How many American scooter brands can you know? Now, you’re about to know one – the Genuine Scooters company. In this blog post, you’ll discover more about who they are and some of their more known models.

What are Genuine Scooters?

Genuine Scooters is a scooter and motorcycle maker founded in Chicago, Illinois, in 2002, with more than 240 dealerships all over the United States. According to their website, their goal was to “bring a better scooter to the United States.” Currently, they have a total of 13 models available – from the Buddy to the Urbano 200i. Some of their scooters, like Roughhouse 50cc and the Buddy Scooter are actually rebadged PGO Scooters – a Taiwan-based scooter company that Genuine partnered with.

Are Genuine Scooters available in Europe?

Yes…in a strange sort of way. 

Scooters with the Genuine badge are only available in the US, but some of their models are rebadged as PGO Scooters

That means that if you have a PGO scooter, you might have had a Genuine scooter all along.

Some known Genuine models

Buddy Scooter

Based on the PGO PA, the Buddy is one of Genuine’s most popular scooters – available in both 50cc, 125cc, and all the way up to 170cc with the Buddy Kick 170i. The basic 50cc Buddy Scooter model has a 2-stroke, air-cooled engine with a top speed of up to 30 miles per hour. If you’re interested in the Buddy Kick, check out this review from the Scooters for Newbies YouTube channel:

Rattler 200i

According to the official website, “the Rattler 200i doesn’t slither – it strikes.” As the biggest scooter in Genuine’s lineup, the Rattler 200i sports a 4-stroke fuel injected engine and a top speed of 60 miles per hour. For more info on the Rattler, check out this review from the ClevelandMoto YouTube channel:

Genuine Roughhouse 50cc

Just like the Buddy, the Genuine Roughhouse 50cc is a rebadged PGO scooter – specifically a PGO PMX 50 (also known as the PGO Big Max 50 in some Scandinavian countries) The basic Roughhouse 50cc model has a 2-stroke air-cooled engine and a top speed of 30 miles per hour.  In addition, there’s also a special “Sport” edition of the Roughhouse. Although the top speed is no different from the base module, the Roughhouse Sport has alloy wheels, LED turn signals, and a sportier seat.


This might be a surprise to you, but Genuine doesn’t just make scooters (even though the word is in the brand name). Since 2018, they’ve also offered a pure motorcycle called the Genuine G400C. With its 397cc engine and retro look, the G400C stands out from the rest of the Genuine lineup.