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2011-09-06 11:38

SCOOTER MANIA: The PGO scooter, along with other brands, will be on display at the Johannesburg International Motor Show.

longside the high-performance cars and bikes, there will be large range of scooters on display at the Johannesburg International Motor Show.

Scooters are the biggest sector of the motorcycle industry and a number of brands, including Bashan, Bajaj, Big Boy, Gomoto, Honda, Jonway, PGO, Suzuki, Sym and Zongshen will show their wares.

Scooter sales have rocketed worldwide and the average 125cc is said to consume fuel at three lites/100km with low maintenance costs.


A cheap Chinese or Indian scooter from a reputable importer sells for around R6000, cheaper than a performance car or 4X4 tyre.  

Jonway is said to be the biggest player in the South African scooter market. Apart from selling their products, they also import Bajaj, Bashan and Gomoto products.

Big Boy is close behind with a range of scooters and motorcycles that sell from R5500 for a commuter motorcycle to R33000 for a 450cc dirt bike.

At the end of the cost spectrum there is the 55kW V-twin Gilera GP800 scooter that costs R100 000, does the 400m acceleration run in 11.1sec and reaches a top speed of 190km/h.

Then there are the Japanese motorcycle importers like Kawasaki and Suzuki, who brought in the PGO and Sym scooters while Vespa imports the Gilera range alongside its own scooters.


South Africa's scooter industry has not flourished as it should according to worldwide trends and in Asian countries, cheap scooters and small commuter motorcycles outsell cars and bigger motorcycles.

In Malaysia, new scooter and commuter motorcycle sales top 520000 for a population half the size of South Africa’s. 

In Nigeria, the Okada, the generic nickname for a small motorcycle or scooter that operates as a taxi, is said to be one of the favourite modes of transport because the bikes can weave through Lagos' chaotic traffic.

The Okada received enormous publicity in 2009 when a new crash helmet law came into being and their operators took to wearing hollowed out pumpkins on their heads because they could not afford proper helmets.

In South Africa, taxis have been the main artery of public transport but the scooter is becoming popular after three decades in the wilderness.

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