"People are buying (motorcycles and scooters) because of the fuel prices," said Stacy Miller, a salesman at Anchorage Yamaha.
The Yamaha Majesty, a 395cc scooter, gets up to 65 miles to the gallon.
"Last year I sold one or two and this year four of them, and I could sell more if I had them," he
All eight of the popular cruiser-style Yamaha V-Stars have sold out already, he
"Normally we sit on them most of the year," Miller
The dealership also sold out the 10 Yahama Zumas in stock, the small-sized 50cc scooter that gets up to 126 miles to the gallon, and the last Yahama C3, a small but stocky scooter that gets 117 miles to the gallon, he
The big advantage of scooters is they are cheaper than classic motorcycles; listed at about $3,000 or less for the smaller models, compared to between $3,600 and nearly $20,000 for cruisers.Scooters generally get up to twice the gas mileage and can be driven using the standard vehicle operator's license.Riders of larger bikes must get a motorcycle endorsement for their driver's licenses. Miller
said most scooters are used to commute to work and home, although owners are also likely to bring them along with motor homes when traveling.
Still, because the smaller ones only will move at 35 mph to 45 mph, they can't be used on highways where drivers must maintain a minimum speed of 45 mph, he