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Peugeot Speedfight 2 RCup

Fork in the Road. Single-minded + single-sided = $4290+orc

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The first thing you notice about the Peugeot Speedfight2, once you’ve got past the racy black and white RCup graphics, and the aluminium footplates, is obviously the front wheel. It’d have to be, right? From an engineering perspective, certainly.

It’s pretty unusual in the market. Of course, if all you’re interested in is riding the scooter, you may not ever notice the front end, bar enjoying the feeling of confidence it inspires. What’s all the fuss about? Well, given the engine characteristics are pretty much the same as the Blaster’s and that the top-end has been lopped off by ADR legislation, the chassis and bodywork are where the major differences lie.

The Speedfight uses a front swingarm and a shock absorber to deal with bumps, much like the rear end, but in reverse. It works very well, but it does have different traits from the “normal” front end. In short, the Peugeot set-up is one side of an Earles fork. A normal telescopic fork feeds bumps to the handlebars, via the fork springs, in more or less a straight line and the suspension doubles as the steering system as the handlebars are connected to the front axle via the suspension units.

With an Earles fork, the suspension and steering are separate, with the suspension forces fed through the shock absorber to the top shock mount, mounted below the steering column. You’ll still feel a big pothole at the ’bars, but the Earles fork will be more stable. Another characteristic of it is a natural resistance to dive under brakes. Brake hard on a normal scooter and the front end dives as energy is dissipated by the fork springs. Brake hard on an Earles fork scooter and the natural tendency is for the front end to rise under brakes, and for the wheelbase to lengthen rather than shorten as the forks compress.

Without getting into too much detail – and the engineers are still arguing with the physicists about this – as a rider, you get better stability. That’s the theory. Whether or not you’ll find much more benefit beyond bragging rights on a speed-limited 50 depends on how hard you ride. In any case, it’s an elegant solution and the front end is exemplary, from the wave-pattern front disc brake to control over bumps and potholes. Despite the pillion accommodation, any 50 is really a scooter for one, unless you’re really (really) good friends and are in no hurry whatsoever, but the Speedfight is best enjoyed solo anyway. The dimensions are small, and that fact makes the scooter great in traffic, yet at the same time makes it a tight squeeze for  the taller rider.

But, for the budding boy racers among us, the Speedfight would be the scoot du jour.

Country of origin ----------------------------------France
Seat height -----------------------------------------810mm
Dry weight --------------------------------------------- 95kg
Fuel capacity --------------------------------------7.2 litres
Fuel economy ------------------------------------------ blah
Wheel/tyre sizes ( f/r)--------- 120/70-12/130/70-12
Underseat storage --------------------------------------yes
Luggage hook -------------------------------------------- no
Warranty ------------------------------- 24/unlimited km
Contact------------ <www.peugeotscooters.com.au>

See Listing for more details…

Jacket by Ixon (02 9757 0097). Gloves by R.Jays (02
9684 1210). Helmet by Zeus (02 9709 4655).

 

 

 

As published in TW SCOOTER MAGAZINE - 23/12/2008
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