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SCOMADI TL 125: A MODERN CLASSIC

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The performance scooter market is getting pretty intense! Competition for market segment has never been this fierce especially with the trend of scooters above 110cc is rapidly growing. There’s the introduction of the Vespa 125cc, the Vespa 150cc, Benelli Zenzero 150cc and entering the competition is the Scomadi Turismo Leggera 125cc.

The Scomadi Turismo Leggera 125 takes retro styling to the net level. It is the closest competitor to the Vespa 125 as both feature a 125cc engine and sport a similar design features. Launched in Nepal by Avasha International, we have had the opportunity to spin both editions of the Scomadi 125 classics inside the capital.

STYLING

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The styling of the Scomadi is based on a classic design with a little more modern touch to it. The Scomadi has a much larger body than the Vespa which gives it a much bulkier look.

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It has a classic looking rectangular headlight and has an all LED taillights, LED turn signals front and back with disc brakes on both the front and rear wheels.

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The Scomadi has a digital speedometer which looks clean and gives it a fresh look.

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The seat height is 773mm which might not sound like a lot but considering the wide seats and the wide body of the scooter you have to be pretty tall to flat foot this scooter.

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COMFORT

The amazing looks come with a compromise. The seat is very thin to give it a retro look; while it looks very attractive the thinly padded seat doesn’t provide enough cushioning. This can be difficult for longer periods of riding.

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The metal supports underneath the seats poke you thighs so you have to sit further back than what would be appropriate. This in return minimizes the seat space of the pillion rider, which makes it uncomfortable for the pillion as well. Pillion foot pegs could have also been better placed. The handles are well placed and provide a good riding position.

PERFORMANCE

The TL125 produces 9.86 bhp @ 7,300 RPM and 9.67Nm of Torque @ 7,200 RPM. The initial pick up of the TL125 is a bit laggy but it starts moving after you cross the 4,500 RPM. The claimed fuel economy of the TL125 is 29KMPL, so it might not score the highest marks in terms of mileage.

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It however features a huge 11 liters fuel tank, which trumps every other scooter in the segment! However, that compromises on the storage space as there is practically takes up all of the space.

HANDLING

The TL125 handles pretty well and is very responsive to the input given by the rider. Even though it has a long wheelbase it manages to glide through the traffic with relative ease.The forks upfront and the suspension in the back do their job pretty well and absorb the bumps, the 120 section rear tyre give additional confidence while in turns or maneuvering the TL125.

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The brakes perform exceptionally well. The disc brakes in the front and back have plenty of stopping power and provide a good feedback as well. So stopping this scooter is no problem

VERDICT

The Scomadi TL125 preformed pretty well over all. Its retro styling takes the cake and makes it a bonafide head turner. Mileage might not be its strongest suit but the 11 liter fuel tank makes up for the constant fill ups.

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Looks do seem to overshadow the performance of the scooter though, but to anyone eyeing the Scomadi, that would not be much of a concern. It certainly grabs the attention with its drop dead gorgeous looks. That might be a major factor when you gauge its value for money.

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