SCOMADI SCOOT­ERS

Scootering - - Eicma -

De­signed and de­vel­oped here in Eng­land, Scomadi have evolved from be­ing hand-built ma­chines in Lan­cashire into mass pro­duced 50cc and 125cc scoot­ers from Asia that are sold all over the world.

For 2016 Scomadi will add liq­uid­cooled 125 and 200 scoot­ers to their range. The body style will re­main the same, but the en­gines – of Euro­pean de­sign – of­fer more than the cur­rent air-cooled mo­tors. The only sig­nif­i­cant cos­metic mod­i­fi­ca­tion re­quired has been the hous­ing of the ra­di­a­tor be­low the floor.

The 200 (ac­tu­ally a 180cc) is a twin cam, four valve mo­tor, and I’ve rid­den scoot­ers with early (sin­gle cam) in­car­na­tions of both this and its 125 lit­tle brother in the past when they pow­ered Euro­pean scoot­ers dur­ing the late 90s/ early 2000s, both im­press­ing me at the time with ac­cel­er­a­tion and top speed. Since then ap­par­ently the en­gines have been de­vel­oped fur­ther and we’re told that in ini­tial tests of the 200 it pro­duced power on the dyno com­pa­ra­ble with that of a Vespa GTS 250 mo­tor.

Scomadi says the aim is to have a pro­to­type avail­able for us to road test within a month or so here in the UK, with pro­duc­tion planned to be­gin by spring and de­liv­ery of the first scoot­ers from June. At the time of writ­ing the SRP of the new liq­uid-cooled 125 is £3395 and the 200 is £3795 (both plus OTR costs) for the ba­sic colour mod­els, plac­ing the new 125 around £900 more than the air-cooled version. The price in­cludes two years (or 7000 miles) parts and labour war­ranty.

The other new Scomadi scooter on dis­play was their con­cept 250cc six-speed model. As an­nounced ex­clu­sively in

Scooter­ing a couple of is­sues ago, this could be the first com­pletely new man­ual gear-change scooter on the mar­ket for a long time and if it hap­pens it will be in­ter­est­ing to see how the pub­lic re­sponds to a pow­er­ful geared op­tion against au­to­matic trans­mis­sion for a mod­ern scooter.

Still in de­vel­op­ment, this Scomadi is sim­i­lar in ba­sic de­sign to the Lam­bretta In­no­va­tions Se­ries 6 scoot­ers, the en­gine shown is a six-speed 250cc four-valve four-stroke en­gine with elec­tric start and chain drive to the rear wheel, which boasts 26hp. Scomadi took it to the Milan show to gauge re­sponse as it’s pro­duc­tion is not guar­an­teed, but we’ve got our fin­gers crossed be­cause I reckon this could prove to be a very in­ter­est­ing kick up the arse the scooter in­dus­try needs if it was to make it into pro­duc­tion and re­tail at an af­ford­able price.

Else­where, Scomadi has launched a wide range of ac­ces­sories to go with its scoot­ers too now, from screens to lug­gage car­ri­ers and crash bars, seats, as well as cloth­ing such as jack­ets and, ahem, those es­sen­tials of any scooter rider; tra­di­tional wooden Dutch clogs!

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