Review of 125CC Tommy Changes for 2012
Here we go, my review of the 125 CC “Tommy” scooter changes for 2012
Obviously “Tommy” is a direct reference to the mod styling of this machine. From the toughened glass windshield, large round headlamps and slightly oversized front cowl and foot rest, this machine has some reference to those sharp dressed lads from the 1960s.
However, viewed from the rear this machine really does look like a far meaner prospect.
The manufacturers have not simply upgraded the 50 CC retro machine, this is a completely different design. A much larger engine housing, broader seat and it seemed slightly increase petrol capacity have all been added.
The handlebars are definitely broader than any other bike in this class, and, despite my reservations about the general “mod-ness” of it all, this really does look like a fantastic bike.
Given how chunky the under seat area of this 125 cc scooter, moped looks, it is remarkably well-balanced. It does not seem at all rear heavy, and this is important when riding. A rear heavy bike will cause you some level of difficulty when turning, and I have driven some absolute nightmares in the past.
Thankfully the 125 CC Tommy moped is beautifully balanced and, offers very good support for above average size rider.
We got to 59.2 miles an hour in around 33 seconds. Clearly this scooter has been restricted to 60 mph, and as we have tried with other scooters in the past, de-restricting offers very little in the way of extra performance.
I’m not used to having such widely set handlebars, and for me I found myself drawing my wrists in a few inches from the edge which perhaps didn’t give me the best coverage of the break levers that I should have preferred to have. That aside, if this style bike is your thing and you’re used to a wider spread arrangement then this will probably be second nature to you.
The one thing I will say is that the foot rest is not particularly retro in design. My experiences of riding old two-stroke scooters was of a much flatter and “boxier” a foot rest. This scooter has a metal plate over the top of the main machine’s body and has a curved aspect to it which is typical of machines from the last 10 or 12 years. Despite that it does not detract greatly from the overall retro styling of the 125 CC Tommy moped.
Braking was also very good. From 60 to 0 in under six seconds represents pretty good value.
Again, as I always say with comments like that it does depend on the road conditions the skill of the rider, the condition of the breaks, and just how alert you are on any given day. That said, I do attempted to test like-for-like and my perception is that this moped offers better than average braking response.
I did actually get to have a ride on the open road with this, and I was very pleased that cars seem to treat it a little bit different. Perhaps it was the slightly wider aspect that meant I was afforded a little bit more room when being overtaken.
Of course, going almost 60 mph on a road in the United Kingdom meant I was not overtaken very often. My 30 minutes on the open road is probably not enough time to give a statistically accurate analysis of whether this will be true for anyone who buys this bike, but to me the extra reassurance of riding a scooter which imposed itself a little on the road did add a little value to my experience.
So, to sum up, notwithstanding that this isn’t my style at all, this is a cracking little bike. Capable of keeping up with traffic and with excellent retro stylings.
It doesn’t go all the way an attempt to mimic the 40 year old classics from the past, but it is an excellent blend of old-fashioned design with modern safety conscious features. If that’s your thing then this would be an excellent moped you.