I took delivery of my new Buddy International 150cc scooter a couple of days ago. The scooter dealer delivered it all the way from San Francisco for an extra fee. He is a great person and I recommend him heartily (see here for the dealer). So, how am I doing so far?
First, let me backtrack and say something about my prior experiences. NONE. I had no experience riding a scooter or motorcycle. My only experience on a two-wheeler is on a bicycle. Second, my house has a steep driveway that curves up the hill. Third, I was not an enthusiast about two-wheeled vehicles – thinking that they are dangerous because they share the road with vehicles that are thousands of times heavier than them.
So, after 26 miles of being on the road with the scooter, I can say that I am smiling. It was such a breeze riding it. It is as nimble as riding a bicycle. The engine pulls strong up my driveway and I never feel that I am losing control of it. Yesterday was the first day that I took it out for an extensive ride around the county roads. It easily kept pace with the automobiles. Of course, I was very cautious, obeyed all the traffic signs, and kept my space from surrounding cars. Most automobile drivers also gave me space. Maybe the oil prices have made everyone drive slower and smoother.
So, how is the scooter so far?
• Subjectively, it does have more plastic than its near competitor – the Yamaha Vino 125cc.
• Powerful engine.
• One of the stems for the rear visor got loose a couple of times, no matter how much I tighten it up. Also, one of the bolts holding the license plate disappeared. I attribute this to new scooter shakedown. Let’s see how it fares during the upcoming weeks.
• The brakes are smooth.
• If you have a steep driveway, don’t fill up the tank because gasoline will escape through the safety valve.
• Finally, I wish that the importer, Genuine Scooter Company (see here), proofread the manual. It reads like someone translated it from Chinese (the scooter is made by a company called PGO in Taiwan) to English using translation software. The manual makes it look like Genuine is the manufacturer. If so, I expect better English than the way it is written.
So, so far, so good.