The Scomadi Special Series ‘SSS’ was mentioned in our recent feature on the new factory and for many Scooterboys (and girls) this particular offshoot for the brand will be of special interest. It takes an ‘off the shelf’ production scooter and turns it into a factory spec special edition designed to the customer’s requirements. A modern take on the old 1960s Royspeed or ‘S Type’ dealer specials.
The scooter (above) belongs to the CEO of Minor International (Scomadi investor) and features the exhaust, variator and fuelling module on an old TT chassis. The fuelling was a bit lumpy because the map was designed for the UK climate, rather than hot and humid Thailand but it was still fun to ride and it blitzed a standard 200.
We rode this one around for a couple of days before trying the latest scooters. In comparison, this one feels a bit rough around the edges. Scomadi are progressing for sure.
UK R&D via RetroTech
We mentioned in our article on the factory that Scomadi Thailand have been working with Dave Wilson at RetroTech and J33 Developments in the UK, as well as Yuminashi in Thailand, to develop a basis for the forthcoming ‘SSS’ brand.
Dave is no stranger to shoehorning bigger engines into scooter bodywork, he was responsible for putting a Targa Twin engine, various KTM engines, the Gas Gas motor and other high-powered oddities into the Scomadi chassis. Dave was also the man doing the development work for the Austrian Scomadi dealer instigated, German/Australian Scooterist financed, failed to materialise – 450 bike engined Scomadi project. It’s something we’ve had a few readers asking about recently. That project, from what we’re told by various sources, was commissioned by a shop, rather than Scomadi themselves.
Scomadi TL to TT?
Dave is also one of the few good guys left in the UK who still bend over backwards to look after the original Scomadi TL owners. Incidentally, it’s now possible to convert your old TL into a TT clone if you prefer the narrower profile and look.
RetroTech have also been busy working on the latest Scomadi frame to make it easier for the factory to slot in a different engine to the end-users requirements. Meaning a hybrid will be easier and cheaper to achieve in the long run. These things are never as easy as shelling peas though and it’s likely a factory hybrid is still a long way off becoming reality. Dave has also been working alongside Lexham Insurance to make sure his conversions are part of the drop-down list when you phone for an insurance quote. Making ownership of a heavily reworked scooter a much less stressful prospect.
Meanwhile, J33 Developments have worked their magic on mapping the standard Scomadi engine to make full use of its power if the customer wants to retain it with a little extra oomph under the panels.
Mr Yuminashi has been tasked with developing an aftermarket variator and is currently working on a replacement camshaft and various other upgraded parts.
What am I likely to be able to buy?
To begin with, Scomadi plan to sell the ‘SSS’ as a complete flagship factory package. Most likely with an exhaust, variator and fuelling module/remap to the original engines, plus styling goodies. There’s no doubt the styling parts will become available as aftermarket/dealer options individually.
It’s unlikely you’ll be able to buy a ‘factory’ Scomadi with a different engine any time soon but whilst we were at Scomadi Frank was expecting delivery of a two stroke geared Gas Gas engine (RetroTech have already developed a chassis for it) and it’s pretty evident larger capacities are more than just a pipe dream.
Style it up
Some buyers will want the full tuning package or a different engine, whilst others will be happy just to add some styling touches to their Scomadi. The ‘SSS’ parts catalogue is growing quite well and includes everything from simple headlight rims and indicator grills to engine case covers, brake calliper and master cylinder upgrades and even top-spec exotica like the Öhlins rear shocks fitted to the yellow ‘SSS’. The aftermarket options for this scooter could also include the cutdown side panels, legshields, mudguard and rear runners for that authentic 80s style cutdown look.
Scomadi are planning to get rid of the legshield and side panel-mounted indicators on production models in favour of more discreet indicators like the ones protruding from the rear light on the model above and possibly bar end indicators at the front.
The ‘SSS’ is a way to purchase your new Scomadi with all the factory spec ‘SSS’ components already fitted but still with the option to personalise it further with options from the ‘SSS Performance Centres’. With a list of options and upgrades to personalise your scooter without having to get your hands dirty. You may also be able to add the extras to your finance package if you’re buying on credit but would need to check with your local dealer for availability.
The Yellow Peril
We spent a couple of days thrashing the cutdown Scomadi around in Thailand (as well as the new 125/200, the electric prototype and various others). You can’t fail to notice it, the cutdown bodywork and bright paintwork make it stand out a mile, it has a mean stance for sure.
This 200cc liquid-cooled scooter simply has an aftermarket ‘SSS’ exhaust and Yuminashi variator – boy does it make a difference! To be fair, the standard liquid-cooled Scomadi 200 engine goes quite well but this turns it into a whole load more fun. Firstly it sounds as mean as it looks, the exhaust note demands attention. The Thai lads were in awe at the fuel station when I fired it up and ripped off up the road.
It accelerates much quicker than you’d expect a 200 (it’s actually a 181cc) to get off the line, it can beat a Vespa GTS 300 from a standing start (we did some back to back sprints – as you can see in the video). The GTS pulls away quicker initially but the Scomadi soon reels it in and passes it. On the road that means you can ride your 200 Scomadi quite comfortably with GTS riding mates. The top indicated speed I saw was 77 mph, which isn’t bad at all.
This yellow (partial SSS according to the factory) scooter is running on the latest Scomadi frame, before that though we rode TTs back to back with an old and new chassis. The difference is like night and day. It’s a much more ‘production like’ feeling than the TL, or earlier TT models. The revised front suspension linkage helps, as does the stiffer, braced framework and of course the new top and bottom thrust bearings in the forks. The 2020 scooter just feels more refined, there are no vibrations from the bodywork, the suspension and anti-dive work together, rather than fighting each other and the result is a scooter you’re happy to blast around on. Then we ride the Yellow Peril and things move up a notch…
Usually, you’ll only find fancy Öhlins shocks as OEM suspension on Yamaha sports bikes and as very expensive aftermarket upgrades on other bikes. You don’t find them gracing the rear end of a scooter. Riding the ‘SSS’ cutdown fitted with rear Öhlins takes comfort and road holding up another notch. The feeling, even with the multi-adjustable shocks on the standard settings was sublime. Whether these will make it into the parts catalogue or not is anybody’s guess but one thing is for sure, they won’t be cheap. As an example, an 86cc motocross shock will set you back over £500, times that by two for the twin shock Scomadi and double it for the front end… you’re looking at somewhere around two grand. Scomadi are also developing some cheaper, fully-adjustable suspension options that may well prove more popular for the average owner.
Although it was slightly disappointing not to have any larger capacity scooters to shout about you have to understand that Scomadi are just getting back on their feet. 125/200cc production models are where the bread and butter money is. They need to get scooters to market before deviating to the small volume, niche market varieties. The world is a much bigger place than us Brits think.
Even so, with research and development continuing in the UK (and of coirse in Thailand) and SSS accessories and tuning parts being worked on, custom Scomadi parts should become more readily available. Don’t hold your breath for too long though if you want a 400 auto or bike engine.
Words, photos & video: Iggy
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