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Scooters (Crestline) Paperback – December 1, 1995
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About the Author
Eric Dregni is a freelance writer and translator and the author of six previous books, including The Ads that Put America on Wheels, Scooter Mania!. Minnesota Marvels, and Let's Go Bowling! He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
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China. I've had motorcycles off and on since the '60's and thought the time could be ripe for something smallish and tame for a former hellraiser. It had been a long time, maybe 15 years. So I had some brushing up to do on this shiny new market of high-tech, low-cost zoomers (or putters depending on the size).
I wasn't looking for big, costly American, Japanese, German or Italian bikes. I have limited means and I'm not a 'motorhead'.
I'm just a driver who likes economy and a little wind in my remaining hairs. Unfortunately, I soon learned that the author, Eric Dregni, is a Vespa afficianado from Minnesota who thinks the sun rises and sets on anything with two wheels made in Italy. Toss in all the Lambretta's, Ducati's and the rest of the bikes that can't be imported because they can't compete with China or Japan OR meet America's demanding emissions testing.
I think Mr.Dregni was itching to write a book about his consuming passion but his editor told him there was an audience of about 300 fellow fanatics for such a book ... so he'd better do his best to make it look like something the 'general public' would buy. So there's a short chapter on buying new scoots and one on the masochistic purchase of a bike someone else has beaten to death; one on winter storage; driving safely; minimum maintenance. This all consumes about 60 pages out of 160. The other 100 pages is fluff.
I'm a writer myself. I think an honest work would be 'filler',
enough miscellaneous of mild enterainment/interest to fill the manuscript out into a skinny book.
If you want to know more about the Mod's and Rocker's and the 'Brighton Beach Riots', or about annual scooter events or ways to adapt the 'scooter lifestyle' (whatever that may be) this is your book. If you're really looking for "Everything You Need to Know/SCOOTERS", I'd keep looking.