I’ve finally sold my Suzuki Satria FU and bought a scooter in its place. But why sell it, though? Wasn’t I madly in love with the bike?
Well yes, but there are several reasons why I can’t keep it around any longer:
- It’s carbureted, which means mediocre gas mileage for 2022 standards (30 km/L / 70 mpg / 3.3L/100km average)
- Its tiny 4L gas tank means I have to frequently stop for gas when going on long trips
- A tiny seat with thin cushion means it’s not comfortable for pillion passenger
- General fatigue due to stiff clutch, stiff throttle and poor riding ergonomics
- Power at the low-end RPM range is horrid, forcing me to clutch-rev almost constantly in traffic
- Most Suzuki bike dealerships in my city have closed down due to poor sales, which means no more Suzuki authorized service centers
- Thanks to that, the average market value for all Suzuki bikes keeps falling deeper by the month
So here is my new (used) scooter. It’s a one-owner, 28.000 km 2018 Honda Vario 150 (also known as Honda Click 150i), an upsized version of the very successful Vario 125. These bikes are sold primarily in South East Asia (and maybe some other Asian countries I’m not aware of).
It doesn’t come without its own drawbacks, though. For example:
- It’s CVT-driven, meaning delayed throttle and gauging how fast I’m going based on engine sound alone is hard.
- It’s got a rattly body despite being only 4 years old (Honda bikes are infamous for using thin, crappy plastic on their body panels).
- It only comes with one mirror, one key fob, and no barcode tag to duplicate the fob (the original owner lost them).
I have already ordered parts to remedy 2 and 3 so we’re gucci. They’re not cheap but I love this bike too much already.