How does one enjoy an iron scooter to the fullest? Some may personalize theirs to the maximum via customization, and others may take an originalist approach, faithfully restoring their scooter to its original condition and enjoying the style of its period. The number of answers to this question is limited only by the number of scooterists, with each having their own optimal solution. In this feature, we focus on some outstanding scooters created based on different concepts and the profiles of the owners who enjoy them.
The wild celebration returned as Japan’s largest Mayday was held for the first time in three years. With the global pandemic, everyday life has changed. The longest-running and largest Mods Mayday in Japan, Tokyo’s Mods Mayday Japan, was forced to cancel its 40th anniversary event in 2020. Three years after the insane event we featured in Vol. 2 of this magazine, the party everyone had been waiting for was finally held.
Participants dressed in their best suits rode together in the scooter run and took in the live shows. We report on the crazy day overflowing with mod vibes.
As everyone knows, so-called “heritage” models, which combine designs inspired by the models of yesteryear with modern features, are becoming increasingly popular. While a part of this trend, the UK’s Royal Alloy is a brand whose pursuit of authenticity really sets them apart.
The Dawn of Vespa Culture in Japan
戦後の復興期を経て高度経済成長期へ。そんな激動の時代に超高級車だったVespaを乗り回す洒落者たちがいた。本項ではVespa Club Japanの創始者、川合義雄氏が残したアルバムを中心に当時の貴重な写真をご紹介してゆく。
During the period of rapid economic growth following the post-war recovery, there was a group of fashionable people that rode Vespas, which were extremely expensive vehicles at the time. In this section, we will show you precious pictures from that period, which came from the album that Yoshio Kawai, Vespa Club Japan’s founder, left behind.
The Early Rabbit Meeting is a morning cruise event held irregularly by Rabbit owners primarily from the Tokyo metropolitan area. Dozens of scooters from throughout the area gathered for the event in April, 2022.
Pioneer Run, well known among vintage vehicle enthusiasts, is a large event featuring 2-wheelers, cars, and antique engines made before 1960. Each event is based around a different theme, and this year’s feature was iron scooters! Models maniacs love were lined up at the venue.
Ito Motors, located in Kugayama, Tokyo, is known as a shop that specializes in Rabbits. Up to now, they have dedicated their efforts to restoring and reproducing parts for Rabbit models such as the S301 and S601, and, as we reported in a previous issue, they have recently been developing parts for the S211. Here, we will introduce some of the new parts that owners have been eagerly anticipating.