ajs sorvio

First ride: AJS Sorvio 125

ajs sorvio

Blink and you could easily mistake this scooter for a Vespa – but that’s where the similarity ends.

In it’s heyday, Vespa’s ET4 was (and still is to a certain extent) a well-sought after scooter, so it should come as no surprise that someone else should try and emulate that success – so enter the Chinese version, the AJS Sorvio 125.

STYLING

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To be honest, the paint quality and overall finish is higher than you could normally expect for a scooter that costs a tad over a grand on the road. Three colour options are available – I had a red one which actually looks quite stunning. The addition of a flyscreen, mirrors and a very handy rear rack all go a long way to enhancing the bike’s appearance, especially with the 5-spoke alloy wheels fitted as standard. The instrument cluster is well laid out with an array of warning lights, a large speedometer (strangely market in red from 50mph upwards), fuel gauge, battery condition indicator and an inset digital clock. The underseat storage space swallowed up the Shoei J-Cruise helmet I was wearing on the test ride. There’s also a useful glovebox.

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ENGINE

An air-cooled four-stroke CVT motor (with kick and electric start options) provides the 6kw of power available; AJS claim a top speed of around 53mph, but I found that out on the road (and presuming the speedo is reasonably accurate) the bike would easily cruise at just above 60mph on the flat, which is slightly better than some other Chinese 125s.

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ON THE ROAD

The bike was manoeuvrable and easy to handle, which you’d expect for a bike that only weighs 98kg – but that said, it did give it a slight tendency to wander around a little on bumps and corners. This felt a little strange at first, but it became less noticeable once I became familiar with the bikes characteristics. The front disc/rear drum brake setup provided adequate stopping power.

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USAGE

The Sorvio is ideally suited for a 17-year old who has perhaps just progressed upwards from an AM moped licence. It is the ideal stepping stone to a bigger machine in the future.

WE SAY

Vespa looks at a budget price

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PROS

  • Comfortable seating position
  • Plenty of storage space

CONS

  • Handling could be better

TECH SPEC:

ENGINE: 125cc four-stroke forced air-cooled single cylinder

POWER: 6kw @ 7,500rpm

Start method: Electric and kick

TRANSMISSION: CVT automatic clutch

IGNITION: Coil CDI

BATTERY: 12v 7ah

TYRES: Tubeless 3.50×10 front and rear

SUSPENSION: Front: telescopic forks, Rear: twin shocks

BRAKES: Front: disc, Rear: drum

TANK CAPACITY: 6 litres

SEAT HEIGHT: 78.75cm (31”)

WHEELBASE: 130.5cm (51.38”)

WEIGHT: 98kg

LENGTH: 182CM

WIDTH: 68.5CM

MAX LOAD: 150kg

CONTACT: www.ajsmotorcycles.co.uk

PRICE: £979 plus OTR charges

 

Words: Mau

Images: Viv King

 

 

 

 

 

 

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