• Italjet Dragster breaks cover with a radical naked design

  • Naked steel trellis frame with aluminum diecast plates
  • Fuel tank low near the foot boards
  • Linked disc brakes with single Brembo caliper anti-lock system on the 200
  • Front patented Independent Steering System
  • single-sided front swingarm
  • Comfortably cushioned saddle
  • Alloy wheels
  • 125cc and 200cc peak power of 14.9hp and 19.8hp
  • Projector headlamps
  • CNC-machined aluminum parts handlebar unit, MotoGP-style hand-lever guards, passenger footpegs and handrails
  • Weighs 238 pounds for the 125 247 pounds for the 200
  • Adjustable springs handle the rear suspension
  • LED rear taillight
  • Biggest tires equipped on any scooters (12” /13”) Peirelli Diablos
  • Hub-steering
  • Price in Europe: €4,800 ($5,300)

Retains the forkless front suspension and a spaceframe

With a patented design back in 97’, Italjet Moto became the only mass-produced scooter manufacturer to equip its products with a radical forkless front suspension and a spaceframe. The Italian marquee made the famous Dragster model from 1998 – 2003 and was sold on European shores.

Now, after 16 long years, the Italian manufacturer has come back with their rebooted Dragster models that’s become even more radical and made us go “Booh yeah... Now we talking”. Italjet themselves couldn’t hide their excitement – "We are not joking!" is what reads on their website.

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2019 Italjet Dragster 1998 Italjet Dragster

Unveiled at the recently concluded EICMA show in Milan, the Italjet will hit the markets in 2020 and will be available in two variants, 125cc and 200cc, with a peak power of 14.9hp and 19.8hp from the single-cylinder engine. The engine, however, will be a Euro 4 compliant setup rather than the Euro 5 requisites everyone in the industry is adhering to.

The wacky design and construction of the Italjet are all credited to the cyborg worthy naked steel trellis frame with aluminum diecast plates, hub-steering, Pirelli Diablo tires, and frontally mounted radiator. The aggressive appearance is in authentic Italian flair with the stylish yet aerodynamic fascia and the sleek tail-end with minimalistic panels.

Italjet Dragster breaks cover with a radical naked design Exterior
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Naked steel trellis frame
with aluminum diecast plates

Both the engines are liquid-cooled and use an automatic dry centrifugal clutch with a continuously variable transmission. Adjustable springs handle the rear suspension, and linked disc brakes with single Brembo caliper comes as standard on both variants with an anti-lock system on the 200. Pirelli Diablo tires with yellow striping are some of the biggest equipped on any scooters (12” /13”) wrapped around alloys uplifts the oomph factor, and the entire package weighs 238 pounds for the 125 and 247 pounds for the 200.

The front-end is dominated by the Italjet’s patented Independent Steering System (ISS), which is similar to the ones we saw in the Bimota supercharged Tesi H2. This set up provides for a narrower front-end and keeps braking forces away from the front suspension. Projector headlamps with DRLs’ are wrapped with angular panels.

Italjet Dragster breaks cover with a radical naked design Exterior
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Front patented Independent Steering System

The handlebar unit, MotoGP-style hand-lever guards, passenger footpegs and handrails, all seem to be CNC-machined out of billet aluminum. Surprisingly, we don’t see an instrument cluster anywhere close-by. A complex linkage arrangement of a single-sided front swingarm and reinforced hub design allows for the front shocks to lay horizontally between the front footboards. Interestingly, the fuel tank sits right on top of the floorboard.

Groundbreaking design, hotlines, and a futuristic look put this Italjet Dragster in a class of its own. Now, this has made me say something I thought I would never say looking at a scooter - “Oh! I want that!”. But unfortunately, this cyborg machine won’t make it onto our shores until the end of 2020, but our European readers will be able to pick this one up at €5,100 for the 125cc and €5,600 for the 200cc. Be sure they are a limited edition affair (for the first 499 units only). It will, however, enter mass production by March 2020.

Italjet Dragster breaks cover with a radical naked design Exterior
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Fuel tank low near the foot boards
Italjet Dragster breaks cover with a radical naked design Exterior
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Linked disc brakes with single Brembo caliper
anti-lock system on the 200
Italjet Dragster breaks cover with a radical naked design Exterior
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single-sided front swingarm
Italjet Dragster breaks cover with a radical naked design Exterior
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Comfortably cushioned saddle
Italjet Dragster breaks cover with a radical naked design Exterior
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Alloy wheels
Italjet Dragster breaks cover with a radical naked design Exterior
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125cc and 200cc
peak power of 14.9hp and 19.8hp
Italjet Dragster breaks cover with a radical naked design Exterior
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Projector headlamps
Italjet Dragster breaks cover with a radical naked design Exterior
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CNC-machined aluminum parts
handlebar unit, MotoGP-style hand-lever guards, passenger footpegs and handrails
Italjet Dragster breaks cover with a radical naked design Exterior
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Weighs 238 pounds for the 125
247 pounds for the 200
Italjet Dragster breaks cover with a radical naked design Exterior
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Adjustable springs handle the rear suspension
Italjet Dragster breaks cover with a radical naked design Exterior
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LED rear taillight
Italjet Dragster breaks cover with a radical naked design Exterior
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Biggest tires equipped on any scooters (12” /13”)
Peirelli Diablos
Italjet Dragster breaks cover with a radical naked design Exterior
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Hub-steering
Italjet Dragster breaks cover with a radical naked design Exterior
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Price in Europe: €4,800 ($5,300)
Sagar Patil
Motorcycle industry expert since 1997! - sagar@topspeed.com
Over the years, a deeper conscience of machines moving body and soul has given him a crisp grasp over the concepts of motorcycling. A sucker for details and common sense, he loves getting his hands dirty every once in a while. His love affair with motorcycles ushers in the specialist skillset making Sagar our go-to expert for everything on two-wheels.  Read More
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