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One more scooter we won’t be getting

January 6, 2012

Yes, the narration’s in Italian, and yes, Yamaha has no plans to sell the Xenter (I still have no idea how to pronounce that) in the U.S., but what the hey. Someone’s riding a scooter in the sunshine in Italy. We can watch, and remind ourselves better weather will be along before too long.

Seriously, Yamaha, this is a really nice bike. You’d sell more than a few in Murika. If you wanted to. Favicon

  1. January 6, 2012 11:25 am

    Beautiful looking little scooter! They definitely need to market it here, there is no mid range Yammy in their line up, it goes from the 50 up to the 400. My first scooter was a Yammy Vino which I loved, very reliable. The Xenter’s tires looked bigger or maybe it was the camera angle. I hate when companies bring things out in other markets & they don’t consider North America.

  2. January 6, 2012 11:47 am

    Dar, according to the spec sheet, the Xenter has 16-inch wheels. Big-wheel scooters are very common in Italy due to the tendency of city streets to be covered with paving stones… the larger wheels absorb the shock better.

    I’ve noticed several articles warning petrol prices will hit record highs in 2012, so maybe Yamaha will take advantage of that situation… but I’m not holding my breath…

  3. January 6, 2012 11:53 am

    Listening very carefully to the narratior, he pronounces the name EKS-enter. Yamaha would have to call it something else if they were going to sell it in the U.S…

  4. January 6, 2012 6:09 pm

    It’s been a while since I saw one (online only), but isn’t this an updated version of the Cygnus (which was also never sold in the U.S.)?

  5. January 6, 2012 6:26 pm

    Yamaha sez it’s brand-new, according to, which is where I first saw it. It could well be carrying over bits ‘n pieces, but then scooters of this type seem not to deviate too much from a fairly restrictive design language, so who knows?

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