Honda Metropolitan Scooter Review

With the trend of fashion and cool driving, here’s a treat for you: the 2009 Honda Metropolitan Scooter. With its features, you’ll surely love this scooter on every bit of it. Let’s take a look at what this new product has to offer.

Let’s face it, more often than not people firstly fall in love with aesthetic looks. Specifications are only secondary for the lay people. For scooter lovers, specifications are way more important than the outside appearance. The 2009 Honda Metropolitan Scooter suffices the needs of the lay people and the cravings of scooter lovers. With the combination of fashionable and efficient functionalities, you cannot go wrong with this scooter. It offers two new colors: Ghost and Graphite, adding up to the colors Ocean and Monza.

Let’s go into the deeper details of this scooter. The 2009 Metropolitan Scooter has a 49cc displacement and a 1-cylinder, 4-stroke engine, which makes it simple and compact and gives just the right amount of fun and efficiency for in-town driving. Though it can only accommodate 1.32 gallons of gas, it is really economical and efficient for in-town driving. It is liquid-cooled, which I think is really fitted for this scooter. It helps the engine to work at lower temperatures. It also has a carburetion of 18mm Constant-Velocity (CV) with automatic choke and a CD Ignition system that needs little or no maintenance at all. It utilizes its engine’s brushless alternator, which is also maintenance-free, for starting your scoot. This feature also helps in the reduction of the scooter’s weight, and therefore having an economical fuel usage.

Now, for the attractive features of Honda Metropolitan 2009 model, I think of it is its automaticity. It offers an automatic V-matic belt drive for great acceleration. It eliminates the need for shifting and the hassles of manual transmission. Just ride the scooter, turn it on and then off you go! It allows speed of up to 40 mph and gives a mileage of 80 MPG.

Another edge is its brake system. It has a Combined Braking System (CBS) located at its rear. It helps in control slowing or stopping by adding the front brakes. It also has a larger storage compartment where you can place your helmet, books, gadgets, etc. Another good thing is that it has anti-theft features. It provides a trunk release switch key-operated ignition lock to provide security of your belongings in your storage compartment. It also has a steering lock system and a kickstand lock system that makes it free from theft.

Well, there are only few minor drawbacks from Honda Metropolitan 2009 model. Since it is lightweight and small, larger people may have a hard time fitting in and driving off with this scoot. Also, it can only accommodate 2 passengers (unlike other scooters which can accommodate 3 passengers at most) relative to your body size.

Overall, the 2009 Honda Metropolitan gives us a taste of fashion, efficiency and practicality to upgrade your whole scooter driving experience to a new level.

Honda Ruckus Scooter Review

Introduction:

2011 Honda Ruckus comes with a power, efficiency and attitude you cannot ignore. This scooter is gaining popularity as it offers innovations and style. It comes with different colors like orange/black and black. Its price is still to be announced. Let’s take a peak on this new scoot.

The Inside:

Quipped with a 49cc displacement, one-cylinder, four-stroke engine, 2011 Honda Ruckus is best used for in-town driving. It is liquid-cooled, which is good because having air-cooled cooling system sometimes gives off more heat that it makes a comfort issue as it tends to get hot in between their thighs. So, the liquid-cooled cooling system is way better. As with the current trend in the modern scooter market, 2011 Honda Ruckus has a Capacitor Discharge (CD) Ignition system. It is quite an advantage since it is quicker to charge a capacitor. In lieu to this, it also has a 15mm Constant-Velocity (CV) with automatic choke that is best for its internal combustion engine.  Looking at its suspension, 2011 Honda Ruckus comes with a twin-down tube fork front suspension with a 2.2 inches travel. On its rear, a single shock with a 2.6 travel. This scooter passed the Carb and EPA standards.

The Driving Experience:

2011 Honda Ruckus gives you an Automatic V-matic belt drive, which eliminates the need for shifting. You can enjoy driving smoothly without the need to shift gears, and having this belt drive will give you a good support along the way. Packed with a 1.3 gallons for fuel, this scooter is way economical than other scooters. You don’t have to stop at every gasoline stations just for a refill.
Another good thing I see in this scooter is that it automatically turns off the engine three seconds after stopping. This I think is really economical and fuel-thrifty. You can also adjust the seats to whatever will make you comfortable. The seat height is 28.9 inches that is really average of any body size: not too high and not too low. It also has a storage compartment under your seat that is spacious for your belongings and helmet.

Its tires are 120/90-10 at the front and 130/90-10 at its rear. This is good because it offers a good grip on the road especially when driving on a rough pavement. And also let’s not forget the dual headlights, yeah!

Drawbacks:

There are only few drawbacks in 2011 Honda Ruckus. First is its CD ignition system. It only produces a short-duration spark and therefore needs multiple strikes to make the spark duration longer.

Another thing is the braking system. Drum brakes stops the rotation of the wheels by pressing on a brake lever. Well, for me this is an old-school braking system. There are lots of other brands who are now utilizing discs as their braking system, and they are at least more modern. Moreover, if often causes lock-ups. On the brighter side, this braking system is advantageous at some point as it can be used as a parking brake.

