Can an auto scooter ever be described as having character? We sent Stan to find out…
Some enthusiasts may still struggle with the concept of four-stroke autos, but there’s no doubt that they’ve become an integral part of the rally scene. A common complaint is that the autos lack character, something that Royal Alloy are doing their best to dispel. Although the metal-bodied GP was launched last year and there’s genuine promise of a 300cc version before too long, it was the GT that brought the brand to the attention of British scooterists.
Currently available in 125 and 200cc versions, the GT will soon be joined by a 50cc model, which it is hoped will attract younger riders. Historically, it’s the 200cc class that’s been most important to rally going scooterists, and it was the liquid-cooled GT200 that was waiting for Dan and I to test ride on a bitterly cold day at the end of January.
First impressions of the GT were good. Both paint and metal finishes are lustrous and shut lines are neat. The demonstrator was fitted with a Scorpion exhaust and this, combined with the colour-coded air scoop, gave the machine a rakish, sporty appearance, which is emphasised when placed on the side stand.
Once aboard, I found the seat height and position to be comfortable, but could see how shorter riders may find tiptoes necessary when off the stand. The controls were well laid out and fell to hand easily, though I’d later discover that I was constantly failing to switch off the indicators.
Whether that was due to the button’s action or the fact that I was getting used to new gloves, I’m not sure. With a prod of the starter the engine burst into life, and I was surprised at
the Scorpion’s exhaust note. It’s agricultural, but not in a bad way.
Find out more about Stan’s ride on the Royal carriage in the April issue of Scootering, out NOW!
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