Can any commercially-available scooter really pull 100mpg?.
Let’s take the Buddy 125, for instance. Genuine doesn’t seem to explicitly promise “100mpg” anywhere, to their credit, but the “buzz” is that the Buddy gets 100mpg. I don’t doubt that under very favorable circumstances (a 90-lb rider at constant low revs on a downhill grade with a tailwind) a Buddy can maybe pull close to 100mpg. But under real-world situations (a 200-lb rider revving-out and braking hard from stoplight to stoplight on short trips), I’m betting 70-80mpg is much more realistic. 70mpg is freaking sweet, especially when Piaggio’s scooters promise 60mpg (and surely don’t get that), so I’m not sure why dealers and owners stretch the truth so far. With scooters’ small gas tanks and inaccurate odometers, it’s easy to fool oneself about mileage, but a GPS, gas logbook, diligence, and math are the only way to get a real figure. I’d love to hear results from people who have scientifically tracked their mileage (GPS/log only, I don’t trust odometers or fuel gauges), drop us a line in the comments!
More references to 100mpg:
The Progressive X-Prize is offering $10 million to the team that can develop a 100mpg automobile.
Another story about Get Scootin’ in Valpariso, IN that lists the 100mpg figure.
Yamaha has assigned “estimated” MPG ratings to its scooters, with the 2-stroke 50cc Zuma claiming an astonishing 124mpg and other 4-stroke 50cc bikes claiming over 100mpg.
If a Buddy can get anything close to 100mpg (or even 80mpg) in a real-world situation, Genuine (and other importers and manufacturers) should be explicitly bragging about it. If it can’t, their dealers shouldn’t be using the 100mpg figure as a selling point.