Who says performance and economy don’t mix? The Buddy Black Jack 150 gives you arm-stretching, eyeball-popping acceleration and still sips fuel like a bird. But we didn’t stop at the engine.
The brake and suspension bits are name brand, top-shelf, race-tuned and beefed-up. The transmission is primed to launch you from stop lights.
The Black Jack goes like heck, corners like a go kart, and stops on a dime. Want even more? The dealer-installed accessory performance pipe (off road, closed-course use only) deals out a winning hand!
The Black Jack is the “high-performance” scooter in the Buddy lineup, touting upgraded suspension and brakes, as well as some accessory options.
Manufactured by the Taiwan firm PGO, the Buddy’s overall build quality seems on par with other Taiwanese marques like KYMCO and SYM.
Aiding any purchaser apprehension about reliability, Genuine offers an impressive two-year unlimited mile warranty and two-year roadside assistance plan.
At $3499, the Black Jack retails right in the middle of its competition – $700 less than a comparable Vespa S150 but $600 more than the Piaggio Fly 150 and Yamaha Vino 125.
Genuine’s clever marketing strategy clearly targets the urban hipsters for whom the Buddy Black Jack seems a perfect fit, and whether young metro professionals or college-town coeds, the practical small-displacement commuter is an overall solid, and more important, fun, scooter option. The Buddy Black Jack figures to make friends with its intended audience.
Black Jack Specs
|Horn||Stebel air horn, a 139 decibel intimidator|
|Engine||150cc 4-stroke, Forced Air|
|Transmission||Automatic, Variable Ratio|
|Tire Size||3.5″ x 10″|
|Suspension||NCY Billet Racing Fork
NCY Adjustable Preload/Dampening Shock
|Braking||NCY Big Brake Kit, Front Disc, Rear Drum|
|Top Speed||60 mph|
|Fuel Economy||90 mpg *
*Depending on road conditions, riders weight and altitude.
|Warranty||2-Year / Unlimited Mile
TWO YEAR FREE ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE!
A GENUINE FIRST!
*MSRP does not reflect destination or other dealer vehicle preparation charges.