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Written by Del Fuego    Monday, 02 June 2008 17:46     E-mail
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The Vino, unfortunately, doesn’t deliver as it should in the go and fuel use departments. Our test revealed a fuel consumption figure of around 65MPG which is a long way from the 110 quoted by Yamaha, and one of the worst results from a 4-stroke 50cc machine which normally trade performance for excellent economy. Performance, again unfortunately, was nothing to write home about either, I couldn’t comment on the top speed as the bike tested had a top speed restriction. However the 0-50 time was fairly dismal too.

On the track though the extremely low weight of the Vino made for quick direction changes, which meant an eventual time in the high middle of the pack. This nimble attitude translates very well to road riding with the sedate, comfortable little Vino pulling double duty as an entertaining traffic carver with little complaint. The suspension is set to work with the rest of the bike and complete the plush, compliant nature of the whole. It is set reasonably soft but not so much so that the ride becomes choppy or especially bouncy, this is a very successful outcome when you take into account the little 10” wheels. My one real gripe with the Vino are the brakes, here Yamaha have taken the retro design one step too far. No scooter should have a drum brake on the front wheel, I have enough reason to complain about a disc drum combination but dual drums are just ridiculous. I will refrain from going into my disc vs. drum rant but suffice it to say there is no reason for any manufacturer to use a front drum brake on any scooter.

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