It’s not exactly Earth-shattering, but in a city that prides itself on a plethora of “bro-dozers” and “cowboy Cadillacs” seeing scooters is always refreshing. And, as the economy has taken a sharper downturn than the financial gurus would like us to believe, quality makes of scooters have been coming to the forefront. Of course, this also means there are a ton of Chinese junker clone scoots coming out of the woodwork too. But, I think many people are getting wise to their tactics.
This also means new brands or brands that aren’t well known may fight against the stigma that every bike not a Vespa is a “Chinese” scooter. Really, it’s the Chinese clones that have ruined the reputation of scooters in the US as being “real” bikes. But, companies like Kymco, Genuine Scooter Company and SYM have thankfully not given up.
Proof? Dunno if it’s proof, but I saw another new Agility 125 on campus today! This gentleman bought it from the dealer in Avondale (who charged him freight, assembly and “paperwork” on top of tax/title/license, while my dealer informed me that freight and prep are included in the MSRP by Kymco… interesting). The Agility is priced right and has a modern look without the modern Piaggio or Honda price. And, it’s made in a plant OWNED and regulated by Kymco, even if it is on the Mainland. Far different than those build-and-forget crap Chinese scooters.
Good to see I’m not the only one on campus who gets it!