For the record, I bought an Aprilia Atlantic 200.
http://www.apriliausa.com/models03/scoo ... ondo.phtml
I live in Virginia. One of our maintenance guys rides a little Yamaha Vino through rain, wind, and snow, so don't listen to that "can't use it when it's cold out" BS.
I mean, yeah, it sucks to ride in the cold and the wet, and I would never ride it when there is ice on the ground, but if a our little Salvadorian janitor can ride his 50cc scooter to work all year round, I don't see any reason why I can't.
But still, even if you're riding a cycle or a scooter 10 months out of the year, that is still far more economical than 12 months of driving a car.
Gekgo scooters (based out of FL I think) sells electric powered scooters that are street legal:
I mean, this one looks pretty damn cool if you ask me:
They sell some gas powered ones too, mostly Chinese made. If you're looking to get a gas powered scooter, I'd recommend Honda, Yamaha, or Aprillia. All three are a bit more expensive, but they are far more reliable. For the money, I've heard that the Aprillia 50cc scooters get something like 100 mpg.
In most states, you do not need a motorcycle license if the scooter is 50cc's or under. If it's above 50cc's, most states will require you to hold a Motorcycle license; which really isn't that hard to get. Oh, and if it's under 50cc's, you don't need to insure it either. They count it as a moped.
We have a pretty big Latino community where I live, and scooters are unbelievably popular amongst them these days for obvious reasons. I've also noticed quite a few scooters on the road in Arlington VA and in Washington DC, so that's something to be said. Yeah, I still see bastards driving their Hummers, but it's good to see that there are people out there driving alternatives.