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2012 125cc Scooter Shootout ((( test)))

The Honda PCX (left), Piaggio Typhoon 125 (middle) and Yamaha Zuma 125 represent three similar but distinct methods to providing simple and economical transportation.

Three different takes on economical transportation

Look around any college parking lot or downtown metropolitan area and scooters will be littered throughout the landscape. The red-headed stepchild of motorcycledom, scooters are a viable alternative for those looking to escape the costs of car ownership or those who would prefer not to take public transit. The cost of ownership is low, fuel mileage is high and the amount of storage space available is typically generous.

Three leading models that embody all three traits are the Honda PCX, Piaggio Typhoon 125 and the Yamaha Zuma 125. We’ve covered all three before, but never have we ridden them side-by-side-by-side. On paper, all three scoots appear rather similar: all have comparable engine displacements, all use Constantly Variable Transmissions – eliminating the need to shift – all deliver impressive MPG figures, and (perhaps most importantly), all but one have space under the seat for two six-packs and a box of wine.

In reality all three own distinct differences, many of which even took us by surprise. We picked scooters in the 125cc category because this engine category is well suited to the needs (and pocketbooks) of college students and urban city dwellers. Being under 150cc, however, none of these scooters are legal for freeway use.

Our panel of riders for this test include E-i-C Duke, who stands at the same 5-foot, 8 inches as I do. Content Editor Tom Roderick, who, at 185 pounds and 6-feet tall, represents the long-legged of the group. We subjected each scooter to its intended environment — urban city commuting — while also taking the off-road-capable Piaggio and Yamaha onto some dirt roads for a little fun off the beaten path.

At the end we tallied up mpg figures, compared storage compartments and mulled over our subjective riding impressions to come up with our winner.

Here, we present each scooter in ascending order according to price, starting with the Piaggio

2012 Piaggio Typhoon 125 ($2699) $650 cheaper than the Zuma, and $700 less than the PCX, the Piaggio Typhoon 125 represents the biggest bargain of our trio. However, this affordable entry price doesn’t come without setbacks; Piaggio achieved this price point by equipping the Typhoon with a carburetor instead of fuel injection. Further, its single-cylinder mill has only two valves instead of four.

At 124cc, the Typhoon comes in with 1cc less than its counterparts. In the real world, the Italian does well to keep up with the higher-spec Yamaha and has enough poke to edge away from typical urban traffic. In our impromptu drag race between the three, the Typhoon held its own, staying neck-and-neck with the Zuma.

For those on a tight budget, the Piaggio Typhoon 125 packs a big punch for a small price tag.

Piaggio’s use of an old-tech carburetor reveals the scooter’s most obvious flaw. Cold starts are basically impossible without adding some throttle input, and it occasionally exhibits a bog when accelerating — both of which are indicators of lean jetting. “Perhaps its worst trait,” Duke says.

That being said, neither of these issues, we feel, are reasons to mark the Piaggio off your list. Despite its ancient tech, the Typhoon appears to be stone reliable and provides plenty of performance for the price. Being the only Italian scooter in this test, none of the Italian style is lost with the Piaggio, either.

In the words of Duke, “Of the three, I prefer the Typhoon’s styling the most. It’s sleeker than the Zuma and less metrosexual than the PCX while looking appropriately contemporary.”

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We covered the Typhoon’s details in its single-bike review. so we’ll go straight to our comparative ride impressions.

Ergonomically speaking, its 30.0-inch seat height ranks right in the middle. Duke’s 32-inch inseam was just able to flat-foot at stops, though 6-foot Roderick had no issues. However, the wedge-shaped seat “holds its rider quite far forward, making tall riders feel cramped,” Duke says.

Scooting back in the saddle helps alleviate this, but a rider will then have to sit on the upward transition to the passenger seat area. Reach to the bars is on the tight side, and it’s worth noting the Typhoon is the only scoot of the three with a non-replaceable handlebar. Its steering column, bars and gauges are completely enclosed within the bodywork.

The Piaggio’s seat height is a little on the tall side. Tom, our resident tall guy between the three of us, was able to flat-foot the Piaggio, but Troy’s 30-inch inseam had difficulty.

Suspension duties are handled by a telescopic fork in front and a single shock in the rear. Interestingly, the Typhoon is the only scoot of the three that doesn’t utilize a second shock, but it does incorporate adjustable spring preload. While appreciated, the included adjusting tool is weak and snapped in our hands while trying to firm the ride.

Once we did adjust the preload (using a different tool) we were pleased with the handling, with Duke even calling it more nimble than the Yamaha.

Its soft ride quality strikes a middle ground between the over-sprung Zuma and bouncy PCX. The Typhoon’s knobby-like tires hint at off-road pretenses, and our guess is that was taken into account when determining its spring rates. We were impressed by the Typhoon’s braking abilities from the 220mm front disc and rear drum, especially as the front brake features a steel-braided line to deliver positive feedback with strong stopping power.

On the subject of storage space and fuel economy, the Typhoon both delighted and disappointed. We’re well aware that EPA figures are generally optimistic, but were surprised when we averaged 52 mpg, well short of Piaggio’s 89 mpg claim. Granted, we weren’t anything close to gentle with the scooters and constantly twisted the throttles to the stop, but that’s a significant difference.

To be fair, all three scoots averaged much lower mileage figures than advertised.

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