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Is this a pre-Genuine Buddy?

 
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scootERIK
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 08, 2020 9:59 pm    Post subject: Is this a pre-Genuine Buddy? Reply with quote

While looking at Facebook Marketplace I came an interesting scooter. Not sure what the story on it is but it looks like a 2006 or earlier small headlight Buddy(or PGO Bubu.) It looks like a 50cc, but it has an oil filler so it might be a 4 stroke. It also appears to have a 125/150/170 sized front fender, and a different rear fender. It doesn't have the handlebar mounted turn signals that the Buddy has.

It would be cool to know the story on this scooter. In the ad the seller says it's a 2004 Dong Fang DF, though it says "Junwei" on the front and side. I tried to do some research and I couldn't find anything.





The Facebook ad - https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/2550889998522082/
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sc00ter
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 08, 2020 11:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've seen Zuma clones, Honda PCX clones, a Burgman 400 clone, a Ruckus clone and numerous others, but never a Buddy clone until now. I personally wouldn't take it for free but I would like to see one in person.
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Stanza
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 09, 2020 3:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Body panels look somewhat legit, is it possible it was another importer before Genuine picked up PGO?
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scootERIK
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 09, 2020 4:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was wondering if it was a rebranded PGO that was sold overseas then imported to the US(a grey market scooter.) Though there is a chance this picture wasn't taken in the US.

If I lived closer I would go take a look just to take some pictures and get some more information.
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JettaKnight
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 09, 2020 4:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Overseas, the Buddy is the Bubu. So I don't know if this a rebrand, a clone, or a one-off relabel.

The the handlebar turn signals are strictly an American thing.

Did you see the description? "This is a vespa scooter ..."

scootERIK wrote:
If I lived closer I would go take a look just to take some pictures and get some more information.


Tipton is bit too far for me. Well, maybe next weekend as I'll be in Indy...


And just looking at the overall scene, those pictures are 100% from the Midwest.
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vintagegarage
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2006 Buddy 125, 2003 MyBuBu 125, 2009 Buddy 50, St. Tropez, 2009 Buddy 150, International Italia

PostPosted: Tue Mar 10, 2020 3:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a 2003 PGO MyBubu 125. It also has the turn signals located where they should be. I got interested in PGO/Genuine scooters after renting a PGO Ligero in Bermuda. When I got home from Bermuda, I researched the PGO Ligero and discovered Genuine Buddys..

See:
https://oleandercycles.bm/sales/pgo-scooters

and:
http://www.scootersales.com.au/news-reviews-3373/pgo-ligero-50-review.aspx

This is my MyBuBu 125:
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 11, 2020 2:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My Buddy has its turn signals where they should be too. Not sure how that happened. The lower handle bar cover shows no indication that anything has ever been mounted there.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 11, 2020 12:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Also, the speedometer on my MyBuBu reads in KPH instead of MPH. I wonder if the Junwei's reads in KPH?
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