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2016 - 2018 SSR Motorsports' Doohan iTank

2016 - 2018 SSR Motorsports’ Doohan iTank

A Funky Electric Scooter Extraordinaire

SSR Motorsports has dipped a toe in the EV market with a handful of products, but the iTank scooter by Doohan takes the cake. Marketed under various names in different markets, the iTank rocks a Delta-trike configuration with a moderate range and plug-and-play, easy to use drivetrain. A leaning front end provides extra traction without sacrificing the sensation of flight, and the factory offers bags and a top case to convert it to a nice little campus commuter.

Continue reading to see our look at the Doohan iTank at SSR Motorsports.

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2014 - 2018 Piaggio Fly 50 / Fly 150

2014 - 2018 Piaggio Fly 50 / Fly 150

Economical Small-Displacement Transportation

On the campus, in the gated community or in an urban area, it’s hard to go wrong with a small-displacement scooter for running errands or generally getting around. Piaggio is happy to accommodate you with its Fly duo. On 12-inch wheels with all the usual storage a scooter can boast, the Fly 50 and Fly 150 carry a petite 1.8-ish gallon fuel tank; but with 100+ mpg in fuel economy, that little tank takes you far.

Continue reading for my review of the Piaggio Fly 50 and Fly 150.

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2018 Wolf Jet Classic II

2018 Wolf Jet Classic II

An Alternative To The Ubiquitous Italian And Asian Styles

Wolf Brand Scooters brings its Jet Classic II forward into the 2018 model year as the big brother to the 50 cc Wolf Jet Classic. It sports the same retro-tastic look as its smaller-displacement sibling, but packs away a 150 cc plant that drives it to speeds up to 56 mph. Unique looks and generous chrome touches give the Jet II an attitude that you just don’t see very often on rides of the scooter persuasion, but one that I find appealing all the same. Let’s take a look at this little import and see how it stacks up against the competition.

See my review of the Wolf Jet Classic II.

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2017 BMW C Evolution

2017 BMW C Evolution

An EV Scooter With Respectable Performance

The Bayerische Motoren Werke introduced its original C Evolution electric scooter to the great proving ground that is the European scooter market all the way back in 2012 and it’s finally coming to the U.S. market. A boosted battery ampacity gives it the increased range needed to handle a long-distance commute, but it’s the electronics suite that really puts the C Evolution in a class of its own. Traction control, torque control and ABS all make an appearance along with the 35-horsepower motor that, according to the factory, has no problem running right up to the 80 mph governor. I had to remind myself more than once that this is still considered just a scooter though it could certainly embarrass many a low- to mid-range ride. Not just other scooters either, but proper motorcycles. Don’t believe it? Read on and I’ll make my case.

Continue reading to see my review of the BMW C Evolution.

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2017 - 2018 Lance Havana Classic

2017 - 2018 Lance Havana Classic

The Epitome Of The Retro-Styled Scooter

When it comes to building a retro-looking scooter, it’s hard to beat the classic Italian design, a fact not lost on Lance evidenced by its Havana Classic scooter family. The range covers the 50 cc, 125 cc, and the new-in-2017 200 cc brackets, which is a huge footprint in terms of price ranges and possible uses. There’s everything here from a campus runabout to a highway-capable commuter if you have the nerves for it, and all of it bears that timeless design that seems to have reached perfection in, oh, about 1959. I always love rides with this look and this little import sports plenty of that retro vibe that seems to appeal to the hipster crowd especially.

Continue reading for my review of the Lance Havana Classic 50, 125, and 200i.

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2018 KYMCO X-Town 300i

2018 KYMCO X-Town 300i

The New Kid In The Mid-Maxi Commuter-Scooter Market

The Kwang Yang Motor Company Ltd., in its quest to grab a slice of the relatively small U.S. scooter market, shook up its mid-maxi range for the 2018 model year with the addition of the all-new X-Town 300i ABS. It also dropped the Downtown and People from the 300i lineup, so the X-Town serves as KYMCO’s second-largest scooter in the U.S. market, second only to its Xciting 400i maxi-scoot. Built as an urban commuter, the X-Town sports a generous windshield and wide front fairing with enough underseat storage for a full-face bucket plus some bits and bobs, so you could definitely use it as a grocery-getter, or campus-commuter. The factory claims a total of 23.2 horsepower, so it has the chops to get out of its own way even at highway/interstate speeds. Is that enough to overcome our national apathy toward the genre? It’s hard to say for sure just yet, but we’re certainly free to speculate based on what we see so far, yeah?

Continue reading for my review of the KYMCO X-Town 300i.

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2016 - 2018 Lance PCH

2016 - 2018 Lance PCH

Euro-Styling On A Budget

Lance Powersports expanded its imported range back in 2013 with the addition of the PCH series scooters. Model year 2016 saw the addition of the 200i engine that brought the PCH into the 21st Century with fuel-injection induction control, better power and improved mileage. Offering the 50 cc and 125 cc models as part of the PCH stable, Lance gives the scooter market a Euro-sport styled, budget-minded ride for urban or suburban transportation.

Continue reading for my review of the Lance PCH 50, 125, and 200i.

