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Spaceframed Scooter – Upgraded 2001 Italjet Dragster 180

In Italy, Scooter by Tim HuberLeave a Comment

Founded in ’59 by Leopoldo Tartarini in Bologna, Italjet has built its name on producing small displacement bikes and scooters. For a brief period around the turn of the millennium (2000-2002), Italjet even campaigned its F125 racer in the 125cc World Championship (Moto3). Back in the 1990s, the Italian marque revamped its product line by introducing a handful of new …

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2006 Honda Big Ruckus PS250

In Japan, Scooter by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post Sale Update: This Big Ruckus sold for $3,000 after 43 bids on eBay. The Ruckus was a surprising hit for Honda, due almost entirely to the aftermarket customization that has skyrocketed around the 50cc scooter. What many people don’t know is that Honda offered a ‘full-size’ version called the Honda Big Ruckus for 4 years in Japan and 2 …

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$395 – 1981 Kreidler MP-19

In Germany, Scooter by AbhiLeave a Comment

Founded in 1903, Kreidler was a metal/wire factory for nearly 5 decades before they started motorcycle production in 1951. They were immediately successful, as within 8 years they were producing one third of all German bikes. From the late 60s to the early 80s, Kriedler offered MF (mofas) and MP (mopeds) models, and the US got the MP-9 and the …

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Land Speed Moped – 1970 Tomos

In Italy, Race, Scooter by Abhi13 Comments

6-15-2018 Update: Over two years later, Zack B notes that this Tomos is back up for sale. It looks much different now (and not for the better, I’d say). Check out pictures in the listing with an unmet opening bid of $999 in Crawfordsville, Indiana here on eBay. Post-Sale Update: After being relisted, this Tomos sold for a hefty $10,420.69. …

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First Year in North America – 2003 Honda Ruckus

In Japan, Less than 5k, Scooter, Small Displacement by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post Sale Update: this Ruckus sold for $1,151 after 13 bids on Goodwill. The Honda Ruckus is a very unique modern scooter which combines distinctive styling, a CVT transmission, and excellent fuel economy (114 mpg) to become a popular in-town runabout. Here’s an example with just 660 miles that’s been donated to a Goodwill, so you can feel good about …

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1972 Yamaha U7E

In Japan, Scooter, Small Displacement by AbhiLeave a Comment

This rare step through is a Yamaha U7E, and in the US it was only available for one year. I’ve never seen one before, and I even struggled to find reliable sources of information for basic specs. Do any of you have experience with this little scoot? And do you think it’s cuter than a Honda Cub?

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1947 Salsbury Imperial Rocket

In America, Scooter by Tim HuberLeave a Comment

The Great Depression era shook up countless industries, creating a need for low-cost, high-efficiency products. So when E. Foster Salsbury reportedly saw Amelia Earhart romping around a California airport on a small motorized two wheeler, he recognized the potential of a cheap, reliable means of transportation. This prompted Salsbury to co-develop the Salsbury Aero Model Motor Glide in 1936 — …

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Rare Scooter With No Reserve – 1959 Manet S-100

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Post Sale Update” This Manet sold for $2,247 after 46 bids on eBay. Built between 1958 and 1964, the Manet S-100 was a Czechoslovakian scooter build by Povazske Strojirny that was claimed to return 100 mpg (no, that’s not where the name came from). 51,244 examples were built but very few made it to the US. The succeeding model from …