Written on: 09/01/2011
This little scooter is an absolute hoot to ride. Bought for commuting in traffic that would stall my touring bike, I love its nippiness and responsiveness. It will turn on a sixpence and is ideal for threading through dense traffic, where it averages 80+ mpg. I have added it to my bike insurance for £44 per year - result!
Now for a few negatives - the front brake alone is a little wooden but the rear brake lever that applies front and rear brake is fantastic. There is some vibration at 70 mph, but it's not too uncomfortable (and may affect just my bike).
This machine is a definite keeper so I have added a rider-to-pillion intercom with Pure Highway DAB radio. The Givi Airflow screen transforms the high-speed ride and a Givi E470 replaced the fiendishly-awkward-to-use Honda item (Honda have fixed this on the 2011 model). I also have the option of using an ancient and otherwise unwanted Sat-Nav and an old pair of electric gloves when it gets cold (I don't like handlebar muffs.
Now it's a mini-touring bike with all mod cons.