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Manhattan 150G Review

As a first-time scooter, the Manhattan 150G makes a great argument for your dollar.

Allen Drysdale

The Manhattan's 150G looks like a good package on paper. The classic curves cut a nice shape on the road or standing still for that matter.

The 150G is squarely aimed at the budget segment, so my expectation is very much set at entry level. So how does the 150G stack-up? We take a first hand look.


The Manhattan 150G has all the basics covered. First up the ever important storage factor. The 150G comes with a colour coded topbox standard. In addition, you have an underseat storage area and a nice large flat floor which helps. This is all complemented by a handy bag hook and lockable glovebox. So a big tick on the storage front.

The 150G has a set of easy to read instruments, the large speedo is complemented by a fuel gauge, both are analogue. The switchgear feels good and looks like it will stand the test of time. The 150G has a nice feel on the grips and everything here is normal scooter affair.

The pillion pegs flip-out when required and the 150G has a nice sturdy set of passenger grab handles. The seating position is comfortable for both rider and passenger. Learners will find the 150G a welcome ride, feet will easily touch the floor, so very easy to balance.

The engine is a 150 cc, single cylinder, 4 stroke engine that pumps out an acceptable 6.0 Kw's. Enough to cater for a first up learner-rider or enough to easily cater for a city based commute. The fuel tank comes in at just 5.3 litres in capacity.

The front suspension replicates a vespa-type arrangement, it gives the 150G a little more vintage appeal. Wheels are 12 inch front and rear. Brakes are disc front and back. You have either a side or centre stand to cater for parking duties.


On the road

The ride quality on the 150G is actually good for this price range. As I've previously stated the ride position is pretty relaxed. For a learner, it would make for an easy introduction into the world of scooters. The 150G is light, extremely light when on the move, and very easy to manoeuvre at low speeds. It's all pretty cruisy and hardly intimidating for a novice.

For someone who's been riding for a while, the 150G makes for a relaxed cruise. Enough power to keep up with local traffic and a suspension set up that tends to keep it all balanced fairly well. No real crashing or banging is evident, for the price point and style, the 150G reaches expectations.

As I was riding a scooter with little-to-no kilometres on the clock, the 150G like all new scooters, will need a good run-in period. Things like engine performance and brakes need time to to bed in. So no surprises here, the 150G performs as intended, the overall package is a good one. 


We do sometimes have a tendency to snub Chinese imports. In the case of the 150G we shouldn't be afraid. In my neck of the woods I see many of these getting around. The importer, Manhattan Scooters, sources this model through Q-link. The Taiwanese company takes care of the quality control and this model seems well and truly sorted.
We first rode the 150G over a year ago. As an entry level model it hardly disappoints. Move on a year and it would seem nothing has changed. The 150G still looks like a great entry level scooter. Quality looks good, performance is fair and handling is where it needs to be for this style of scooter. The 150G fills the role of entry level classic.

It also comes with a roadside assist package for the first 12 months. Which does make the whole purchase decision pretty much worry free. I also noticed a showroom example with a good looking aftermarket screen which would really come in handy for winter.

The 150G from Manhattan Scooters. It's been around long enough and has proven itself over the test of time. The 150G retails for just over 3 grand on the road, so on the money given the specifications. 

Available in a range of colours, our example looked very cute in light blue. See more @


published 24/11/2011


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