Hell freezes over, part deux *updated
It was seven years ago today, but in this case Sgt. Pepper didn’t teach the band to play—the first-ever post on this here blog appeared on October 7, 2006. And to celebrate, I have something to share that I know you’ll like.
Genuine dealer Scoot Jockeys, in Lake Geneva, Wis. posted news of an official communication from Genuine Scooter Co. on their Facebook page announcing the release of an automatic (well, CVT) Stella (this was confirmed by a Seattle-area Genuine dealer), to be called the Stella 125. The deets: MSRP, $3,499, 125cc displacement (probably not a 150 because LML Star Automatticas sold in Europe only come as 125s), any color you want as long as it’s Metallic Black, Candy Apple Red, Electric Blue or Ivory.
They also mention a 60+ mph top speed, which I suppose should be taken with a grain of salt. The engine is a linear CVT design that is completely unrelated to the 4-stroke 150cc engine in the manual-transmission Stella (see below). You’ll notice the transmission case is on the left side of the bike.
Okay, you know what to do: Talk to your local Genuine dealer. Based on the e-mails I’ve received, Genuine is gonna sell these by the boatload. Scoot Jockeys says they expect their first batch to arrive in the spring of 2014.
UPDATE: To the right, you will notice I have linked to an image of the flyer sent to dealers, which has all the pertinent info. Click on the thumbnail to see it full-size (Warning: it’s rather large… you might want to download it to your computer by right-clicking (Windows)/Ctrl-clicking (Mac) the thumbnail instead).
Again, if you wanna be first on your block I would suggest putting down a deposit RIGHT NOW.