2016 Genuine Scooter Company Buddy 50/125 Anniversary Edition
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
Top Speed:50 mph
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
"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."
|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|