Monday, August 28, 2006

Engine By Yamaha, Body By Coleman!

OK, so it seems the designers at Yamaha have attended one too many tailgate parties and their fondness of beer coolers have made it not only onto the drawing board, but into full-fledged production! If you're wondering what I'm referring to, check out the new-for-2007 XF50 C-Cubed scooter. Uhm, yeah... Their marketing blurb even states "Bet you will have trouble wiping the smile from your face." Sure, I'm always smiling when I'm nauseous.

I'm wondering what Yamaha's been trying to do with their latest designs. Sure the Maxam 3000 concept scooter was an interesting retro design that harks back to the domestic mega-sedans of the late sixties and seventies; but that was a concept. This thing is actually available (or will be) at a dealer near you.

Aww heck, what do I know? If Honda was actually able to sell both the Ruckus and Big Ruckus scooters which look like they were designed by Caterpillar, maybe Yamaha's two-wheeled Coleman will actually sell a few units after all...


Biker Betty said...

The design is very unique. I like it just because it's different. I wonder how well it will sell? I'm just wondering how fast does 49cc's go? Not sure if something like that would get run over in my city, lol. I'm going to be on the lookout to see what it looks like in person.

Lucky said...

I agree that the design is unique; and that may very well be the direction that scooter manufacturers are going to be heading in the future... However, I've always considered that the biggest asset to a scooter was its practicality; and for Yamaha to come out with a scooter that can't carry a pillion doesn't seem very practical.

Anyhow, only time will tell if it sells or not. For what it's worth, I do hope that it sells. If more and more city commuters start riding scooters, the repercussions on the motorcycling community can only be positive.