The mention of the term “scooters” brings to mind big brands such as Honda and Suzuki. However, there are many other lesser known brands such as SYM, Torino, Kymco and others which can compete with the big brands in quality and performance.
Here is a closer lookup of a few such brands:
Kymco offers a wide selection of 28 different types of scooters, starting from 50CC displacement and going on all the way to 700 CC displacement.
The Agility range constitutes the starting model, and comes with a four stroke engine. The most common 125cc has eighteen different variants to choose from, each offering subtle differences in style and appearance, suiting different tastes.
Kymco MyRoad, the 700 CC displacement model has a 4-stroke DOHC four valve engine with parallel twin cylinder, making it a beast among the supposedly tamer scooters.
SYM is another excellent scooter brand, offering a variety of models ranging from 50 CC to 400 CC displacement. The Jet 4R Naked, the starting model is a 50cc moped with a single cylinder two stroke engine, having the features and power of most normal scooters.
The Classic 125, a standard 125 CC model has a single cylinder 4-stroke engine, and robust features comparable with the higher end models of top brands offer.
MCI Scooters is yet another lesser known, yet excellent value-for-money scooter brand, especially noted for its 50CC mopeds.
The 50 CC MCI Aquillo has a two stroke engine with aspirated induction system The 2013 MCI Firefox comes with an almost similar specification but with a radically new sleek and intuitive design. There are many more variants, each suiting specific niches.
Of the lesser known scooter motorcycles available in the market, the Torino range is a hidden gem.
Torino offers a wide range of scooter motorcycles. A common thread cutting across all models is the unique blend of top notch European style and power. These bikes come with ADR approved quality standards, which are national standards that ensure safety, anti-theft and emission features.
All Torino scooter motorcycle spot a single cylinder 4-stroke air cooled engine. Beyond this, the different models have subtle differences, making it customizable for different taste and uses.
Although a longstanding brand with solid reputation, Arpilla ranks behind the big names such as Yamaha and Honda. Arpilia rolls out its scooters in the SR and Scarabeo series.
The high end version, the latest SRV 850cc Ultra Hi-Performance scooter is probably the most powerful scooter in the world, and is at the point where scooters end and bikes begin. The power apart, this model’s chief claim to fame include triple headlights, dynamic air intakes under the light assembly, and more.
The much more tamer Scarabeo has a four value engine with 200 cc displacement and fuel injection.
The relatively newer and lesser known Zoot brand of scooters is fast growing in popularity to compete with big established brands. The company offers 10 variants in 50 cc, 125 cc, 150 cc and 250 cc. The Zoot GTX, one of the most popular variant has a 125cc 4 stroke engine with dual disc brakes. These scooters are known for its extremely high quality shock absorbers as well.
Although these motorcycle scooters are relatively lesser known, they have features that put them along with the best when it comes to quality, looks and performance. Being lesser known brands, they cost less than their big brand competitors, making it an excellent value-for-money preposition.
Author: Kerry Blake
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