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First ride: Sinnis Harrier 125

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The latest budget sports scooter to emerge from the Sinnis stable is already on the way to becoming a best seller.

If you’re riding two wheels on a budget, but want something that has good looks and is fairly economical for less than a grand then there are a few bikes on the market that might suit your needs – and one of them worthy of consideration is this latest offering from Sinnis.

STYLING

To the naked eye the Harrier’s visual looks are quite pleasing, especially on the tricolour bodywork option we had on test (a single all-black colour is also available). It certainly looks the part of a sporty scooter with its’ styled LED indicators, painted alloy wheels and a cool-looking sports Chrono dash.

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EQUIPMENT

This is a budget scooter, so don’t go expecting a multitude of bells and whistles. You get the basic functional stuff and not a lot else. Display information is limited to speed, distance and fuel readings. The space under the seat is big enough to accommodate a full face helmet, so that’s a bonus.

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ENGINE/PERFORMANCE

The engine is your bog standard four-stroke with a mid-range output of 5.5kw (which translates to around 7.3bhp). Out on the open road, this means it’s good for around 55-60mph on the flat; about average for what you should expect from a scooter like this.

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ON THE ROAD

Because the Harrier effectively has a stub front end and no protective screen, it does leave you feeling a little exposed out on the road, but it handles well and has a good riding position for someone who doesn’t have long legs; the sloping design of the seat does tend to push you forward a little, especially when braking. That aside the scoot is light and nimble with a good turning circle, which makes it ideal for urban use.

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TECH SPEC:

ENGINE: 125CC air-cooled four-stroke
MAX POWER: 5.5kw
TRANSMISSION: Auto
STARTING SYSTEMS: Electric and kick
TANK CAPACITY: 5.5 litres
WEIGHT: 101kg (dry)
SEAT HEIGHT: 815 mm
INSTRUMENT DISPLAY: Semi-digital
SUSPENSION: Front: telescopic, Rear: coil spring
BRAKES: Front: disc, Rear: drum
TYRES: 120/70-12 front and rear
COLOUR OPTIONS: Black and tricolour (black/white/red)
CONTACT: www.sinnismotorcycles.com
PRICE: £999 (Incl VAT and 24 month manufacturer’s parts warranty)

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WE SAY

Ideal for zipping in and out of the urban traffic flow

PROS

  • Good styling looks
  • Full face helmet storage space

CONS

  • Not suitable for long legged riders
  • A little more power needed

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Words: Mau

Images: Viv King

 

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