It's not the most stylish scooter out there, but I think the argument can be made that the Yamaha C3 is probably the technologically most advanced moped on the market right now. And it is pretty cool looking, especially if you're a fan of 1950s Cushman scooters. The C3 features a fuel injected, liquid cooled four-stroke engine that Yamaha says delivers an honest 117 mpg. My casual tests suggest that's a legitimate claim. The automatic transmission means anyone who can ride a bicycle will feel right at home on this 'ped.
For casual in town shopping it's hard to beat. Handling is great, the drum brakes are excellent, and it's do 40mph. Acceleration is good, even with a 200+ lb rider, and it can comfortably cruise at 35mph all day. There's enough cargo room for a six-pack and a personal pizza, but serious shopping will require a backpack.
This is a scooter crying out for accessorization. Yamaha offers a number of external racks that, curiously, the US distributer is not carrying- although I've found a Canadian dealer who will ship to the US. A windshield would also make a great addition, and although Yamaha doesn't offer one, JC Whitney has a number that will fit. With the windshield, accessory racks, and maybe a few more mirrors and reflectors, this would be a scooter any Mod would be proud to be seen in. Yamaha USA seems curiously reluctant to push this moped compared with the Japanese and European distributors. For the first year we only got two colors- blue and silver- with two more added this year, while European and Japanese owners can even buy separate body panels in multiple colors so they can mix and match.
Here's a good site for current and prospective C3 riders, including information on the accessories mentioned above:
Monday, September 17, 2007
Posted by michael edelman at 8:39 AM