CPI is made in Taiwan, and the price was right, reviews were good, so I ordered off the internet sight unseen.
The Oliver City arrived completely assembled except for the battery and mirrors. The shipping crate was well designed and the scooter showed up without a scratch.
I'm building quite a collection of different scooters, but I will try to compare the Oliver City directly to the Yamaha C3 when applicable.
Did a thorough PDI on it, changed the fluids before even starting. The 2-stroke oil and the gear oil actually looked like decent lubricants, no Chinese cooking oil. The only things that I noticed were the bolts on the exhaust header needed a little extra tightening and the hose from the bottom of the oil tank was held on by a small wire clip. Just a nice little tug pulled the hose out, so I cut off half an inch and put a much more secure clamp on. There was a lot of air in the hose between the oil tank and the oil pump. Luckily the oil pump had a bleed screw on it, so problem solved easily.
The Oliver City is big for a 49cc. The chassis dimensions including the wheel base are much larger than the C3, about the size of a standard 125-150cc scooter. Good and bad. Suspension travel is better and there is a lot more room onboard, even enough for two people to ride with a reasonable amount of comfort. The turning radius is larger, the center of gravity a little higher, and low speed maneuverability is not quite as quick as the C3. The overall ride is smoother and larger bumps are more controlled. The Oliver City comes with a 3-way adjustable rear shock with an included tool. The second setting feels on the firm side for a 170 pound rider, but in a nice way. The suspension set up feels sporty, encouraging more aggressive cornering and leaning than when riding a C3. The tires are wide and low profile, 120/70/12 upfront and 130/70/12 on the rear. Turn in takes more effort than the C3, but once changing directions it feels nimble enough. The CPI has nice big thick disc brake rotor upfront, with a capable drum in the rear.
Switches, controls, fit and finish are on par with the C3. With only a few miles, I haven't wicked the throttle more than 2/3 yet, but the two-stroke definitely has more pep than the 3-valve fuel injected Yamaha. The carb tuning feels good with no adjustments needed. The variator and weights feel just right, I can't imagine changing anything there except perhaps switch to the same weight sliders.
A digital clock on the dash is a nice touch, the header and pipe are really nice quality and great looking. The locking gas cap is pretty trick, you insert the key and twist the top part of the cap without moving the key itself, easily done especially when wearing gloves.
All of the hoses and electrical connections were good quality, no Chinese plastic-rubber. Stainless steel brake line. Seat storage is average, a 3/4 helmet fits but a full face is too big. The Oliver City does have a nice big flat luggage rack begging for a top case. The deck is flat and enourmous, with cut outs for the riders feet to really allow stretching out ones legs. Standard bag hook of course, with plenty of room for both a couple of bags and your feet.
It's hard to make a direct comparison between the two, besides engine size they don't have a lot in common. The C3 is quieter, more fuel efficient, easier to handle at low speeds. The Oliver City is more stable at higher speeds, with both the sportier suspension and stronger powerband encouraging a more aggressive riding style. I guess it would boil down to personal preference, but I think I like the bigger feel of the Oliver City, it actually feels more like my Elite 110. More importantly, my 16 year old son absolutely loves it
Pictures don't do it justice, in person the Oliver City looks really nice, bigger and sportier than the C3. At a price of $1599 delivered for a quality made in Taiwan scooter it's a nice alternative to the premium priced Yamaha C3. But it's not fuel injected, water cooled and doesn't get 115 mpg. While the Oliver City might be faster than the the C3, you can't run an air cooled two-stroke at WOT indefinitely like the Yamaha is famous for
I'll add a few pics here later.