Genuine Blur 220: test ride : 2strokebuzz

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Genuine Blur 220: ride

August 9, 2009

rejoice, your favorite may be back!

Genuine’s Blur 150 was a scooter that never well. Its fans will extoll its virtues, especially its braking, handling, and suspension. Genuine discontinued the Blur two years on the market (the model was orange and charcoal, the model was black and charcoal) and bikes sat on dealer floors lucky riders snapped up at a discount in the big scooter rush of

Meanwhile, PGO in Taiwan has been several versions over the few years (it’s called the in most of the world) and it’s popular in other markets. Why it succeed here? Was the modern ahead of its time for the U.S. Was it too orange? Was it the fact that a 125 was hundreds of bucks cheaper and roughly the same top speed?

the reason, American scooterists out on a really well-engineered bike was leagues ahead of most in everything but speed.

Genuine they had a good product on hands with the Blur, and their huge base of fanatics considering an upgrade by now and nothing over 150cc in stable, it seems they’d be about losing customers to Piaggio, and Japan. Rumors of a touring scooter have circulating for more than a (and we have some on that, too), but Blur have still been to see the Blur return to the Genuine preferably with a larger

As previously mentioned, PGO has made variations of the G-Max, including a 150 EVO (with a 4-valve head and a cylinder), a 250cc model an entirely different engine and that apparently wasn’t and was discontinued quickly), and a 200cc that Genuine considered in for the 2008 model year.

Now PGO has a G-Max with fuel and an entirely new engine, featuring the beloved suspension design as the 150 and 200. Genuine has worked PGO to develop a 16-horsepower U.S.-market I’ve been one of the most supporters of the Blur 150 since it was

I’ve owned two of them first was stolen), I’m in Chicago, I 2strokebuzz, and I’d been nagging Genuine employee that listen about bringing the Blur, so Genuine kindly me a chance to take it for a spin they sent it off to California for testing.

I’d just come a vacation in Michigan with my 150, so sprints across the were fresh in my mind. speed on my 150 (I weigh 240lbs) is a under 60mph, I could it over 70 with the wind at my in a full tuck, downhill.

after taking the new 220cc onto Lake Shore riding into the wind, upright, I hit 70 without even I didn’t want to push my but a lighter rider should no problem cruising around with some revs to These are all indicated speeds, of but the 220 was plenty powerful to keep up highway traffic.

On the low end, it feel terribly different the 150, it cruises comfortably at any with performance on par with 250cc bikes while the smaller frame of a typical scooter.

I wouldn’t want to it for hours on the highway, it’s not for that, but for someone who travels on wide-open 60mph farm or has a short stretch of highway a city commute, it’d be If you want a small, sporty, modern scooter instead of a it’s perfect.

The general and design of the bike hasn’t much (see my original of the Blur 150 ) so I’ll just about the changes. (Genuine decided on the colors yet, but you can photos of the 220cc version on the web for

The 16-horsepower fuel-injected 220cc is a new design. Unlike the original PGO GY6 this new engine has practically in common with standard GY6 The airbox is larger and the cases different, but the general layout is the

Genuine described the suspension as up,” with a stronger I found it to be fairly similar to the but a bit more comfortable and less to bottom out on large bumps, maintaining the same great Whacking into the giant frost heaves on Lake Drive is always terrifying, but the 220 handled them well.

have been slightly though I didn’t feel any difference. Which may be the point, I was riding a good deal most of the time.

The gas tank is now of metal (though still small for longer trips)

The 220 the digital console from year’s 200cc model. I have the same gauge in my 150 and I it. It’s very well-designed and a digital tach, an odometer-driven warning, a check engine and can be switched between miles/km and

The ignition features a metal that covers the keyway to theft. The metal plate is with a flat key that out of the top of the regular key. As with the Blur, the gas cap and seat are released the key.

If you have to remove keys from the ignition to your seat or gas cap, you know what you’re

A phone charger is located the seat (’08 Blur had the ’07 didn’t). Additionally, an electronic diagnostic port is located the battery.

Other changes I were still under The seat was redesigned and lower, the hump farther back and pleather. It looks better, but cut the helmet storage area.

I prefer the old seat better, for seating position, and storage. is working with PGO to improve the

Cosmetically, the two-tone mirrors (as on the Rattler) looked great, but may not be matched to the final Blur

The test bike featured the rear-tire spoiler that’s discussed on Modern Buddy times. Apparently it’s a requirement, and probably won’t on the final U.S. version,

Grips will probably be similar to the ’08 version with bar-ends, rather than the ’07 type.

Genuine plans on 2-3 probably mostly based on G-Max color schemes, but Genuine/Blur branding. Looking at previous designs, one sees great stuff, redline painted brake calipers, and a of front fender styles.

