With the new Scooter Power Club having just revved up, riding a scooter is fast becoming the hippest way to get around town. Club founder Sam Wong is also the owner of Sam's Scooter and Target (20-22, G/F Rise Commercial Building, Granville Circuit, tel: 2311-1681), the only place in town where you can get second-hand Vespas. The Vespa Sprint and Vespa Bajaj are the two models available. They cost $18,000 each and come with a three-month, 2,000-kilometre warranty. The shop will also restore scooters to your specifications. Opening hours: 3pm-midnight.
Oscar Motors (G/F, 4 Soares Avenue, Mong Kok; tel: 2715-0133) is the main dealer in new Vespas. It also has two models in stock: the manual, 10-year-old PX-200E ($22,800) and the latest, automatic and fully modernised scooter, the Hexagon GT250 ($36,500).
Racing scooters is taking off. 'Racing MX [motocross] scooters is less dangerous than racing motorbikes,' says Philip Chan, head of the Super Scooter Motocross Club, which owns and operates a 20,000-square foot cross-country racing course in Hung Kiu San Tsuen village on Man Kam To Road, Sheung Shui. The club runs courses for adults and children, including three-hour Saturday courses on MX scooters, costing $300 for beginners, $350 for intermediate riders and $400 for advanced learners.
The introductory course on racing 50cc automatic MX bikes, for six to 13-year-olds, includes two three-hour sessions and costs $700; the single-session introductory course on racing 80cc automatic MX bikes, for 14 to 18-year-olds, costs $500. You must take an introductory course before you can join the club and ride the course alone (from 2pm-7pm on Saturdays and 10am-7pm on Sundays). Rental (including protective gear) for scooters and 50cc bikes is $200 an hour; 80cc bikes cost $260. Competitions are held regularly and the next one is scheduled for October 3. Call Chan on 2671-5111 or 9343-5849.