The Genuine Scooter Company is a purveyor of high quality scooters and a big supporter of the scooting scene in the United States. They import scooters customized to their design from both India (Stella) and Taiwan (the PGO scoots – Buddy, Blur, Roughhouse) and they make people happy by making possible these inexpensive yet high-quality scoots. Headed up by Philip McCaleb, you might think that they are just a happy-go-lucky bunch, trying to get by and keep a job. But there is definitely a dark side to the whole bunch, led down the path by the same smiling, back-slapping Philip McCaleb. This dark side is “bent”, sometimes quite literally. They are bent with the desire to not only get more people on scoots, but to get them on scooters that they LOVE. That’s why they’ve come up with scooters like the innocuous Buddy “International” editions, scooters that you would be proud to take home to your mother. Like the Stella, an attitude throw-back that is not only true to Vespa P200 ancestors, but has actually improved on them with reliable, clean, four-stroke power. The Genuine crew are also responsible for the twisted “Black Jack”, a flat black, rockabillly edition of the cute, friendly Buddy. The Black Jack offered some “rat rod” design cues (the aforementioned flat back paint, red wheels and accents, white wall tires) and more attitude in one scooter than some other manufacturers entire line-up. The Black Jack also offered real performance with an “off-road only” shiny exhaust pipe and a performance-oriented fork with an adjustable rear shock. It also added a flashy front disk brake to round out the package. It flew out of the dealerships (there is one left at Blackbeard Powersports in Clinton Township, MI) because it targeted an element of the scooter scene that had not been addressed by any manufacturer – the rat rod, rockabilly, customizer bunch. The showroom performance of the Black Jack was noted, and knowing eyebrows were arched. Earlier this year, Philip McCaleb hinted of something special coming later in 2011, saying, “We want to do something special for those incredible people who have taken the Buddy into their hearts.” He continued, “We want to do something kinda evil, if you know what I mean.”
Fast forward to this summer, when rumors of “something special” coming out of Genuine in time for the holidays made the rounds. It was just an under the breath mention, but it was intriguing – a no holds barred scoot for an even more extreme crowd – the truly sick scooter aficionados, those who ride every day, no matter the weather, traffic or the need to scoot. Those who get out there and mix it up. Those who represent a little of the old school scooterist attitude, the “take it or leave it, my son” bunch. Yep, it’s a little psycho, and I really mean that. It’s a little Psycho.
The “Psycho”, announced today, is a new and highly limited version of the same innocuous Buddy 125 that you’ve all known and loved since its US debut in 2006, but with a dark side. Apparently a very dark side. For starters, it’s pitch black. It’s a flat black that is called “Post Apocalyptic Flat Black” and it’s “murdered” out, too. Everything on this scooter is black. Headlamp bezel, blackwall tires, black wheels, black brake handles, black mirrors, a cut-down, black, single-rider seat. It offers the same high-performance NCY aluminum fork and adjustable rear shock as the Black Jack, but somehow appears meaner. It also comes with the excellent, reliable and fuel efficient 125cc four-stroke engine, the “sweet spot” in the Buddy lineup for those in the know. The 125 offers a low cost of entry and high flexibility – it can putt around town, it can rip up a highway, and, interestingly enough, it’s got the ability to accept some simple bolt-on performance enhancements, enough to make it very popular with scooter tuners. It is equipped with what us old timers call a “carburetor” and will most likely be one of the last like it so equipped (tip of the hat to increased fuel mileage and lower emissions from fuel injection). Toss in a performance transmission (lighter rollers and a more aggressive clutch pack), and the Psycho goes from a “good idea” to a “must have”.
The Psycho is also revitalizing the availability of Genuine and sister company’s Scooterworks Buddy accessory line. The black-painted rear rack is back, along with the matching black crash bars, of course. The Prima chrome pipe is also available, as is a matching windshield too (for Psycho bad-weather riders, no doubt). These are listed as “optional and necessary”.
So we have the Psycho – a little scoot with a big attitude. It’s got the flat black, the fork, the shock, the brakes, the tweaked CVT… and it’s got an eyeball sticker, proudly announcing to the world that you just may be Psycho, too. Perhaps the best news of all is its price. The MSRP on the Psycho is $2999, only $399 more than the standard Buddy 125. Did I mention that each Psycho is one of only 174 copies? That it has a limited edition name plate showing which number of the 174 that a lucky scooterist was able to grab? If you are remotely interested in the Psycho, call your local Genuine Scooter Company dealer today and get your deposit ready. Psycho is coming soon, and it’s coming for you.
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