Advantages cheap price, superb styling, nippy and an ideal commuter scooter
Disadvantages vibration rattles, petrol tank size and temperamental auto-choke
Peugeot Speedfight 2 100ccWithout a shadow of doubt the best looking scooter around. Flawless styling and very good MPG are just two of the many good points about this scooter. The only bad points so far are the tiny fuel tank which only holds 7.2 litres of fuel, the mirrors and a bit of a dodgy automatic choke which can prevent you from opening up the throttle for the first 400 metres. There is space under the seat for a small full face helmet. But in my opinion this should have been used to allow the fuel tank to have been made larger as despite between 85 to 120 miles per gallon tank size limits it to a total distance of around 170 miles. This means I have to fill up once a week which can become a drag. These few niggles aside, the rest is all good. It is great fun to ride, has good acceleration and a good riding position. The suspension is very good for a scooter but falls well short of the quality of any motorcycle suspension. (When it comes to absorbing up the bumps, wheel and shock absorber size matters!). Speedfights can suffer with a few rattles and vibrations even from new, but this is also a minor niggle. The integral Boa security lock is another great design feature and along with the ignition immobilizer and steering lock, makes the scooter fairly safe from opportunist thieves. This is a great commuter 100cc scooter for the more mature rider despite the fact that all the 16 year old kids go for the 50cc version. Tracking down a decent 2-stroke oil for the scooter can be a bit confusing as Peugeot recommends Esso 2t special semi-synthetic oil (which is actually classed as a synthetic blend oil and not semi-synthetic) but bike dealers and everyone else say Esso oil is rubbish and recommend various other oils. The seat lock appears to be as if it could be forced with not to much effort. Another reason why the under seat space should have been used to make the fuel tank bigger. All in all if you must have a scooter and not a motorcycle, then the Peugeot Speedfight 2 is the one to go for. It may be one of the few 2-strokes left, but it’s streets ahead of most of the other 4-stroke scooters and considering that it’s French and most other scooters are Jap. That’s no mean feat. If you get it serviced regularly and change the drive belt when you should, the scooter should give you no problems. Build quality may not be quite up the Jap standard but as long as you don’t chuck your scooter down the road going over a speed bump too fast, then you probably wont even notice the difference.
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