Perched in peak-hour traffic whilst swiping left on your phone? That’s one way to commute through your major metropolitan.
Or you could be riding into the sunset with a stunner wrapped around your waist, zipping through all that road rage fodder before pulling up to your boss’ parking spot.
We’re kind of exaggerating. Don’t do that or you’ll get fired. What you should know though is that scooters have been around for almost a hundred years now and with that comes some of the coolest designs from classic makers.
Stock your garage with any one of these bad boys on two wheels and we’ll guarantee you won’t be laughed at.
1898 was the year that saw the French car maker release their first motorcycle. At the time they also dabbled in tricycles and quadricycles, but these quickly ceased production by 1903 when the automobile became more prevalent.
Mopeds were all the rage after this before riders began abandoning them in favour of the more powerful and sturdier scooter. Until this day the French brand still manufactures some of the world’s finest scooters with the Django model carving a fine line between vintage looks and modern technology.
Italian outfit Aprilia are renowned for making some of the world’s fastest superbikes, but today they reside under the Piaggio umbrella (same as Vespa) as a maker of scooters and motorcycles. Their foray into the two-wheeled segment first started in 1945 with mopeds and motorcycles.
It wasn’t until forty years on that the company would realise a potential in the scooter market and subsequently created Italy’s first ever all plastic scooter, the Amico. The rest they’d say is history. Today they make some very cool scooters such as the Mojito which any man would be proud to ride.
You can’t have a scooter war without the unmistakable design of a Vespa. There are simply so many variations of this particular model that it’s hard to actually gauge which ones are vintage and which ones are modern replicas.
Post-World War II was the stage for the inception of Vespa. With their roads destroyed from bombing and their economy too weak to assist the automobile industry, Enrico Piaggio left the aeronautical field to focus on solving Italy’s dire need for a modern and affordable mode of mass transport.
Vespa was the result and today it stands as one of the world’s most recognisable and stylish scooter brands, taking on a cult status of its own. The slogan for Vespa? “Not just a scooter, a way of life”.
MBK Booster X
Resurrected French manufacturer Motobécane provides a modern take on stylish scooters. Since designing their first motorcycle in 1922, Motobécane became one of France’s largest manufacturers of motorcycles.
This was not to be though as the brand started building bicycles, mopeds and motorcycles to little success before filing for bankruptcy in 1981. It was subsequently bought out by Yamaha in 1984 and became MBK. Today MBK makes some of the wildest urban motor scooters available to man, such as the super cool and practical Booster X.
Not content with making your musical instruments, Hi-Fi system, boat engines, car engines, bikes and wheelchairs, Japanese giant Yamaha have also had their hand at building some seriously cool throwback scooters for the modern rider such as the Vino.
The company had its first foray into the two-wheel segment in 1955 when the company’s president Genichi Kawakami, led the production of its YA-1 – a 125cc motorcycle which came 3rd at the Mount Fuji Ascent Race. This paved the way for enhancing Yamaha’s combustion engine expertise over the decades and would filtered into world-beating Moto GP bikes and road cars including Lexus’ LFA and the Bond car known as the Toyota 2000GT.