Just to let anyone who's interested know: check out www.pjscooters.com for the MZ Moskito @ $1700. [MSRP is $ 2200]
German built, meets moped standards most places and 2 year warranty available. It IS a bit heavy at 188 lbs/85 kgs (and that leaves me out -- couldn't get it into my apartment). Looks fabulous and I don't even work for PJ Scooters. Probably get a discount if I did.
Anybody out there already own(ed) one? Nice to know what somebody else thinks of it.