Friday, May 19, 2006

Scoot Smart, Scoot Safe!

Scooter accident kills 57 year old man.

A man was killed and his 4 1/2-year-old grandson was injured on Thursday when the grandfather lost control of the motor scooter the two were riding, Las Vegas police said.

"It was a poor choice of driving," said Detective Dennis Magill of the Las Vegas police's fatal traffic detail.

Neither the driver nor his grandson was wearing a helmet.

Magill said the accident occurred about 2:30 p.m., when the grandfather was driving the 150cc motor scooter eastbound on Maule Avenue with his grandson sitting in front of him.

The man made a u-turn in the middle of the street, lost control, and both he and his grandson were thrown from the scooter. The grandfather slammed headfirst into a fire hydrant on the sidewalk and sustained fatal injuries, Magill said.

"There's a good chance a helmet would have saved his life," he said.

Click here for the full story.

Like anything in life, scootering and motorcycling involves risks. As they teach you in the MSF Rider Courses, responsible riders must minimize these risks. Wear a helmet, wear gloves, wear an armoured jacket and pants, follow the rules of the road, take the MSF course.

Scoot smart, scoot safe, always wear a helmet.

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Kymco People 150's are IN!

After being sold out for the last 2 weeks, we just received our May shipment of the Kymco People 150 scooter in Silver, Wineberry and White.

One of our favorite 150cc scooters, the People 150 has the best power to weight ratio of just about any scooter we've ridden, and an excellent track record for reliability.

The big 16" wheels make for a comfortable, stable ride at speed, carves turns and handles road imperfections more competently than smaller 10" wheel scoots. Top speed 65 mph+, 65-75 miles per gallon!

Stepless automatic CVT scooter, not much bigger than the 49cc, the Kymco People 150 makes for the perfect urban/suburban commuter, comes with a 2 year limited warranty and costs about $1000 less than a comparable 150cc Vespa.

We also just got in the new Kymco XCiting 250 in Charcoal, and People 250 in Wineberry and Charcoal. Stop by and check out the scooter revolution!

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Where Do NYC Scooterists Ride After Filling Up Their Tanks?

"We can ride to PHILLY!"

Check out the scooter clip from ABC Eyewitness News 7 about NYC scooter commuters and how much they $ave.

Saturday, May 13, 2006

Win a trip to Amerivespa 2006!

Purchase a New KYMCO 150CC or Larger Motorcycle or Scooter and You Could be Eligible to Win One of 10 Trips to Amerivespa 2006 in Denver, CO!

Philadelphia Scooters has the Kymco People 150, People 250, Grand Vista 250, Bet & Win 250, and the all new XCiting 250 in stock and available for delivery.

Thursday, May 11, 2006

High gas prices lead to boom in motor scooters

AP article about our fellow Big Apple Scooterists.

NEW YORK -- With gas prices above $3 a gallon, software engineer Daniel Fry has been commuting to work over the Brooklyn Bridge in a car pool of sorts.

It's actually more like a convoy of motor scooters.

"It's fun to ride in a group," said Fry, 28, who joins a group of riders for coffee early Friday mornings before commuting into Manhattan via scooter. "In a big mass of scooters people look out for you more."

Fry is part of a growing community of scooter enthusiasts in New York and across the country who are taking to the streets in record numbers with gas prices so high. Fry fills up the 1.5-gallon gas tank of his scooter for under $5.

Sales at the Chicago-based Genuine Scooter Company, one the country's larger scooter dealers, which owns the popular Stella brand, have been doubling annually for the last three years, with even faster growth projected for this year, according to owner Philip McCaleb. The Stella gets about 90 miles per gallon.

"We are trying to combine fun and fuel economy and three-dollar gas is helping," says McCaleb

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

My BuBu

Here's a short clip for the PGO "My BuBu", which Genuine Scooters will be distributing shortly in the US as the "Buddy" . We like "My BuBu". You can find Genuine Scooters at our new shop, Haddonfield Scooters.

If you're looking to get an old school Stella, Haddonfield Scooters has Black, Silver, Red, White and Pink in stock!

