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Review of the Cali Classic 125

Can the style of a scooter prejudice a In 1996 Honda launched the scooter in Japan ( it was called the in Europe ). It had a bulbous retro and did quite well, especially younger riders. It wasn’t before Joker clones coming out of mainland China in numbers.

Even Italy got in on the with the Aprilia Mojito. For a in the US marketplace, there were so different Joker clones one could barely keep of all the different names and importers, of the scooters were of very low By the time the Cali Classic hit the I admit that I had a oh-no-not-another-Joker-clone about the scooter.

Yes, the style can prejudice a review(er).

I the Cali Classic up from Mataya at GoMoto in Minneapolis. is the local SYM and Lance dealer and is a guy. Marty also one of the better mainland Chinese CF Moto.

Marty is one of the good guy and has the knowledge and customer focus keeps guys like me on and on about how important it is to have a dealer for ANY scooter brand. I succumbed to my attitude about clones. The fact that the Classic fired right up and ran did nothing to lessen my attitude. I to my office and pulled into the motorcycle/scooter parking right to a. Chinese Joker clone.

particular clone is a Fly Il Bello ( Fly is no in business ) which is, quite one of the better examples of Joker A quick glance at the two scooters made me feel like a for having so much of an attitude the Cali Classic. The superior of the Cali was obvious.

Though not free of flaws, the Lance Classic 125 is a good scooter and a good value. If you want a clone, go out and buy a Cali right now and that you’ll be getting a machine. or you can read on for more and to see me further humbled by my own often attitudes.

Speedometer Reading/Speed/Fuel Economy

a GPS unit to perform some is a routine part of our reviews. some scooters it can be a challenge to a good mounting point. Not the on the Cali Classic as there is bare bar area to attach Most scooters have that are pretty optimistic, indicate faster than the speed and sometimes quite a bit The Cali Classic more than most being about 7% optimistic.

At an indicated 30 MPH the speed is 28 MPH. At an indicated 40 MPH the speed is 37 MPH and at an indicated 50 MPH the actual is 47 MPH. The odometer is a bit more than the speedometer — an 21.3 miles was actually 21 The fastest speed I was able to was 52 MPH. The speedometer indicated 55 MPH and the specifications for the Cali list a top of 59 MPH.

There are three in play here that impact top speed. In the first I am NOT a small person. At 220 pounds I am a load than a typical buyer. In the second place, the was new and not yet broken in.

Third, I kept out of road when doing top checks. The Cali is slow to about 45 MPH and I would often to slow down for traffic or a light when trying to out those last few MPH. economy was 89 MPG which I consider good for a 125cc scooter a big load with a not-yet-broken-in

The fuel tank holds over a gallon so 90 miles or so is close to the effective range of the Classic.


The Lance Classic 125 is manufactured in Taiwan by SYM is a top tier manufacturer capable of that is equal to any manufacturer Japan or Europe. The Cali has a lot of similarity to SYM’s Fiddle II so I included that in the comparison. I added the Kymco Agility 125 it’s the only other new scooter that I think is of quality.

Other than price and displacement, it’s really not a competitor of the Cali Classic the style and ergonomics are so completely All three scooters have carbureted 125cc engines, front and drum rear a 51 — 52 wheelbase and weight 220 to 240 The SYM and Kymco both offer warranties while the Cali has a one-year warranty.

The Lance Classic has a 12 front tire and a 10 in the The control configuration is standard for a automatic scooter — the hand controls the rear turn signals, high and low headlight and horn. The right controls the throttle, front engine kill switch and starter. To start the scooter, turn the ignition key to the on position, a brake lever, and press the button. The Cali Classic up instantly every time, hot or

There is also a kick

The three-pod dash cluster is overall. The speedometer/odometer is located in the and biased to miles with smaller and on the inside edge of the The fuel gauge is to the right and are three indicator lights to the one for each turn signal and one for These were very and I couldn’t see them at all in bright

The headlight is incandescent and fairly Riding at night meant with only adequate of the road ahead. Of course the ( ) greatest revival scooter of the decade, the Genuine Stella, came equipped with an weaker headlight and it didn’t Stella sales at all.

The turn signal and brake also utilize standard but are brighter than the headlight. On the side, the fuel gauge was a accurate indicator of how much was in the tank. A LOT of scooter fuel seem to be more of a yes or no indicator when on full you have an quantity of fuel and the gauge rocket to empty at some point.

