I tried twice to post this via e-mail from my phone yesterday afternoon, but no joy.
Soprano insisted that I test-ride it. I filled out the forms and got the key, put on the tennis-ball yellow Fulmer modular helmet I had brought, and it took no more than 20 yards -- I knew this was the smart bike purchase. The sheer smoothness of the throttle, the absolute lack of ugly vibration, the completely ergonomic effortlessness of the entire package... yes. This needed to go home with me.
And thanks to Soprano, it did. Holy crap, what a scooter. It's perfect. Absolutely perfect.