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.

Motor scooters – Tips on Maintaining

Maintaining your motor scooter is a simple task to do. It is just like watching over your house, making sure that it stays clean and new. It maintains the quality of your engine, making it seem new where in fact it is years old. In addition, it also makes the battery life last for a couple more years. Maintenance is an easy thing to do. It just needs constant care and gentle usage. Here are some guidelines that you must follow in order to properly maintain your motor scooter:

Oil. Oil level is one of the important things to look at. Always check its level regularly, and then change oil often; a minimum of one thousand miles will suffice. It only takes about five minutes of your time and at about three dollars from your pocket. Thus, it is very cheap and it would not hurt your schedules, waiting for endless minutes.

Scooter transmission. Transmission should also be looked at a certain time. Every two-thousand miles of your scooter usage or for about six months, the transmission should be changed. You may check the owner’s manual for information.

Tire. Most important to look at tires is its pressure. Tire pressure must be evaluated regularly. Since your motor scooter is two-wheeled, you should really maintain the proper air pressure for the tires, or else, you may be off-balanced and accidents and injuries may happen. Check if there are blunts in your tires, this also affects the tire’s air pressure. The valve system of your tiles should not be taken for granted. Scan through the valve system and look for breaks on it.

Joints and hinges. Check if the motor is properly assembled. Loose joints and hinges may indicate that it is disassembled. This poses a risk for accidents when driving. Fix those loose joints and hinges first before hitting the road.

Bolts. Bolt tightness should also be checked from time to time. It us usually recommended to check it when your miles hit one-thousand or six months

Make some browsing of your manual to guide you on the maintenance of your scooter. They provide the guide specific to your scooter. Do not take them for granted.

In summary, oil levels and bolts should be changed when your miles hit one-thousand. Change transmission when it hit two-thousand miles. The tires, joints and hinges should be checked frequently.

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.

X-Treme Scooters

When brothers with innovative minds get together, they will often come up with as explosive a product as X-Treme scooters. Some call their vision a dream, some call it a hobby, but whatever you call it, they followed their passion to their extreme scooters designs.

The Lamberd brothers are easy to spot when they pull up in their stand-up scooters with their dirt bike engines. The brothers are also friendly, and eager to answer any questions people might have when they see them. They attended the Motorcycle Speed Trials at the Bonneville Salt Flats not long ago. It’s hard not to notice when someone tears down the raceway on a stand-up scooter.

The dream for XTreme scooters came about when Robin Lamberd rode one of his dirtbikes on sand dunes in California, and began to wonder if a scooter could do the same thing. The design was roughly sketched out, and then, long hours in the shop later, he discovered it could be done.

Many people may have thoughts like these, but very few every see them come to fruition. Lamberd’s idea for extreme scooters was captured on paper first, which led to the first fabrication processes. That process continues today, as they refine their original design.

When the general idea had been laid out, Robin brought in his younger brother Gary to help. They first needed a frame, and they utilized chromoly steel tubing to form the chassis skeleton. This chassis would have to accommodate a standing rider, and hold a drivetrain. This was not an easy task, but the designers of x treme scooters were not ones to give up. They came up with a manageable design.

After they had a proper frame for the drivetrain and a rider, a Honda motorcycle engine was installed. When Robin removed that engine from his much-loved Honda CR, he said it was difficult to do.

It was a logistical problem to use what was already a proven commodity and harness the power from the motorcycle to the scooter. They decided to mount the engine in the front, to allow more standing room on the footbed. In this way, the first of many X-Treme scooters was born.

The brothers Lamberd cannibalized other vehicles to fit out their scooter. The motor was from the Honda CR, and they also got the fork from the CR. To keep the engine cool, they used a 1986 Ninja 1000 radiator, and pulled the disc brakes from a 1980’s model Honda 200X three-wheeler. On sand, the brothers used ATV styled wheels, but at the Salt Flats, they used airplane tires instead.

The front brake, throttle and clutch are in familiar positions if you ride motorcycles, but the only foot-activated action is gear shifting. You can toggle the gears down or up with a foot tap on one of two pedals. The power from the engine is sent to the back wheel with a double-chain drive. And so it came to be. The vehicles that were once nothing more than dreams are now X-Treme scooters.

Yamaha C3 Scooter Review

The evolution of vehicles from a simple bicycle to a luxurious 4-wheel-drive has gone a long way. Nowadays, people from all over the world are patronizing the coolest invention from its generation that helps them travel from short to long distances in a more convenient and traffic friendly way through a motorcycle.

Developing countries in Asia such as Malaysia , Thailand and the Philippines are just few among those having a significant number of motorcycles roaring along the roads. These can either be a private service, leisure, or a public transportation.

Popularly known as scooter, this two-wheeled vehicle has evolved from a manually pedaled rotary machine we all know as bicycle and continuously grow better as technology advances. Several manufacturers of motorcycles were born and the battle for the high-tech design heightens.

