I’m a little surprised. The local paper, Columbus Dispatch, published an article today about scooters. After reading it, I like it! There are no stunning inaccuracies, or teeth-grating biases. Yay!! (Oftentimes when a paper does an article on scooters, it has several factual errors.) I will give credit where credit is due – good job Kevin Joy!
Here are some quotes from it:
Motohio sold three times more scooters than motorcycles in May — an unheard-of ratio for the 4-year-old business… … the Speed Factory is out of scooters — with a waiting list 30 names deep, said manager Aaron Saez, who expects more scooters this month.
If a place sells both motorcycles and scooters, they make more money on motorcycles, and tend to focus on them. Motorcycle-focused shops, take note! You are losing out on sales if you ignore scooters and scooter buyers.
Urban parking, of course, is sometimes a pain…. Unchained, a scooter becomes an easy target for thieves… Mike Brown, coordinator of urban ventures for Columbus, recently met with riders. Mayor Michael B. Coleman, he said, will soon announce details of a scooter- and motorcycle-parking initiative.
Well this is good news. Hopefully the initiative will be excellent! (Other thoughts on Columbus Scooter Parking can be found here: http://scooterparking.wordpress.com/)
Go read the entire article. Links the article could have included are below. (This is not a knock on this particular article, most Dispatch articles have few, if any, links. It’s nice they include store names, addresses, and phone numbers, but for many of us linking to the website is more useful.)
Where to Buy a Scooter in Columbus (full disclosure – obviously this is my own page)
Cutters Forum (the vintage group)
EPSP Forum (the whatever group). Looks like they are riding out from North Market on Sunday, 11 AM.