If you’re of the opinion that scooters are only for girls, you might change your mind if I told you there was one that beats a Lamborghini Gallardo in a quarter-mile sprint, and has an engine roar that can send rats scurrying away in terror.
Please welcome the super scooter, aka the Gilera GP800, which I’ve just had the guilty pleasure of test riding. Imported by Vespa South Africa (Vespa and Gilera both belong to the Piaggio group), it’s the most powerful scooter money can buy, with its 840cc twin-cylinder, fuel-injected engine.
Although it’s larger and more masculine-looking than your average Vespa, the Gilera still looks fairly harmless compared to “real” bikes.
It’s a scooter, after all, with its piano-style seating position compared to a regular motorcycle’s horse-style straddle.
And scooters, as we know, are made for scooting off to the mall for a latté with the girls, handbag stashed in the roomy underseat storage compartment, with a Celine Dion song on one’s lips.