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Sachs Amici 125 Long Termer

We rate life using a Sachs Amici 125 as a daily commuter. So what's it like on a scooter costing under $2500? We find out

Allen Drysdale




We tested the Sachs Amici earlier in the year and came away impressed. The Amici was not only inexpensive to purchase but also had a great deal of the basics covered. Well a few months down the track and the Scootersales.com.au long term Amici has become the daily go-too machine. Plenty of short trips, the odd destination, the Amici gets a start most days of the week. Which brings me to a few impressions of what its been like living with the Sachs Amici long term.

The Sachs Amici 125 has a fair bit going for it, for example the style. The Amici is what you'd normally call endearing, cute even. If I'm after a classic looking scooter then the Amici covers the basics. Smooth lines, curves in all the right places and touches or chrome to offset the solid colours. Not too big, not too small, aesthetically its a nice scooter to look at. I love the front grill and I'm also a fan of the rear taillight.

From the riders seat nothing changes. Comfortable flat seat, typical classic riding position. And by that I mean everything is very upright, the handlebars are close and my feet are nestled nicely on the flat floor. Its all very non offensive and still to this day, never a chore to get on and ride. The fact that its also light and easy to manoeuvre helps with its simple easy to live with nature. 

The most impressive point for me comes down to the engine/transmission combination. This is one aspect that still continues to impress. The acceleration from standstill to 80 km/h belies the price point. Its smooth and continuous, with a steady flow of power that serves its purpose. Its not neck cracking but its reliable and perky, above par for the price point. In our experience the Amici's top speed is limited to around 90 km/h. As we've added km's to the odometer, the Amici has grown in its ability. The more kilometres the better, better top end speed, faster off the mark acceleration.

You need at least 500 km's on the clock before you start feeling the true vibrant nature of the Amici. 

Handling on the Amici 125 is solid with nothing loose or rattling around, again above par for the price point. And the Amici continues to cope well with the daily bump and grind that is Sydney's roads. Sure it will crash its way over some of the larger bumps and potholes but overall its actually nice and compliant, keeping a true line. Because the wheelbase is so small you actually get accustomed to how quick the Amici reacts to steering inputs. And because of the low weight its actually extremely easy to manage. Its a no hassle proposition and I like that in a scooter, especially if its all about quick short runs.

Bodywork, fittings and finish have all stood the test of time well. The Amici has now been graced with a few washes. Its also garaged daily so we really haven't tested overall life outdoors but like all scooters you keep them clean, they last longer.

Fuel usage is another aspect of scooter life you only really get to make an opinion on over time. The Amici holds about 6 litres of fuel so fill ups wont and don't, break the bank balance. In fact fuel becomes nothing more then a passing thought. You get around 200 km's on a tank and when you fill up your just using what loose change you have left in your wallet. The fuel gauge wont give you an overly accurate representation of what's left in the tank so its best to get used to how many km's your riding style will take you. So for example as the gauge reads empty the Amici is still holding around 2 litres of fuel in the tank.

Switchgear has been another aspect of the Amici that has been fault free to date. Initially I had a brake light issue (light staying on), this being most likely down to a switch that needed to settle in. Fixed itself actually, no issue since.

I've ridden the Amici in hot weather, cold weather and recently in many of the torrential Sydney downpours. A good measure of the Amici's reliability has been to take it out in the rain. The Amici has stood up in all weather conditions and continues to start and function as intended. Now if the Amici wont start.... Its most likely you've left the sidestand down as the Amici has a sidestand cut-out switch. Its so far caught out a few members of the family!

As for storage, I've accomplished countless trips to the shops where multiple bags of groceries can be stacked on the floor. So at this stage the need for the optional top box hasn't been required. Mostly my helmet is stored by locking it externally using the helmet hook provided. I've even run the Amici two up, fully loaded with luggage, bound for Sydney airport.

One minus might be the centre stand. You normally like a scooter to glide back onto the stand, the Amici will take a little more effort. I do like the sidestand though, its one I can use with confidence on all occasions.


Summary 

Overall life with the Amici has been a breeze. Initially the Amici did feel tight, though as the km's have been piled on, so too has its enthusiasm for the road. The Amici 125 is best suited to life under 90 km/h but that said, its where I do 99 % of my riding anyway. As a daily run-around its been faultless. It tackles and satisfies a multitude of tasks where I just need to get from point A to point B quickly. 

Again it all comes back to that old adage, price and purpose. The Amici is priced under $2500 + ORC ($2290 to be exact), the value for money equation is sensational. The fact that it also looks good, goes well and will satisfy a multitude of daily commuting tasks speaks highly for the Amici.

After a cost effective run about with a cheeky classic style, that's the Sachs Amici 125. Available in a black, pale blue, pale pink,red and white. Optional Top Box is available.  

For more information go to www.sachsbikes.com.au

 

published 6/06/2010


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