The Motorini XO 125 might not be the fastest 125cc scooter off the blocks but with its big 16in wheels, small turning circle, all-round very nimble performance and competitive pricing, it’s certainly at home in towns and cities.
There are plenty of 125cc scooters with large 16in wheels out there, such as the Honda SH125i or the Yamaha Xenter 125, and the design of these scooters always seems to be defined by the wheel size, leaving them all looking quite similar. Not that there’s anything wrong with that; they all look suitably urban and purposeful.
The one thing that stands out with the Motorini XO 125 is the headlights. The two spotlights on the sides of the main light act as the running lights and give the front a unique look. There’s a small flyscreen at the front to deflect the wind, and a luggage rack at the back. Other than that, the equipment and design are simple, minimalistic and modern.
The Motorini XO 125 is powered by a single-cylinder 125cc air-cooled, fuel-injected motor. The claimed max power output is 6.7kW @ 7500 RPM, which is noticeably lower than the SH125i (8.7kW @ 8500 RPM) and the Xenter 125 (9.2kW @ 7500 RPM) The lower numbers translate into a slightly sluggish acceleration and a modest top speed of 55mph according to the speedo.
In town traffic the engine is acceptable, although a bit more urgency in acceleration would be welcome when accelerating off the lights, but on bigger roads the low maximum speed means that keeping up with other traffic is difficult.
Motorini XO 125 – Ride On!
Despite the lack of punch from the engine (or perhaps partly because of it), the Motorini XO 125 is actually a very comfortable and easy scooter to ride. The throttle is very smooth and there’s no snatching or lurching at all. The seat is comfortable and the riding position is relaxed. There’s enough room on the scooter for a grown man, with enough room to move your feet around if need be.
Even at top speed the Motorini XO 125 is very stable, thanks to the big wheels and fairly firm suspension. There is no wobble in the bars or any feeling of losing control. On the busy city streets the narrow frame and generous steering angle make this a brilliant tool for slicing through traffic. The XO fits through small spaces and feels very light and agile to move around other traffic.
The bike has disc brakes with two-piston calipers at the front and one at the rear. The back brake felt more responsive, while the front was a bit spongy and required a hard squeeze for the braking to take effect.
There’s a helmet-shaped storage space under the seat, but I could not fit my full face helmet in there. It was big enough for my lunch though. At the front, you have a handy lockable glovebox, which is just about big enough for a pair of gloves. There’s also a USB charging point in the box.
For anything that doesn’t fit in the storage compartments, there’s a luggage rack and a carry hook.
The Motorini XO 125 may be lacking in power and speed, but it’s a very easy and pleasant scooter to ride. If you do your riding mainly in urban areas where speeds never get too high, this is a viable option — especially since it’s over a grand cheaper than the comparable Japanese bikes.
Motorini XO 125 Specifications and Price
Engine : 4-Stroke, Single-cylinder, Air-Cooled
Capacity : 124.6 cc
Induction : EFI
Max Power : 6.7 kW @ 7.500 RPM (claimed)
Dimension (LxWxH) : 2.103 x 690 x 1.170 mm
Seat Height : 790 mm
Wheelbase : 1.450 mm
Weight : 120 Kg (wet, claimed)
Fuel Capacity : 6.1 Litres
Frame : Steel Backbone Frame
Front Suspension : Telescopic Forks
Rear Suspension : Dual Shockabsorber
Front Brake : Single 240mm Disc
Rear Brake : Single 220mm Disc
Front Tyre : 110/60 – 16
Rear Tyre : 120/80 – 16
Price : £1699.99