Many moons ago I remember summer days of riding a mini bike along the old railroad tracks. It was a simple means of transportation, a tubular frame with Briggs & Stratton lawnmower engine. Yes, those were the days when helmets were optional and gas was cheap.
Recently I came across something that was somewhat f a throwback to my youth. It's called a Ruckus and at first sight it looks like a barely legal mini-bike. Well that's exactly what it is! They deliberately gave this rugged scooter a bare-bones look to draw the attention of the tuner scene. This strategy has worked. Many of us that don't care for the look or stigma of your average scooter. This ride balanced a look between rugged and hipness. It carries a 4 stroke, 49cc motor and starts out at $2300.
Now machismo lacking aside, I dig the retro scooter rather it be a Lambretta or contempo Vespa. I wouldn't trade my Yamaha R1 in for these smaller two-wheel options, but do think they are "cute". They are the ideal means of transportations in most European and third-world countries. Places where our ego doesn't interfere with our choices in transportation.
Scooter Riding Pros:
Imagine getting anywhere from 45-100 MPG!
Easy parking in densely populated cities and neighborhoods.
Very low maintenance and annual operation costs.
Not so ideal as a grocery getter.
Unsafe and hassle to utilize in rainy conditions.
Forget it if your are going on a date or have a family.
I chalk anything on two-wheels as a great second source for transportation. It's a good way to offset that SUV in your driveway for runs to the gym or beach. They are also excellent for big city and college campus living. either way, there is only a certain time in ones life that a scooter makes sense.