Portland Scooters offer a great way to tour Portland and surrounding areas. If you're looking for Portland scooters or scooter clubs, this is our handy resource page for PDX Scooter fans. There's no doubt that summertime in Portland offers some of the most amazing, scooter-perfect weather in the country. Of course for winter, you can wear rain pants, all weather gloves, and a Corazzo Portland rain suit or jacket to protect against the cool rain. If you want to and don't mind the elements, you can ride your scooter pretty much year round.
Portland scooterists know that scooters are a fun, economical, and green way to travel, so it is no surprise that when the sun comes out, scooters begin showing up all over P-town. Scooters get fantastic gas mileage, and you can park them Downtown for way cheaper than a car if you commute to work. Most of all, they're fun! Scooter parking is available at several SmartPark locations in Downtown Portland. Visit SmartPark for more information on current parking rates and availability. See below for more links and maps.
There are several Portland Scooter Dealers in town. After you purchase your scooter, you may want to join other scooter enthusiasts by joining a scooter club for organized rides and events, including scooter rallies and meet-ups. We've listed Portland Scooter Dealers, Portland Vespa Dealers, and Portland Scooter Clubs as well as other helpful scooter resources to help get you on your way to the scooter lifestyle. Also be sure to visit Scoot.net, a Wiki style site dedicated to scootering.
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Portland Scooter Dealers - Portland Scooter Store
You can find scooters in just about any price range, depending on the engine size and brand you choose. You may find a used scooter in Portland for about five hundred bucks and up, or you may choose to spend $4,000 or more on a brand new Portland Vespa (or vintage Vespa, for that matter), if you plan to take your scootering more seriously! Listed below are the Portland scooter dealers (and surrounding areas) as well as Portland Vespa dealers.
Do I buy a new or vintage scooter?
Vintage Portland Scooters - There's no doubt that a vintage scooter offers a unique style that new scooters just can't pull off. The pros are that a vintage scooter will be stylish, cool, and unique--potentially even one-of-a-kind. The cons are that you may sacrifice modern technology and other comforts, and your scooter might need more work than you bargained for. If you buy a vintage scooter, be careful, as there are some poorly done restorations out there that might not only be a bad value, but may also be dangerous to ride. Craigslist is a good place to check for used scooters in Portland. Popular vintage scooter brands include Vespa, of course, as well as other Italian makes and models.
New Portland Scooters - Pros: modern design and technology components, a warranty, and a known history and origin. While a vintage scooter is awesome, there's nothing wrong with buying a brand new scooter with a warranty, and getting the peace of mind that comes with knowing your scooter's history and origin. You will have the chance to break your scooter in properly and take care of it from day one. We have a handful of Portland Vespa dealers and other models here in Portland, as well as some scooter shops in surrounding cities (Hillsboro, Vancouver, etc.). Some quality new scooter brands include Vespa, Piaggio, Sym, Genuine Buddy, Kymco, Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki, Fly, Aprilia, Italjet and Lambretta. There are numerous scooter dealers in and around Portland, see the list and map below.
There is sometimes not much of a price different between vintage scooters and new ones. Vespa scooters hold their value particularly well, and vintage restoration scooters may cost nearly as much as brand new ones. You will pretty much get way you pay for in a new scooter, but many recommend staying away from the super cheap scooters sold on the Internet ($500-800 range). If you don't mind risking the chance of poor quality, it might be worth the cost discount for you, but you may be better off getting your scooter from a local Portland scooter dealer, with good local service and a warranty. Plus, super cheap scooters don't really hold their value for resale, either. As you search the listings for used scooters, you will quickly realize that Vespas hold their value amazingly well, but many other brands do not.
Map - Portland Scooter Shops and Dealers:
Vespa Portland and Scooter King
Scoot on This
Above, Noah Pfarr and Ethan Holman next to their mural at P Town Scooters. (Photo copyright PTownScooters.com)
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Portland Scooter Service and Repair
Scooters, unlike cars, do need a closer eye kept towards maintenance if you want to ensure quick, easy starts and smooth rides. Service your scooter routinely and keep it in good shape. Many recommend a trickle charger to keep the battery charged over winter. Or better yet, just ride your scooter often to keep it happy. Most scooter dealers will also offer Portland Scooter Repair, but there are also some independent scooter repair shops in town.
Portland Scooter Clubs
Oregon Scooter Club - host events promoting safe riding, good road manners and scooter awareness.
St. Johns Scooter Club - North Portland scooter enthusiasts.
Orphan's Gang - a group of individuals located in Portland, Oregon who have a passion for vintage two-wheeled vehicles.
Vespa Club of America - For Vespa and Lambretta enthusiasts.
Portland Scooter Rider's Meetup Group - Yahoo MeetUp group for local scooterists.
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There are also scooter websites, blogs, and bulletin boards so you can find more scooter resources, rallies, and rides.
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Portland Scooter Parking
Scooter Parking in Portland Oregon is pretty affordable compared with parking a car. The City of Portland has maps and information for scooter parking in Portland.
SmartPark Motorcycle Parking Rates
Here is a cool interactive map of Scooter Parking spots in Portland:
You may be wondering where on earth you place a parking sticker when you park your scooter Downtown:
Here is official word from City of Portland's website: "You are being asked to place the receipt on the headlight of your motorcycle/scooter while you are parked. You should note that the receipt has two parts to it. The larger section is for you to attach to the vehicle and the smaller section is for your records. It is very important that you detach the smaller one and keep it for your records." Why? Because someone might walk by and steal your sticker right off your bike.
Getting your Scooter License in Portland
A 50cc scooter or moped may be ridden in Portland without a motorcycle endorsement, but any scooter over 50cc will require you to get your motorcycle license to ride. If you are brand new to riding a bike, you might want to take a basic rider's training course (BRT), offered at Team Oregon. If you pass the Team Oregon class, you will be granted a Motorcycle endorsement without needing to take additional exams at the DMV.
If you decide to forego a Team Oregon BRT class and go straight to the DMV to get your license, you will be required to pass both a written motorcycle exam (taken on the computer at the DMV), as well as a driving skills test, which must be scheduled ahead of time with an appointment. The written test is not hard, but you should definitely study first so you don't get stumped with trick questions! I took the Team Oregon BRT driving class, and it was harder to pass than I expected: nearly 50% of the people in my class failed on their first try. That said, it is a really good class for new riders to learn basic skills and to begin getting comfortable on a bike. You will learn a lot about how to ride safely.
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