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Written by Ketzal Sterling    Monday, 30 March 2009 23:24     E-mail
PGO PMX Naked Carbon
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First off let’s get something sorted. Do not ride this scooter naked! See I tend to take things literally, so I ripped my clothes off and went for a spin. I was cruising down the local high street and I was getting some serious stares. I was thinking, hot damn this is one cool looking scooter, everybody is looking at it. I did hear one guy say something like “look at that little fifty, it’s tiny”…that’s when I realized what was going on.

These people weren’t staring at the bike; they were staring at my nakedness. Suddenly the “tiny” comment made more sense. I rode home as fast as the PMX would allow. Ahhh come on give me a break…it was cold out.

So why’s it called a naked? Well when motorcycle manufacturers started taking the fairings off motorcycles to make them well fairningless, the term naked was coined. So a motorcycle without fairings is called a naked. What’s the reason for taking these fairings off then? Well it serves no known purpose other than making the bike look different. First off there’s less weather protection and obviously on a motorcycle you take a hammering from the wind. Why do people buy these nakeds? People are like sheep, we simply do as others do. So what’s the word on the PMX Naked? The word is PARTY.

Like the old 1988 Yamaha Jog and the Suzuki Street Magic the PMX has found its way into the rarefied company of PARTY bikes. This basically means that you won’t just get on and ride this scooter, you will have a PARTY. Everywhere you go you will travel at maximum velocity while doing all manner of life threatening activities. At one point I was airborne, upside down and singing a 1950s rock & roll tune called Lordy Miss Claudy. That’s what will happen. Be prepared for it. If your idea of riding to work is comfortably sitting in traffic while humming some Hootie tunes, this is not your scooter. If however setting yourself on fire and breaking the sound barrier while air guitar’n some System of The Down in the general direction of all the poor sheep like caged masses… then the PMX is gonna be all you.

Basically the PMX Naked is a hotted up PGO PMX. It works like this, take a mid size 12 inch wheeled scooter and add some trick parts. PGO binned the usual boring paint and covered the bike with fake carbon fiber. Next they replaced the front brake with a larger wavy disc and braided lines then added billet style brake levers. Still not happy they added a higher spec rear shock, high performance muffler, high tech digital dash and the most important bit; high and wide Moto X bars. The result is a crazy looking half scooter half moto x looking road rocket. So does all this tuning actually make it more fun than a normal scooter. Well…hell yes.

The PMX hit 50kph (31MPH) in 7.9 seconds which makes it the fastest 50cc scooter we’ve tested to date. Combine the extra peppy performance with proper suspension, the high and wide bars and you get a 50cc scooter that is significantly more fun to ride than most competing bikes. Put simply the PMX out handles pretty much every other scooter on the road. If street carving is your game there isn’t another option. If you’re interested the Naked did all the normal scooter stuff well too. Good MPG, good storage, light weight and easy to move around…oh and it seems very well made so should last a fair while.

The bad bits. I’m sitting here trying hard to come up with anything wrong with the PMX. Ahh you’ll a get a bit more wet (‘more wet’ is funnier than wetter) in the rain, the seat could be a little lower, no front lockable glove box. Who cares, the PGO PMX Naked is not designed for convenience, it’s designed to slay the living and destroy the earth…

Summing up the PMX. You’ll pay about $500-$750 more for the PMX over a regular 50cc scooter but if you want the fastest most fun 50cc bike on the market you simply won’t care that it costs more. If your middle name is ‘BIG AIR’ then take it for a test ride asap, if you’re middle name is ‘Soggy bus ticket’ then stick with your remote controlled car NiCad powered eco bike..

Price UK £1599 NZ $2,990 Aus $3,495
0-50km/h 7.9 Seconds (fastest 50cc as of 24/2/09)
0-100km/h ---
50-80km/h ---
Lap Time ---
Fuel Economy 3.6L/100kms - 65MPG
Speedo Accuracy

50kph displayed = 46kph actual

Pros: Fast, Fun, Looks great
Cons: Um... Less weather protection? Storage?

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Manufacturer Specifications

Max power at shaft 3.4kw at 7000rpm
Max torque 5Nm of torque at 6500rpm
Engine Type Single cylinder Fan cooled 2-stroke
Cylinder Capacity 49.2cc
Seat height 830 mm
Dry weight 82 kg
Kerb weight ---
Fuel tank capacity 5.1 litres
Starting Electric and Kick
Transmission “Twist and Go” Automatic Transmission (CVT)
Storage volume ---
Cooling Fan (Air) Cooled
Bore X stroke 40 x 39.2mm
Compression ratio  
Chassis ---
Front suspension ---
Rear suspension ---
Front brake Single wavy disc 218 mm, Dual Piston Caliper
Rear brake 110mm Drum
Front wheel/tyre 120/70-12
Rear wheel/tyre 130/70-12
Length 1667 mm
Width 780 mm (excl mirrors)
Wheelbase 1,173 mm
Max speed (km/hr) ---
Type approval Euro3
Consumption (ECE applicable text cycle) ---
Consumption @km/h - km/l ---
Audible Indicator ---
Full helmet storage ---
Glove box yes (half size)
Fuel Guage yes
Trip Meter yes
Seat release (via remote control) no
Seat release (remote, ignition/switch) no
Alarm no
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written by north face down jacket sale , December 22, 2011
There was a good deal of confusion on deck while we were getting under way. The captain shouted orders (to which nobody seemed to pay any attention) through a battered tin trumpet http://www.buy-thenorthface.or...s-c-8.html

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written by ppddiiddddyy , June 28, 2009
the pgo pmx is the fastest 0-50kph or 0-30 mph scooter of 2009, not of all time
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written by ppddiiddddyy , June 28, 2009
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written by MÃ¥rten , March 31, 2009
How is the PGO Naked, compared to the Gilera Runner 50? “Rumor” tells that the Runner is the fastest of all 50 cc scooters. I have seen 100 km/h or 62 MPH on the speedometer.
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