Joined: 04 Dec 2007 Posts: 3101 Location: San Francisco 2006 Blur 180, 2008 Buddy St. Tropez
Posted: Sun Feb 02, 2020 7:24 am Post subject: Interesting 2020 scooter videos
Wish therre were motorcycle shows like this around these parts.
Just thought some of you might be interested to see some of the new scooters coming out in 2020 for the rest of the world. Well, interesting to me anyway. Sadly, most will probably never make it into the US. I especially like the Royal Alloy 300 and Italjet Dragster 200. Actually, I'd love to have the Dragster as a playtoy. I also find it interesting that both Yamaha and Kymco will be offering Piaggio MP3 type 3-wheel scooters in their new lineup. The Kymco even has integrated saddlebag mounts.
I've been thinking about buying another motorcycle, but because of their weather protection and storage/carrying capabilities, I'm thinking a bigger scooter might make more sense for my needs.
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The Vespa and Royal Alloy engines do look very similar. I see they are available for preorder in the UK. It would be a tough choice to pick between a Vespa and a Royal Alloy. They’ve done a great job on the RA and it looks great.
I can see the bottom falling out of the Lambretta market. Why buy an old 2t when you could buy a faster, cleaner, automatic scooter.
Joined: 08 Jul 2007 Posts: 4315 Location: Oregon City, OR Buddy 125, Buddy Kick, Vespa GTS300
Posted: Tue Feb 04, 2020 5:59 pm Post subject:
Doesn't the Royal Alloy 300 use a Vespa engine? Did I see that somewhere?
It was Scomadi that looked into using a Piaggio/Vespa engine in their proposed large engine scooter. That never got worked out between Scomadi and Piaggio. I presume that Royal Alloy sources their engine in China though it could be a Sym design.
Joined: 08 Jun 2008 Posts: 2434 Location: Northern California '08 Orange Buddy 125
Posted: Fri Feb 21, 2020 6:12 pm Post subject:
It's interesting that scooter companies are broadly increasing displacements. Gone are the days of only 50cc, 125cc, and 150cc engines in the line-ups. It's about time. They're filling the long time gap between 150cc and Maxi-scooters.
It appears step through scooters are disappearing. Other than the Royal Alloy 300 and the Kymco People 300, step through's are gone. Not only are they mostly gone, but the remaining gap is getting higher and higher. One of the new Honda scooters looks like a motorcycle because the gap is almost non-existent. Swinging a leg over them will be no different than a motorcycle.
Peugeot and Piaggio also have 3 wheelers now. It's officially a trend.
Joined: 29 Jan 2018 Posts: 560 Location: Chicago Puch Maxi, Roughhouse
Posted: Thu Mar 12, 2020 3:54 pm Post subject:
Oh look, more stuff we in the US can't have...
Wonder who at RA decided it was a good idea to mount the rear rack at an angle to make it as useless as possible.
I suppose it depends on what you want to mount there. If you're only ever going to want to mount a luggage case, then yeah...no bueno. But for strapping books, bags, toolkits, etc, I can still see it being useful.
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