This year’s hottest new scooter, the Scomadi, has certainly kept dealers around the UK busy over winter. The Lambretta style automatic scooter is the brainchild of two British entrepreneurs from Lancashire, Paul Melici (owner of PM Tuning) and Frank Sanderson (owner of Lambretta Innovations). The duo have been building Lambretta auto conversions for years and over the last decade have also built a limited run of new scooters under the Scomadi brand name. The company have recently moved things up a gear and gone into production of a brand new Chinese built Scomadi based on the familiar Lambretta Grand Prix silhouette.
The Scomadi Turismo Leggara 50 arrived in showrooms in November (priced at £1897) and will be followed up with a 125cc scooter (priced at £2495) in April, then a 300cc machine in June. Like the 50, the 125cc machine will also use a Chinese derived engine. The 300 was set to use the 278cc Piaggio Quasar engine, as fitted to the popular Vespa GTS but it was announced recently that the engine deal was off and a new power plant would be revealed shortly. Speculation is that the 300cc version will use a Taiwanese engine, possibly the larger capacity and more powerful 299cc 27bhp Kymco Downtown 300 engine. Although this is still to be confirmed.
The initial batch of 50cc scooters have been selling fairly well, despite the 50cc market being dead in the UK overall. A few enterprising shops have taken advantage of the relatively cheap scooter to produce their own dealer specials. Nottinghamshire based Midland Scooter Centre were the first in the country to build a two stroke, Piaggio Typhoon based Malossi 172cc Scomadi. Other dealers have followed suit and a German dealer has reputedly fitted a 330cc Piaggio Beverly engine into one of their Scomadi 50’s.
The first shipment of 125cc scooters will arrive in April and have already sold out but dealers are taking deposits for the second batch. The capacity everybody is eager to try though is the 300. Scomadi set up a crowd funding site to raise cash to help get them into production. A £500 deposit for a scooter that nobody had even seen may seem like a cheeky, if not arrogant way to do business but despite initial criticism on social media sites the gamble paid off and the first 100 deposits were placed within a couple of weeks. Even when buyers were informed that the engine supplier would be changing it didn’t cause a storm and deposits remain in place for the first 100 UK built Scomadi 300’s…despite them attracting an extra £500 on top of the £4400 price tag, all for the privilege of being the first to own one. Watch this space for more Scomadi news as it happens.