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Genuine Buddy 170i Scooter Review Photo Gallery

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.

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White-wall tires and tasteful use of chrome add class.
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The Buddy is an able handler on twisty roads, with quick steering and lots of lean angle.
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Underseat storage is ample for most full-face helmets.
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Passenger accommodations – footrests and seating – are there, but barely adequate.
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Buddy motor looks a lot like similar Piaggio powerplants. Convergent evolution or reverse engineering?
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Rear suspension is a colorful red-springed non-adjustable monoshock.
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My wife and I liked the Oxford Green with white stripe enough to think about getting one into our garage.
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Genuine Buddy 170i.
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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.
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There's a fuel gauge but no trip odometer – too bad!
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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.
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The styling is killer, classy but not cheesy.
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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.
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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.
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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.