Whether you’re a new rider looking to get started on a smaller bike, a student looking for more convenient campus parking, or a professional looking for a fun way to commute locally, the Genuine Buddy line of scooters is a smart investment for anyone looking for an exciting and new way to scoot around town. Genuine scooters feature industry-leading performance and reliability across its range of sizes and styles.
The benefits of owning a Genuine Buddy speak for themselves:
- over 100 miles per gallon
- low cost of maintenance ($75 annual cost based on repair shop and industry comparison)
- simple riding characteristics
- lightweight design
- low seat height
- multiple safety features
Can anyone ride a scooter?
Riding a Genuine easy and fun! With simplified twist and go controls and integrated safety features comes the confidence you'll need to take to the open road. Put simply, if you can ride a bicycle in traffic then you will be right at home on a Genuine scooter.
Each Genuine Scooter is built to meet or exceed local traffic speeds while utilizing all the familiar safety equipment found on your average car or motorcycle. Every Genuine scooter comes standard with front disc brakes, easy-cancelling turn signals, horn, high and low beam head lights, extended vision side mirrors, and flashing hazard lights.
Take advantage of the 2-year warranty and year roadside assistance, standard on every Genuine product. The Genuine Buddy comes in a bunch of fun colors, and with engine sizes ranging from 49cc to 170cc. Come pick out your favorite this week at Flying Tiger Motorcycles.
We know you have questions. Let’s answer some general ones to help you get more familiar.
DO I NEED A MOTORCYCLE LICENSE TO RIDE A SCOOTER?
No. Riding a scooter thats engine is 49cc or under – commonly listed as "50cc" or just “50” – requires no special license or endorsement. A standard driver’s license is all you will need.
AM I REQUIRED TO REGISTER MY SCOOTER OR GET A LICENSE PLATE?
No. In the State of Missouri your scooter (49cc or under) does not require a traditional license plate or registration with the department of motor vehicles. Standard 49CC plates are required in certain states and are available for purchase at Flying Tiger.
WILL I OWE ANY SALES OR PROPERTY TAXES AFTER I PURCHASE A NEW OR PRE-OWNED SCOOTER?
Sales tax on all NEW scooters, 49cc or under, is calculated and applied at the time of purchase. Property tax is not assessed on scooters 49c or under in the State of Missouri.
DOES MY NEW SCOOTER COME WITH A TITLE?
New vehicles, including scooters, are shipped with an MSO or Manufacturers’ Certificate of Origin. This document serves as a record of manufacture for the specific vehicle including a vehicle identification number (VIN), place of manufacture, manufacturing date, vehicle weight, power, etc. This document serves in place of a title until the vehicle is registered if required to do so.
IS INSURANCE REQUIRED TO OPERATE MY SCOOTER ON PUBLIC ROADS?
While you are not legally required to have insurance in the State of Missouri for a scooter 49cc or under, some riders do choose to insure their scooters for potential damage, loss, or personal injury. Check the local laws in your city or state and contact your insurance provider for details on how to protect yourself and your Buddy.
SHOULD I WEAR PROTECTIVE GEAR SUCH AS A HELMET OR LEATHER JACKET?
While we don’t expect you to adopt the black leather, patches, and metal spikes look right away, we do encourage all riders to protect themselves as best as they can. A DOT (department of transportation) rated helmet, protective clothing such as padded or armored jackets, gloves, and pants, all help to keep you safe when you’re out on the road.
DOES FLYING TIGER OFFER AN INSTRUCTIONAL RIDING A COURSE?
Our staff is happy to provide new riders with a basic introduction to safely operating your scooter at the time of purchase. In-depth riding courses are available at Forest Park Community College and can be scheduled by visiting the Motorcycle Riders Course page. We highly suggest this course for all riders, new and experienced alike.
ARE SCOOTERS AVAILABLE FOR TEST RIDES?
Normally, we have one or two scooters prepped and available for test rides. All you would need to provide is a valid driver’s license and to read and sign a waiver of liability. Flying Tiger can provide helmets for test riding.