---By Charles McHale Translated by
Liu Fang through
This month, Taiwan Fun Magazine asked
the professionals for their expert opinions on scooters.
Thanks to Jeremy and A Ghi (Bikefarm rentals: bikefarm.net)
and Christopher Yang at Vespa Club of Taiwan: (02) 2736-7265.
50cc Sanyang Dio
Under NT$29,000 "The most reliable scooter, outside
of a Bikefarm rental, is a new bike. Sensible driving
and regular maintenance are the means to keeping your
wheels on the road," says Jeremy. The ever-economical
A Ghi rides a Dio himself. If you're not physically
too large for a 50cc, it's a great option. Stick to
the 2-stroke models for a zippy ride.
250cc Grand Dink by Kymco
NT$150,000 This is the minivan of scooters. Moms will
be impressed by the capacity to carry two or three kids
and the family dog. A Ghi feels that, for the price,
you'd be better off with a motorcycle, but Jeremy notes
that they're comfortable for touring.
Vintage Vespa VBB1964
NT$150,000-200,000 If you're looking for a ride that
compliments your wardrobe, nothing says "classic
Italian-style" like a vintage Vespa. A Ghi says,
"Good looking, not fast." Christopher Yang
agrees that the Vespa isn't the best choice for racing.
But who wants to fly by in a blur when you're riding
the sexiest machine on two wheels. If your mantra is,
"Life is too short for poor fashion", go Vespa!