125cc Tommy Scooter

125cc-tommy-scooter-blueThe Tommy scooter is marketed as a retro styled scooter that benefits from modern technology. It comes in a few different styles and colours that all fit in with the Tommy’s nostalgic design concept. It is supposed to be on the market to compete with the Vespa’s and Tamoretti’s that are out there but it has traditionally always struggled to overcome consumers’ barriers with regards to its quality vs pricing. The Vespa LX 125cc 4T, for example, has a price tag of £2799.00 new and a reputation for quality. The Tommy 125cc however, has a substantially lower price tag of £799 and as you can imagine, such a distinct pricing difference results in an associated apprehension with regards to the Tommy’s build quality. To try and get to the bottom of the alleged quality myth, we’re going to take a look under the cover of the 125cc Tommy Scooter from Direct Bikes, the Vespa LX 125cc 4t, the Tamoretti 125cc Retro Scooter and the Znen Firenze 125cc.


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Tommy 125cc Specs

In order to get an overview of the Tommy against its competitors, we need to first identify the differences in spec that each scooter offers. Surprisingly, it’s actually very hard to find any!

Tommy 125cc
Vespa LX 125cc
Tamoretti 125cc
Znen Firenze 125cc
Displacement:
124.6ml
124.6ml
124.6ml
124.6ml
Engine Type:
4 Stroke
4 Stroke
4 Stroke
4 Stroke
Max Speed:
55mph
60mph
55mph
50mph
Gear Type:
Twist and Go
Twist and Go
Twist and Go
Twist and Go
Start System:
Electric / Kick Start
Electric / Kick Start
Electric / Kick Start
Electric / Kick Start
Fuel Consumption:
100+ mpg
100mpg
100mpg
“Excellent” mpg
Front Brake:
Disc
Disc
Disc
Disc
Rear Brake:
Disc
Drum
Disc
Disc
Insurance Group:
4
4
4
4
Engine Type:
Single Cylinder
Single Cylinder
Single Cylinder
Single Cylinder
Engine Cooling Type:
Air Cooled
Air Cooled
Air Cooled
Air Cooled
Price:
£799
£2799
£1099
£1299

As you can see, the difference between the key specifications practically does not exist. The one thing you will notice however, is the price. There’s a few mpg or mph difference here and there but by no means does the Tommy 125cc come last! This makes me wonder all over again about how much difference there is between the build quality if the prices can be so different. Even if there is a build quality difference, what exactly does that mean? Perhaps it’s time to examine each bike’s build quality and source some feedback from user forums around the internet to find out more.

How Different is the Actual Build Quality?

Without seeing each bike for myself its difficult to get an accurate depiction of build quality from pictures but what I can do is consult the hundreds of other internet and scooter users out there who already own the tommy 125 or the other scooters and have posted reviews and feedback online and then summarise for you. Where I’m taking a direct quote from a review I’ve found online, I’ll include it in quotation marks.

  • Build Quality of the Tommy 125cc Scooter
    Its a chinese-made bike for a start and if half of the world’s goods didnt actually come from China anyway I’d have my reservations. However, “much to my pleasant surprise, the build quality of the Tommy 125cc is exceptional. My father has an older Vespa (2007) and when you compare the two, yes you can see that the Vespa is made slightly different but for the price I paid for the Tommy from Direct Bikes, (£799), I won’t be complaining!”

    Someone else also reports that they “bought this scooter from direct bikes and it came delivered in a crate. Ok, I thought, what’s this but after having opened it and checked it over the parts are all really well built and fit together perfectly. A great price for a great bike.”

    “£799 for this compared to what I was going to pay for a Vespa was well worth it in my view. If you weren’t a scooter expert you wouldn’t even know the difference its fast, gorgeous and great quality.”

    There are one or two comments regarding some inferior parts of the Tommy, but overall I’d say that the positive feedback about good build quality comes in at around 85%. I guess there will always be exceptions to any rule and whilst 85% may seem a little low or not good enough for many of you, after weighing in the price and speedy delivery of the scooter, in my opinion, its more than a fair ask. £799 vs £2799 for what seems to be a very similar ‘technical’ experience?

Scooter Petrol Consumption (mpg)

After having mentioned the mpg in the spec sheets above and with petrol prices continuing to spiral upwards in the UK, its only fitting that I make a big effort to cover this ground with this review. In most cases as I’m sure you’re aware, petrol consumption is directly associated with engine power so in theory, these 4 retro scooters should have pretty much the same petrol consumption. This is certainly one area where slight design changes and manufacturing tweaks can make all the difference.

If you look at the table above in the general comparison section, you will notice a stat for MPG (Fuel Consumption). These values are taken directly from the manufacturers’ handbooks and therefore should deliver on the figures. They are all quoted as doing approximately 100MPG with the exception of the Znen Firenze 125 who states that the scooter has “exceptional” MPG.

With this factor taken into account, it’s hard to justify the higher prices on the other models. Had the Vespa or Tamoretti listed 150MPG (or even just 10% over the Tommy 125cc quoted amount) then it would be enough to potentially offer some justification into the differences in cost. As it stands, they all deliver about the same and therefore the outright winner in this regard for me is the Tommy purely based on unit price.

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