Vespa and Lambretta remain the two most iconic motor scooter brands, even four decades after the latter's demise. But what made them such a European sensation in the postwar era? And why were they particularly popular in Britain in the 1950s and '60s? Motor scooter expert Stuart Owen explains the rise of Innocenti's Lambretta and Piaggio's Vespa, from the wartime ruins of Italy, through years of plenty as the two manufacturers exploited a ready market for affordable, economic transport, and then their decline into more uncertain times as motor cars trespassed on their success. He also explores the rich history of accessorising and customising the scooters, their essential role in the mod movement, and the revival in Vespa's fortunes following the release of the cult film Quadrophenia.
Scooter, Lambretta, Maicoletta, Yamaha Nouvo, Heinkel Tourist, Vectrix, Flyscooters Il Bello, Honda CN250, BMW C1
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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 47. Chapters: Scooter, Lambretta, Maicoletta, Yamaha Nouvo, Heinkel Tourist, Vectrix, Flyscooters Il Bello, Honda CN250, BMW C1, Gilera Runner, Aprilia SR50, List of scooters, Honda Juno, Yamaha Zuma, Yamaha Mio, Motorized scooter, Yamaha Lagenda series, GoCar Tours, Yamaha Zuma 125, Honda NH series, Piaggio Xevo, Flyscooters La Vie, Yamaha XF50X, Suzuki Choinori, Piaggio MP3, Yamaha X-City, Trojan Scooter Club, Cycle-Scoot, Yamaha Vino 125, Mitsubishi Silver Pigeon, Triumph Tina, Honda CHF50, Honda Zoomer, Honda Motocompo, Suzuki Katana AY50, Yamaha QT50, Yamaha Jog, Honda Big Ruckus, Fuji Rabbit, Honda Activa, Vespa GTS 250ie, Yamaha YP400 Majesty, PGO Scooters, Vespa 150 TAP, Harley-Davidson Topper, Bajaj Cub, Doodle Bug scooter, Lambretta Li 125 Special, Bajaj Chetak, ?ezeta, Honda Aviator, Polini, Vespa Sprint, The Auto Moto, Honda Silver Wing, Johnson Motor Wheel, Honda Elite, Honda Dio, Mahindra Rodeo, LML NV, Lamby, Lambretta SX 200, Peugeot JetForce, Piaggio Zip 4T, Scooterworks, Buddy, Power rider sl250, Bajaj Wave, Piaggio X8, Peugeot Ludix, Piatti scooter, Vespa LX 150, LPG-powered scooter, Peugeot Speedfight, Piaggio Liberty, Peugeot Speedfight 2, Suzuki FZ50, Viento, Peugeot Rapido, Lambretta TV200, Honda Dylan 125. Excerpt: A scooter is a motorcycle with step-through frame and a platform for the operator's feet. Elements of scooter design have been present in some of the earliest motorcycles, and motorcycles identifiable as scooters have been made from 1914 or earlier. Scooter development continued in Europe and the United States between the World Wars. The global popularity of scooters dates from the post-World War II introductions of the Vespa and the Lambretta. These post-war scooters were intended to provide low-power personal transportation (engines from 50 to 250 cc). The original layout is still widely used ...
The LI series was a fast-selling success for Innocenti - not just in its native Italy, but also in Britain, across Europe and the world. This illustrated book provides the full story, specifications, statistics, as well as quotes, and facts and feats.
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The author depicts life in Bosnia (first as part of Yugoslavia then as part of the independent state/of Croatia), service in the Croatian Navy, training on the Sailing Ship Horst Wessel (now in the U.S. renamed Eagle), life in Titos Yugoslavia and, in 1949, escape to Italy across the Adriatic Sea. Year in Italy, ending with emigration to Australia. After 8 years there, arrival in Berkeley, CA to pursue graduate studies in nuclear engineering, marriage to Barbara (from Kansas) and start of a family. Follows work for Westinghouse in Pittsburgh, PA, then in Maryland for the US Atomic Energy Commission. Includes description of many local and overseas trips.