Pictures of underbone construction under the Yamaha Elegance hood

Underbone 1

These pictures show why motorscooters with floorboards wihtout the bracing of
underbone style motorbikes are vastly inferior in handling and stability

The pictures prove why scooter style motorbikes such as  Honda Clicks, Scoopys, or Yamaha Finos and Mios cannot handle nearly as well as a true underbone.  In comparison to an underbone, the front and rear of all motorbikes with floorboards attach the front to the rear of the motorbike on a single horizontal axis that  allows the bike to flex too much compared to true underbones such as Honda Waves, PCX's, Yamaha Nouvos or Suzuki Hayates which are rightly held together by struts and tubes that firmly attach the front section of the bike to the rear.  Scooters simply don't have the right stuff.  Although the typical scooter has great styling, lots of room for the driver's feet and bags of groceries hanging in front of them, they simply don't have the right ingredients to perform well.  They were originally put on the roads a few years after the end of World War II, and back then, they had the market to themselves.  But Honda got it right with the Honda Super Cub in 1958 with its revolutionary underbone construction.  But nostalgia for things of the past oftentimes causes people to recreate ancient artifacts no matter how inferior they are to the new.  Cute they may be.  They can even be fun to drive provided one doesn't push them too hard, but that's the way I view motorbikes with floorboards--as ancient as a Vespa.

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