There has been a distinct lack of gasoline in my last few news updates so today I decided to run with two new 300cc gas engined bikes. first of all is the very cool looking Derbi Rambla 300i. The Spanish portion of Piaggo is the first of two machines that I have just noticed are using the "300cc" engine originally built for the Vespa GTS 300
If you want a more modern styled scooter than the Vespa but still want the 23 odd HP with presumably (it sounds like they have aimed for a more sporty ride) better handling then the big Rambla may be worth a look.
Besides... how could you not want a scooter that is "Designed for young city dwellers, the Derbi Rambla is bold like the variety of styles crowding our streets; it is flexible and sparkling like modern nightlife, but is also practical, comfortable and safe, perfect for winning everyday challenges in traffic."
Anyway the specs look pretty good, they are listed below but at a reasonable (reasonably heavy! Ed.) 146 kgs and with 15" wheels this should be a good urban and freeway crossover device.
Engine Single cylinder four-stroke 4V EURO 3
Bore x stroke 75x63 mm
Displacement 278,3 cc
Power 22,5 HP / 7250 r.p.m.
Fuel Supply Electronic injection
Cooling System Liquid
Starting System Electric
Compression Ratio 11,5:1
Lubrication System Mechanical oil pump
Gear Box Automatic
FrameÂ Tubular steel cradle
Front Suspension Ã˜35 hidraulic fork 100mm travel
Rear suspension Double hydraulic shock absorber with adjustable preload. Wheel travel 80 mm
Front brake Disk Ã˜ 260 mm
Rear brake Disk Ã˜ 220 mm
Tyres Front: 120/70x15" Rear: 130/80 x 15"
Maximum Length 1.985 mm
Seat height 775 mm
Maximum width 880 mm
Wheelbase 1.360 mm
Fuel Tank 7,5 L (reserve: 1,5L)
Dry weight 146 kg