Getting Schooled on the Scooter

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An exhibit traces the history of the two-wheeled runabouts.

The Petersen Automotive Museum’s latest exhibition, Scooters: Size Doesn’t Always Matter, takes museum visitors through a chronological tour of motor scooter development beginning with the simple Autoped of the mid-1910s to the alternative power vehicles of today.
Over 90 vehicles are on display in this colorful and quirky exhibit that runs through May 28, 2012.

The Grasshopper, a 1960 foldable scooter whose arms can be collapsed, allowing the entire vehicle to fit inside a suitcase-sized carrier.

Smaller, more affordable, and easier to maneuver than motorcycles, motor scooters offer an efficient and stylish means to run quick errands and travel short distances. Scooters will show how this genre of motor bike has evolved from simple tube frames with motors to the sophisticated, comfortable, aerodynamic vehicles of today.
Wild or tame, foreign or domestic, old or new, scooters continue to offer a viable and economical alternative to other more traditional vehicles in our motoring landscape and provide a desirable means for free spirited motorists to boldly express themselves without saying a word.
On Tuesday, June 28, museum curator Leslie Kendall will give a guided tour to explore the unique two-wheeled vehicles that have spawned cult-like followings in some countries and mobilized others. Reservation are recommended for all programs.
Additionally, on July 9 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Petersen Parking Structure, the museum will host a Scooters and Supercars Day. The highlight of the event will be the public super car and scooter show. Guest of Honor Steve Saleen will speak about his racing and manufacturing endeavors and technical how-to sessions with Griot’s Garage, The Official Car Care Product Provider of the Petersen Automotive Museum.
The Petersen Automotive Museum is located at 6060 Wilshire Blvd. in Los Angeles. For tour reservations, call (323) 964-6347 or email [email protected]  for more information or to RSVP.

Photos by AYAME KOUSAKA/Rafu Shimpo

Hai Truong of Rucksters Customs with his super modified Honda Ruckus, “Barely Legal.” Truong, who operates the customizing scooter company with his two brothers, has the only Honda Ruckus in the exhibit

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