2016 - 2017 Genuine Scooters Buddy Kick
Chicago, Illinois-based Genuine Scooter Company added to its Buddy lineup back in 2016 with the fuel-injected Buddy Kick. The Kick brings a definite Euro flavor to the table with a clean and efficient, fuel-injected powerplant that cranks out almost two-horsepower more than the existing Buddy 125 and all-around disc brakes for increased stop to match the enriched go. While many of Genuine’s imports come from Kanpur, India-based manufacturer LML, this ride is actually manufactured by PGO Scooters under the Motive Power Industry banner in Taiwan. PGO serves as an Italian connection of sorts due to its decade-long affiliation with Piaggio from ’72 to ’82, and this relationship shows in overall look of the Kick. Looks are important, but so is what’s under the hood so let’s get started.
Continue reading for my review of the Genuine Scooters Buddy Kick.
Genuine Scooters brings its updated “Stella” scooter to the U.S. market with a number of improvements over the previous generation. Gone is the old two-cycle engine in favor of a modern four-stroke 125 cc engine that brings more power to the table while meeting more stringent emissions standards. The old twist-grip manual shifter even gets relegated to the history books, as well, with the switch to an automatic. That classic ’70s charm remains, though, and so the Stella looks pretty much the same as ever, even if it has finally decided to join the 21st century. The Stella is built by the Lohia Machinery Limited factory in Kanpur, India. LML made its Italian connection with Piaggio back in ’86, and that experience clearly shows in the overall design. In fact, fans of the Vespa brand will recognize the Stella as being very similar to the A1, so even though the scoot is assembled in India, the design itself is truly from the Old Country.
Continue reading for my review of the Genuine Scooters Stella 125.
2017 Genuine Scooters Venture
Genuine Scooters expands its footprint with its brand-new “Venture” model. The 50 cc mill comes restricted to a 30 mph top speed with a 100-plus mpg efficiency rating. All-around disc brakes slow the abnormally large (for a scooter) 16-inch front tire and 14-inch rear. On top of all that, we have a thoroughly modern look that closely follows the classic scooter design elements while adding just the right amount of progressive body design. The Chicago-based company has publicly stated that its mission in life is to “bring a better scooter to the U.S.,” and the Venture is the latest attempt to do just that.
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2017 Genuine Scooters Buddy 50 / 125 / 170i
When it comes to designing a classy-looking scooter, it’s hard to go wrong with old-school European influences and the Buddy family at Genuine Scooters has that Euro panache in spades. The range boasts a 50 cc, 125 cc and freeway-legal, 170 cc mill, so you can size your ride according to your budget and riding needs. Inexpensive to buy and cheap to operate, the Buddy range is meant to serve the demand for efficient, basic transportation while treating the rider to looks that you normally only see in Italian models or one of their knockoffs. I was impressed with Genuine’s Venture model, even if the modernistic looks weren’t quite my cup o’ tea, so it is with great interest that I dig into the cute little Buddy family that definitely has a bit more in the curb-appeal department.
Continue reading for my review of the Genuine Scooters Buddy 50, Buddy 125, and Buddy 170i.
In celebration of 10 years of the Buddy scooter, Genuine Scooter Company offers the limited anniversary edition of the Buddy 50 and Buddy 125 scooters for 2016. These vintage-inspired scooters look classic, but carry modern upgrades in the sport-tuned suspension and front disc brakes with techno-awesome features. For the limited edition anniversary, Genuine Scooter equips the Buddy 50 and 125 with white wall tires and a special blue colorway that is eye-catching on this old-made-new ride.
Continue reading for my review of the 2016 Genuine Scooter Company Buddy 50 and Buddy 125 Anniversary Editions.