Check out photos from Gabe Ets-Hokin’s review of the Genuine Buddy 170i scooter.
- Understated, European-inspired styling sets the Buddy apart from its buddies.
- The brakes are adequate, but require a firm, four-fingered squeeze to fully engage.
- Rear suspension is a colorful, red-springed non-adjustable monoshock.
- Underseat storage is ample for most full-face helmets.
- The Buddy 170i has quick throttle response and good mid-range pull.
- The Buddy is great for around-town work, but also offers a fun time on back roads.
- Riders over 5'8" might be slightly cramped on the small machine, but for smaller riders the Buddy 170i offers a comfortable and relaxed riding position.
- While it's not a MotoGP bike, the Buddy 170i has enough power to keep up with most law-abiding traffic.
- 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.
- The Buddy motor looks a lot like similar Piaggio powerplants. Convergent evolution or reverse engineering?
- The Taiwanese built Buddy has an Italian vibe that doesn't look forced.
- Passenger accommodations—footrests and seating—are there, but barely adequate.
- Easy-to-read instruments add to the Buddy's allure.