Beaut scootin’

The Tai­wanese job with the Ital­ian name brings nifty per­for­mance to the road

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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.

SAFETY

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.

DE­SIGN

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.

RID­ING

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.

VER­DICT

This scooter will not only solve your com­mut­ing and park­ing has­sles but also prove fun.

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