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Well I don't know technical details on scooters, so if that's what you want from a review please, save yourself some time and look elsewhere. What I will write instead is a laymen's review.
I bought my scooter (a 100cc WRC version of the Speedfight 2) new in 08. It was my first scooter, and only the second I'd ridden. I bought the bike partly because of it's size. It's not a small vehicle which is brilliant as I'm 6 foot tall and don't look completely ridiculous on it which was important to me.
Secondly the suspension seems good, which is again important as I live in the middle of nowhere with all the rutty roads that go with it.
The bike is surprisingly robust, I've had a couple of tumbles and the bike still runs really well with no damage beyond the cosmetic (or so the dealer assures me :-) )
Underseat storage could be a bit better, I can't fit my own helmet in, but I have a 61cm sized head so that's more my fault than that of the bike, it's reasonably large for a short shopping trip.
Has strong headlights so that's a perk, especially if you're not near the luxuries of street lights.
Only a couple of minor complaints - my exhaust is rusty 15 months from new, but it still works just fine. I also lost a tiny bit of chrome on my kick start but that's not uge either, probably happened in the fall.
And on a final parting shot, I get 72-80 miles to the gallon - can't go wrong there!
i bought mine new 07 plate spent more time in garage it has a nasty rattle from day 1 it went for its first service at 500klm as directed it needed a new engin cover. oil had leaked out of the over flow all over it. on way home from sevice it broke down i had to be recovered!
two weeks later i got it back the garage said it had a full engin rebuild! i asked why no real reson i was given(alarm bells) the scooter still has a nasty rattle. to be honest i like the bike looks ect but not happy with the rest at the moment!!!!!!!
Well, where do I start with this little ped.
I bought one in october 2006 when i turned 16, I got it off ebay, cost be £850 for a 2005 speedfight 2, all standard with just 1700 miles on the clock. Since then i have been riding around on it, wonderful little ped, quite nippy for a 50cc. Well after 4 days i managed to go into the back of my mate (due to me not paying enough attention to the road), i came off doing about 45-50mph i was just about ok, had bruised kidneys and a scar on my back but the ped on the other hand...I bent the handlebars, snapped the break leaver, ruined the paintwork and dented the exhaust. I got this fixed at my local pug dealer for just £120 (excluding paintwork).
My ped on the flat does about 53mph clock speed (around 47mph real speed), you hear some 16 year olds saying they got 70mph down a hill when really there clock is lying to them.
Overall these peds are amazing, there nippy, reliable, great looking and don't sound as bad as some. I would recommend a peugeot speedfight 2 to any new scooter drivers for sure.
1 downside is that i took it for a jetwash 3 weeks ago and it complete broke it, its been at the pug garage for over 3 weeks and they still don't know what the problem is...so if you do get one, don't take it for a jetwash!!!
Hope this review was good enough for you and helped a bit, if you need any other assistance my msn and email is firstname.lastname@example.org and you can also find me on the pug forum on the internet www.pug-club.co.uk/forum under the username SeamusBurkill.
Sach is a small German bike manufacturer, that has created a range of budget machines powered by Suzuki engines. The firm has four Roadsters a V-twin 125, single-cylinder 650, shaft-drive V-twin 800 and a special edition V-twin b-805. None of these bikes is loaded with the technical wizardry found on similarly styled, but pricier, offerings from Japan or Italy. Nevertheless, you can roar along on the 650 version. One reason its a gas was just enjoying the rarity of a Sachs bike out on the road. Other riders would do a quick double-take at the unfamiliar logo on the tank as this noisy, single-cylinder machine thumped alongside at the lights. In town, the wide handlebars, comfortable, upright riding position and low weight made low-speed manoeuvrability very easy. Take the Sachs out on to the open road and it barks and pops in a wicked cacophony that would have you believe you are flying along 20mph faster than your actual speed. But this machine has no sporting pretensions. In a straight line the Sachs felt stable and composed, but through the turns it tended to want to run wide and needed an extra push on the bars to keep a tighter line. The Suzuki mill pumps out a modest 50bhp and top speed is just a whisker over 100mph. That is just as well because the single disc front stoppers are adequate at best. But there are a few around at real discount prices and second hand ones are excellent value; it does not look or feel like a low-budget machine. The 650 Roadster would be an ideal first big bike or one for the mature who don't want 160 mph plastic rockets, with the added attraction of riding something that stands out from the rest of the crowd. Finding and servicing a Sachs should not be a problem, parts are plentiful. The Sachs company is now finacially secure and althought the roadster isn't a current model it will be around a while yet. Great value.
