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Scooter(s) of the Year 2013

Last post 12-24-2013 06:30 PM by petegailey. 23 replies.
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  • 12-17-2013 01:31 PM

    Scooter(s) of the Year 2013

    Well, since no-one else has launched it yet, let me be the first to put forward our scooters of the year.

    In the 50cc category, sales have been very bouyant for all the models that we sell, but the current favourite appears to be the Aprilia SR MT 50.  Essentially the Typhoon (the model that got us to the top of the Piaggio/Vespa hit parade in 2012!), but with larger wheels and road tyres, the Super Motard 50 combines the racing Aprilia style with an affordable price. 

    In the 125/150cc category, I'm sorry, but you just can't go past the Quarantasei (or 946 to you and me!).  Sure its pricey, particularly for a 125, but it is so refreshing when a manufacturer actually takes a concept vehicle and actually makes it real, that you've just got to take your hat off to Piaggio for following through with a vision.  The end product is a piece of art, and like it or not, you've got to say that they've made a very big statement with this scooter.

    In the 200/400cc category, the Beverly 350 takes the crown.  Simply unbeatable performance for the price.  All the issues with the Beverly 250 have been sorted.  Loads of power, great storage, sure footed handling (particularly with the traction control and ABS), and still looks good too. A brand new engine producing 50% more power than the Quasar 300 (unbelievable, but true) with some totally new features including a wet clutch. The fact that this time round very few people seem bothered about the name goes to show just what a great scooter it is.  My only quibble is the screen is just the wrong height for me.  Shorter or longer would be better - but overall its a minor point.

    The big scoot category goes to the Aprilia SRV 850.  If you are going to go large, go large!   Surprisingly nimble and very easy to manouvere for such a big scoot - the Aprilia Racing groups thumbprints are all over it.  Astonishing performance without feeling you are out of control!  Truly a SuperScooter in every sense of the word.

     

    And the overall winner for me is.... (and it pains for me to say it being a Vespa man to my core...)... the Beverly 350.  A truly great bit of kit.



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  • 12-17-2013 06:12 PM In reply to

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    I second the nomination of BV350 as scooter of the year - after all, I put my money where my mouth is and I bought one... so it better deliver. So far it has. Screen height works well enough for me, my main complaint is the storage space under the seat because while large it is very awkwardly shaped. So badly in fact that unless I place it just so, I can't even fit my open-face helmet in there, let alone two! Luckily I'm not too bothered about storing helmets under the seat, so I can live with this quite well.

  • 12-17-2013 06:49 PM In reply to

    • awa355
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    Re: Scooter(s) of the Year 2013

    Sorry Steve, but I just can't accept a 850cc 249kg bike as being a scooter. I know they are classed as such.  Maybe I'm stuck in the dark ages, but to me a scooter is ' a scooter ' as they have been for the last zillion years. 

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  • 12-17-2013 07:00 PM In reply to

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    ferrix:

    I second the nomination of BV350 as scooter of the year - after all, I put my money where my mouth is and I bought one... so it better deliver. So far it has. Screen height works well enough for me, my main complaint is the storage space under the seat because while large it is very awkwardly shaped. So badly in fact that unless I place it just so, I can't even fit my open-face helmet in there, let alone two! Luckily I'm not too bothered about storing helmets under the seat, so I can live with this quite well.

    Haha!  Have you tried putting it on its side?  One will definitely fit that way.  But two would be a struggle, unless Bell Shortys of course!



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  • 12-17-2013 07:07 PM In reply to

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      Will give this one some thought but nothing over $1200 would i pay for a scooter as a car (eg mirage) can be put on the road for that . Maybe a big scooter will appeal to someone living in a congested city to zip around the traffic but thank fully no where i would want to live

    Si ‘Thi’ later
  • 12-17-2013 07:18 PM In reply to

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    awa355:

    Sorry Steve, but I just can't accept a 850cc 249kg bike as being a scooter. I know they are classed as such.  Maybe I'm stuck in the dark ages, but to me a scooter is ' a scooter ' as they have been for the last zillion years. 

    Its at blurry line for sure (interestingly alongside the Aprilia Mana which was their 850 automatic motorbike - which had a foot operated rear brake).  But for many, any of the maxi scooters (certainly of the larger sizes) are probably stretching the definition a bit. But I reckon that definitions are there to be broken Big Smile

     



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  • 12-17-2013 07:42 PM In reply to

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    pyrah:

      Will give this one some thought but nothing over $1200 would i pay for a scooter as a car (eg mirage) can be put on the road for that . Maybe a big scooter will appeal to someone living in a congested city to zip around the traffic but thank fully no where i would want to live

    Nothing over $1200?  That limits your choice somewhat Pyrah Stick out tongue

     



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  • 12-17-2013 09:08 PM In reply to

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    steve@ace:

    pyrah:

      Will give this one some thought but nothing over $1200 would i pay for a scooter as a car (eg mirage) can be put on the road for that . Maybe a big scooter will appeal to someone living in a congested city to zip around the traffic but thank fully no where i would want to live

    Nothing over $1200?  That limits your choice somewhat Pyrah Stick out tongue

     

     

     LOL silly me   where did that extra nougat go why here it is 0 wow $12000 now that sounds better

    Si ‘Thi’ later
  • 12-18-2013 08:13 AM In reply to

    • allen
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    Re: Scooter(s) of the Year 2013

    You have to put 2013 in perspective as normally you would nominate a model that was actually released in 2013.

