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.

  • 2016 Genuine Scooter Company Buddy 50/125 Anniversary Edition
  • Year:
    2016
  • Make:
  • Displacement:
    125 cc
  • Top Speed:
    50 mph
  • Price:
    2699

Design

2016 Genuine Scooter Company Buddy 50/125 Anniversary Edition
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The stepthrough opens up over a flat, no-skid deck – perfect for carrying cargo between your feet, and for unimpeded mounts and dismounts. Though the deck is open and the under-seat storage box set back a little, taller riders may feel a bit cramped behind the leg protector fairing.

The passenger position benefits from a raised, stadium-style seat offset and bear trap-looking passenger floorboards meant to keep the passenger’s feet securely planted. The rear grab rail is paint-matched the same lovely Diamond Blue. As part of this special offer, the Buddies also come with a 10th anniversary emblem just to show off your limited edition ride.

Chassis

2016 Genuine Scooter Company Buddy 50/125 Anniversary Edition
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Frame and body panel construction reflect an aerodynamic bent on the classic scooter look. Both the 50 and the 125 ride on conventional, motorcycle-type suspension. An adjustable, coil-over monoshock springs off the swing-mount running gear, and while both models run telescopic front forks, the 125 version gets beefed up springs to handle all of that extra engine. (haha!)

A single custom wave disc handles the hydraulic front brake and a rear drum brake bind the 10-inch, cast wheels sans any sort of brake augmentation such as linking or ABS. Additional brake goodies include a high performance braided steel front brake line and a silver sport caliper. The 90/90-10 hoops round out the chassis with some really sharp, gangster whitewall tires.

Drivetrain

2016 Genuine Scooter Company Buddy 50/125 Anniversary Edition
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You can get an anniversary Buddy with a 49.7 cc engine that tops out at 30-plus mph at 100 mpg, or opt for the 124.9 cc powerhouse that pushes the envelope on up to 50-plus mph at 90 mpg. While the 125 is what you’d expect – a four-cycle, air-cooled engine – the 50 comes as an air-cooled two-stroke.

Both models use an automatic, constantly-variable transmission (CVT), so you have true twist-it-and-forget-it driveability. The drivetrain follows the typical swing-mount setup, with the engine and transmission serving as part or all of the swingarm as a stressed member, and the rear wheel completing the assembly. In a move to stay up to speed in today’s information age, both models come with an iPod/device charger port.

Pricing

2016 Genuine Scooter Company Buddy 50/125 Anniversary Edition
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MSRP on the Anniversary Editions are $1,999 for the Buddy 50 and $2,699 for the Buddy 125. Both Buddies in the limited edition come only in the 10th-Anniversary Diamond Blue colorway. The folks at Genuine Scooter Company cover your Buddy for a two-year unlimited-mileage warranty.

Competitors

2016 Genuine Scooter Company Buddy 50/125 Anniversary Edition
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2017 - 2018 Lance Havana Classic
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Lance’s Havana Classic series gives me my competitor for the Buddy Anniversary Editions offering both 50 cc and a 125 cc models.

First off, the two follow different design philosophies as far as the overall panache goes. Lance goes full-classic with rounded features that hail back to the earliest days of scooterdom, while the Buddy takes more of a modern, wind-tunnel tested approach. While both styles have merits all their own, and are subjective, I have to say the graceful lines of the Havana Classic really do it for me.

Both rides share common breaks in engine displacement, with a 50 cc and a 125 cc sub-model on offer, and as you might expect, the performance numbers are fairly close. The Buddy’s 50 cc and 125 cc engine comes with a somewhat vague, 30-plus, and 50-plus mph top speed respectively, while Lance declares the Havana restricted to 30 and 59 mph, respectively. If you were looking for a deal breaker/maker, you’ll find no smoking gun in the engine category.

All four models come with hydraulic-disc front brakes and mechanical drum rear brakes, but the Havana runs a 12-inch front tire for a little more contact-patch integrity than the 10-inch hoop on the Buddy. Yeah, it’s a small difference, but I like to have as much lateral traction up front as possible.

Genuine Scooters comes out a little proud in the sticker department at $1,999 and $2,699 for the 50 cc and 125 cc models respectively. Lance offers the Havana Classic for $1,699 and $1,999, and it comes in Butterscotch Yellow, Arctic White, Ruby Red, Midnight Black and Sky Blue – a decent array of colors by any standard. While in the overall scheme of things, both rides are very reasonably priced, the most budget-minded scooter customers may drift toward the Lance for the almighty bottom-line, if nothing else.

He Said

My husband and fellow writer, TJ Hinton, says, “When I looked at the Buddy, at first I thought I had met the prettiest girl at the dance. Nice curves, attractive paint, fairly classic layout – the whole nine yards. Then I met her hot sister (if you will pardon the metaphor) in the Lance Havana Classic, and now I’m just trying to sit here and be nice. OK seriously, this is a nice little scooter, and probably perfect for scooter-friendly cities, but if I had to ride a scooter I think I would go with something that has more of the Italian-classic vibe.”

She Said

"I like the classic lines of the Buddy. The folks at Genuine cover it with a two-year unlimited warranty, which isn’t a bad. With a weight capacity of weight capacity between 320 to 340 pounds, an average-size person has a bit of room for books or groceries."

Specifications

Anniversary Edition: Buddy 50 Buddy 125
Engine: 49.7 cc Two-Stroke, Air-Cooled 124.9 cc Four-Stroke, Air-Cooled
Transmission: Automatic (CVT) Automatic (CVT)
Dry Weight: 198 Pounds 220 Pounds
Tire Size: F/R: 90/90-10 F/R: 3.5” x 10”
Top Speed: 30+ mph 50+ mph
Brake, Front: Front Hydraulic Disc Front Hydraulic Disc
Brake, Rear: Rear Drum Rear Drum
Mileage: 100 mpg 90 mpg
USB Port: Charge cell phone / iPod Charge cell phone / iPod
Warranty: Two-year unlimited-mileage Two-year unlimited-mileage
Color: Limited Edition Diamond Blue Limited Edition Diamond Blue
Price: $1,999 $2,699
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