The number of folks who would say "you rode all the way from Texas on that" when I'm riding a 500cc Scarabeo or BV is impressive. Heck, I even had folks make similar comments when I was touring on a Burgman. It is fun to pass bigger and heavier motorcycles when I'm going 85-90. Most don't realize its a "scooter" until I'm even with them but at a gas station quite a few do. When they've waved "goodbye" or just rush off to get away from "a scooter" when you leave a stop at the same time they do then seem quite surprised that you stay with them until the next light or construction stop or whatever. Scooters are too associate with small displacement 50cc level scoots for many to realize just how capable they really can be.