    2013 was probably for me one of the slowest years for new model releases that I can remember, from a scooter perspective that is. As the learner legal bike market continues to chew up all before it and the choices in this segment are many for new riders. 
New model scooter choices in 2013 were few and far between.

    Yes we had the Piaggio releases (Yourban, X10 and BV), the new 946 also. The TMAX, the new Burger, the Maxsym and the SRV. Honda's Forza 300 was another new release that came after mid-year. Recently we have seen the new Symphony 150, Classic 150, HD2, SYM also released the Jet4 50 earlier in the year.

    Was there any other NEW 50cc scooters released by the big brands in 2013 apart from the SYM Jet4 50? If not, it wins regardless.

    In the 125 -150 class what has been released that's new? Again the new SYM Symphony, SYM Classic 150, 3V LX and the new 3 Valve Liberty. The 946 would fall here as well. We could even put the HD2 in with this lot. The 946 is nice (no question about this) but for me, the price of spare parts and the really sluggish performance, this makes it very hard to give this one the gong. We have the HD2 and Symphony over XMAS, will let you know.

    Mid CC capacity and you'd have to give it to the Piaggio BV, it just has too many good points. It also has many new features never before seen. Traction and ABS combined, new clutch drive etc etc. Very smart from Piaggio. The Forza would have to be really close especially when you take into account price.

    And last of all the Maxi class. I liked them all, they all have positives and the one that really grabbed me was the TMAX. I was pleasantly surprised by the SRV and now that prices are heading down on this model, it's now good buying. The winner though would have to be the Maxsym 400 that was released in Jan 2013. At $8,990 Ride Away, it represents great value and everyone that has owned one has been extremely happy with it. At this price - it's a must.

     

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  • 12-18-2013 09:18 AM In reply to

    • DaveO
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    Re: Scooter(s) of the Year 2013

    Hmm. Not sure if I agree with Allen on the release issue. Just like COTY and BOTY awards created by various specialist magazines, if you only allow new releases this can obscure the fact that the best car/bike/scooter on the market might be one released two years ago, for example. 

    I think that such awards should go to the best whatever available for us punters to buy in the chosen year. 

    Here goes: I nominate Fly 150 in the under 250s, BV 350 in the under 500s, and the updated Burgman 650 in the biggies.  Of course, it all really depends on the classifications you use. By my choosing <250, <500 and >500, I'm really being unfair to odd capacities, like the T-Max 530. 

     

     

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  • 12-18-2013 09:39 AM In reply to

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    I agree with Allen, it's been a bit of a dry year for new releases.

    With that in mind, do you have any inclinations on what is aroudn the corner in 2014?

    Would love to see some of the new Hondas (Lead 125, Zoomer) reach us here, or even Yamaha's D'Light...

    From the looks of things currently though, seems we only have the Primavera to look forward to...

  • 12-18-2013 09:53 AM In reply to

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     50cc Piaggio Zip two stroke otr under $2500 adequate for this class of machine

    100 to 200cc Honda Dio otr under $3000 big wheels fuel injection Honda dealers everywhere adequate for the job

    200cc & above Honda Forza 300 otr under $7500 abs dealers everywhere should just about do all the requirements of all classes of scooters

    Si ‘Thi’ later
  • 12-18-2013 11:48 AM In reply to

    • allen
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    Re: Scooter(s) of the Year 2013

    DaveO:
    Hmm. Not sure if I agree with Allen on the release issue.

    And you are correct in a way. Though I do not believe any COTY or BOTY award has ever gone to a car or bike not designated to that current model year.

    That is why I think the choice needs to be restricted in some way.

    Though I think it's just more me and the fact that I think 2013 was a year focused on the bike market and not the scooter.

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  • 12-18-2013 01:25 PM In reply to

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    allen:

    That is why I think the choice needs to be restricted in some way.

     

    Yeah, I agree. I think 'scooter of the year' should mean 'released this year' because the point here is tracking new developments on the scene.  'Best Scooter Available At The Moment' is not the same thing and it can have its own separate award :)

  • 12-18-2013 05:31 PM In reply to

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     Someone better make a list of all the scooters we can vote for then

    Si ‘Thi’ later
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