The Peugeot Speedfight 50cc is easily the most popular 50cc scooter on the market. I have had one for 2 years now and it still starts first time, every day. I must admit that I have not taken much care with my bike and as a result have had some problems with it, some my fault and some due to the previous owners neglect. Although my brother also has a speedfight which was looked after by the previous owner and also by himself and as a result he has had no problems with it in the year he has used it. Generally if you look after the bike it will look after you.
Speedwise it is a fast as you can realistically get with a 50cc unmodified scooter, and is capable of a top speed of around 50-60 mph, with fairly good acceleration.
In my opinion it is a very attractive bike, as far as scooters go, and is availible in a large range of colour combinations.
As I have already said speedfights are very realiable and I would like to point out that while I have had problems with mine, all of them have been a direct result of not looking after the bike as it should be. Should any problems occur parts are easily obtained and I find that with the use of a manual, repairs are easy to carry out.
Both of the bikes, mine and my brothers, were bought second hand. I was so excited at the prospect of owning a scooter when I was 16 that I went out and bought the first one I saw, with no real research into the subject at all. The bike had not been looked after at all and it took some time and work to get the bike into a roadworthy condition. A year later and after realising the mistake we had made with my bike, we bought my brothers speedfight after much more research and looking for a bike that had clearly been looked after. We learnt from the initial mistake.
To conclude I would recommend this bike to anyone looking for a learner bike, or just a general commuting bike.
If I have missed anything that you would like to know about the bike please post your comments and I will be happy to add to my review. I have alot of knowledge on this subject and am happy to share that.
I am an avid two-wheeled nutter, preferring the larger motorcycles to smaller machines. A few years ago I bought a Gilera Runner SP180 as a filler between my ex-Fireblade and my next machine, and that turned my opinion about scooters 180degrees around. I was sold, these things are ace. Moving forward a couple of years, my eldest lad decided that once he's 16 that he wants to get himself a set of wheels, and so the quest began. He wanted a motorcycle but these are not too widely available in learner-legal form. I proposed a scooter and eventually he started to see the light. However, it was not until our 2003 holiday in Corfu and taking out a pair of Peugeot Speedfight 2s that he was 100% hooked. I was pretty impressed too. Of course, these were of the unrestricted variety, but the ride and feel would be the same overall. He has recently taken delivery of a second hand Speedfight 50 in a wonderful canary yellow, no one can say "sorry mate I didn't see you" on that. In learner-legal (read restricted) form it's a bit puny on the acceleration and speed front but other than that it's a much a scoot as the unrestricted scoots. Others have written about what these things have as fitments and extras so I won't bore you here. Top speed on the '50 is around 45mph, that's with the wind behind you and a down gradient. Any kind of hill climb reduces this to around 25mph flat out! The average British car driver, who is largely ignorant of life on two wheels, is unsympathetic and so the kids will have to be careful out on the roads on one of these. They do get away rather quickly though, out accelerating the average car/driver combination. But then again, once 30mph is reached it's pretty much game over and the cager comes by, so you have to give some space up, but not too much. I can't wait for him to reach 17 and get the '50 changed out for an unrestricted '100 which will put the balance back in his fav
our. I can heartily recommend the Speedfight in any of it's forms against the competition. Build quality and built-in extras alone make it stand head and shoulders above the rest.
