by Guido Ebert
guido@mnmotorcycle.com

Scooter Sales Up 7.7% in 2012

Scooter sales in the U.S. in 2012 totaled 34,294 units, up 7.7% compared to 31,850 units sold in 2011, according to figures compiled by the Motorcycle Industry Council (MIC).

2010 … 28,483 units
2009 … 31,451 units
2008 … 76,748 units
2007 … 54,255 units
2006 … 54,268 units

The MIC sales figures represent the Aprilia, Honda, Piaggio, Suzuki, Vespa and Yamaha scooter brands.

What’s Considered a Moped Nowadays?

  • Motorized two-wheelers registered and plated as a moped have a piston displacement of 50cc or less, a maximum of 2hp, and a maximum speed of 30 mph on a flat surface.
  • Moped operators are required to have a moped permit, moped operators license, or a valid class D drivers license.
  • Moped operators and passengers under age 18 must wear a helmet: either a bicycle helmet meeting ANSI Z90.4-1984 or a DOT-approved motorcycle helmet.
  • Moped operators under age 16 may drive at night if the moped is equipped with a proper headlight and taillight.
  • Moped operators under age 16 may not carry passengers except for a parent or guardian.

Honda Rolls Into ‘13 with 6 Models

Honda this year offers four model year 2013 scooters, including the Metropolitan, Ruckus, PCX150 and Silver Wing ABS, as well as the 2010 model year Elite and SH150i.

Prices range from $1,999 for the 49cc Metropolitan to $4,499 for the SH150i. The 582cc Silver Wing had not received its 2013 pricing by the time this issue of MMM went to press in late February.

Suzuki Revamps Burgman 650 ABS

This latest version of Suzuki’s big Burgman receives updated styling with a slimmer rear section, redesigned lighting and instrument cluster, 4 lb. weight reduction and a claimed 15% improvement in fuel economy via a refined transmission.

The SECVT transmission offers three diverse settings: Drive Mode heightens efficiency at normal road speeds and gives smooth, linear, almost shock-free power delivery for easy riding; Power Mode gives more punch when you twist the throttle; and Manual Mode lets you thumb-toggle between five preset gear ratios.

Powered by a 638cc twin-cylinder engine developing 61hp @ 7,000 rpm and 45.7 ft. lbs. @ 6,400 rpm, the Burgman 650 ABS also now comes standard with an electronically adjustable windshield, power folding mirrors and adjustable rider backrest – items previously only available on the Executive model.

Price is still to be determined. Check back with MMM to read a full review.

‘Drive Away’ Sweepstakes

KYMCO is giving you the chance to win your choice of an Xciting 500Ri ABS scooter or UXV 500i SP side-by-side vehicle during the company’s Drive Away Sweepstakes.

The sweepstakes winner gets to pick one of the two vehicles. The scooter is worth $6,899 and the UXV retails for $10,499. Entry into KYMCO’s Drive Away Sweepstakes is open to U.S. residents aged 18 and up. Visit www.KYMCOUSA.com to enter once before December 15, 2013.

Yamaha Recalls Zuma 125

Yamaha is recalling 8,700 of its 2009 Zuma 125 (YW125) scooter due to possible improper clearances in the internal fuel pump components. Yamaha will notify owners, and dealers will replace the fuel pump with a newly designed fuel pump. The recall began February 19.

Just a Little Vino Classic

Yamaha brought the little Vino Classic back to market for 2013 after a one-year hiatus, and it now comes with fuel injection.

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photo courtesy of Yamaha Motor Corporation

Offering a sort of retro styling, the 179-lb. Vino Classic runs on a liquid-cooled 49cc three-valve four-stroke engine, rolls on 90/90-10 front & rear tires and stops with front & rear 110mm drum brakes. Priced at $2,290, it’s available only in Vanilla White.

Yamaha’s other models for 2013 include the Vino Classic 125, Majesty, TMAX, C3, Zuma 125, two-stroke Zuma and Zuma 50F.

Vespa Offers 10 Models for 2013

The Vespa 946 made headlines last Fall when introduced at the EICMA motorcycle/scooter show in Milan, Italy. While there is still no word if and when we’ll be seeing this model, or for how much, what we do know is Vespa at this point in time has 10 models available in the U.S. for 2013.

The line-up ranges from the small S 50 4V ($3,299) to the mid-sized LX 150 IE ($4,599) to the top-of-the-line GTV 300 IE ($6,999).

The Vespa brand is retailed in Minnesota by Century Power Sports in Stillwater, Leo’s South in Lakeville and Scooterville in Minneapolis.

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