Friday, May 05, 2006

Charm City Scooter Rally

Join fellow Philadelphia Scooterists on their trip down to Baltimore for the Charm City Scooter Rally, May 5-7, 2006.

Eat, drink, scoot and make merry. The Scooter Rally season has begun!

There's a big Philadelphia group heading down tonight. Stay tuned for rally highlights and check out the Rally pics on

If you're staying in town this weekend, get together with local scooterists heading down to the Hot Rod Hoedown.

Of course, mark you calendars, save the date for Philly's own Independence Day 6 Scooter Rally, June 30 - July 2 in the city of brotherly love. Check out pics from last year's ID5 Rally.

There's nothing like scooting and hanging out with a bunch of scooterists. We come from all walks of life, but share the same passion of riding scooters.

Check out one of our favorite rally videos from the New York City Gotham 2 Rally (Gotham 4 will be May 4-6, 2007). Get motivated to scoot!


Thursday, May 04, 2006

Mopeds are like...

...scooters with pedals! Remember those carefree, lazy summer days between your freshman and sophmore years in high school? Staying up late, sleeping 'til noon, and riding with your moped gang buddies to hang out at the Circle K mini-mart. Puch, Motobecane, Jawa, Yamaha Chappy and Tomos were the major players of the day. Even JC Penney's sold a moped called the Pinto! (pics courtesy of

Of course, once you reached that magical age and got your car driver's license, your trusty, reliable moped became relegated to the dark lonely corner of the garage, never to be ridden again.

Well, now the moped has come full circle with a dedicated legion of fans. Easy to ride, easy to park and touting 100 miles per gallon, the MOPED has made a comeback!

Philadelphia Scooters is proud to announce we are now an authorized TOMOS moped dealer.

The last major Moped brand sold in the USA, we've found TOMOS moped to be well built, and a blast to ride. Stylish, fun, practical throwback to those teenage years. A much better value than the cheap "Ebay" 49cc scooters, plus mopeds can be parked legally like a bicycle in Philly, and most other cities and towns.

Sex and the Scooter

"For sixty years Vespa scooters have embodied the spirit of Italy. Passion, style, freedom of expression and sexiness have underpinned everything we do, including this, our guide to mind-blowing lovemaking on your Scooter."

From the introduction of, celebrating Vespa's 60th birthday with this kama sutra inspired viral marketing short film.

Fun clip, and somewhat humorous. Yes we like it, and no we don't sell (new) Vespas.

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Buddy: Fun for Everyone!

Genuine Scooter's new "Buddy", coming in a 49cc 2 stroke, and a torquey 125cc four stroke is "on the water". Check out the factory assembly line pics at Genuine Scooter's web site, click here.

A "retro" looking scooter with modern conveniences including an automatic CVT transmission, underseat storage and a lower seat height. The buddy will be available in pink, black and burnt sienna (orange).

I test rode the PGO "My Bubu" or "Buddy", a couple years ago when another distributor was test marketing them. Impressive scoot with excellent build quality, and fit and finish. Very peppy scooter, and seemed faster and more fun to ride than the 150cc T-Rex. PGO is one of Taiwan's leading scooter manufacturers.

With Genuine's excellent support and distributor experience, this small wheeled retro scooter is sure to be a hit. Genuine Scooters are available at our new location, Haddonfield Scooters, 134 N. Haddon Ave., Haddonfield, New Jersey 08033.

Stay tuned for our first shipment and a complete review!

Commuters Turning To Scooters

Video news clip from WMTW 8 in Maine, but pretty informative. Follow the PA DMV and NJ DMV links on the right to see what's required in your home state to drive a motor scooter.

In PA, The holder of a Class C (car) license is authorized to drive a motor-driven cycle which has an automatic transmission and a cylinder capacity that does not exceed 50 cubic centimeters.

In NJ, a motorcycle license is required to drive all motor scooters, and manufacturers need to be on a NJ "approved" list to be able to register and license.

In both PA and NJ, motor scooters must be registered, titled, insured and inspected to operate on public roads.

Check out for the nearest Pennsylvania motorcycle safety course. In NJ, check out Lots of fun, invaluable info and highly recommended. These courses are VERY popular, so sign up as early as possible!