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PICS: Japanese Lowriding Scooters Are Freaking Awesome

Posted in Bizarre, Custom, Design, Exotic Cars, Honda, Motorcycle, Scooters by Vito Rispo | November 7th, 2008 | 6 Responses |

Why don’t they ever sell the cool stuff in the US? A hot trend in Tokyo right now is the fully equipped, decked-out lowriders… on two-wheels. There’s a whole niche market of purpose built low and long scooters like the Suzuki Skywave 250 Type S, the Yamaha Grand Majesty, and my new favorite, the Honda Fusion SE Type X.

The streets of Japan are flooded with these scooters, most of them customized with high flake sparkle two-toned paint jobs and lots of chrome and wire wheels. Unfortunately, Japanese automakers don’t think there’s a market for them over here, but I’m not so sure. Most of these scooters have 250cc engines, which is about the same as a smaller motorcycle, and will propel the driver at a reasonable speed. Plus, riding a scooter has it’s own thrill separate and equal to that of riding a motorcycle. You’re sitting upright, your legs are up on the frame, it’s like you’re sitting in a chair going 55 mph, that has a certain appeal.
Check out the pictures of these beauties:

Here’s the Yamaha Grand Majesty:

Suzuki Skywave 250 Type S:

Honda Fusion SE Type X:

These low scooters are beautiful. I wonder if it’s possible to get an import version of that Fusion SE Type X? Get on that, Ridelusters. Let me know what you find out.

Also, while you’re at it, check out the Honda Fusion that got turned into Kaneda’s bike from the movie Akira:

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6 Responses

  1. […] And they did it from a 250cc Lowrider Scooter, these things are something that must be seen. PICS: Japanese Lowriding Scooters Are Freaking Awesome __________________ Silverstone 2005 Nissan 350Z Enthusiast 6-speed 33k mi. Black 2002 […]

  2. There are tonnes of maxi-scooters already available in North America and Europe! Not necessarily low-riding, however, but that’s easily solved with a bit of spring modification or spring-exchange.

    I’ve also seen a lot of used scooters available in big cities; for example, the Honda Fusion.

  3. caz says:

    I’d be very cautious about buying one of these… apparently the battery has a poor build quality. It cost me a lot to get one of the red ones pictured at the bottom of this page sent over from japan, and when I tried to use it to charge my experimental military laser cannon the battery caught fire!

    would not recommend.

  4. cidaho says:

    “Why don’t they ever sell the cool stuff in the US?” WHAT? Maybe you should ask “why don’t we ever BUILD cool stuff like this in US” as the scooters themselves were and are indeed sold in US. The Honda Fusion sold here (as the Helix, identical machine) off and on from 1986 to 2006 with NO changes other than aluminum wheels and emission control. The Suzuki Skywave is still sold here as Burgman, identical machine. The Yamaha is a Majesty here as well. Now CUSTOMIZING in US is a bit different, but with spray paint, imagination and eBay, and the white/yellow one is easy build. Others here, I imagine many custom wheels/exhaust/steering posts/ are from motobike.jp in Japan, or another Japanese source. Deep wallets and you can build any of these in USA. By the way, the air ride lowering kit is sold on motobike.jp for 462,000 yen. Yes, that equals $5,100 US… for just the lowering kit.

  5. Abdulganiu Suleman says:

    I am highly interested in motorbikes especially scooters.how can I get to use yamahamajesty 400?

  6. Francis Jay says:

    the japanese in turn ask:why can’t we buy and customize american muscle cars here in japan?i guess it’s all about the regional location and corporate decision.