Conclusion:

All in all, 2011 Honda Ruckus gives us the real driving experience quipped with power, grip efficiency, along with style and attitude.

Honda Elite Scooter Review

Well, at first glance, I instantly fell in love with this scooter: the 2010 Honda Elite. From the outside to the inside, it surely is lovable. It comes with two colors: black and red. Both colors are a perfect match for the scooter, and it is really eye-catching whenever you are driving on the road.  With the price starting at $2,999, 2010 Honda Elite gives us a feel of a high-end class that is affordable and fuel-saving. Let’s take a look at what this scooter offers:

The Inside:

The 2010 Honda Elite comes with a 108cc liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, one-cylinder, four-stroke engine. It gives the scooter the power to efficiently accelerate through the course of the road. It can run up to a little but faster than 50 mph, which makes it good for in-town driving and not for the freeway. The engine power is supported by its Programmed Fuel-Injection (PGM-FI) induction with automatic enrichment. It gives the best engine performance by giving just the right amount of fuel. Having a small engine also benefits a larger and more spacious storage compartment. With a compression ratio of 11.0:1, this scooter scores only average when it comes into igniting and burning air/fuel mixture, and therefore delivers just the right amount of power. The ignition is digital transistorized with electronic advance and its valve train is a two-valve single overhead camshaft.

I think one of the good features of 2010 Honda Elite is its braking system. With a front brake of singe 190mm disc with two piston caliper and a rear brake of 130mm drum, and add up the Combined Braking System (CBS), it makes an efficient braking force as it affects both wheels.

The Driving Experience:

Having a 1.6 gallons capacity is just fair for this scoot. Since it only gives the right amount of fuel for energy, the fuel is regulated and thus, fuel-thrifty. You will be amazed that at the end of a 50-mile journey, the fuel gauge won’t even reach near half.

It’s lightweight features makes this scooter ways especially at shifting lanes and traversing through traffic. Due to its small engine, its acceleration at start is way not good, but wait until it reaches its momentum and this scoot will do just fine. This suggests the use of this scooter preferably for short-distance travels, something like “from here to there”.

Drawbacks:

2010 Honda Elite has a seat height of 29.1 inches, which is a bit low. Taller drivers may have a hard time finding and maintaining a comfortable position on this scoot. Thus, this is less likely suitable for long travels.

For scooter drivers looking for a thrilling driving experience, this scooter is not for you. Due to its small engine, it can only accelerate as much as a little bit over 50 mph.

Honda Silver Wing Scooter Review

If you want to own the road, then this is the scooter for you: the 2010 Honda Silver Wing. With its high-speed acceleration, conquering the road is an easy thing. Breezing through the roads, this scooter is made for your cravings in a long-sustaining high-speed journey.

The Inside:

Built with a 582cc, four-stroke, liquid-cooled twin-cylinder engine, this new scoot is surely a powerhouse. Combined with its Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI) with automatic enricher circuit and four-hole injectors, it efficiently increases available fuel energy. These results in good energy combustion and thus, a smooth and powerful drive we all are looking for. In pair with the engine carburetion, it has a computer-controlled fully transistorized ignition. Another plus is its transmission: an Automatic V-matic belt drive, which eliminates the hassles of shifting gears.

The Driving Experience

2010 Honda Silver Wing can accelerate up to 90 mph, given its engine characteristic, which is a good thing. For one, it could be used in the freeway as it can keep up with the pace of other vehicles on the road, and another thing is that it can sustain long-distance travels.

Still about long journeys, its fuel capacity is 4.2 gallon, and included to that is a 0.9 gallon reserve. Assessing its capacity, it has a fairly large fuel capacity, so you can save more time in your travels for not stopping by every gasoline station you see just for a gas refill.

Two innovations are in its braking system: the Combined Braking System (CBS) and the Anti-lock braking System (ABS). 2010 Honda Silver wing, having a three-piston front brake and a two-piston rear brake and along with the CBS, makes an efficient and strong braking force. Add up the ABS, it can now automatically adjust your braking controls to ease your difficulties.

The scooter comes with an automatic transmission and that is a thumbs up. You can drive this scooter smoothly and hassle-free as you want it to be. And as you travel, you won’t feel the strong breeze slapping your skin and making you feel like you’re gonna be thrown away, because this scoot has a body work and wind screen that will surely protect the driver and the passenger, and at the same time, lessen the wind noise that might be irritating to you.

Drawbacks

Obviously, this is a large and heavy scooter. It may go as fast as you want it to be, but be prepared for the maneuvering, and surely, you will be having a hard time (or maybe just at first). another thing is its storage compartment. Though it may fit two helmets, two jackets and an extra clothing, the won’t be enough for long travels. Lastly, this is an expensive scooter,but others say that it is worth it looking at its quality and functionality. Well, for this case, it’s for you guys to decide, it’s your budget after all, and remember, money matters.

Build Your Own Honda Scooter

Honda Metropolitan ScooterHonda has a nice feature where you build your own scooter. You see this mostly with the major auto sites, so it’s nice to see that Honda brought to scooters. You can pick your model with colors and accessories. It’s fun to do. I built a custom Honda Ruckus. Cool.

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