Get funky with the right Formula
By SARA TEMPLETON
Disc brakes front and rear
For those who don't just want a scooter to putt around town
on, this next one may be for you.
The Formula 125 isn't a scooter that likes to nip around
town - it likes to fang. If you don't like speed, look for
a Piaggio, but this here 125 has got go.
Based on Italjet's 2-stroke, twin-cylinder, liquid-cooled
engine, the 113cc scooter pushes out a smidge more than 10kW
at the rear wheel. Combine this with a curb weight of 95kg
and you have a speedy little scoot with plenty of high-quality
The twin exhaust pipe fitment suits the Formula 125 name,
but the polished stainless steel exhaust system isn't just
cosmetic. They help dampen the sound, which, for anyone whose
ever ridden a two-stroke scoot before, can become quite noisy
as they gain speed.
It uses an electric starter to bring the little two-wheeler
to life, but in case of a low battery there is even a pedal
kick-start. Taking advantage of Italjet's CVT (constant velocity
transmission), the Formula 125 has no gears and no manual
clutch. Simply twist the throttle and away you go. Dial in
a few more revs, however, and the F125 really starts flying.
As a performance scooter, Italjet didn't skimp on the accessories
either. To cope with fast acceleration, freeway speeds and
heavy braking loads the Italjet scooter comes fitted with
an ISS steering system, torsion bar and dampener up the front.
At the rear is an shock absorber that can be adjusted to be
softer for smooth cruising or stiffened for white knuckled
The ISS, or independent steering system, is state of the
art and incorporates a mechanical anti-dive system so there's
no chance of you going head over heels into an oncoming bus.
Adding to an already solid road holding setup are disc brakes
front and rear. Both are 175mm and more than capable of hauling
in the 95kg feather weight.
The Formula 125 uses a centre-stand and side stand. There
is even under-seat storage for a full-faced helmet or groceries.
The Formula 125 is currently Italjet's flagship model for
the Australian market. It comes in Silver, Red a special Formula
At the end of the day, the new Italjet Formula 125 is as
far from the traditional scooters as you can get. Instead
it goes for modernistic flair and, in a way, it works.
Starting at $6138 (plus ORC) the Formula 125 is one of Italjet's
cheapest scoots and one of its most capable, too. Click
here to see a list of Italjet dealers nationwide.