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!