element"
website. The ride was a blast, with about 20 riders expected, it was a
thrill to have over 30 show up. The All Mod Cons scooter club graciously
offered to block for the ride. As Summit Brewery is a St. Paul company, I
was asked to lead the ride through St. Paul.
So how does that CVT automatic transmission in a scooter work? This is
a very good explanation of the mechanics of the variator - well worth a
read. OK, the animated *.GIF file is pretty cool as well.
Understanding the principles behind the CVT will help when considering
changes to this part of your scooter. As a general rule, the roller
weights selected by the manufacturer will provide the best balance of
acceleration and top speed for the scooter. Changing the size of the
roller weights can result in performance improvements, but usually this
will happen at the sacrifice of either acceleration or top end (more
off-the-line acceleration means less top speed).
Moped Parking in Downtown Saint Paul
Marc, a local scooterist, invested a fair amount of time and research
in finding LEGAL bike rack parking in St. Paul Minnesota. He contacted the
police and verified that it is LEGAL to park your scooter WITH MOPED
PLATES in bike racks. He even got a map of bike racks in St. Paul. CLICK HERE or on
the image above to open the Adobe Acrobat™
file with the map. A big "Thank You" to Marc for the leg-work.