Review of the 2012 125cc Classic Scooter.
First of all, an apology, I said that last year for the 2010/11 models, and I will have to say it again this year for the 2012 version of the Classic scooter… When it comes to scooter preferences, “mod” styling has never been my thing.
While the Classic is not as overtly “Small Faces and The Who” as other mopeds, it certainly leans a little that way.
Having said that of course, many of you who know me know that I ride a much larger motorbikes anyway. But I’m from an age where there were “mods”, and there were “rockers”, and I was firmly a rocker.
Okay, enough about my personal life, let’s get on with a review of the 2012 125cc Classic scooter. BUY SCOOTERS ONLY £549
Luckily, a moped of this quality has the advantage of wiping away any prejudices are may have within minutes. Read the full review below, but from the outset and from from an objective point of view this bike is excellent.
First of all, as usual here are the main manufacturers features
- 1 YEAR’S UNLIMITED MILEAGE WARRANTY
- FULLY AUTOMATIC – TWIST & GO!
- ELECTRIC PUSH BUTTON START & KICK START
- LOCKABLE UNDER SEAT STORAGE
- SCOOTER ASSEMBLED – SIMPLY ATTACH WING MIRRORS, BATTERY AND FREE ACCESSORIES
- AERODYNAMIC SPORTS STYLING
- ECONOMIC FUEL CONSUMPTION
- TOP SPEED 60MPH
- SUITABLE FOR 17+ WITH CBT LICENCE
- FULL EEC CERTIFICATE TO BE REGISTERED FOR UK ROAD USE
Putting on the wing mirrors took a matter of minutes, though with a scooter with this styling perhaps we should have put a lot more wing mirrors? It might not have suited this machine.
It’s little touches that sometimes catch the eye first. A neat and stylish front cowl which completely covers your knees and prevents you from getting the sort of “chilled bones” that riders often experience in the winter.
An extremely strong single front light and well-placed indicators at the front of the bike.
Deeper set than average handlebars which suit a relaxed style of riding.
Excellent brake position, a good long foot rest which makes it feel more secure as well as ensuring it is much easier to clean.
A seat free of ridges, meaning that despite it not being the largest seat in the range it does offer you plenty of manoeuvrability to stop that well-known scooter riders complaint “butt ache”
… and a compact look which belies its excellent performance.
Around the airfield this was almost up with the sporty looking Cobra as far as acceleration went. It got close to 60 mph in no time, and the beautifully styled handlebars meant that cornering at sensible speeds with minimal lean was also very achievable.
Of course, to be a real traditionalist this would have to be a two-stroke machine. The Classic 125cc model for 2012 is, in common with all the other bikes in this range, a four stroke scooter. And offers a fantastically smooth ride for a machine of this size.
Out in the open road handling was excellent, and on a par with the sporty models. It was capable of close to 60 mph although I did not push the acceleration too much on such a new scooter. Holding position on a busy a road was easy as the bike has ample width and is capable of keeping up with the flow of traffic.
My main pleasure though was my comfort in riding it. Having both my knees securely behind the cowl and not being chilled, and finding these handlebars suited my large frame in a very relaxed way, as well as the comfortable seat meant I could’ve stayed on the 125cc Classic for some time.
There are perhaps different sorts of fun when it comes to riding mopeds or scooters. The Cobra and the Viper offer one sort, and the Classic another.
It’s difficult to explain without getting all poetic what the differences between these two are, but there are differences particularly in your perception of the experience as a rider.
Braking was good, and my arm position meant there was virtually no “throw forward” even when braking from higher speed. I found the position of the wing mirrors also excellent, and with a little adjusting they seemed to offer a better view of traffic behind me than I had with any other bike in the range. Once again this is probably peculiar to my own frame, but it was rather good.
To be objective, this doesn’t offer the “speed” fun of the Viper or Cobra, neither does it offer the security and size of the City or Cruiser.
If you take any thoughts of the heritage of a bike styled in this manner out of the equation, it sits comfortably between those two styles offering a choice that is neither “boy racer” nor “over 30s commuter” and perhaps fulfils two different roles as either “Retro mod” or “Fun scooter” and that, in my opinion is no bad place to be.
So to sum up, if you like the styling, then the 125cc Classic is an excellent bike at a knock-out price.