The Scooter Bible: From Cushman to Vespa, the Ultimate History and Buyer's Guide

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In the beginning, there was the Big Bang, the molten masses cooled and the galaxies formed, life emerged from the seas, humans developed, and in 1902 the first motorscooter was created. It began with a Big Bang. It continues with a putt-putt. Scooters are funny. They are mechanical marvels on two wheels. Streamlined spuds. Mutant oddballs of Jet Age styling gone berserk. Innovative inventions shoehorned like sardines into miniaturized monocoque bodies. Engineering and styling enigmas, the stranger the better. ...

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In the beginning, there was the Big Bang, the molten masses cooled and the galaxies formed, life emerged from the seas, humans developed, and in 1902 the first motorscooter was created. It began with a Big Bang. It continues with a putt-putt. Scooters are funny. They are mechanical marvels on two wheels. Streamlined spuds. Mutant oddballs of Jet Age styling gone berserk. Innovative inventions shoehorned like sardines into miniaturized monocoque bodies. Engineering and styling enigmas, the stranger the better. They are two-wheeled pogo sticks, Italian hairdryers, Pushmans, dustbins on wheels, motorized lemons. Their names can be swear words, or their names can be uttered in worship by the faithful. They are the weird and the wonderful. They are the cute, the quaint, and the curious. Throughout the ages, motorscooters have meant different things to different folk. Scoots have been cheap transportation for people without enough pennies for a car. They have been rebellious hot rods for misunderstood Wild Ones. They have carried lovers and warriors, priests and poets, and many a movie star. Explaining what inspires the scooter faithful ain't easy either. Tell a pal you like scoots and some hoot, some holler, most all smirk. Others nod, and immediately launch into a dialectical discussion of the brake swept area on the first generation of 98cc Vespas. Explanation is not needed. If you have to ask, you just ain't gonna understand·and most Harley-Davidson folk don't have a clue what we're talking here. The Scooter Bible is a colorful, authoritative, and ultimate history of the little motorbikes that could. Starting from the first scooter craze nearly a century ago, the authors chronicle the American scooter boom, the golden age of scooters, and the rise of the Mods in England. Today, nostalgia for Vespas, Cushmans, and Lambrettas is driving a new thirst for cool scooters in motorcycle dealer showrooms. This compendium of all things scooterific includes a comprehensive marque-by-marque encyclopedia of scooters.

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RoadRUNNER, April 2006

"The Scooter Bible is a treasure trove of scooter knowledge. Heck, it's worth the price of admission just to have the 120-page-long, A-Z scooter encyclopedia at the end of the book. This well researched yet light-hearted foray into the quirky life story of the scooter should have even hard core bikers flipping pages with a smile."

Free 2 Wheel, February 2006

"Authors Michael and Eric Dregni, two obviously knowledgeable fanatics, have compiled a fascinating read that chronicles the history and development of these little whizzers from little more than motorized versions of a child's push scooter, to the plastic, fantastic Ialian and Japanese creations being produced currently.

"Those enamored with facts and figures will swoon over the second half of the book, a 126-page appendix cataloging scooter companies and the vehicles they made.

"...pull up a chair and spend a few hours lost in a world where the wheels are small and the horsepower is low. A good book for open-minded motorcyclists and a must for scooter fiends, The Scooter Bible provides a refreshing, informative, and humorous look at the little vehicles that get no respect. Guaranteed it will teach you all you need to know about these little putters."

Friction Zone, December 2005

"the brothers Dregni (Michael and Eric) have co-authored The Scooter Bible, an uncommonly attractive, comprehensive handbook that presents to the reader a sweeping mosaic of all things scooter. And I do mean all."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781884313523
  • Publisher: Whitehorse Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2006
  • Edition description: First
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Eric Dregni is a freelance author and translator, and the author of six previous books, including The Ads That Put America on Wheels, Scooter Mania!, and Let\u2019s Go Bowling! He resides in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with his wife and two sons.

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