Suggestions for models etc. gratefully received, but I think I probably won't be buying until the new year at the earliest, if I buy anything at all. One model I'm definitely ruling out is BMW's C1 and derivatives, possibly the ugliest and stupidest-looking scooter ever...
[to protect your eyes...]
It's ugly, ridiculously heavy, and illegal to use in the UK without a helmet, which takes away one of the few reasons why anyone might possibly want one.
update: I've had to remove the original picture, which showed a woman in ludicrous clothes (high-heeled strappy sandals!) riding the thing, since the site disabled cross linking.