Scooters Help Consumers Save Money on Gas

Vespa Scooter
Vespa Scooter

With gas prices continuing to soar, more consumers are taking matters into their own hands by gripping handlebars instead of steering wheels, according to a new report that shows motorcycle and scooter sales are booming.

The Motorcycle Industry Council's Retail Sales Report for the first quarter of 2011 shows scooter sales are up almost 50% over the same time last year. Motorcycle sales revved up, too, rising 7.2% during that same time period. The report tracks sales among the top 18 brands sold in the United States.

"Nothing compares to a motorcycle for combining fun with saving money," Motorcycle Industry Council President and CEO Tim Buche said in a statement. "There's no more enjoyable way to get to work and get around, and rising fuel prices have given our customers yet another great reason to ride."