Written on: 03/05/2008
Size and weight
Exceptionally poor acceleration and top speed.
I have owned a Varadero since January 2006. It is the first bike I have owned. It's a useful bike for those, like me, who wish ultimately to buy something much bigger to tour on; largely because of its size compared to other 125cc machines. The Varadero has two, quite glaring, deficiencies; first, its acceleration. At traffic lights, prepare to be the last off the blocks each and every time. I'm afraid that you will be left for dead by the very smallest scooter no matter how much you try to rev the engine. Second, the top speed is laughably low for a bike of its size. Ignore the comments you see around this one claiming a top speed of 70 mph or anything near it. You'll be lucky to get up to 50 with a hurricane-force wind at your back. Make no mistake, good reader; this is a good first bike to practice on, but its a Potemkin Village; all image and no substance.