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2017 - 2018 Piaggio Liberty

2017 - 2018 Piaggio Liberty

Equipped With The New i-Get Engine

Piaggio updated its Liberty scooter range with the all-new, fuel injected “i-Get” engine that boasts improved emission control up to Euro 4 standards on the 150 models and Euro 3 on the 50s with CARB and EPA approval across the board. The change brings increased power output and better mileage to the Liberty stable. A new frame and rider’s triangle improves comfort and feel while the ABS works to improve safety. The list does go on. Needless to say, these are significant updates for the nearly 20 year old model family, and the factory has even more on tap to keep the Liberty at the top of the small-displacement food chain.

Continue reading for my review of the Piaggio Liberty.

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2016 - 2018 KYMCO Agility

2016 - 2018 KYMCO Agility

Very Narrow For Filtering Through Tight Places

The Kwang Yang Motor Company first brought its “Agility” scooter lineup to the domestic market back in 2007, and here it is a decade later and still going strong. It comes with a choice between a 49 cc and a 125 cc powerplant, but both models share the same sporty looks and Spartan appointments. Meant to serve as an entry-level ride, the Agility siblings keep things simple, clean and with nothing of the superfluous to clutter up the looks or drive up the price. I wanted to see what KYMCO is doing to try and keep these rides relevant.

Continue reading for my review of the KYMCO Agility.

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2018 KYMCO Xciting 400i

2018 KYMCO Xciting 400i

The Urban Professional’s Maxi-Scooter

The Kwang Yang Motor Company doggedly pursues its share of the rather limited American scooter market with its new-for-2018 Xciting 400i ABS that replaced the 500 from 2017. Sporty looks and cornering performance are the hallmarks of the Xciting family — possibly from whence the rather uninspired name springs — and the factory continues that legacy with this newest model. A 42-degree lean angle and 35-horsepower mill point to great potential for shenaniganery, or at the very least, a non-boring commute. Sleek and slim, the new 400i most definitely departs from the dated “classic” scooter design, and is a thoroughly modern ride.

Continue reading for my review of the KYMCO Xciting 400i.

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2017 - 2018 BMW C 650 Sport / C 650 GT

2017 - 2018 BMW C 650 Sport / C 650 GT

The Maxi-Scooter Almost Too Beefy To Be A Mere Scooter

Nobody blurs the line between scooter and ’proper’ motorcycle better than the engineers at BMW, and the C 650 range is no exception. The 2018 C 650 “Sport” and “GT” models are a direct carryover from the ’16 model year, but that’s not surprising given how difficult it would be to improve upon the bundle of features already built in. I mean, it’s a scooter with traction control and ABS on board, plus a relatively large and powerful engine with a sophisticated engine management system, so this is ’not’ your grandfather’s scooter. I have a great appreciation for German engineering, so I’m looking to see what all Beemer has tucked away on its not-so-little maxi-scooter.

Continue reading for my review of the BMW C 650 GT and C 650 Sport.

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2016 - 2018 KYMCO Super 8

2016 - 2018 KYMCO Super 8

A Compact Dual-Sport Scooter

The Super 8 in both the 50 cc and 150 cc models have been around for a bit, and while some folks discount KYMCO as a serious manufacturer, it’s worth a look. KYMCO maintains a prominent presence in the Grand National Cross Country Series, a grueling off-road racing circuit that hosts long courses over a variety of rugged terrains, and serves as a sort of trial-by-fire for both rider and machine. If that isn’t a testament to quality, I don’t know what is. We lost the Super 8 "R" siblings going into last year, but let’s take a look and see how well KYMCO’s race prowess transitions to the scooter sector with its 2018 Super 8 “X” model duo.

Continue reading for more information on the KYMCO Super 8.

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2016 - 2018 Lance Cabo 50/125/150

2016 - 2018 Lance Cabo 50/125/150

Off-Road Styling, But Is It Off-Road Capable?

Built by SYM and rebranded for Lance, the Cabo scooter line is all about aggressive sport styling and fun. Even though it’s built like an off-road ride, Lance insists the Cabo is not intended to be ridden off-road. Really? What about the action stills showing the Cabo in the dirt? Even in the "official Lance Cabo video", the rider does a little flat-tracking off-road. So is it a street-only scooter or does the promotional material lie? I really like the Cabo scooters and I was a little disheartened by the repeated statements that it isn’t intended for off-road. Let’s take a look at this off-road scooter that you’re not supposed to take off road.

Continue reading for my review of the Lance Cabo.

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2015 - 2018 Honda Ruckus

2015 - 2018 Honda Ruckus

The Mad Max Of Scooterdom

Do you want to ride a scooter for the ease of operation and the extraordinary fuel economy but don’t want to look like a sissy? While not all 50 cc scooters are sissified, a lot of them are. They come in pretty pastel colors and cute designs, something that just isn’t your style. How do I know? Because you’re reading this. Enter the Ruckus (NPS50 ) from Honda, known in other markets as the Zoomer. Bare bones — naked bike, anyone? — and gnarly, the Ruckus looks like it’s right out of Mad Max. No one is going to say, “Awww, isn’t that cute?” when you ride by on a Ruckus. Granted, you won’t be going very fast, so on-lookers will get a good, long look.

Continue reading for my review of the Honda Ruckus.

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