Yamaha Motor Co. introduced its first Vino motor scooter in 2002. It was available in two models in 2006: the Vino Classic and Vino 125. The Classic, a 50 cc model, is the name Yamaha gave the Vino after major upgrades, including switching to a four-stroke engine, in 2006. The more powerful Vino 125 was introduced in 2006. Both are entry-level scooters, with the Vino 125 popular with riders who want more speed for highway driving. While the Classic tops out at about 40 mph, the Vino 125 can easily go 60 mph. With some pushing, it will reach 65 mph. Going downhill is another story, when the speed can easily hit 70 mph without warning. The scooter is capable of keeping up with freeway traffic for short distances on flat highways, though not all states consider it to be freeway-legal.
Both models get good fuel economy. Depending on riding habits, the mileage can be anywhere from 70 mpg to 90 mpg. The Vinos have gas tanks that hold 1.2 gallons of fuel, with the tank opening sitting behind the seat. Until they’re thoroughly familiar with how far their scooters will go on a tank of gas, 125 riders should note the mileage when filling up, as some gas gauges misleadingly show the tank is empty when, in fact, it is half-full. The Vinos have ample, lockable under-seat storage for a helmet or results of a shopping trip. If more storage is needed, an optional large wire basket fits nicely on the rear rack. Both Vinos have classic European retro looks and may be mistaken for Vespas by the uninitiated. These scooters are fun to ride; just check out rider reviews in scooter forums – ""Fun"" is the word they use overwhelmingly to describe the ride. The 2006 Vino Classic is available in silver, raspberry red, and black, while the 2006 125 comes in Yamaha’s traditional colors of blue and silver.