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PGO X-HOT 150 Fi Review

We take a look at the all new X-HOT 150 Fi from PGO.

Allen Drysdale

 

Introduction

In a sea of scooters to hit the Australian Scooter Market in recent times, one scooter stands out as a real head turner. The X-HOT 150 from PGO.

The PGO brand is currently being reintroduced onto the Australian scene. Recently we checked out the cute Ligero 150, this time its the flagship of the range, the fuel injected X-HOT that retails for just under the $4000 mark. So is the X-HOT worthy of flagship status. We check it out.

 

 


Features

First and foremost the X-HOT has some kind of Mad Max influence going on here. From the two circular headlights that run vertically up front, to the battleship style lines, the X-HOT makes formidable viewing. Even your action packed super hero would be happy on this one. If ever you wanted to just "blend in" then maybe the X-HOT is not for you. Stand out in a crowd, start a conversation, turn a few heads, then the X-HOT could just be.

Looking different is not the only asset. The X-HOT is actually full of premium features that certainly wouldn't go unnoticed on scooters further up in the price spectrum.

The multi function digital dash is a real treat. Fully featured you tab through a series of modes from fuel to external air temperature. And because of the compact size PGO have been able to fit a fab looking set of bronze handlebars. Fully exposed "motocross" style they look an absolute treat, a real minimalistic feature that works. Hanging off the bars we have switchgear that is top shelf. The all alloy brake levers not only look the goods but also provide plenty of feel and grip. The levers match the bronze anodised look of the bars, its a nice touch.

The front end styling is fully dominated by the headlights. Stacked vertically they provide a great stream of light when the sun goes down. Keeping in with the motocross theme the front elongated mudgaurd performs the duty of keeping dirt and grime from spraying up off the front tyre. The wheels are 12 inch spoked alloy jobs featuring white pin striping. The wheels are shod with good quality Maxxis rubber.

The front forks look premium. Gold in appearance they wouldn't look out of place on any sports motorcycle. That quality look is only enhanced by the braided brake lines coming down to a wave disc and twin pot calliper arrangement. The cable for the speedo is being routed to the front wheel by two really nice red alloy clamps that wrap around the forks. On the rear again no short cuts, disc brake partnering two premium shocks. The rear taillight is one of those nice thin LED arrangements, matches the style and looks like it was meant to be.

The X-HOT doesn't sit too high off the ground at around 790 mm. The underseat storage wont take a full face helmet upright but its still roomy, long and wide, just not deep. The seat is opened by the key via the ignition. The X-HOT does have one unique feature in the storage stakes. It comes with a handy cargo net that stretches across the flat floor area. A bag hook and a very handy "open to the air" glove box helps with storage duties.

The fuel tank is positioned centrally under the floor of the scooter, great for a low centre of gravity. The filler is located up front and is opened again via the ignition. The ignition is one of those multi function types performing a host of duties. A unique security feature on the key allows you to protect the scooter from any untoward behaviour, locking the ignition and not allowing anybody to tamper if closed off.

The engine is a 150 cc 4 stroke fuel injected unit that pumps out a hefty 9.2 Kw of power. The call for injection to meet stringent euro emission's standards is becoming all that more popular. The trade off for us users is a scooter that starts simply first time every time. Fuel injection also ensures a smooth linear acceleration from the get go. The engine also runs an oil cooler for enhanced performance in hotter conditions, also increases reliability.

The grab rail at the back of the scooter fits the style, tubular and sturdy. The X-HOT comes with centre and side stands. There is also plenty of room to accommodate a passenger if required with the foot pegs being moulded as apart of the body.

 


On the Road

Our test scooter was fresh only having a few km's on the clock when we took delivery. Still the X-HOT performed admirably being able to hold 100 km/h cruising speeds in motorway situations. Top speed was nudging over 110 km/h with easy cruising between 90 to 100. You would expect this though from what is essentially a premium 150 cc scooter. But do expect more as the km's on the odo climb.

Acceleration builds steadily and the torque is abundant. The fuel injected motor has plenty of power everywhere across the range. Its pretty smooth sailing and the specifications don't lie, all 9.2 Kw is here and ready to use.

Seating is comfortable, flat and wide, combined with the motocross style bars you feel like your in the box seat and ready to perform. The body is tight, the suspension is compliant, the seating position is one of total control.  Dynamically speaking the PGO X-HOT is competent, a really great handling scooter in every respect. A simple thought test for a sports scooter is what would happen if the chassis received a power boost, could it handle the extra performance? You could bump the power up on the X-HOT and change nothing, the chassis is solid, the suspension premium.

Plenty of power from the brakes, you can feel the sensation from the braided lines. Those large motocross style levers only enhance the feedback and performance.

 


Summary


The X-HOT reveals a true departure from the PGO of old and a vision into the near future. Its like a changing of the guard has taken place and PGO is on the hunt for some series street cred. The X-HOT not only looks well.... Hot, it also feels it. Poke and prod the X-HOT all over and you find a level of quality fit and finish that belies its price tag. It may be dearer then some but the quality is all visible and very upfront, in your face even.

Performance is more then adequate for a 150 cc scooter and for daily city commuting with short motorway runs its more then capable. Reliability wont be an issue either, PGO are working hard on building a reputable quality product.

So if the aim is to find a fun scooter package that enlists a great set of well thought out features then this is it. Or if your after a scooter that leaves nothing in the closet yet backs it up with a quality sum of parts, then this may be it also. The X-HOT answers the call to a number of different masters.

The X-HOT retails for $3990 + ORC. See more @ http://www.motorsportimporters.com.au/index.php?id=71

Warranty is 2 Years with the 1st service at 1000 km's and then every 3000 km's after that. 

Downloads

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Brochure Download 2


X-HOT Walk Around





 

published 13/04/2010


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