2004 Piaggio Skipper ST125
Fantastic fast affordable fun!
So far only the headlight bulb has blown. I replaced the Xenon bulb with a standard halogen one, as I kept getting flashed by car drivers (obviously thinking I had my full beam on!). It's still a very bright unit and I've pitched the headlamp unit down a little.
My bike doesn't have a headlamp switch on it, so the lights are on all the time. The seal around the headlamp glass is very poor and there's a lot of condensation build-up behind the glass. This clears once the light is on for a while though.
In the recent cold weather of winter 2009, I left the bike standing (but covered) for a while. It now refuses to start! It also doesn't have a kick-start, which is a shame. However, it's due for a service (which I will probably do myself). Once that's done, it'll be back to being a fantastic little commuter machine! Prior to the cold weather it started first time, every time.
The clock also keeps randomly resetting, which is a bit of a pain, but the temperature gauge is very handy.
I absolutely love the style of the bike, and it's very easy and comfortable to ride, especially round town and through traffic. The little fat tyres are great for cornering, and it's slim enough to squeeze through lines of static traffic.
The back drum brake is a bit wooden, but once adjusted it's not too bad. The take-up on the throttle from a standing start sometimes seems a little slow, but I still beat cars away from the lights, and I'm sure some adjustments during the servicing will help.
I do need to remind myself that this is only a 125cc though, and not expect too much from the little engine!
The seat and riding position are comfortable and fine for the average commute. I've occasionally done 2 hours in the saddle though, which causes a little numbness! It's quite large for a 125 scooter as well, which suits my build and height, so I feel quite at home riding it.
Fuel economy is not bad - around 75mpg on average.
It costs around £5 to fill up.
Storage space is excellent. I have the matched top box on mine (which can leak a little in heavy rain). My helmet (a Caberg Trip Flip) doesn't fit under the seat, but goes in the box no problem. There's a centre 'glove box' by your feet and a little 'shopping' hook, which is handy on the odd occasion.
Weather protection is pretty good as long as you keep your knees tucked in! You don't get wind blast like you do on a motorbike, so you'll stay pretty toasty, if you have some warm gear on! The hand protectors on the handlebars are a fantastic feature, offering protection from the rain and cold.
However, I'm looking forward to summer riding!
All in all, an excellent scooter and I love it.
Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 5th January, 2010