Have any of you experienced the ignorance most people have about modern scooters? For example, when you tell someone you ride a scooter, they automatically think of a moped and do not realize that many modern day scooters are in reality automatic motorcycles more than capable of keeping up with traffic. For some reason they are just stuck in this limited view of what a scooter is and it is difficult to make them understand or appreciate the machines that we ride. This seems to be really prevalent in the U.S. What about the rest of the world?
When I rode motorcycles in the 60's ignorant people thought they were being cute by saying, "You must be one of them Hell's Angeles!" They were not really serious just sounded dumb and were a constant iritation.