The 125cc Lynx is the most expensive scooter in the 2012 range. It is also perhaps the largest.
As the picture show, it does have the appearance of a much higher engine spec of a “Super scooter”. The sort you would need a full bike licence to ride. However, it is a 125cc moped and here we review what that means to the end user and rider.
Before we go any further, as usual here our list of the 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
These are standard features, and in reality adding the wing mirrors once again took less than 10 minutes. And after unpacking the scooter did indeed start first time. The model we had came with the ubiquitous free top box and the screen which is actually pretty much a necessity as far as maintaining the styling of this bike is concerned.
The 2000 125cc lynx moped is the first “triple front” we’ve seen. With two headlights either side of the cowl and small spotlight mounted at the base of the screen.
We road-tested the scooter during the day, so it was difficult for us to judge whether this added any great visibility, but the thought is certainly there.
With front indicators mounted just below the main cowl, and a very substantial instrument panel, the extra cost of this scooter was clearly put to some proper and visible purpose.
Once on the test track we came across a couple of minor issues. Firstly the acceleration was slow. Easily the slowest of any of the scooters we have tested. While we did eventually coax the bike up to 55 mph, we had completed almost a full lap before we got to the speed. Speed from 0 to 40 seemed comparable to many other 125cc mopeds, but from then on it did seem to be a bit of a push. This may well be down to the newness of the bike and the fact that it is almost certainly slightly heavier than the other 125cc bikes we have reviewed.
The seating was very comfortable. Plenty of room for my legs, and a lot of choice of where I could park my “rear end” on the large seating area provided. This really felt like a very big bike.
Another slight surprise was that the fuel tank took approximately 1.5 gallons, and after less than 40 miles it was showing more than half had gone. Whether this was a fault with the gauge or whether this bike is also slightly hungrier on fuel is difficult to judge precisely. On balance I would say the 125cc Lynx uses approximately 10% more fuel per mile. Still a great saving over 99% of cars but perhaps a little less than the other scooters in this range.
On the open road this moped was a joy to ride. Once again it struggled to get much above 55mph despite being tested on a day when there was at least some opportunity to open the throttle. I should add this may be down to the newness of the bike and the stiffness of the engine.
It is not necessarily good practice to push a new engine on any vehicle hard for its first few hundred miles. I’m absolutely certain that this bike will be capable of 60 mph once fully run in, but others in this range actually exceed that buy a few miles per hour so it may still be the the scooter ends up being slightly slower. To be fair, given its size that is probably to be expected.
I mention it in almost every review, but I am not a small person. Weighing almost 17 stone and well over 6 feet I do appreciate a bike of this size. However, I did not find the steering to be quite as responsive as the Cruiser. Perhaps this scooter is actually one for somebody even bigger than me! Who knows?
It’s difficult to be entirely subjective. But I’ve tested this scooter just a matter of days after testing the 125cc Cruiser, and I found the other bike faster, better on fuel economy and just more generally suited to me and my style of riding.
It’s at times like these I wish I could get a second opinion, because I don’t want any subjective views I have to colour my judgement of what is clearly an excellent and well built bike.
Comparisons with the Cruiser seem apt as both of these bikes are aimed at the more mature market. As such, particularly at this very low price point they both represent excellent value.
Make no bones about it, this is a big bike, it has a presence about it and there is a sense of security when riding it. It has excellent braking, good instrumentation, performed solidly and has all the safety and extra features you could want even for a bike which cost perhaps double the asking price.
At the end of the day however, my personal choice would be to go for the other scooter.
But I must add very strongly that that is just my personal choice.
The 125cc Lynx is an excellent machine very well built, perhaps just not quite as much fun to ride. But that’s probably just me.