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A scooter with an automatic transmission of the variator style. Although some vintage scooters had automatic transmissions, all modern scooters do.

The modern scooter trend began in the 1980s with the first automatic models from Honda and Yamaha, which picked up all of the United States' scooter market after the withdrawl of Vespa and Lambretta.

Most modern scooters have a steel tubular frame with plastic body panels over it.


The Honda Elite 80 is generally considered to be the first Modern era scooter.

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