Prototype 400 test-scooter
Prototype 400 test-scooter

New 400

As revealed previously on SLUK here, there is a new Scomadi model coming, but it won’t arrive in dealers until at least 2018. This time the boys have decided to double the engine capacity to 400cc.

‘Scomadi in association with their European Distributor Mr Robert Olsthoorn recently made the acquisition of all of the necessary tooling and moulds for the Moto Morini 400cc short crankcase automatic scooter engine along with all of the IP and design rights. This will enable Scomadi to take further steps towards becoming self sufficient in engine supply for all their own machines.

The current engine design will be assessed and developed even further in order to update it from carburettor to fuel injection along with some extra performance gains.’

The engine was previously produced in Bologna for maxi-scooters like the Malaguti Madison 400, and will be more than fast enough for a retro-styled scooter. The engine design is old, so it will need some work to convert it from carburettor to fuel injection, and maybe even on the cam timings to get it through Euro 4 emissions regulations. It will also be converted with a wheel speed sensor to accommodated ABS braking.

We talked to Paul Melici and Frank Sanderson about this development. They confirmed that the entire chassis will be upgraded and strengthened to cope with the behemoth engine. The Scomadi 400 will get twin front disc brakes and upgraded suspension to suit.

Longer Travels

Another reveal is that the 400 is not the only Scomadi to benefit from longer suspension travel. All the models in the 2017 range will be upgraded to a new fork design which offers 25% more travel at the front wheel.

Geared Option

The press release continues:

‘At last year’s EICMA Scomadi displayed a 250cc geared model. This model is currently evaluating alternative engines, one of the favoured choices is the latest high performance engine based on our current Aprilia 200cc scooter engine. This has resulted in a revision of the chassis to accommodate the new engine, it shares many of the same high tech component parts used on the 200cc auto scooter engine and will also be fuel injected using Magnetti Marelli’ s latest 16 bit ECU processor. The new geared model boasts more power and will also be Euro 4 compliant with a potential release date also anticipated to be in 2018.’

Deciphering the statement above, what it means is that the 250cc motorcycle-engined prototype from last year is currently being revised to house a 6-speed 200cc motorcycle which shares its cylinder/piston/head etc with the current Scomadi 200 automatic engine

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