Established in 2003, Chicago-based Genuine Scooter Co. began its life as an importer of the Stella scooter, a close reproduction of a vintage Vespa. Sold as the Star in India, the scooter was manufactured there by Lohia Machines Limited.
LML had once been a business partner of the Italian scooter company Piaggio, and manufactured Vespa scooters for the Indian market under a production agreement. When the agreement ended in 1999, LML was in a unique position to manufacture a vintage-style scooter, complete with a 150cc, two-stroke motor; a steel monocoque body; and a four-speed manual transmission.
These scooters are so similar to their mid-century predecessors that many of the parts, including engine components, are actually interchangeable. That fact, coupled with the wide availability of aftermarket parts, gives scooter owners who are interested in customization plenty of unique options.
Unlike the four-stroke model that replaced it, the two-stroke Stella is virtually identical to mid-century models. The attractive styling, distinctive sound, and unmistakable smell are all present and accounted for in the 2010 Genuine Scooter Co. Stella 150 Two Stroke.
The Stella 150's two-stroke engine offers plenty of torque and is zippy enough to pull ahead of traffic off the line. The fuel economy is listed as 90 mpg or more, depending on conditions, of course. While that’s not quite as efficient as the four-stroke model, it still means filling up the tank won’t be a concern for most. Don’t forget though, you do have to add two-stroke oil every so often, as two-stroke motors actually burn the oil with the fuel.
The 2010 Genuine Scooter Co. Stella 150 scooter is listed as having a top speed of 60 mph, give or take, depending on riding conditions, the weight of the rider, and more. Generally speaking, this scooter is better off used as an around-town vehicle, as its handling is less than precise in high-speed situations. Under 40 mph, though, the Stella handles quite nimbly, thanks to its light weight, short wheels, and tight turning radius. It is quite a capable scooter, especially when it comes to darting through traffic, and parking the Stella is a breeze.
The stock Stella 150 does not offer much in the way of storage capacity. There is a small compartment beneath the handlebars, which is adequate for small items such as gloves, documents, or a wallet, but if you want to haul larger items, you may want to invest in the optional rear rack. There are a few different options available. One provides a backrest for your passenger, the second offers a grab bar, and a third can stow a spare tire, in addition to some extra parcels.