My scooter-loving friends swear by the traditional Italian brands like Vespa, Aprilia and Lambretta, so they've been slightly disgusted that my head has been turned by the Japanese. First it was Honda's Zoomer (or Ruckus as it's also known) that impressed me with its pared-down Mad Max minimalism.
Their classic Monkey Bike, updated from top to bottom in shiny chrome, has won me over. A four-stroke 49cc engine will not make like a silver bullet cutting through the city traffic which suits me fine; astride the small and perfectly-formed limted edition you'll want to give everyone the chance to have a decent look, won't you?
Release details for the Monkey are sketchy, but Monkey Bike in the U.K. reckons it's getting ten in stock this month. They will sell for Â£2100.
Check out the original Monkey bike featured in Honda's brilliant Impossiible Dream ad by Ivan Zacharias (click on the Honda icon on the left).