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Genuine Buddy 170i Scooter Review Photo Gallery
Understated, European-inspired styling sets the Buddy apart from its buddies.
MotoUSA's scooter scribe takes the Genuine Buddy 170i for a spin. See photos in the Genuine Buddy 170i Scooter Review photo gallery. Read the full report in the
Genuine Buddy 170i Scooter Review
White-wall tires and tasteful use of chrome add class.
The Buddy is an able handler on twisty roads, with quick steering and lots of lean angle.
Underseat storage is ample for most full-face helmets.
Passenger accommodations – footrests and seating – are there, but barely adequate.
Buddy motor looks a lot like similar Piaggio powerplants. Convergent evolution or reverse engineering?
Rear suspension is a colorful red-springed non-adjustable monoshock.
My wife and I liked the Oxford Green with white stripe enough to think about getting one into our garage.
Genuine Buddy 170i.
The design and equipment could fool you into thinking PGO was still building Piaggio-designed scooters. The drive unit looks like a Vespa's, as does the general layout of controls and instruments.
There's a fuel gauge but no trip odometer – too bad!
The seat pops open from the ignition lock, revealing the fuel filler and a storage bin that's about big enough for a smaller full-face helmet.
The styling is killer, classy but not cheesy.
Sure, riders over 5'8" or so may be slightly cramped, but if you're smaller it's pretty comfortable, offering a relaxed and natural riding position.
Twist the retro-chic brown right grip and the Buddy zips forward. I found fuel delivery spot-on, and the gear ratios and variator weights blend off-the-line pep, hill-climbing power and top end.
You may have heard that San Francisco has steep hills – it's true – but the Buddy 170i will squirt up any of them like a salmon leaping upstream.
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