I was thinking of buying one of these bike because they are stylish and cheap to run. The insurance, fuel and tax are all relitavly cheap. What chanched my mind is what people had to say about it. Within one week I heard several stories about these scooters saying how bad they are: Security: The under seat compartment is not very sucure and can be opened by vertually anyone. The steering lock can be broken off by turning the handel bars with hardley any force needed. Ware & tear: I've heard that these scooters wear easily. The common stories are clutch, brake pads and tires. The good point with the scooter is that it had 4 restrictors on it and it is still capable of 40mph. remove these and you could be reaching speeds of upto 60mph. My coice now hearing alll this would be to go for one of the following: Aprilia RS50 RX50 Derbi GPR-50 Senda All of which have a six speed manual gear box.
A better ride I hear you say, what are you talking about Rob? Well alas despite accepting my order for the Piaggio Typhoon (see A Great Ride) the said Motorcycle dealer was unable to supply me with the scooter I wanted, and not wanting to commute by tube I was forced to look again. So I cancelled the order and went back to the drawing board. Lucky me what a total result because… I have just got a fabulous deal on a scooter that was originally totally out of my price range. As of Tuesday I am the proud owner of a Peugeot Speedfight2 and what a machine. The Peugeot is a 100cc, although also available in 50cc form, 2-stroke engine as opposed to the 125cc that I was looking for, and initially I was worried that the acceleration would suffer. The designers at Peugeot had already thought of this and in order to beat the competition have shaved the weight of the scooter down to 95kg, this means it is on average 20 to 30kg lighter than its nearest 125cc rival. Thus, the smaller engine can keep pace with and often out accelerate rival scooters. The improvement in appearance over my original choice is amazing. My choice for a scooter was based on functionality, and keeping costs down. Alas, this meant a compromise on looks, but not anymore. The raking front of the Speedfight2 is set off with twin triangular headlamps below a pointed black “radiator” grill giving the impression of speed. The centre of the handlebars is sculpted to give the impression that the instrumentation is housed in individual pods and this trim curves down to a point finishing the “v” look on the front of the bike. The faring sweeps round behind the front wheel and rather than the flat floor, of the traditional scooter, Peugeot have moulded the frame so that the rider doesn’t sit knees forward ankles together but sits semi-astride the scooter with feet tucked into the cut outs behind the faring.
Air intakes in the faring direct cool air onto the engine in addition to providing further aesthetic enhancement. Peugeot have a couple of limited editions available in “racing team” colours such as the Prost version giving a powder blue base, with red and white transfers, chrome foot plates, and red wing mirrors. Personally I prefer the more subtle approach provided by the standard colours. Available in black, technium grey (silver to us), and pulsar blue the Speedfight2 looks a classy scooter. The seat is sculpted to give a more comfortable feel and being slightly narrower again give the impression of a motorcycle riding position rather than the sit on scooter position. Not only do I find this more comfortable but feel more in control having the bike between my knees rather than feeling like I am balancing on top of it. The rear of the seat is slightly smaller than that of the Typhoon but with a grab handle on the rear and better positioned foot pegs the ride experience for the passenger is more agreeable. Remember though no carrying of passengers unless you are properly licensed! The raised rear of the bike curving into the rear light below the seat sets off the sporty line off the bike perfectly. The ride on the three spoke alloy wheels is fairly smooth and any reservations I had about the single front swing arm assembly, most bike have two front forks the Peugeot has one swing arm on the left hand side of the wheel, have long since disappeared with the crisp handling and manoeuvrability of this machine. As I mentioned earlier I feel more secure riding this bike in a more sit astride stance than a sit in position but this may not agree with everyone so I would definitely recommend you ride this before buying. Acceleration feels a lot smoother and more controlled than other 125 and 50cc machines I have ridden. This does not take the fun out of the ride but does give a more refine
