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Daelim S1 125 Review

Until now Daelim's S1 must have been Australia's best kept scootering secret. Time we let the cat out of the bag.

Allen Drysdale


Quick Ride: We recently spent a few days getting around Melbourne and the surrounding suburbs on Daelim's new-look S1 125. Read our initial impressions below.  

Daelim S1 125 Review

Today's scooter market is a commuters dream. As the market matures each brand is having to offer models with better value and more features. Daelim's S1 is a good example of this. Here's a scooter that once sold for $4000 just a few years ago. The S1 offers solid Korean build quality and now comes with more features than ever before. In today's ultra competitive market the S1 is retailing at just shy under 3 grand.

We'll start off by reviewing the feature list. The engine's a fuel injected, 4-valve unit that produces 8.5 Kw's of power. The underseat storage area comes fully lit. Glove compartment is fitted with a 12 volt charging station. Digital analogue dash features twin tripmeters. Passenger backrest with sturdy box-ready rack. Flat floor, bag hook and the external fuel filler makes life easy. Large 13 inch wheels are fitted front and rear. Linked braking system with discs at both ends. The list is long, and for the money, truly impressive and somewhat class leading when comparisons are made. What makes it even more remarkable is my test S1 came with a screen, hand guards and a top box standard. The local importer is offering these accessories as an extra incentive with any S1 purchase.

On the road you immediately feel the quality that is apparent on the S1. A nice heavy feeling when stationary or once rolling the story continues. The S1 is smooth, quiet and feels refined. Off the mark the S1 takes a moment to gather momentum, being 4-valve, it likes to produce peak power higher up the rev range. The benefits come further down the line as 90-100 km/h speeds are reached. Here the S1 will cruise along happily and will remain unflustered all day long.

Having 13 inch wheels helps with handling and the standard tyres look and feel like they help with ride quality. All in all, the Daelim S1 handles itself well on the road, turns in nicely and keeps itself composed. The Daelim comes with a single rear shock. I'd adjust this up a notch just to stiffen things up a little. In standard trim I found the rear end a tad soft. For me, quality equals confidence on the road, and the S1 has tons of quality.

Ride position on the S1 is probably the only gripe here. Whilst the seat is comfortable, the hump does keep you locked into a forward position and I do like stretching the legs, especially on longer rides. The passenger gets the royal treatment with quality foot pegs, a flat comfortable seat and a really nice back rest. Storage is never an issue, especially with the additional box fitted. I'd like to see some helmet hooks under the seat if possible, this will just add to the convenience. 

Brakes are superb, using the left hand lever is all you'll need for the majority of braking duties. Nice and strong and fully up to the task. I should also make mention of the standard side stand, useful on the odd occasion.

My riding on the S1 varied from inner city to a fairly long stint down Melbourne's fast flowing Eastern Freeway. We even tackled the West Gate Bridge a couple of times. Normally on this class of scooter you may think twice, though here the S1 never faulted. Even with only a handful of K's on the clock and fully loaded up, the S1 remained composed. The screen and hand guards were really showing their worth in these conditions. No doubting the S1 is best suited to shorter city commutes, though it's still nice to know when 100 km/h is called for, the S1 will step up to the plate.


There are many big name scooters that play in the same class as Daelim's S1. Often the S1 can be a scooter that gets overlooked as it's not one of those "big names". Though from a dollar perspective, the S1 is easily one of the best scooters in the budget class segment. Actually, it's hard to think of another scooter in this class that offers this much value.

If you're looking for a new commuter or just looking for an upgrade, the S1 is a must see. Daelim Australia have just released the new sporty red and black colour scheme, it's a nice alternative to the other more executive schemes of white, titanium and black. The S1 comes with a 2 year warranty.

The Daelim S1 is not new, it's been around for a few years. What has changed here is the value shift. The S1 offers an abundance of quality and value for the list price of $3000. Remembering it comes with all the accessories standard, so you won't need to spend anything extra.

The cats out of the bag here, the Daelim S1 was Australia's best kept scootering secret. Get into your local Daelim dealer and demand a test ride today.

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Photo : New sport colour scheme

Photo : External fuel filler


Photo : Digital/Analogue dash


Photo : Linked brakes 

Photo : Fully lit underseat storage compartment. Opens from ignition key.

Photo : Glove compartment with 12 volt charger. 


Photo : Flat floor


Photo : Quality switchgear with hazard button


published 8/04/2013


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