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Daelim B Bone 125 Review

When you're after a ride of a different kind, enter Daelim's B Bone 125.

Allen Drysdale

In a sea of scooters, only a handful stand out from the crowd. One of those in particular is Daelim's B Bone. The exposed frame means no plastic panels, and this very much sets the Bone apart from just about every other scooter on the planet. So what's life like with a Bone in the garage? We take one for a ride.



Specifications

The Bone is well equipped. Powered by a 125 cc fuel injected motor, the Bone is oil cooled for consistent reliability in warm weather. Power is a hefty 8.5 kw's and above the 125 cc class average. Brakes are disc front and rear and they're also linked for added safety. Linked meaning the left hand brake lever activates the front and the rear disc together.

Suspension is fully adjustable on the rear, large diameter twin shocks take up the duty here. The long flat seat is well cushioned and helps when pillion duties arise, the flip-out passenger footpegs exude quality. So do other parts like the chrome speedo and fuel gauge, the exposed bars or the thick powdercoated trellis frame. Just roll the Bone off its centre stand - enough said.

The black alloy wheels are 13 inch front and rear. The fuel tank is positioned nice and low and holds a handy 7.2 litres, makes filling a breeze.  The tank acts like having a flat floor, this can be used to carry a few bags, which tend to lock themselves into place by using either side of the frame. So whilst the Bone has no underseat storage, it's still up for a daily shop run. A helmet lock is a nice addition and particularly handy in securing your helmet externally.

Centre and side stands are standard.






On the road

The riding position is extremely comfortable, feet forward, your hands fall naturally into position. You take on a cruiser style, big bike feel. Sit back and relax, twist and go, cruising on the Bone is a simple affair. The Daelim B Bone is decidedly rigid, and immediately you feel a reassuring weight on the road. None of this light budget scooter feel, this is a premium solid offering.

The B Bone can be thrown into corners and it will maintain its composure. The motor is powerful enough, the Bone will accelerate off the line without fuss and keeps a consistent 90 km/h without a problem. We picked up the bone with only a handful of kilometres on the clock, and on return the initial tightness had all but disappeared. The Bone does give out a loud shout when asked to work hard, this mainly thanks to the 4-valve head, which means the Bone does like a few revs in the search for power.

As the B Bone is fairing-less, you're very much exposed, wind in the hair type of thing, freedom. We had the Daelim for one sunny weekend in Sydney, and this is when you really appreciate what the Bone has on offer. A relaxed cruise down the beach, the Bone has a real sense of coolness going for it. This is all reinforced as a crowd gathers once parked. A series of questions unfold, everyone is intrigued. On the ride home this was very much compounded and confirmed. The smiles from onlookers, the waves and gestures of appreciation as you pass slow moving traffic, the shouts of "Hey, what is it?" - Everyone is taken in some way by the Bone.





Summary

And this in summary is why we and everyone else loves the Bone. It looks different and it has that big bike aura that goes with it. One ride and you're hooked. The B Bone is all about having that clear sense of freedom, the cruiser lifestyle.

The B Bone has an overall level of quality that is typically found on Daelim products. The heaviness on the road, as mentioned before, is extremely reassuring. The quality of parts is impressive.

The B Bone wont be for everyone. It won't allow you to blend in with the crowd. As a daily commuter it lacks the ability to store your belongings out of the weather. A big minus for many.

What is the B Bone. The Bone is a cool looking scooter that's well put together, reliable, and exudes quality. From a style perspective it's a statement that does say that I'm a little different, and I myself, very much like that in a scooter.

The B Bone retails for only $3490 + ORC. Further details can be found by visiting www.daelim.com.au


 

 


published 8/11/2011

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