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Not that many riding to begin with...and scooters haven't the most masculine image with those who do ride.
And "Vespas" in particular, are too expensive.
0 $ spent on advertising doesn't help.
O.S.
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Yet, despite everything, the scooter in the U.S.A. has always had a small following of fans.
Initially the brands and models were few but they were desirable, the "perverse idea" of riding an all-covered and easy-to-drive two-wheeled vehicle quickly took root all over the world.
History has taught us that the way was the right one, Vespa initially monopolized the world market but over time it had to give up; however the winning idea was the line that still fascinates today.
How many Vespas in the U.S.A. ? What does it matter, the important thing is that someone believed it and that others still do today.
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Electric bikes may nibble at the scooter market. My.dil bought a Genuine Buddy but has no MC license. Instead of getting licensed she plans to get an electric bike. Her sister in Galicia wants an Ebike to ride in town.
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znomit wrote:
Jess has a big button for that.
It's not big, exactly.
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jess wrote:
It's not big, exactly.
Shouldn't the cursor be a hammer? 🤔
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OldSchooot wrote:
Not that many riding to begin with...and scooters haven't the most masculine image with those who do ride.
0 $ spent on advertising doesn't help.
Personally I'm not so sure that image is the problem completely. People will buy what ad agencies convince them they need and wouldn't give a fig what a Harley owner thinks if it served them. Right now 50 and 150cc scooters are falling into the hands of inexperienced owners who don't want to take the train and catch a disease.
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fleece wrote:
Shouldn't the cursor be a hammer? 🤔
Look what his avatar has in his hand ...
kz1000ST wrote:
Personally I'm not so sure that image is the problem completely.
I think so too ... if it were, few would think so.
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jess wrote:
It's not big, exactly.
"It's a nice size."
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I have never seen a Vespa in Alaska other than the three that my family owns. Most people here don't even know what they are. We get a lot of "nice moped" comments. There was a Vespa dealership here for a while, but they didn't make any effort to stock parts or provide decent service and so lost that part of their business. Honestly, I really enjoy riding mine and have had it up and down the Alcan several times. I can't imagine ever needing a larger bike (although I do have almost 100,000 miles on my Harley).
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I see Vespas daily in traffic, so from my vantage point they made it here, though why aren't there as many as elsewhere? Probably a question connected to the reasons why Harley-Davidson has a tiny market share in Europe (I think it's under ten percent right now), or why drivers in the EU aren't that crazy about SUV's. Different cultures, geographies and laws make for different rider interest.
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