Just a couple of weeks ago when Road Prince launched its 150cc sports bike (click here for official launch and more photos), a very debatable topic of this bike’s performance immediately started. According to our sources, Wego 150cc is a joint venture of Ravi and Road Prince bike. You can say that there are chances that there won’t be Ravi Piaggio anymore in the local market anymore. Ravi and Piaggo did not extend their contract of manufacturing Ravi Piaggo bikes due to declining revenues. Team PakWheels went on to take a first ride of Wego 150cc for its readers. We only had the limited time to check the bike and we did out best to know as much about it as possible.
We know the looks and beauty can be subjective but we must say, the bike is very well shaped. Although it does not looks like a heavy bike but a light sports bike. The only thing that lacks in the overall looks is the height of this bike. The exhaust looks quite attractive with a black wrap. The handle looks amazing as well. Wide surfaced tires add to the beauty of this bike. Moreover, alloy rims of Wego 150cc surface a stunning look with red colored rim stickers.
I had a chance to ride this bike for around 10 minutes, and I was genuinely impressed by its performance. One could argue 10 minutes is a short time to just jump to a final conclusion but it certainly was enough to leave a positive mark in my mind. I never expected such an impressive road grip and pick up speed from a Chinese bike maker. The bike touched 85 km/h in third gear without any vibration or engine clattering, like you would expect.
The sound is quite impressive as well. Better from any other bike in the local market. It has a very energetic and vibrant sound unlike other bikes in Pakistan that I’ve come across.
The bike was quite comfortable to ride on. For 10 minutes I had to myself, the riding seat felt good. The bike is equipped with hydraulic shocks and the seat is quite ample as well. On the other hand, the passenger might not have the greatest of time. Riding on Wego 150 as a passenger does not feel much comfortable, and one reason is the passenger’s foot rest and the height of passenger’s seat makes an uncomfortable seating angle.
Wego 150 has a 5 speed transmission with a half lever sporty 1 down 4 up shift gearbox, i.e. you engage first gear downwards and rest of the gears upwards from below the shortened gear lever and neutral in between the first and second gear halfway to the back. Unlike the linear/sequential shift pattern of bikes, this gear pattern takes time to get used to at first.
The bike is equipped with some great features like:
- A digital meter bearing great resemblance to that of Suzuki Inazuma 150cc.
- A small choke knob on the left side of the handle.
- A round headlight dipper button.
Overall, the test ride was beyond my expectations. It is very nice to see a player entering in a cut throat competition market like ours, trying to break the monopoly, that would enable buyers to have a choice other than Honda bikes depending on their buying power.
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