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Peugeot Elystar 150 Review

Peugeot has scored a major scooter coup - anti-lock brakes as standard. And that’s just the beginning

Words by CHARLOTTE MCKEON, photography by LOU MARTIN

If the Elystar had to be labelled it would probably be the Commuter Scooter. As a 150cc fuel-injected four-stroke it feels more like a motorbike rather than a scooter, helped by its smoothness, pull, rigid suspension and more realistic top speed. It also has anti-lock (ABS) braking. Peugeot is not the first to introduce integrated brakes (where the left brake lever controls both the front and the rear brake) but they are unique in supplying ABS brakes as standard. If you think it takes a while to get used to get used to just using the left lever, wait till you try getting used to the ABS. The first time you grip you’ll have to sit back and rest for a while as your brain slowly moves back into central position after being thrown forward on impact. Once mastered, and combined with the superb handling and set up of the Elystar, they provide a security you wonder how you ever lived without and let you take full advantage of the reasonable speed the Elystar will let you get to.

Additional design features include the ‘boa lock’, a permanently attached chain lock, which ‘emerges, snake-like, from the rear of the machine’ and is either looped through the rear wheel or secured to a fixed object. Nice one Peugeot, why has no one thought of that before? There’s also a nifty little trick which, when you turn the indicators on, they beep-beep at you so you don’t forget to switch them off (wouldn’t it have been more practical to design indicators that self-delete?). But you’ll spend the first dozen corners growing increasingly frantic as you search for the reversing truck, which has been persistently following you. The dash looks like the interior of a space jet with too much cramped information. Does a scooter really need a tacho? There’s room for two helmets under the seat and a convenient little pocket at the front for the mobile. It also has a sidestand though it’s spring loaded so use it at your peril. After a couple of tries I gave up and stuck to the centrestand – it was just as easy. And that’s what scootering is all about.

As published in TW SCOOTER MAGAZINE - 28/10/2003
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