There is a helmet/bag on the front that was strong to hold the handles of two cloth bags securely. The underseat is VERY limited. There is no for a helmet to be kept enclosed the seat, but one can put a helmet strap over a post and then the seat to lock a helmet to the There is also no rear rack standard on the Cali

Native hauling capacity is to what one carries bungeed to the portion of the seat, resting on the between one’s legs, or on body in the form of a messenger bag or A nice looking rear rack is available as an optional There is also a hard and rear rack kit available. are flip-out passenger footrests and a passenger grab rail on the

The seat latch release is on the port side rear of the and operates with the same key as the The fuel filler cap is located the seat.

Riding Impressions

As I earlier, the Cali Classic 125 right up every time warm or cold — and settled into idle. off the line was adequate and even up to 45 MPH. Above that it takes rather a while to more out of the Cali. Roll-on from 30 to 45 MPH was good. Stopping the front disc and rear combination was good and the brakes quickly to a strong application.

Reach on the levers is VERY ( more on ergonomics later ). was good with a tiny bit of a feeling on center when almost certainly due to the very handlebars ( more ergonomics ). conditions are passed through to the without a lot of jarring or harsh You’ll know you went a big bump in the road, but you won’t out a filling or anything.

Everything perfectly ( turn signals, etc. ) which is certainly not the with a lot of mainland Chinese clones. Remember my attitude Joker clones? I admit I was the Cali Classic actively for something wrong and I have to say I really find anything Taiwanese manufacturers are world and SYM certainly builds a fine

Top speed on the Cali Classic 125 is the same as the Honda Elite 110 I reviewed last year, and scooter costs $1,000 than the Cali. A Genuine 125 will smoke the Cali 125 in acceleration and top speed, but that also costs $700

Aprilia Classic 125

Let’s talk about the of the Cali Classic. I’m not you’d call a tall guy ( 8 ) and I felt cramped on the scooter. As you can see the picture to the left, my wife at 5′ 6 just had enough leg My good friend Camille ( even bother emailing me, married ) at 5′ fit on the Cali with room to spare.

could touch ( though not ) at a stop and found the Cali comfortable. Also notice Beverly and Camille are situated on the I found that I had to sit on the hump in the to have enough leg room. I guess that a taller could do well on the Cali IF they were willing to the seat modified.

Any good shop that works on seats can easily re-shape and a seat on a scooter. By increasing the area for the driver ( and reducing/eliminating space ) a good amount of leg can be found.

Bob from Scooterville ( 6′ 2 ) road the Cali Classic as expected, couldn’t find a position. Bob is a Genuine, Kymco, Piaggio, Vectrix and Hyosung and he was also riding the Cali looking for things to criticize. He did a fairly strong harmonic from the powertrain when at a with the rear brake but really couldn’t find major to complain about.

I do have to mention how incredibly we are in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area to dealers like Bob and Marty who are but still friends and truly on their customers. I can’t of very many places one can get dealers to ride other and know they will honest opinions.

Having run around briefly on the Cali also brought up a very position. A person’s riding of any given scooter will on what ( if any ) scooter they ride. Camille has had a TNG Venice ( 50cc ) for several years and to her the Classic felt incredibly roomy, and fast.

I suspect a number of Cali Classic 125 will be first-time scooter As long as they aren’t lightning-fast performance, they probably be very happy the ride on the Cali.

Fit Finish

The Classic 125 has the best fit and finish of any Joker clone I have The body panels are perfectly and the quality of assembly is top notch. is a lot of shiny plastic ( plastichrome call it ) that may or may not suit personal taste, but it’s not executed.

The switches, lights and components look durable if not high end. Here we into one of the areas that explain the price point on the Classic. How can the same company makes the $2,300 Fiddle II a VERY similar scooter for less?

I’m pretty certain the components utilized on the Cali though of good quality, are than those utilized on the II.

I spent a fair amount of going over the Cali looking at the fasteners, body hoses, electrical components and so and I will admit that my about this particular clone were wrong. The is put together very well and I assume that it will up well.


I was more with the Lance Cali 125 than I expected to be. The build is very good. The performance is and the fuel economy is very The look is appealing and the majority of who saw the scooter liked it. I had to keep myself that this is a scooter.

There’s just else at that price with the same mix of retro and Taiwanese quality out there. If I getting one for myself, I would the seat customized to move the position further back and I add the rear luggage rack and a topcase. The Cali Classic is in Butterscotch Yellow, Arctic Matte Black ( reviewed ), Silver, Ruby Red, Black and Sky Blue.

A big THANK YOU out to Marty Mataya of GoMoto in Minnesota for facilitating this

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