Yamaha motors, the leading manufacturer from Japan developed countless cool vehicles from the past years and counting. One of its latest creations is the 2010 C3 which was first introduced in 2007, weighing only 198 lb and has a displacement of 49 cc.

This toy comes with a trendy “box” design that somehow accentuates a cubic space that is why it is called C3 while stressing function and simplicity. The C3 can take you a long way on a single 1.2-gallon tank of gas. It’s fuel efficiency would surely give you a bunch of savings already. It has a completely modern running gear that includes a fuel-injected engine, making it very economical to operate. The liquid-cooled three-valve, four-stroke engine is very powerful and quiet, not to mention low-maintenance. It gives an ultimate ease of operation with its pushbutton electric starter with backup kickstarter. Another pro for this is the air-induction system and exhaust catalyst technology that reduce air pollution.

Below is a more detailed specification that is essential for you to love this scoot.

The parts and body dimension are:

Length   73.0 in
Width     27.0 in
Height    41.1 in
Seat Height           28.9 in
Wheelbase            50.4 in
Ground Clearance                4.5 in
Fuel Capacity        1.2 gal
Fuel Economy       115 mpg
Dry Weight           198 lb

The engine specification as follows:

Type –    49cc liquid-cooled, SOHC 4-stroke single; 3-valves
Bore x Stroke –      38.0mm x 43.5mm
Compression Ratio –            12.0:1
Fuel Delivery –      Electronic fuel injection
Ignition –                TCI: Transistor Controlled Ignition
Transmission –      Constantly variable automatic
Final Drive –          V-belt

The Chassis:

Suspension / Front –            Telescopic fork, 2.3-in travel
Suspension / Rear –             Unit swing, 2.2-in travel
Brakes / Front – 110mm drum
Brakes / Rear –      110mm drum
Tires / Front –        120/90-10
Tires / Rear –         120/90-10

Each motorcycle unit usually comes with a 1-year limited Factory Warranty.

Kymco Scooters

Kymco scooters today are in the top ten most units sold of motor scooter makers. There is a high demand for these scooters, since they are very popular with young people. But those who ride the scooters probably know little about the company that makes the scooters, or the variety of models they offer. There may be more innovative designs as the company heads into the future, more enticing models for riders of all ages.

Kymco was founded in 1963, in Japan. Their scooters became popular quickly, and they were soon the leading scooter manufacturer in Taiwan. They also began exporting the vehicles to over seventy countries around the world. These scooters became huge hits in the United States, and the qualities unique to these models made Kymco a legend in their industrial field. Their scooters are so popular, because they are durable and of a high quality.

Kymco also produces original equipment parts for scooters. In this way, they have quality control over the products they make. This includes everything from scooters to tires, batteries, and all the other parts of the unit. The company is self-sufficient, and they consistently provide quality scooters and parts.

The scooters made by Kymco come in various styles and models, and they will fit the needs of most any rider. For city travelers, the 49cc stroke models work very well. The 150cc model can reach 60 miles per hour, and the 250cc is made for people who want a bigger bike, with more acceleration and speed. For people of a larger body frame, the Kymco Xciting 500 is the bike to choose. When reviewing this bike, the riders found this Kymco scooters model had great acceleration and a smooth ride.

When you compare scooters by Kymco with those made by other companies, you’ll find that their seats are positioned higher, to make the ride more easy on your back. The Xciting 500 has good fuel economy and still maintains its comfortable ride and power in acceleration.

Even though Kymco originally planned to make parts for Honda, they have evolved into the fifth largest maker of scooters in the world. They make nearly 500,000 vehicles a year. They also make the engines for BMW’s G450 X enduro bike. Their product line in the United States offers fifteen scooter models, nine ATV’s and their Venox 250, named one of the best cruisers for starter purposes in the United States market.

The sales of scooters in the United States are run through Kymco USA, which has its headquarters in Spartanburg, South Carolina. The company serves more than six hundred dealerships in the United States, offering various models of the scooters made for the U.S. market. In a recent survey by the authors of Consumer Reports, Kymco’s Agility 125 scooter was ranked first, along with Vespa’s LX150, for the best choices in the 1500cc sized scooters.

The Kymco Like is also a popular model in their product line. It boasts a 49cc air-cooled, two-stroke engine, and its smaller-sized twelve inch wheels show off Kenda tires. This scooter is user friendly and handles traffic downtown as easily as it makes low-speed turns. The Like is one of the longest Kymco scooters in the 50cc class, and although it’s not light in weight, it carries a burly man with ease.

Yamaha Majesty Scooter Review

One of the perennial problems that a crowded city is experiencing and most probably every urban country is facing is the traffic. Anywhere you go, you will surely be caught in between piles of cars like you can only see those few in front of you but you won’t be able to see the entire scene from end to end. In situations like this, various innovations were introduced to the public: there is the metro rail train in the Philippines , cable cars in Singapore , and a lot more. But since these types of public transportation are limited to a fixed route and destination only, you might as well want to try another option – the motorcycle.