d feel to the scooter. So I have told you so far that this scooter looks the bees-knees, rides well, and handles beautifully but what about stopping? Peugeot have done it again, fitting disc brakes to the front and rear rather than the disc and drum combination found on many competitor machines. The levers have been thoughtfully positioned for easy reach and pulling them provides positive, firm, smooth braking giving a controlled feel to the whole stopping process. Peugeot have come up with a complete package on this bike including security features that other manufacturers do not supply as standard and you may want to take this into consideration when deciding what scooter to buy. The first security device is the key coded immobiliser that prevents the bike being started without the correct ignition key. The second is the retractable boa lock. What I hear you ask? Well, rather than having a thick chain that you have to store in your box and thread through the wheel the Speedfight2 has this lock fitted inside. You simply pull the lock from out of the rear of the bike, wrap it around the post or whatever you want to chain the bike to, and lock it on to itself. When you return undo the lock and it slides back into the bike. Final bits; the under seat storage box is big enough for a helmet or a small back pack, the mirrors actually do allow you to see behind you (I have found some allow you to look at your won shoulders!), and the Speedfight2 is quieter than most scooters I have tried. Insurance supplied through a Peugeot dealer is your best option, and I found that the quotes were around 20% cheaper than other agencies. The Peugeot Speedfight has been voted scooter of the year 1997, 1998 and 2000 being highly commended in 1999. With the further improvements made to the Speedfight2 I foresee that Peugeots dominance of the scooter market will continue and rightly so. Why did
I not buy this bike to start with? Well it was £300 over my budget and this is where the fabulous deal I mentioned comes in. Ringing round for a Typhoon I found Scooters Direct. After chatting to the very helpful Paul and explaining what I wanted and what had happened he offered me a Speedfight2. I mentioned these were too out of my price range and he offered a £200 reduction for a brand new silver machine and included free delivery (from Bristol where they are located to London…. not bad eh?). I have to say I am very pleased with the fact the Typhoon never turned up as I now have a cool look on top of all the other advantages I listed for commuting on a scooter. Definitely a better ride! Information Peugeot Scooters www.peugeotmoto.co.uk Scooters Direct Ltd Lewins Mean Bristol BS1 2l Tel: 0117 925 7666 Fax: 0117 925 7333 www.scooters-direct.co.uk (this site is being reconstructed so does not work properly at the moment)
I have owned a moped for a long time and I have still got it, as it is very cool for sporty styled people. The reason why I like This Peugeot is it has a nice front, which looks sporty and has name stickers like the sports cars. My moped is a 50cc, which is helpful for me to get to college and back. It is a cheap way of getting somewhere and easy to use. The tires on this moped have a lot of grip to make sure you don’t fall off on icy roads. Another good thing is the seat. It is very comfortable and you can fit your helmet in it, which is very useful. I would recommend this to anyone sixteen or older to have a fun and useful ride. The reason why I think the bike is worth two thousand is because it has a very cool style, which every rider would want. Another thing is that the bike has great detail to it. The front of it has its own badge and also has sporty stickers, which other people would recognize on the bike. Its grip on the handles is a great thing on the bike because your hands never slip of so you are always safe. If you who want to buy a moped then I would recommend this bike if you are more of a sporty type. Another thing is that this bike is better than other bikes because it is more comfortable than others. It is spongier unlike other bikes, which feel like sitting on a plank of wood. The bike can hold quite allot of petrol as well which I find very useful because my collage is quite far away. Overall, this moped is the best and I would recommend it to anyone. So, I hoped you like my opinion and thank you for having the time to read it.
I bought a Speedfight 100 from Motorcycle City in January, primarily as a convenient form of transport in central London - I live in Clapham, work in Bermondsey and travel to at least one meeting in town a day. The 'bike I would rate highly, apart from the poor underseat security, relative thirst (I was expecting much higher mpg) and the servicing and maintenance costs. At 3,500 kms it has already had new front brake pads and clutch, at a combined cost of over £200 -- at this stage, a small car would have been cheaper to run. The Peugeot importer has also been helpful - when I had a warranty claim they were responsive, efficient and more than polite. Motorcycle City I would not recommend. They appear to be far more interested in sales than service, and response to queries has been dire. When I wanted to book the first service it took them 2 days to return the call, and when I voiced a complaint about security, they didn't want to know at all and I had to have some fairly robust conversations before they reluctantly agreed to help. I would not use them again.
