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Manhattan 150L Review

If your short on cash or looking for an inexpensive transport alternative then the Manhattan 150L might just fit the bill. $2295 + ORC

There was a level of anticipation when picking up the Manhattan 150L from its base in Sydney's North West. I would have to travel along some of Sydney's higher speed roads and then traverse a part of the M4 Motorway all in the first hour of the two of us getting acquainted. Not knowing what to expect I twisted the throttle, headed for home, and before I could think about taking an alternative route all my fears had subsided.

The Manhattan 150L was pleasantly surprising for a scooter that costs a little over the $2000 mark. The 150 cc 4 stroke motor propelled cleanly and quickly up to traffic speeds with not a hint of being underpowered. Getting to 80 km/h was a breeze and when hitting the motorway sections for the first time I needn't of worried due to its ability to easily handle a consistent 90km/h. And when back into the city the scooter got itself in and out of traffic with not a care in the world pushing its way in front of the regular run of stationary metal and accelerating away in a safe and brisk manner. The scooter when I picked it up had only a handful of km's on the clock so the promise would be of more to come once run in, hitting 100 km/h shouldn't be an issue. 

For most of the time I was fixated on the fact that this scooter was what we term "Budget". And in the sum of parts that make up the Manhattan 150L there is a list of standard specifications that certainly make you think otherwise. Like disc brakes on the front and rear , twin adjustable shock absorbers on the rear, remote alarm and a standard lockable top box.

The engine and transmission are well matched to the 16 inch wheel package and like all larger wheeled scooters the Manhattan 150L points where you steer and rides firmly over most of what Sydney's roads could throw at it. The flat floor helps with the storage as under the seat like most large wheeled scooters you wont fit your helmet, but you do have the standard lockable top box anyway. But talking about the seat you will find that it can tend to massage the rear end in the wrong manner after longer periods in the saddle.

The panel fit and finish is fair along with most switch gear and componentry being easy to use. There is a separate key for the top box on the rear and opening and closing items becomes second nature once you learn to push and pull in the correct manner . Most gripes if any can be centred around the flimsy plastic mirrors or the top box that rattles as you ride.

The Manhattan 150L is not going to be for everybody but it certainly doesn't pretend to be anything else other then a fair, honest transport alternative. It will in most parts do the job intended for an extremely low entry level price whilst looking quite smart.

So in returning the scooter it was hard not to think about the majority of reasons why somebody today wants to own a scooter. Would it be to save money and get you from point A to point B in the quickest time possible with a little fun thrown in?

The Manhattan 150L certainly ticks these boxes.

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Rating /10
 Handling 7
 Quality of Finish
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 Dash / Gauges
 Function of Parts
 Use of Technology
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 Total Rating  /100

Handy Hints from

The trick to buying a budget Chinese sourced scooter is to make sure before riding the scooter for an extended period that the Pre-Delivery has covered all critical nuts and bolts. By this I mean an extra turn here and there can make all the difference to the longevity and pleasure of owning your scooter.

Make sure that your place of purchase will be able to provide the relative service and spare parts necessary when purchasing your scooter for its ongoing lifespan. This is where the warranty provided at the outset is important.

published 10/02/2009


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