Sunday, June 29, 2008

A few photos I took in Southeast Asia

Sweet classic Vespa, in Hoi An, Vietnam:

Classic Vespa

Honda Super Cub 90, May 2008, in Kampung Cham, Cambodia:


Typical scene in Battambang, Cambodia:


In Siem Reap, Cambodia:


In Hanoi, custom seats are common on many new Vespas:

Vespa with custom seat

Click any photo to see a larger version.

The majority of the bikes in Cambodia are relatively new Honda Wave or Honda Dream models. There were lots of new Vespas in Hanoi and Saigon, plus a fair number of Yamahas and even Suzukis.

I also saw a surprising number of original Honda Super Cubs still running in Saigon -- even the 50. For a fun read, see Honda Sells Its 60 Millionth - Yes, Millionth - Super Cub.

More about my SE Asia travels here ...

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Monday, June 02, 2008

Scooters sales up in U.S.

Not too surprising, given the increase in gasoline prices! Here are some sales numbers for scooters, from the May 30, 2008, issue of Business Week magazine (video):
  • 2000: 42,000
  • 2004: 96,000
  • 2007: 131,000
In the first quarter of 2008, sales increased almost 25 percent over the same period last year.

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