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TGB Bellavita Long Term Update

Our ongoing series of updates on TGB's Bellavita 300. This time we take a look at items like performance and servicing.

Allen Drysdale

TGB Bellavita 300 Long Term Update

We've covered over 2000 km's now on TGB's Bellavita and as yet no faults to report. Being made in Taiwan, it wasn't like we were expecting a whole bunch of issues anyway. The Bellavita has always felt like a quality, well put together machine, quite impressive that this is TGB's first attempt at this model.

The 300 class engine continues to prove itself one up or two. No need to shy away from fast flowing motorway or freeway sections, the Bellavita will hold its own. Worth mentioning that high speed stability has proven itself to be its strongest suit.

The Bellavita has also proven itself convenient. I've mentioned before the combination of top box, flat floor and helmet hooks all working well in its favour. I find it a great machine for riding two-up. The passenger sits pretty and they get their own backrest. Worth noting that the passengers feet don't get tangled with the riders.     

The body is holding up well. I do keep the Bellavita relatively clean and garaged so the chrome bits still look good. The body work has a few marks and scratches from where I've been carrying some fairly large items in the floor area. Most of these though I find will polish out easily. If they don't, I'm thinking of just replacing a few panels if needed down the track, something of a bonus on a plastic panelled scooter.   

Since we reported in last time we've had a chance to compile a series of performance figures. The Bellavita has a suggested power power output of 17.5 kw's, it produces this at 7500 rpm. We've confirmed a GPS timed 7.2 seconds for the Bellavita reaching 80 km/h. The Bellavita will go on to reach 100 km/h in just under 10.5 seconds. Not a bad figure considering the TGB was loaded up with camera gear and had the rear box fitted.

Top speed of the Bellavita is a GPS verified 135 km/h at which point the Bellavita was showing 144 km/h on the dial. With more room or on a downhill stretch the Bellavita will pull over 140 km/h and do it in a capable smooth manner, there's no feeling of head shake or uneasiness at these speeds. This was really surprising and shows me that TGB has not skimped on frame or suspension quality. Probably helped also by the weight of the Bellavita which is a solid 153 kg's.  

Fuel consumption is averaging out at 3.7 litres for every 100 km's travelled and this gives the Bellavita a range of around 250 km's total. The Bellavita will hold 8.8 Litres of fuel and when that last bar on the fuel gauge starts flashing it's time to fill the tank (believe me on this one). When filling the tank you must hold the nozzle at the top of the tank entry, this way I find the fuel flows nicely.

Brakes are working well. The left lever is the one I use the most, this operates linked discs front and rear. The right hand lever operates the front disc only, I find myself using this only in hard braking situations.

The first service has been carried out. Service only took an hour and was pretty painless when the bill arrived. Oil looked clean when dropped and the rest of the service involved changing the spark plug and checking over major components. Looks all fairly easy and accessible. No oil filter on the Bellavita so that regular service cost is not there. Next service is at 4000 km's.

Only negatives continue to be the factory supplied original fitment tyres. Next we'll throw on a set of Pirelli tyres and report back on the difference, I'm betting it's huge. I still find the riders seat a little hard after a long ride.    

Fast, convenient and reliable the Bellavita has proven itself a favourite around the office. The convenience factor is a big plus, the engine providing plenty of confidence across a large range of uses. It's one of those scooters that does everything well, a one scooter fits all type.

The Bellavita does usually find itself being compared to the Vespa GTS range. It's clear that TGB have used the GTS as the template and this tends to bring on the comparisons. I look at the Bellavita as an Asian built alternative. Don't overlook the Bellavita, I've found it truly capable, cheap to run and extremely convenient. It's also excellent value, with most dealerships at, or under, $6000 ride away with the colour matched box fitted.

The Bellavita 300 by TGB, a good looking scoot for the weekday commute, a fun machine for when the weekend rolls around. Nice one TGB.  



published 13/05/2013


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