Of this isn’t a sure just yet. As mentioned, the is off for environmental testing, and assuming all goes well, there are a lot of to work out. The decision to a new scooter to America shouldn’t be lightly, there’s a lot of competition out and the market’s nothing like year.

But it’s exciting to that even while retro-cruiser is in the works, Genuine given up on the Blur, and great to one of the best-handling scooters available soon be back soon, an engine that does the of the bike justice.


10 to “Genuine Blur 220: ride”

ScooterNews on August 2009 7:31am

Is this new a full 220cc displacement or up a la the HD200? Some of the new features very interesting (I particularly the sound of the new key system). I really the addition of fuel injection and we will start to see FI on a lot more in the USA very soon.

Is the bike air If so, I think its going to be the bike’s downfall as its power output going to rival a GT(S) (21 HP) Vespa or any other liquid large displacement scooter. now this Genuine is putting out HD200 HP numbers with a advantage. That being with the new 280cc-300cc touring coming I suppose it would sense to create this in such a way that is wouldn’t with other models.

In light the 220cc displacement sense as it will essentially be the displacement small framed in the states with not much

illnoise on August 10th, 8:15am

I don’t know the displacement, but the performance seemed on par the displacement, if not better, and it would be strange to round up anything 210cc to 220, so I imagine close to what’s advertised.

It has an oil like the original Blur, but it’s air-cooled. But I think right about it’s in the market, it’s fairly for its displacement. (150cc frame 200 or 250cc-ish performance.)

I know loves the HD200, and SYM’s me the chance to try out any bikes, but I haven’t had a to try the HD yet. I think the HD is pretty though, so unless riding it some serious user-experience if they’re priced similarly, I’d go the Blur just on looks.

on August 10th, 2009

A 220 Blur with the flux-capacitor suspension? Yikes! Everybody ever ridden a 150 Blur know what a great that is. But there are two problems the idea. One is price and the other is the total number of folks in the States who have ridden a is around 1000.

Kudos to for doing the gutsy thing and again with what of us know to be one of the great scooters, This time, right out of the Genuine needs to hit the right point with the right combo and a financing deal and the economy keeps picking up.

Bb, you really should try the HD. It’s good, it really is.

jrsjr on 10th, 2009 9:06am

Thanks for bringing us the news on the new products.

I would take any HP given from the manufacturer great caution. If there only scooter magazines would test them motorcycle magazines it would be Just don’t forget to the variator to get a true reading.


No one seems to do it correctly in any of the English reports.

jrsjr on August 10th, 10:11am

IIRC, the Vespa GTS about15 1/2 HP down on the ground. If the can put 12-13 HP down on the ground, it be a HOOT to ride.The thing is, the looks the goods and it handles and like the goods, but a B220 is to have to go like the goods or not going to succeed regardless of the point or color scheme or

My $0.02

pocphil on August 2009 11:45am

Is the Blur 220 fighting with the GTS250/300 for the customer? Seems like the we sell the GTS to couldn’t care about a modern styled

I never have a customer in my who is seriously going back n’ between a GTS250 and a Citycom 300 or Vista 250.

I think the 220 e.f.i. and Retro-Touring Scooter 300 are important additions to the Genuine Putting a top floor on the best and best marketed brand in the US ensure market dominance.

on August 10th, 2009

Yeah, the Blur would more with the BV200 and I would think, and maybe the and others on the higher end.

going to be key. Pricing is all the place in that range the bigger bikes get so much diverse and complicated, there are a lot of 200s well under $4k People 200 is closer to $3000), but 250s and 300s generally closer to (or over) $5000.

they can keep the price to $4000, if it’s under, be an amazing value. If it starts to towards $5000, it’s to be a pretty hard sell, I’d

Obviously, there’s a lot of risk in this economy and this scooter market, especially the 150 wasn’t a big success. So I’m sure will be an important consideration they decide whether to the trigger or not. Rumor had it the proposed Blur 200 was dropped the performance increase over the 150 worth the difference in cost.

That bike just had an top end, so even though the of the 220 is not in doubt, the added cost of a whole new engine, and other might be more than the market will want to

jrsjr on August 10th, 2:22pm

Thanks for setting em guys. That post of was poorly worded. I was just to respond to Brooke’s comment scooter horsepower ratings and my was that if the B220 gets the same percentage of rated HP to the as the GTS does, then it will be a to ride.

I didn’t mean to anything beyond that at sorry.

Ron Parks on September 2010 7:38am

The Blur What a Great FUN Bike!

scooter does what no scooter has done before – a crossover vehicle. The motorcyclists know if it is a scooter or some new sport motorcycle. It is so much fun to (so much fun)!

Also, it is made and looks great!

I was to buy a motorcycle but backed off on purchasing a because of ALL the shifting I would do it around town. Now I have motorcycle, but one that is twice the fun to The Blur SS 220i.

It is an excellent I suggest you seriously consider it if you are to purchase a scooter or motorcycle.

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