2011 Yamaha XF50 C-Cubed C3
Ok, so exactly what is the 2011 Yamaha XF50 C-Cubed C3? You can be excused for thinking that someone ventured out to the junkyard and dug out an old 1959 Cushman Highlander Scooter, didn't even as much as change the paint job, slapped a Yamaha sticker on it, and is trying to get over two grand for it.
But no, the XF50 C-Cubed C3 is not a Cushman although the inspiration is clearly there. Just think of the XF50 C-Cubed C3 as the love child of the Cushman Highlander and the Harley Davidson Topper Scooters and you'll be getting warm.
The XF50 C-Cubed C3 is a very basic transportation scooter powered by a 49cc, SOHC, three-valve, fuel injected, four-stroke engine featuring liquid-cooling with fan assist. There's a fully automatic, V-belt centrifugal transmission where all the rider has to do is to twist the throttle and take off. The XF50 C-Cubed C3 has no clutch or gear shifting at all. None. Pretty heady stuff for a lawnmower engine, but there's more. The 19mm Mikuni throttle body fuel injection system has unified sensors for the throttle position sensor, intake pressure and temperature. Yeah. On a scooter. Most of us don't have that on our full sized rides.
All of this junior-sized engineering wizardry produces a figure that is rather remarkable no matter how you cut it: 115 mpg. You can straddle your XF50 C-Cubed C3 in Times Square and about 20 gallons later be cruising the Sunset Strip, (not that it's advisable to long distance tour on your XF50 C-Cubed C3). Try to get from New York City to Los Angeles any other way for about fifty bucks in gasoline! The fuel economy is nothing short of miraculous especially when you consider that with a full sized adult on board you'll easily be able to keep up with any city's traffic.
Want to carry a bunch of stuff around with you on your jaunts? The XF50 C-Cubed C3 is the funky scooter for you, as under the seat resides a full nine gallons of storage, more than enough to bring a couple of bags of groceries home. Even your laptop will fit perfectly under there.
The 2011 Yamaha XF50 C-Cubed C3 is a thoroughly trendy scooter with more than enough weirdness factor to keep you entertained both visually and while riding it. The technological expertise that Yamaha has managed to fit into this old Cushman - Topper clone is truly remarkable and the fuel economy is enough to make you rethink what two wheels and a motor can really do. Maybe next Yamaha will try to clone a Whizzer, or a CT-90, or a Sears Allstate with the steel pressed frame and the silly little tacked on chrome tank!
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2011 Yamaha XF50 C-Cubed C3 At A Glance
Base MSRP: $2,949
Engine Displacement: 49 cc
Engine Type: 4-stroke, liquid-cooled, SOHC, 3-valve, single
Bore & Stroke: 38 x 43.5 mm
Ignition Type: TCI / Electric & Kick
Compression Ratio: 12:1
Transmission Type: Fully Automatic
Final Drive Type: V-belt / Spur gear
Front Tire: 120/90-10
Rear Tire: 120/90-10
Wheelbase: 1,280 mm (50.4")
Saddle Height: 735 mm (28.9")
Curb Dry Weight: 90 kg (198 lb)
Fuel Capacity (US): 4.5 litres
* Specs/pix apply to 2010 model, updates as released.