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Sunday, March 23, 2014

Simple Pleasures Are the Best: Yamaha C3

Yesterday I brought home my little bundle of joy that has been on lay-away since around Thanksgiving: my Pearl White 2011 Yamaha C3.

I became enamored with this little scooter when I did my scooter quiz about it a few months ago. The more I read about the C3 ("C Cubed" or the "Giggle" in Europe), the more I became intrigued.

Fat tires, low center of gravity, low seat, vast under seat storage, fuel-injected, 3 valves, 4 strokes, water-cooled, 115 mpg, and a reputation for blowing the little Ruckus and Met out of the way with it's reportedly rapid take-off and strong push to it's max speed of 40-45mph.

Oh, yeah, and a "hoot" to ride! Who could forget that part?

So I was interested and I wanted to see one, sit on it, maybe test ride it. Well, first thing I learned is that Yamaha only sold it from 2007-2011 in the US. It is still very alive and loved and healthy all over the world ("Vox" in Japan), but not here. It's engine lives on in the Zuma 50F and the Vino, but "Boxey", as it was lovingly called, is extinct on Yamaha showroom floors.

I looked and I could not find one anywhere. So I posted an ad in Craigslist asking if anyone had one for sale or simply to look at. Within 24 hours I got a response from my Yamaha dealer about 5 miles away! Evidently he had this little gem hidden away in the back storage room. My luck!

I went down, it was a leftover 2011 Pearl White beauty, and he took a deposit. The rest is history mostly composed of weekly payments and waiting. I got a little discount and I got my brand new Yammie C3.

Later I will do a ride report, the why, and what not, but for now here are pics. Note the puppy paws motif with the black and white motif of the scoot itself. I like clean, crisp lines. Perhaps that comes from living among the Amish all those years.








And oh yeah, it IS a HOOT to ride!

17 comments:

  1. Look forward to your reports on the C3. It looks terrific!

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    1. I am old enough to remember the slogan, "Good things come in small packages." and that certainly applies to this scooter! At least for me.

      I am ready to launch out onto the back roads if the weather continues to cooperate and the NCAA season doesn't do me in! LOL

      Go Wildcats and Cardinals!

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  2. Yay! She's a beauty. I've always had good experiences with Yamahas; I'm sure you will, too. Good luck!

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    1. Good to hear! I've never had a Yamaha scooter, always Hondas until this Genuine.

      But I gotta say I am impressed with the Yamaha and the local dealership is out my door and very, very scooter friendly.

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  3. You have two scooters now? You are certainly making waves in your life!

    When I lived in Sturgeon Bay I used to see a few of these around. Now I know what they are.

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  4. Yep! The more the merrier!

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  5. LOL...cool little thing. I am waiting to hear what it's like. I'm sure your going to get lots of double takes riding the "Giggle."

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  6. Funny (ha ha!), but riding it home from the dealership I got waves from people and a few thumbs up! I never got this from folks except on the Met where heads actually turned and grins broke out on faces!

    No kidding!

    But, yeah, I did giggle a lot while riding it. It just does that to ya!
    Most fun I've had on a scooter since my first Ruckus ride in 2007.

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  7. Ever since I saw my first one, these have made me smile. Their lines have always impressed me and your white one is even better. I can't wait for your ride report

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    1. Sadly, those out here in "Harley Country" will never know the simple joys of riding a small scooter like the C3!

      Yep, I will give a full "ride report" soon....

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  8. Congrats! What a cute scoot. It looks very sleek with the black and white. Nice under seat storage too.

    May you have many miles of sunny roads and giggles.

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    1. I always preferred red or black, but I really like the white too!

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  9. Two scoots you are definitely a rebel! I love the little C3, I was looking for one of those when I wanted a scooter, it is perfect because of the storage. I wanted a red one :)

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    1. Go for it! There's probably one around your area for sale. If you can't find red the others colors are pretty nice. Though I'm not thrilled about the silver...

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  10. Occasionally I see a green one. It appears we share one street in our commutes. If the stars line up I see him. Fuel injected, yes?

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    1. There was a matte Army green one sold in Canada as the Giggle. It could be one of those or the guy could have customized it.

      I have never seen anyone riding one anywhere in my 7 years of scooting. Look out world! :=)

      Yes, fuel-injected plus a kick starter for good measure...

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  11. I was in Plant City, Florida the other day on business and saw this very bike. Sadly they turned one way and were gone. I was really hoping to talk to them about this.

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