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- Written by Carole Nash Editor
- Created: 19 June 2008
Malaguti scooters are renowned fro their sharp Italian style and this Warrior F18 model, featuring a 150cc motor is no exception. With clean lines and a potent four stroke engine, the Warrior can easily keep up with the flow of traffic in the urban jungle.
Great brakes and a stable chassis give this scoot a real sport flavour too, yet practical touches like the roomy underseat storage space and pillion passenger grab handles, make it a sensible alternative to a second car if you´re one of Britain´s several million fed-up commuters.
Malaguti are one of those manufacturers who are much bigger than you might think. Overshadowed in the UK by Piaggio, Aprilia and Italjet, to name but three Italian rivals, Malaguti actually produce over 100,000 scooters a year, exporting them to over 20 countries worldwide.
The bigger capacity, or `maxi scooter ‘ is getting increasingly popular, both in Italy and the UK, so this 70mph 150cc sized machine (it also has a 125cc powered baby brother), is one of several new scooters aimed at the urban commuter who has passed their full bike test and wants something with enough poke to keep up with the traffic away from the lights.
The 150cc, single overhead cam, liquid cooled single cylinder motor is certainly up to job, as you can tell from the moment you open the throttle. The auto gearbox engages pretty fast from tickover, with plenty of torque making its way to the rear wheel, even though the unit produces just 12bhp. In fact, holding the rear brake lever on for a second before moving off can get the front end into the air, if you like impressing gullible youths outside the chip shop.
What´s more important is that the engine makes smooth power as it accelerates, there´s no ’step’ in the power that you sometimes get on two stroke scooters. It is a fairly vibey kind of engine however, more so than say the Piaggio/Gilera 125/180 series engines, or the SYM Shark 125.
OK, the Warrior goes like a good `un, but in today´s crazy traffic you need decent brakes and the Malaguti has an excellent front disc brake, which soon scrubs off speed. The rear disc isn´t too bad either and more skilled bikers could soon find themselves outbraking bigger bikes into corners and junctions on the Warrior, for my money, only the Aprilia SR125 has sportier brakes than these in the scooter class.
As sharp a handling scooter as the Warrior is, it also serves the purpose of workplace commuting as well as anything else above 125cc. There´s a handy loop of steel on the frame to thread a chain through when you park, for extra security, plus enough room under the seat to stow a full face helmet, or a typical bag of shopping. Neither is the Warrior too tall in the saddle for short-legged types, which is perfect for novices.
The controls are smooth to operate, the lights look powerful, even in the murky daylight that passes for Spring in the North Of England, plus there are two grab handles for pillion passengers - a feature lacking on too many scooters.
Not entirely sure about the styling of the Warrior, which is perhaps too angular, too restrained in its colour schemes, for many first timers. Fashion sells, but the Malaguti Warrior doesn´t look anywhere as cool as the Italjet Dragster 180, or the Aprilia SR125. Even the Piaggio ET4 has a classier look somehow.
The bottom line with the Warrior 150 is the price; at just under £2,600 on the road, this is an expensive way to travel around the city, even if it is costing you £5 per day in parking charges, plus another £5 in petrol. Fact is, you can buy several scooters in the 125cc class for about 300 notes less, which are virtually as fast as the Warrior, look good and have as many practical points too. True, some of those rivals might not handle so well in the corners, or have such excellent brakes, but the ride to work isn´t a race for everyone - some people are just happy to get there (like anyone on a train for example).
I really liked the Warrior, although I only had the chance to have a brief blat around the UK importer´s industrial estate aboard its sleek shape. Plus, I´d be the first to admit that if you´re buying a scooter to make a sexy style statement, then it really has to be Italian. It´s a tempting, racy little thing, but then again so many other scoots around the two and half grand mark are.
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Engine four stroke, single cylinder, liquid cooled.
Claimed power (bhp) 11.8bhp @ 8,250 rpm
Compression ratio 10.6:1
Transmission auto transmission
Bore and stroke; 57.5 X 57.8mm
Steel tubular U type frame
Front suspension; 33mm diameter telescopic forks, non adjustable
Rear suspension; Twin gas/oil damped shock absorbers, adjustable for pre-load
Brakes; Single 220mm front disc, twin piston caliper. Single rear 200mm disc, twin piston caliper.
Seat height; 800mm
Colours; Dark Blue, Lord Blue, or Arctic Silver
Top speed 85 mph
Fuel capacity 6 litres
Current price £2,599 OTR