PGO Scooters London
PGO PMX 50
I wonder if the PGO engineers had a major disagreement about the development of PMX scooter. Half of them wanted a 50cc motorcross bike, one that could rip up the dirt, one that you could do a back-flip over a car on. While the other half insisted that it be more normal main-stream, road going, scooter. After a few street-fights, guns at dawn and few rounds of paper, scissors, rocks the team at PGO agreed to compromise, at produced a hybrid of the two extremes.
It’s a big 50cc scooter, running big wheels and a big seat. The PGO engineers must agreed that having a big scooter was a good idea, and I agree it can easily hold someone 6-foot tall. There is a definite market for bigger 50cc scooters, as the uptake of scooters increases around the world.
The styling is…confused, There are ‘token’ plastic hand protectors taken from a motor-cross bike, that do absolutely nothing. They would break instantly in the crash, provided no protection - not even from the wind, and the look quite cheap too, manufactured in low quality matt-black plastic. There are semi knobbly tyres which add to the off-road look, but don’t help PMX’s on-road ability. But, if your morning trip to work takes you on a gravel road and a river crossing, then it would be an advantage.
The storage capability of the PMX is great. It gobbles up a full-face helmet under the seat and has a small open glove-box.
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PGO PMX Naked Carbon
First off let’s get something sorted. Do not ride this scooter naked! See I tend to take things literally, so I ripped my clothes off and went for a spin. I was cruising down the local high street and I was getting some serious stares. I was thinking, hot damn this is one cool looking scooter, everybody is looking at it. I did hear one guy say something like “look at that little fifty, it’s tiny”…that’s when I realized what was going on.
These people weren’t staring at the bike; they were staring at my nakedness. Suddenly the “tiny” comment made more sense. I rode home as fast as the PMX would allow. Ahhh come on give me a break…it was cold out.
I'm not even going to talk about the name... too easy, and I am fairly certain that PGO are not trying to suggest their new high tech commuter used to be, or was formerly "hot" I am going to assume they are trying to say Extreme AND Hot(looking). Well the latest 125cc (comes in a 50cc as well) machine certainly succeeds in one of those departments. It looks damned good, and I don't say that often, most scooters are either retro, boring or hideously ugly and not necessarily restricted to one of the three options. The X-Hot looks awesome, purposeful front with very cool headlight setup, neat vents... be they useful or otherwise and a cool "I am the terminator" dash unit. PGO is also releasing a more traditionally styled but still very sophisticated and modern looking partner for the X-Hot using the same 125cc 4stroke engine... it is called the Libra... I will leave that one alone and restrain myself from referring to feminine hygiene products (looks like you failed. Ed.)
Anyway, it is the Xtreeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeem part of the name that I have a problem with... it would seem that the PGO's make a massive (sarcasm... lowest form of wit) 7 horsepower... my 2006 model year suzuki puts out 11.5hp... so 7 seems a bit sad, come on PGO! I won't pass judgment until I have ridden it but I suspect the performance will be underwhelming. Otherwise the machines are pretty much business as usual, disc front, drum rear brakes (really? still drum rear?) and 12in wheels. I do like the insinuation that this is some sort of offroader though... see pic of scooter in the woods from one mag that had a ride.