The Taiwanese job with the Italian name brings nifty performance to the road
is quiet, smooth and refined and will propel you safely away from traffic at the lights.
It revs out to 8000rpm and reaches 100km/h in a modest 10 seconds. Top speed is about 130km/h depending on rider weight, load and wind conditions.
Instruments include an analog speedo, LCD screen for trip, odo, fuel and clock, plus a tacho— another rarity on a scooter.
Linked disc brakes front and rear provide amazing stopping power, especially from the back, where all the weight is.
There are two fog lights for night safety, Audi-style daytime running lights up front, large vibration-free mirrors and an immobiliser in the underseat storage area for added security.
To the scooter’s smart looks the maker adds handy design features that make it a practical solution for the commuter and tourer alike.
A switch releases the seat latch— leave the key in the ignition— to get access to the massive, carpeted storage area, which will take a full-face helmet and a jacket. It also has a light and immobiliser switch.
There is more storage in the footwell, the big lockable glovebox in the front cowl and another by the right handlebar. There’s plenty of space for gloves, neck warmer, change, mobile phone etc.
Wide handlebars, dual adjustable rear shocks and big 13-inch wheels are the secrets to the ride comfort and handling of this scooter.
These make a breeze of city commuting. It will weave through tight spots and soak up potholes while also providing stability on the highway. Passing trucks will cause instability but nothing scary.
Take it into the hills and the engine will pull strongly and the tyres (110mm and 130mm wide) provide stacks of grip for radical lean angles and rapid cornering.
Even tall riders will appreciate the seat comfort, leg room and reach to the handlebars. You can ride with your feet on the floorboard or on the tread of the front cowl for highway comfort.
The pillion gets a wide and deeply padded seat with a confidence-inspiring padded backrest.
The windscreen provides plenty of weather protection but— our only gripe— it is a bit too big and steep, causing some buffeting around the helmet at more than 80km/h.
This scooter will not only solve your commuting and parking hassles but also prove fun.
Go with the flow: The Firenze 300i can be fun on the daily commute and weekend rides