I ride a commuter train to and from my job in downtown Chicago. Lately I've noticed quite a few scooters parked at the various suburban train stations along the way, mostly Hondas. Or maybe it just seems like there are more of them, now that I have a moped.
I bought my moped so I could ride it to the train station instead of taking the bus, which costs $1.25 one way. Plus, I don't have to pay to park at the station...I park it with the bicycles.
I heard that a Vespa dealership opened up recently on the North side of the city. I think we'll see a really big comeback with scooters and mopeds. The only problem is, here in the Northern climates, we really can't ride them in the winter. Anyway, I think the days of buying a cheap used moped are just about over. Especially when I heard about the used Honda at a local garage sale priced at $1500.00. I've seen a guy riding around my neighborhood on a red Honda scooter, and I've been trying to catch up with him. Maybe even challenge him to a friendly little race.