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Big scooter on campus

February 10, 2018
Wolf RX-50

Wolf Brand Scooters’ RX-50 tops College Magazine’s list of best scooters for Campus Cruisin’ (Photo: Wolf Brand Scooters)

I’ve often said a 50cc scooter is a good one to send to college with your kid. I am glad to see I’m not the only one thinking along those lines.

I had not heard of College Magazine before running across their apparently annual list of Top 10 Scooters for Campus Cruisin’™.

The list includes most of the ones you and I would think of: Honda Ruckus and Metropolitan, Genuine Buddy and Roughhouse, Yamaha Zuma, Lance PCH. Most can be had for $2,000 U.S. or less.

But it also includes three scoots from a brand called Wolf. Wolf’s RX-50 (pictured above) tops the list, in fact.

I’d never heard of Wolf, full name Wolf Brand Scooters, a company based in Clearwater, Florida. A look at their website reveals an extensive product lineup. There are several Jet-Ski style moderns, one that kinda looks like a Yamaha Vino 50, another that will remind you of a Vespa LX, and the obligatory Aprilia Mojito clone. Some are available in 50 and 150cc versions.

The company has been around since 2009, and most of its dealers are in the Midwest and on the East Coast. The bikes are sourced from several contract manufacturers (so are Genuine’s; a big chunk of the 100 million Honda Super Cubs were built in Taiwan by SYM). Company CEO Diana Hammer says “We use premium parts and we track warranty issues like a hawk,” which has resulted in supplier relationships that produce what Ms. Hammer calls “bullet-proof scooters.”

My curiosity has been seriously piqued. If you own a Wolf scooter, please leave a comment. There is a Wolf dealer in Puyallup, Wash. (not too far from my ‘hood), so a test ride would seem to be in order. Stay tuned.

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4 Comments
  1. February 10, 2018 10:58 pm

    Tons of these are in Key West rental fleets.

  2. February 12, 2018 8:39 am

    Came across your article, it paints a great picture of who Wolf is, so thank you! Let us know how you like the test drive…DH

  3. February 12, 2018 7:42 pm

    It’s great to see Chinese scooters shedding the stigma they’ve carried for so long. I have had good luck with mine but bogus importers brought in some clunkers. Wolf seems to have turned the corner on consistent quality.

  4. February 13, 2018 10:40 am

    James, I was once approached by a Chinese company that offered to manufacture scooters I could sell under my own brand name. I could choose from “Cheap,” “Good,” or “Premium” quality levels, and could specify things like colors and optional equipment. A container load of Cheap 50s could’ve been mine for $300 each. I passed. I don’t wanna be a scooter importer.

    Quality has nothing to do with geography, and everything to do with design, both of the product and the manufacturing process. And the quality of the parts used. Buick’s Endeavor crossover and Volvo’s S90 sedan are built in China. Neither company would do that if there were any questions about quality.

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