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FYI SOUTH Magazine, June 2006.

Scooters

---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!

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