Scooter – We drove the Qooder

It has four wheels, but it is not a car; there is the handlebars, but this is not a motorcycle (at least not in the strict sense). For as much as you strive for pigeonhole him into a specific category, the Qooder does everything to opt-out. The key points? Four tires, in fact, driveable safely with the driving license B. All the rest, however, is fluid. On the contrary toggle switch, to be precise.

 

Stable and secure. Already, because the same sense of Qooder lies in the system, HTS (Hydraulic Tilting System) suspension, overhead, in fact, that allow this vehicle to fold like a motorcycle, having four wheels. The effect you feel it immediately, as soon as you find yourself bending on the pave, on manholes, on the tram rails, or where the asphalt is damaged: in this instance, the Qooder returns to those who guide them a feeling of security, to stability, bomb proof, well on the wet track.

 

The important differences. A good feeling, even for those who, like myself, is rider for years. Here, in this case, one cannot help but notice a certain inertia in the quick changes of direction: you should always apply a good force to get into the fold the Qooder. However, once reached the desired angle, nothing (or almost) can perturb the trajectory that you have set. Those who are used to the bike, or a scooter, will notice a greater difficulty in the difficult art of unlocking between the drive aligned: the width of this quadriruota (84 centimetres, against the 80 of the three-wheeled Piaggio MP3 and 73, for example, the traditional scooter like the Honda’sh300i) is important. As well as the mass: 281 kg in running order, in the maneuvers from a standstill, you can hear all.

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A quiet guy. It’s not the kind of vehicle capable of make you fall in love with the performance, the Qooder. A bit to the already mentioned kilograms too much, a little’ because, to push, there is a single-cylinder, 400 cm3 of 33 horsepower at 7.000 rpm and 39 Nm at an altitude of 5,000 rpm. Useless, in short, try the shooting style sure run faster than light. Even the brakes are supersport: the pedal that acts (like the lever on the left side) on all four of the disks helps, but the Abs, now present on many scooters, was not expected. If you wish, with a little bit of craft you can even stand still without touching the ground with the feet: you have to have the foresight to stop at in balance and maintain pressure in the braking system.

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Goodbye tripod it takes a little more time, instead, to become familiar with the lever that locks the tilting of the suspensions (in red, below the handlebar) and with that, integrated in the rear right part of the fairing, which activates the parking brake. Both are from “arm” whenever you park: the Qooder, in fact, does not have the stand. Useful, finally, the under-seat storage compartment capable of holding a full face helmet.

WE LIKE: stability, feeling of safety
WE do NOT LIKE: weight, handling

List price: 11.490 euros

TECHNICAL DATA DECLARED BY THE MANUFACTURER
Engine: single cylinder, 4-stroke
Displacement: 399 cm3
Power: 33 HP @ 7000 rpm
Torque: 39 Nm @ 5,000 rpm
Consumption average: 18.9 km/l
Wheelbase: 158 cm
Length: 220 cm
Width: 84 cm
Height: 136 cm (seat: 78 cm)
Weight: 281 kg

 

Source: Quattroruote.en – Edited by Anthon K.