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Vmoto Monza Review

Is your short daily commute as boring as it is long.

Allen Drysdale

Been on a 2 stroke 50 lately? I say this because in a world of 4 stroke machines the two strokes can still provide the answer for simple cost effective and fun riding.

Nothing else provides that unique zip, smell and experience that only a two stroke can deliver, and my recent time spent on the Vmoto Monza is testament to this.

Remember a 50 cc scooter is still legal to ride on a car licence in a few selected states in Australia, but don’t let this put you off the small capacity if you’re not in one of those states. You see, a 50cc can fill a myriad of duties, perform a number of tasks and do it all whilst putting a smile on your dial and only costing you some loose change.

But back to the Monza, which like a lot of 50 cc scooters the first thing you realise is that they are so easy to manage.  Low on weight with an easy power delivery means you just need to watch where it is that you’re going. You don’t have the added stress of balancing extra kilos especially at slow speeds as managing the Monza’s 82kgs is a breeze.

On the road, the Monza darts from side to side, and I found in inner suburban situations the Monza more than capable of keeping up with the plethora of 50 km/h speed limited roads. Large bumps and potholes will do their best to unsettle the Monza but with agility like this you have the capacity to steer around them with time to spare.  

The Monza will easily cruise at an indicated 60km/h which may be closer to a 50 km/h actual speed. But saying that, it’s ample for the burbs, and I found travelling with the traffic a breeze. Again, with the narrow profile of the Monza  it really does amaze me the size of the gaps I can comfortably fit through, which makes for pretty brisk travel on congested suburban roads.

I found once up to speed you just needed to feather the throttle; keeping on the upper end of the scooter’s torque curve means maintaining your speed becomes an easy proposition. The Monza easily powered up small inclines and along flat surfaces where maintaining speed limits is not an issue.

One thing that’s hard to measure is the fun factor. Each time I got the Monza out of the garage it was like boy racer was going out to play. A sense of fun comes over you as you head out, hit the starter, get a whiff of two stroke and off you go with a zing.

The Monza is comfortable to sit on and again it’s the size thing, an easy reach to the bars and all gauges are easily viewed on the dash. A large speedo tells you your speed and the handy oil warning light lets you know when its time to fill up the two stroke oil reservoir.

And that’s about as tough as it will get on the Monza, maintenance wise, as every now and then you will need to open up the oil compartment and top up your two stoke oil. Fuel will set you back loose change and service costs will be fairly minimal due to the lack of moving parts. Again living with a two stroke 50 does have its benefits.

The Monza has plenty of storage opportunities like the lockable top box, underseat storage or even the flat floor with bag hook if required- so shopping runs on the Monza become a breeze.  I found myself taking the Monza on many a shopping trip as you can park in the smallest of places and carry as much home as you could ever wish to feed the family. The odd case I hear you ask? - no dramas, cans or stubbies are easily accommodated.

Styling wise, the Monza has a sporty appearance with flashy graphics and colour matched rims all suiting the job at hand. Braking is ample for a scooter of this size with a small disc up front and a steadying drum on the rear.

Sure, the Monza has it foibles, but they’re not enough to take the shine off owning one. Vmoto would do well to enlarge the factory fitted top box a little, and when playing the ‘boy-racer’, the centre stand will scrape on left hand corners. But these criticisms pale compared to the joy and economy of owning the honest little Monza.

Scootersales.com.au says,

So; cheap to run, tick. Easy to ride, tick. Easy to maintain, tick.

The Vmoto Monza certainly does what it was set out to do. The Monza is a scooter that will perform a multitude of inner suburban commuting tasks with ease. It’s a scooter that will be easy to maintain and won’t dig into the weekly budget. And more importantly each time I rode the Vmoto Monza I was instilled with a sense of fun.

There is something to be said for a 2 stroke 50 cc scooter. As more and more scooters head four stroke to cater for increasing overseas emissions regulations the 2 stroke sits on its own as being unique.  Long live the Monza….


 


published 12/08/2009


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