BW's Scooter | First Choice | Maxiscoot.com
The BW's scooter by Yamaha is a cult classic, the original line has greatly contributed to define the quintessential image of a contemporary scooter. Some consider it the successor to the legendary Piaggio Vespa. The BW's was introduced by Yamaha at the 1988 Tokyo Motor Show and was released in Europe as soon as 1990, the first version however was still very close in design to its contemporary competitors - steel, narrow rims along with cross tires - but the release was a big success, a simple design but rocking a solid fresh look for the time and it quickly became a whole generation's favourite vehicle.
The BW's scooter has evolved to adapt to a new and constantly changing market. By 1994, the “R” version was released, upgraded with hydraulic forks along with a front disc brake, the transmission also received its fair share of upgrades.
However, a complete redesign appeared in 1995, known as the "Next Generation", more "neo" than "retro". This new line didn't exactly please everyone so the older design was again added to the catalogue as soon as 1996, it was then called “BW's Original”. The “Next Generation” series was updated with a “SPY” version, standing for “Sport Performance by Yamaha”, aiming at performance-oriented customers, racing teams and tuners.
The brand then continues to expand 1996 with the release of the “Bump” version bringing back the good ole “off road” spirit of the original BW's. In 1999 with a full refresh of both visual and mechanical design was introduced, then another one in 2001 with 12” version, 2003 with the famous minimalist "naked", and in 2004 with a complete redesign, based again on the original look.
Throughout all these years, there has been one constant element, and that is the engine, a vertical Minarelli engine. This very reliable engine benefits from an already very wide aftermarket catalogue by the majority of parts manufacturers. And even though the engine is air-cooled, some serious power can be squeezed out of it. It's actually an ideal base for those who want to get into scooter tuning and power optimization. In its original and street legal set-up, the engine is quick and reliable with very low running costs. But on the track, it's fairly common to see BW's equipped with horizontal, liquid-cooled Minarelli engines (usually Aerox or Mach G), allowing even higher performance, specially for drag racing.
At Maxiscoot, we definitely like the BW's, some of us have actually witnessed its "birth" first hand and were are are BW's owners. We've seen it grow through the years and become the legend it is today.