Like many riders, my introduction to motorbikes was through a scooter, a humble small Honda that dutifully carted my collegiate corpus around before I upgraded to a full-size motorcycle that could actually do highway speeds. I’ve owned dozens of motorcycles since but I’ve always had a soft spot for scooters, and own two at this time, a rare Yamaha Morphous and a stylish Vespa GTS. Both get ridden regularly. But recently, they’ve had to share space with a most unusual cousin, a 2023 BMW CE 04, an all-electric scooter that looks like it dropped out of a dystopian science fiction epic or perhaps even an 80’s Japanese anime classic.
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