At a time when sales of 50cc scooters are suffering in the UK, Peugeot have just launched this tasty new Kisbee in an attempt to claw back some of their market share.
Marketed as a compact entry level scooter the Kisbee ticks all the right boxes. Easy to ride, stylish, and well built are just some of the areas it performs well in. With a price tag of just £1499 (£1249 with promotion) you can add affordable to that list as well.
The Kisbee may be a new model but the engine is based on an updated Peugeot design. The four stroke, air cooled motor has had a whole load of improvements, including a new crankcase and cylinder head, lighter piston and con rod, a new air filter and exhaust, new transmission and a heated carb to improve cold starting. The engine also comes with an electronic restrictor which governs the maximum speed. This is good news in a way because it means a dealer will be able to remove it quickly if your licence permits you to ride a derestricted scooter. It also means that the scooter will make peak power whether you’re riding up hill, or two up.
Sitting on the Kisbee for the first time my initial thoughts were that the riding position, seat height and controls all felt ‘right’ and I was impressed at just how good the scooter looks in the five colour choices (black, white, orange, blue and silver). The engine started quickly on the button and the scooter pulled away cleanly and accelerated quite well up to 30mph when the restrictor abruptly cuts in. With an electronic restrictor there’s no way you’ll push the needle over 30mph, even downhill with your head flat on the bars. I found it was better to ride at just less than full throttle, which will save fuel and make the ride smoother.
The Kisbee coped admirably with all types of road surface on the launch in Amsterdam, as did the suspension which felt quite plush, even when negotiating cobbles. The front disk brake and rear drum were both up to the job, neither was over powerful but when used together they would stop the scooter very well and in complete control. Having a short wheelbase makes the scooter very nimble and surefooted, especially at slower speeds – great for getting through busy city traffic. Ground clearance can be an issue on some scooters but the Peugeot Kisbee is surprisingly good and can lean as far as even the most demanding riders dare. Not that the kind of rider this scooter is aimed at are likely to be doing any heroics!
On a practical level the Kisbee has all the things a small capacity scooter should have. It’s got an electric start, flat floorboards and a hook for hanging your shopping on. It also has a deceivingly spacious under-seat storage space (which will swallow a full face helmet). The Kisbee also comes with a dual saddle and flip out pegs should you wish to take a pillion. It’s also light, has a low seat height and a good turning circle so it’s easy to turn in the road, making it perfect for a novice. Economy is a word on everybody’s mind these days and Peugeot claim a 125 mile tank range from the 6.5 litre tank, which works out at around 87mpg, a figure not to be sniffed at.
The Kisbee is on sale now but before you rush down to your local Peugeot scooter dealer visit the website at www.peugeotscooters.co.uk and get yourself a £250 discount voucher which will bring the price down to a very tempting £1249.
Peugeot Kisbee Tech specs
Engine: 49.9cc four stroke, air cooled
Brakes: Front 170mm disk, rear 110mm drum
Seat height: 780mm
Fuel capacity: 6.5 litres
By Ian Granger