16. The Italian motorcycle and scooter industries were extremely sensitive to turf wars, as Moto Guzzi found out.
The Italian motorcycle and scooter industry was somewhat political, and Guzzi was all set to produce their own traditional small-wheeled scooter, until one of the scooter companies threatened to make a motorcycle to rival Guzzi. Both companies agreed to back down, and neither went through with their plans.
17. Moto Guzzi did, however, make a large wheeled scooter as a workaround.
Basically, the traditional scooter makers didn’t think it was a threat, and the larger wheels meant it was easier to ride over potholes and cobblestones.