I bought a Vespa GT200 because they are cute and european, but also to rebel against the notion that it is “absolutely necessary to own a car in LA.” Horse**! I am so in love with my Vespa. It’s so much fun! I feel sorry for the poor suckers stuck behind the wheels of their sad little cars. I highly recommend owning/riding a vespa (or similar). However, I also highly recommend taking a safety class and being very aware of the the sad car people because sometimes they sleep behind the wheel.