August 8, 2010 |
Varoom! There goes another candy-colored streamlined Vespa zooming through downtown Los Angeles — this one in a tangerine hue. Oh, and there's one in cherry red. And pastel blue. Did you see the mint-green one with the white daisy decals buzz by? Since it opened last November on the border between Little Tokyo and the Arts District, Vespa of Los Angeles has encouraged downtown residents to travel the city by scooter — and in style. The Vespa, which was originally manufactured in 1946 and means "wasp" in Italian, is an iconic European style symbol, seen all over the streets of major cities such as Paris and Milan.
December 4, 2001 |
Ginger is here at last and it's a scooter after all. But not just any scooter. It's electric and it has no brakes. Do little more than think about moving forward and off you go. Think about stopping and you do just that. Ditto for going backward. It has a turning radius of zero. Ginger, also known as "It," is the brainchild of multimillionaire inventor Dean Kamen, who has kept his pet project under tight security since news of it surfaced almost a year ago. He unveiled the scooter, now known as the Segway, Monday on ABC's "Good Morning America."
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August 17, 2001 |
The death of a 6-year-old San Juan Capistrano boy who apparently crashed while riding a motorized scooter is a tragic reminder that children may be ill-prepared to handle such devices, authorities said Thursday. "There is a significant danger factor with these things," said Steve Doan, spokesman for the Orange County Sheriff's Department. "In the hands of someone that does not know how to drive one, it can be very dangerous." A state law that took effect Jan.
August 26, 2005 |
Gasoline pushing $3 gallon? Why worry? Buy a motor scooter like thousands of other Americans and stretch that single gallon of gas a week or more. "As people start driving them, they start finding more reasons to use them," said Doug Day, owner of Scooter Centrale and Vespa Hartford in Plainville, Conn. "They're practical, easy to park and get great gas mileage. I put $5 worth of gas into mine when it's totally empty, compared to $50 in my SUV."
November 3, 2000 |
Even as shiny aluminum scooters head to the top of Christmas gift lists, the biggest seller of the toys filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles late Wednesday charging 15 competitors with a combination of patent and trade infringement. At stake is several hundred million dollars in expected sales between now and year-end.
September 18, 2002 |
On a recent morning, Gary Newman set off for work from his Studio City home on his chromed-out Vespa. He tucked his colorful tie into his sweater and strapped on his helmet. As he sped by a local golf course, men turned to watch. When he stopped, they crowded around like young boys to take a look. "You need a beautiful woman on the back," yelled one man. "With her hands in the air ... like this!"
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September 7, 2000 |
Ten-year-old Justin Griffin swings his feet onto his metal scooterboard and pushes himself down a slight hill in Irvine's University Park, where a small group of fellow fifth-graders are daredevil dueling on the hottest toy of summer. Picking up speed, he grips the rubber-covered handlebar and leaps over a curb--at one with his sparkling, green-wheeled scooter--and spins it in a midair circle beneath his feet before landing hard, and braking harder, just inches short of his admiring audience.
December 6, 2000 |
Top scooter maker Razor USA on Tuesday won round two of a battle against its competitors when a Los Angeles judge barred six rivals from shipping any more Razor-like products during the critical holiday selling period. The ruling won't have much effect on consumers. The order doesn't affect scooters already in stores and retailers say they have plenty on hand for the holiday season. U.S.
September 17, 2000 |
It wasn't enough for them to spit in the face of corporate seniority (Colossal stock options for everyone!), of stuffy dress codes. (Just dressing is good enough for them.) They don't stop, this digital crowd, forever upending workplace culture in their land of the freewheeling, home of the unconventional. Now they must zip around in a way that is different from you and me. A low-tech way, really, and the irony suits them.
December 5, 2008 |
The 28th annual International Motorcycle Show, rolling into the Long Beach Convention Center today, caters to the crowd that wants its bikes bigger, better and faster. But, in a nod to changing times, there's a new feature this year: a scooter pavilion. The three-day event is putting a focus on riders who want to commute on two wheels -- new and returning riders who couldn't care less about the flash and power that have dominated the industry for the past decade.