Indeed, the trains and cable cars can lead you to your destination in a short time; the inability to go to other places not in the route has to be considered whether you are heading short or long distances. The motorcycle or popularly known as scoots or scooters give you the best option if you would like to travel fast and keep you away from the city traffic, guaranteed. You don’t have to tag along with huge 4-wheeled vehicle anymore as you can by pass every car as long as there is sufficient space on the road for you to cross during traffic.

There are several manufacturers that continuously develop high-end motorcycles for those scoots enthusiasts even for those who just need it for everyday use. One of the leaders in the industry – Yamaha, has showcased evidently large number of high-end motorcycles from the past years. Recent addition to their feat is the 2010 Yamaha Majesty. This High-tech transportation unit defies the boundaries between comfort and style with its four-stroke engine and fully automatic transmission which means hit the start button and go. It is even powerful to run at highway speeds having enough space for two and has plenty of storage space for tools and personal belongings. Drool over its big, 14-inch front and 13-inch rear tires with its stylish cast wheels that look great and gives you excellent handling and traction along with superb bump absorption. Safety is the word for its 267mm hydraulic front and rear disc brakes that provide powerful, controllable stops with a convenient left handlebar-mounted parking brake lever. With its 3.7-gallon fuel capacity tank, you can reach about 85 mile-range (50 mpg*). Below is a detailed matrix of specification to help you decide in owning one.

Engine
Type-                           395cc liquid-cooled 4-stroke single; DOHC, 4 valves
Bore x Stroke-             83.0mm x 73.0mm
Compression Ratio-      10.6:1
Fuel Delivery-               Electronic fuel injection
Ignition-                        Digital TCI; Transistor Controlled Ignition
Transmission-               Centrifugal clutch; double-cog V-belt auto
Final Drive-                  V-belt

Chassis
Suspension / Front-      Telescopic fork; 4.7-in travel
Suspension / Rear-       Twin shock; 4.0-in travel
Brakes / Front-             267mm disc
Brakes / Rear-              267mm disc
Tires / Front-                120/80-14
Tires / Rear-                 150/70-13

Dimensions
Length-                                    87.8 in
Width-                                     30.7 in
Height-                         54.3 in
Seat Height-                 30.0 in
Wheelbase-                  61.6 in
Ground Clearance        4.7 in
Fuel Capacity-              3.7 gal
Fuel Economy**-                     50 mpg
Wet Weight***-                      467 lb

Lastly, the unit comes with a 1 year Warranty (Limited Factory Warranty)

Yamaha Vino Scooter Review

The trend in the motorcycle industry has come a long way from a simple machine operated bicycles to a gorgeous, sophisticated and mouth-watering designs available in the market today. Year after year, motorcycle companies such as Yamaha continuously develop new and innovative products that will surely give their customers the satisfaction they are looking for.

Year 2010 is a breakthrough for Yamaha where it launches various models of scooters and motorcycle having a remarkably unique designs ranging from small scoots to big bikes. As part of the latest portfolio, for this year, the 2010 Yamaha Vino showcases classic design and elegant finishing. This scoot is designed just for single person, however it is large enough to lift at most two passengers including the driver, having a measurement of (Length x Width x Height) 65.6 X 24.8 X 39.6 inches, by a 28.1 in seat height giving you stress-free and relaxed driving experience with a friend. It has a wheelbase of 45.7 in and a ground clearance of 3.3 in. Mileage is not a worry with its 1.2 gal fuel capacity with a fuel economy of 110mpg you’ll surely get to travel longer distances. The 4-stroke single 49cc liquid-cooled engine gives value to your money. It has a dependable electric starting and kick-start system so you won’t have to be upset anymore with the old-school engine starting capability. The fully automatic V-belt transmission gives you easy twist-and-go operation.

Being a classic retro style doesn’t mean that it’s technology sucks, in fact, this “straight from the movie” scoot meets modern Yamaha engineering giving you a worry-free and outstanding operation. If you often go shopping, its spacious locking storage compartment is perfect as well as for those backpackers. The under-seat storage can hold other items such as an extra helmet in case you find a friend on the road and decided to tag along with you. Tools and documents can also be stored in the compartment with the assurance that it won’t get wet even when the rain falls hard over it. The paint provides quality that will surely last for a long time. It may fade, but you only need to think about it in the next 5 years or so. The headlights look very old-fashioned yet elegant that best fit its classic over-all design and will surely make everyone jealous or head-turns. It usually comes with a 1-year limited factory warranty for your peace of mind.

Its cuteness does not end on the appearance alone, for as soon as you laid your hands on it and kick on the engine, you will surely experience an extreme satisfaction and worth for your money.