The other day someone asked me why I was riding such a piece of *%#@...scooter. I was like, wellâ€¦now that solves my photo location; Iâ€™ll do it in a toilet. Classic scooters come in all shapes and sizes; some of them are cool and some of them are not. Iâ€™m not sure where to class the 1988 Yamaha Jog 50 just yet - hereâ€™s the run down.
Back in 1988 50cc scooters didnâ€™t have the emission requirements and idiotic power restrictions that we now take for granted; so a 50cc machine from twenty years ago has a very real chance of beating a modern bike in the performance stakes. In fairness it does this by polluting the very world we live inâ€¦but performance is PARAMOUNT so who really cares if you end up glowing orange from some form of two stroke carbon poisoningâ€¦at least youâ€™ll be going fast. (Thereâ€™s a tongue firmly planted in my cheek here my sensitive friends).
Itâ€™s very interesting comparing older scooters to modern scooters because really, not much has changed. Iâ€™ll start with the bad. First off the 1988 Jog is somewhat uglyâ€¦not hideous deformed gumboot ugly; itâ€™s more Buck Rogers meets Road Runner in a head on accident ugly. Yeah itâ€™s kinda cuteâ€¦but so is a rat, and you wouldnâ€™t ride around on a rat would youâ€¦I guess youâ€™d probably squash it so that comparison has no real merit. Yamaha called it a â€˜Stylish Sensationâ€™ back when it was releasedâ€¦they probably should have called it â€˜Nothing very sensational at all, just another scooter with no real original thought used in itâ€™s design at allâ€™â€¦that however would have been a very long sticker so I guess they went with â€˜Stylish Sensationâ€™ because it was shorterâ€¦yeah thatâ€™s why!