The 2012 Genuine Scooter Co Buddy International (Buddy Intl.) was designed as the spruced-up version of the Genuine Scooter Co Buddy. It is available in three models: the Italia 150, the Pamplona 150, and the Saint Tropez 150. Its manufacturer, Chicago-based Genuine Scooter Company, set the MSRP (Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price) of the 2012 Buddy Intl. at $3,199.
Each 2012 Genuine Scooter Co Buddy International is powered by an air-cooled single-cylinder engine that displaces at 150 cubic centimeters, hence the ""150"" suffix. Using a single overhead camshaft configuration, each engine has two intake valves on its cylinder. A carburetor fuels the engine.
Paired with the engine on the 2012 Genuine Scooter Co Buddy International is a Continuously Variable Transmission. Also known as the CVT, this is a type of automatic transmission that ensures increased engine efficiency – and by extension, increased fuel economy – by choosing from an unlimited number of gear ratios. With a fuel tank that can hold up to 1.7 gallons (6.4 liters), the 2012 Buddy Intl. can provide a fuel economy of 90 miles per gallon.
The 2012 Genuine Scooter Co Buddy International relies on a hydraulic disc brake at the front and a drum brake at the rear. It is a layout that provides greater stopping power than all-wheel drum brake layouts. Its suspension consists of a telescopic fork at the front and a single-sided swing arm with a shock absorber at the back – a set-up for smooth, more controlled driving. Steel wheels wrapped in tubeless Maxxis® tires are fitted on the 2012 Buddy Intl.
Genuine Scooters uses a steel frame for the 2012 Buddy International, thus ensuring its solid build and feel. The scooter has a center kick stand for parking it, and the one-piece vinyl seat – set at a height of 29 inches (736.6 millimeters) – provides enough space for two occupants. The standard digital instrumentation comprises a speedometer, trip odometer, and fuel level warning gauge. Storage on the 2012 Buddy Intl. consists of a glove box, under-seat and lockable compartments, and a place to hang a helmet. Also included on the scooter are a power outlet for charging a mobile phone, halogen lighting, and a pair of rearview mirrors for increasing visual perception during driving.
In actuality, the 2012 Genuine Scooter Co Buddy International hasn’t changed much, if at all, throughout its production cycle. Choose it for decent performance, but longtime customers expecting something new might be disappointed.