There’s an old joke that goes: What do Vespa scooters and fat chicks have in common?  They’re both fun to ride until your friends find out!

I used to laugh at that joke and at the Vespas – they seemed so nerdy (See Mr. Sweetchuck in Police Academy 3) or so European (See Liam Gallagher of Oasis in the liner photos of their first album, Definitely Maybe).  However, with today’s gas prices and our need to feel we’re doing more for the environment the Vespa has increased in popularity.  This is apparent in many smaller cities, and is rampant in New York, and has become only 4th in popularity next to the subway, bicycles, and walking.*

The plus side to the Vespa over a car is it gets approximately 80 miles to the gallon in the city as opposed to the typical 20 or less of the average mid-sized car.  They’re also less noisy and easy to park.  The down side is you can’t take them on the highway as they max out at around 40 miles per hour.  However, considering the whole point is to reduce automobile traffic in cities, I think they serve their purpose.  I may even go so far as to call them stylish…

I rate this trend a 4.5 out of 5.  It loses that half point because as efficient as they may be, they still burn gas and they still look a little nerdy.

~Sam

*Not based on an actual statistic.

VESPA BROOKLYN
http://www.vespabk.com
215 PARK AVE.
BROOKLYN, NY 11205
PHONE: 718-254-0808
M-F: 10-7, Sa-Su: 11-7

VESPA QUEENS
http://www.vespaqueens.com
37-39 CRESCENT STREET
JUST OVER 59 STR. BRIDGE
LONG ISLAND CITY, NY 11101
PHONE: 718-786-7772
M-F: 10-6, Sa: 10-5, Su: By Appointment

VESPA SOHO
http://www.vespasoho.com
13 CROSBY STREET
NEW YORK, NY 10013
PHONE: 212-226-4410
M-F: 11-7, Sa-Su: 12-6

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