Scooter! The Ultimate Guide
Duke Video UK
Duke Video USA
DVD ($24.95 + S/H), 60 minutes
by Lori B. for webBikeWorld
Scooters on webBikeWorld? Well, why not?
Many webBikeWorld visitors have expressed an interest in
scooters, especially now that gas prices are twice what
they were only 6 months ago in the U.S. Nothing
like 70 MPG to generate some excitement!
The scooter market is growing in the U.S., with many
cities seeing an increase in sales of both new and used scooters.
There's also a growing vintage scooter subculture, with
some very active local scooter clubs and shops that
cater to the trend by providing restorations of vintage Lambrettas and Vespas. And
don't forget the maxi-scooter faction, who ride the 200cc and up
scoots, which are well suited for the wide open
spaces that still make up most of American geography.
Although scooter sales are still only a fraction of
overall motorcycle sales in the U.S., and scooter sales
are, in turn, only a tiny
fraction of U.S. automobile sales, scooters are definitely
starting to get some mainstream notice. So if
you'd like to learn more about scooters,
there's probably no better place to start than with Duke
Video's recent DVD release, "Scooter! The Ultimate
Now let me caveat this by mentioning that the video
is definitely focused on the mature and active UK
scooter scene. The history, the roads and yes,
the accents are British through and through. And
some of the scooters shown, such as the interesting
Peugeot models, are only available in Europe. But
this doesn't matter one whit, in my opinion, because all
of the information is still valuable for anyone new to
the world of scooters.
The video is pleasant fun, with good quality and
short sections to keep the viewer's interest. It
starts out with a brief history of scooters, including a
look at some of the original Italian Vespas and Lambrettas, with a description of how the scooter craze
got started after World War II.
The middle sections of the video are not quite as
successful, because there is slightly too much focus on
modern Piaggio brands. This may be because Piaggio
is the largest scooter manufacturer in the world, and
perhaps the Duke videographers could only get Piaggio's
agreement for filming.
There are some interesting scenes of the modern
Piaggio factory in Pontadera, Italy, with workers
turning out Vespas and other scooters. There's
also a short but interesting tour of the Piaggio factory
The video discusses the issues involved in choosing a
scooter, complete with video of a selection of modern
scooters of all sizes. This will probably date the
DVD in a couple of years' time, but the information will
still be valid. There is almost no reference to
the huge influx of scooters from Asia, which is an
A DVD wouldn't be a DVD without some "extras".
In this case, there's a copy of a short film from the
'50's, showing a Lambretta Club of Great Britain rally
at the Isle of Man, including a 24 hour scooter enduro
on the famous Tourist Trophy course. Some video of
trick scooter riding from that event complete the guide.
Scooter! The Ultimate Guide is a fun and interesting
way to learn more about scooters and to see why so many
people have been "bit by the bug". The next step
is a visit to your local scooter store, because surely
you'll want to ride one after watching this video!
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