A.K.A. Genuine Blur in the USA.
PGO G-max Review
I bought the G-max 125 on July 2006 and have since covered 4000km. My purchase was based on a commuter that would be used to get me to and from work with descent economy. I was looking at the Honda Dylan and also the Gilera Runner, from the two the Runner had the best looks, but I would say that the economy and build quality on the Dylan would be better.
I posted questions on various UK forums and most would recommend the Runner which seems to have a cult following, but I wanted something a little bit different from the run of the mill. Great thing about the Runner is the various mods available to improve power if you like that sort of thing.
I bought a copy of TAG magazine and there was a review of the PGO G-Max comparing it along side the Runner. I immediately thought that the G-Max looked better than the Runner, it had more of a scoota-bike look to it, so I thought what the hell and ordered one. I picked it up from the only dealer at the time based in Perth and rode the hour long journey home on full throttle.
What’s it been like since?
The G-max feels like your riding a normal motorcycle, it’s well balanced, so much so that you could be at an almost standstill behind traffic without the need to dab your foot. It accelerates from zero very quickly leaving most cagers in the rear view mirrors. Top speed is around 56mph on the flat and downhill 60mph.
I also discovered that the speedo calibration is out quite a bit, by about 10%, so I fitted a digital bicycle computer and I am now getting a more accurate reading. Fuel economy is around the 90mpg with 96mpg being the best, although these readings may differ as the speedo is out. The brakes are fantastic and much better than the brakes on my previous Honda Hornet, so much so that you need to be careful when braking hard.
Under the seat you can stow a full face helmet with some space left for small items. On longer runs I have carried a 5 Litre fuel container under the seat to stretch the mileage a bit.
The suspension consists of a single monoshock, six bar linkage setup, but I think a more up market version would give a smoother ride over rough roads. I have experienced some jarring when traveling over bumps and holes, I thought that the 13 inch wheels would help iron these out, but I think you would need 15 inch plus to smooth these out.
Overall I cannot fault the Gmax; it looks great, sounds great and rides great. I would like to ride the 250cc version to compare. I cannot understand though, how some other forum members who ride other makes e.g. Gilera, Piaggio, and Aprilia etc. cannot accept the fact that the Taiwanese manufacturers can produce great scoots, the build quality is the same if not better.
If they only looked closer they would probably discover that most of their scoots parts are sourced from Taiwan and other Far Eastern countries, the very same factories that produce the parts for PGO. Gone are the days of a totally Italian built scoot?
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