“The difference is huge,” says Chelsea Lahmers, proprietor of Scoot Richmond, which is devoted entirely to the sale and maintenance of scooters — a business that’s seen a boom in recent years, especially after Vespa re-entered the U.S. market in the early 2000s. “When I started doing mail-order parts in 2002, if you saw one driving during the day it was a miracle, and you knew that person,” Lahmers said.
When the price of gas went over $3 in 2008, the door didn’t stop swinging, she said. When gas hit $4, “it was nutso crazy busy in here.”
If you have a scooter and want to hang with other riders be sure to check out 7 Hills Scooter Club which organizes rides and events in and around RVA.