Stella Arrives (Finally) in California with CARB Approval

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After years of being shut out from the Golden State due to its strict emissions laws for two-stroke motors, Genuine Scooter Co. has unveiled a Stella that’s fully equipped with a CARB-friendly 150cc four-stroke power plant.

The Chicago-based scooter company has about two dozen California dealers selling the other models in its lineup, but the vintage-flavored Stella — in all of its two-stroke goodness — had been persona non grata until now.

Philip McCaleb, Genuine’s founder and president, says the bike cuts a classic figure, but comes equipped with a green pedigree. The four-stroker gets 140 EPA-rated miles per gallon. Rather than create a separate model for California and another for the other states, Genuine is building all four-stroke Stellas to be Cali-compliant. And with an MSRP of $3,599, the new Stella hits at a comfortable price point.

To fit the new motor into the bike, engineers at LML (the scooter’s manufacturer) in India had to reconfigure the classic steel monocoque frame. The cowls retain their same dimensions and fitment points for accessories.

Genuine has also launched the Blur SS220i, a fuel-injected four-stroker that’s aimed at the modern scooter market. The Blur features an automatic transmission and has a claimed top speed of 75 mph.

Genuine’s sister company, wholesale parts supplier Scooterworks Direct, showed the newest addition to its lineup, three sizes of top cases from a company called Soft Bags. The sizes are 28 liters, 35.5 liters and 42 liters, and retail for $120, $150 and $200, respectively. The cases are color-matched to most Vespa paint jobs. — Dennis Johnson