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Pranafa Playboy Mini-Scooter

In Germany, Scooter by AbhiLeave a Comment

This bike contains one of my least favorite phrases – “ran when parked”. Despite that, it’s too cool not to feature. Originally imported to the US by Hap Alzina, the west coast BSA dealer, the Pranafa Playboy was a mini-scooter built by Dr. Seiffert in Frankfurt, Germany. The intent was something to have something you could take to work but …

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Couple of Custom Honda Ruckus’

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Or is the plural or Ruckus actually “Rucki”? Built by the scooter shop Rucksters Customs, these Rucki have been turned into a showpieces thanks to a lot of custom work and bolt on pieces. First up is Ripple, as shown in the above photo, which has a dual disc setup, some pieces from the Euro model (called the Zoomer), custom …

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1981 Honda Motocompo

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Post-Sale Update: After 23 bids on eBay, this Honda Motocompo sold for $2,026. Sold for only 3 years, the Honda Motocompo was a tiny 50cc folding scooter designed to fit into the trunks of the subcompact cars Honda was making at the time, like the City. In fact, the City’s trunk was designed specifically to house the Motocompo. Nowadays, they’re …

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2005 Honda Big Ruckus PS250

In Japan, Scooter by Abhi5 Comments

Post-Sale Update: After 23 bids on eBay, this Honda Big Ruckus PS250 sold for $2,425 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 …

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1960 Harley-Davidson Topper

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The Harley-Davidson Topper is the one and only scooter to ever come out of the HD factory. Built during the days when the Milwaukee company was producing bikes with small motors, like the Bobcat, the Topper featured an 165 cc air-cooled 2-stroke engine with of all things, a CVT.

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1950 Stokvis Rap Imperial Moped

In Scooter, Small Displacement by Abhi3 Comments

Post-Listing Update: After being relisted twice, this bike did not meet reserve at $930. I’ve never heard of this, and I can’t find much information about it online, but the Stokvis Rap Imperial is a cool-looking scooter that you won’t see anywhere else. The red/white paint scheme and the white walls scream 50s Cadillac to me – in my dreams …

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1954 Honda Juno KA

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Post-Sale Update: After 3 bids on eBay, this Juno sold for $16,000. Built as a competitor to the successful Fuji Rabbit, the Honda Juno was Honda’s first scooter and was intentionally built to be full of features. You got the first electric starter, a full windscreen with an optional sun visor, and was the first use of FRP (fiber reinforced …

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1947 Cushman Ice Cream Scooter

In 3 Wheels, America, Scooter by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post-Listing Update: In not-so-stunning news, this Cushman Ice Cream Scooter failed to attract any bids at $12,250. Are times tough? Been looking for ways you can expand your entrepreneurial empire? Ever thought ice cream could solve all your problems? Look no further, my friend, as I’ve got the perfect next vehicle for you – a Cushman Ice Cream Scooter.

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Hello There – 1981 Piaggio Vespa Ciao

In Italy, Scooter, Small Displacement by AbhiLeave a Comment

An adorable moped that was impressively produced from 1967-2006, the Piaggio Vespa Ciao was built to be cheap transportation for youngsters. Now I guess it’s a retro-mobile with style. You didn’t get much – rigid suspension, no battery, not even turn signals. But this specific model (VIN: ZAPC7EKT1BP513661) is claimed to be in excellent shape – everything runs and it …

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3 Wheeler – 1984 Honda Gyro

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Post-Sale Update: This Honda Gyro sold for just $1,086 after 28 bids on eBay. Introduced in 1982, the Gyro series of scoots are three-wheelers (one in the front, two in the back) where the body is able to lean up to 40 degrees compared to the rear axle! GYRO is actually an acronym, which stands for “Great Your Recreation Original”. …

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1964 Fuji Rabbit Superflow S601

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Post-Sale Update: After 32 bids on eBay, this Fuji Rabbit Superflow S601 sold for $2,650. I don’t feature scooters much, but the Fuji Rabbit Superflow is definitely worth a look. An impressive 75,000 units left the Fuji Heavy Industries factory, but it’s very hard to find any now. Why is this scoot so interesting? Well, at the time, it was …