The California Scooter Co wanted to create something a little different when they launched their line of scooters. The resulting design created by the scooter manufacturer gives the benefits of riding a scooter, while the bike looks like a motorcycle. The end result was three scooters that look very similar and are built on a motorcycle-like frame, including the 2012 California Scooter Co Classic.
The word scooter brings the image of a particular type of bike to mind. A smaller engine and step through frame are just two of the features that are pictured, but this is not the case with the 2012 California Scooter Co Classic. Actually, the Classic is a scooter-style motorcycle and not the other way around. Built on a steel frame with a steel gas tank and front and rear fenders, it weighs a mere 240 lbs. The seat height of 27 inches will make most riders as they will be able to place both feet on the ground and.
The 149cc, four-stroke, single-cylinder engine found in the 2012 California Scooter Co Classic can produce 13.3 horsepower and 9.1 lb-ft of torque. Due to the light weight of the bike, it is able to provide plenty of power for acceleration both from a stop and when at speed. The Classic is nimble and zippy like a scooter, and is able to take tight corners quite easily. The 2012 California Scooter Co Classic has a reported top speed of 55 to 65 mph depending on the weight of the rider and any cargo.
Not only is the frame different between the 2012 California Scooter Co Classic and other scooters, so is the transmission. The Classic is equipped with a five-speed manual transmission, instead of having an automatic transmission. This means that the rider must cycle through the gears using the clutch and throttle when riding the Classic. The combination of the weight of the Classic and the 149cc engine make this a good bike for novice riders, as they can improve their gear shifting skills while not worrying that the bike will get away from them.
The 2012 California Scooter Co Classic basically only differs from the other two bikes produced by the company in its overall design. The Classic comes with red, blue, or black painted bodywork, and was designed based on the original Mustang. Styling cues taken from the Mustang include the paint colors, as well as the blacked-out engine, powder coated black frame, solid steel wheels, and the chrome accents. All of this adds up to give the 2012 California Scooter Co Classic a traditional American look.