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Daelim Besbi 125 Review

A wave of the wand, a "puff of smoke" - SHAZAM! - the Sachs Amici becomes the Daelim Besbi.

Allen Drysdale



I'll start out by saying we once had a Sachs Amici as the family runabout. Yep, for a couple of grand it fulfilled the role of local commuter. Something that could be used when required to get the daily bread. It never occurred to me that it was also going to be used by the son as a regular. When transport is thin on the ground it's amazing what teenagers will ride to get where they need to go. The Amici in turn became the daily workhorse, no doubt getting thrashed all the way. 

We got to know the Amici well in this time. As for the Besbi when I placed my hands on the bars, it all felt natural. The engine remains the same 125 cc power-plant. The Besbi features a front disc, rear drum, flat floor and 10 inch wheels, just like the Amici. The classic styling still has that cute, retro appeal about it. 

It's under the skin where the Daelim Besbi has changed. The switch blocks have been replaced, the kill-switch has gone completely. New wiring harnesses have helped resolve any electrical gremlins. The seat has been reupholstered. And the the material used is different to that of the Amici. Finally the vacuum operated fuel pump, changed and upgraded to a Mukuni type. No need to mention the badges. The Besbi also takes a different route in getting to Australia. Daelim Korea takes on the job of chief quality control officer before the units are shipped. 

As for the rest, it's all the same. Good quantity of underseat storage is accessed via the ignition key, the Besbi features a handy flat floor area with bag hook. For more storage try the optional rack and box, a fairly inexpensive option. 

On The Road. 

Remembering the retail value of the Besbi is a fraction over the $2500 mark "ride away". So this is cheap scooting in any language. Power-wise the Besbi won't rip your arms off, but the ability to travel and commute in traffic is adequate and never scary. The scooter I rode was brand new and I only expect power to grow as the odo climbs. 

Handling is on par and as expected. This is a scooter that is particularly easy to ride for the small in stature. The 10 inch wheels mean that nimble is a term that can be used freely and the Besbi will turn on a dime. Large potholes can unsettle the momentum, though this normally happens with light-weight, small wheeled scooters. The ride quality is fairly neutral and suits the application. Riding the Besbi is a really non-intimidating affair.

The Besbi fills the role of short-commuter and does this well. If you need to travel constantly above 90 km/h or need to tackle motorways the Besbi is not your machine. Short commutes with speeds around 70 - 80 km/h are right in the zone. Remember to give the Besbi a 1000 K's on the clock before it really starts performing. At this point it revs up nicely.

Fuel efficiency should remain on par with the Amici it replaces. From what I remember I never pulled out a note to fill it up. Loose change is the order of the day, the tank holds around 5 litres.

Use the front brake when stopping as it's certainly the stronger of the two. The rear....I'd use this as a steadier only. The side stand comes in really handy and is a good one to use on a regular basis.   


Always relevant here is the price. From a cute retro perspective the Besbi wins hands down. From a learners perspective the Besbi remains easy to ride, the small stature helping those of us that struggle in the size department.

The changes in key componentry will be beneficial. The Australian importer seeing an incremental drop in pre-delivery issues between the Besbi and the Amici it replaces. The involvement of Daelim in the manufacturing process will undoubtedly help. 

From a price perspective the Besbi remains competitive on all fronts. The fact that it also has that cute retro appeal going for it helps. We all like our new toys to look shiny and the Daelim holds the head up high. 

The Besbi from Daelim, cool, fun and cheap to run. For dealer information go to

published 16/04/2012


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