My girlfriend has had a Speedfight 100 for 2 years from new. Although, the new model has come out, it is still a head turner - yes even those big boys on their ZX9Rs have a good look at it. The engine only has 9.5bhp (untuned), but can out-accelarate just about any car on the road. There has been many a time my girlfriend has arrived home with a huge grin on her face from doing XR2s and astras (the list goes on and on) at the lights. However, it is limited to 60mph, but in town and cities, who cares? Its a great run around and only costs about a fiver to fill up, being used everyday this only has to be done once a month. Servicing costs are low, but the battery has had to be replaced twice (that's once a year) because the immobiliser saps it. If the battery is dead the only thing that is affected is the fact that you have to kick start instead of pushing a button. This can be quite cumbersome because you have to stand from the side of the bike, while it is on its stand, and lean over it holding down the brake handle and give it a good shove with your foot, it's not as easy as a proper motorbike. This is the only pitfall, but you do get a factory fitted immobiliser which gives you some peace of mind. The battery costs around £20 which is'nt too bad. Other than that it is very reliable. It also has a built-in lock, which has been found to be very handy. Just rap it round a pole or something. Once you get your technique right it only takes a couple of seconds to secure your bike. It is 1 metre long which is sufficient, but you can't wrap it round the back wheel so you have to find something to secure it to. It is very light and easy to manoevure. The seat height is quite high, my girlfriend is 5'3", so when seated she can't put both feet on the ground. The handling and suspension gives a fairly comfortable ride and good cornering ability. It's great because everyone thinks "because
it's a scooter it quite slow", which obviously isn't the case, the 100cc engine gives you excellent accelaration to get you away from the traffic, which means avoiding those idiots on the road who can't be bothered to look whose around them. However, as you get to higher speed i.e. 50mph this is much more difficult - so don't think of overtaking on a dual carriage way because the car you're overtaking just might decide to change lanes into you.
I've had this bike, from new, for 14 months. In that time it has been 100% reliable, cost hardly anything in servicing or petrol, and been a huge source of enjoyment. It's narrow enough to be useful in heavy traffic, yet sturdy enough not to feel flimsy. Acceleration is excellent as are the brakes. I rarely use the integral lock because I find it heavy and unwieldy and there isn't often a tree/lamppost to attach it to. Locking it around the back bike wheel is practically impossible - unless you don't mind getting dirty up to your armpits and have the strength of a large bloke! (I'm NOT a large bloke, in fact quite the opposite, a small woman!).
I had a Peugoet Speedfight for approx 6 months from Brand New and I really enjoyed the ride and the handling of it. The Boa lock which comes out the back of the bike is exceptional and unique to the Peugoet and is great for locking round lamposts and trees. Furthermore there is also a built in imobbiliser which also helps in security on the bike and for lowering the insurance. The bike looks quite nice as well. The only disadvantage was the locking seat which opens for the Helmet. I found that it would sometimes get jammed and not open. I spent 10-15 minutes trying to turn the key on occassions to open it so i could take my helmet out. Apart from that i would reccomend it as a first bike for its ease of use and security features.
The Speedfight 50 is the coolest scooter around,my son has had one for a couple of weeks now and loves it,i looked in all the bike shops and found this one to be the best scooter money can buy.Not only looks great,but an ace handler in all situations and quick with it,yes very nippy. The real bonus with this scooter is the built in snake lock under the tail light,turn a key wrap it round a lamp post and it locks itself,it is fantastic,there is also an immobiiliser fitted they really have put a lot of thought in to this machine.It is only a group one insurance ,goes for ever on a tank of petrol,it also has disk brakes so stopping is no problem at all. this is reallt worth looking at if you are thinking of getting a scooter it is the best.