Scooting By The Gas Station
The Vestal Vespa
has seen the future and it has two wheels. In the face of gasoline at $3/gallon and climbing something that gets 70 to 100+ miles per gallon is looking like a better choice than a 7 to 10 miles per gallon SUV.
While I drove a Lambretta for a while, they are out of production, as are the Cushmans that were once the American counterpart. Today there are a range of choices from around the world: Kymco
[Japan], and Bajaj
[India]. Except for Honda, which jumps from 80cc to over 200cc, these are in the 150cc range, which will get you up to about 60mph.