OWeGo :The scooter with a stance !
Wego ungeared scooter:
Note fuel tank cap behind seat.
After enjoying much market share in the gearless scooter
category with the 2-stroke Scooty and the 4-stroke Pep,
Pep+ and Streak, TVS finally decided to grow bigger
and enter the FULL SiZE gearless scooter category by
launching WeGo scooter. The name of the scooter is WeGo,
bcoz We==at least two or more people which means dubble
seat. And Go means Good power, performance, kwik pikup
and higher top speed, which the WeGo scooter has in
good measure. [(foto-1)=note fuel tank cap behind seat.]
ENGiNE & OTHER DETAILS :
Powered by the same 109.7 cc engine having bore X stroke
of 53.5 mm X 48.8 mm which powers two other bikes from
TVS (Star City 110 and Jive), this engine produces EiGHT
ps of power at 7500 rpm and develops a Tork of EiGHT
Nm at 5500 rpm. The high rigidity under-bone frame with
a wheelbase of 1275 mm, rides on 90/90 X 12 tyres front
and rear giving a good ground clearance of 145 mm. Starting
is by self as well as kick while stopping is by 130
mm drum brakes both front and rear. Front suspension
is heavy duty telescopic twin forks while rear is a
single nitroX shoX shock absorber having triple rated
spring, mounted with Teflon coated bushes for low friction
Fuel tank kapasiti is FiVE Liters. The self start elektriX
are powered by a 12 volt 4-Ah maintenance free battery.
Headlight power is 35 watts while tail light is a 12
volt LED==Light Emitting Diode.
There are a few Techn0 aspekts to this skooter. Tires:
Firstly larger cup-size12-inch fronts – as well
as rears, while most udders have 10-inch0s both frunt
and rear. The higher tekn0 aspekt in these tires is
that they are made of wet compound, which means you
are getting a Michelin equivalent tire, which means
better road holding which means more safety which means
you live longer. The all metal body is definitely a
plus point in these days of un-recyclable plastic bodies
of skooters. Firstly metal is re-cycle-able and hence
totally environment friendly. Sekondly, in case of a
minor dent you can repair the dent yourself by using
DENT-KiNG, which advertises early morning every day
on National Geographic / Discovery / Animal Planet channels
before 8am. Along with Dent-king you also get a FREE
felt-pen type scratch filler called SCRATCH-PEN which
covers up minor skratches. Dent-King & Scratch-Pen
together cost Rs.2490/- which you can order 0n-Line.
Check it out on TV if you can wake up at 7am. The third
Tekn0 aspekt is the fuel filling system. The fuel tank
cap is NOT under the seat as in ALL udder skootres today.
It is behind the ass of the pillion=======(foto-2)==behind
the seat. If you are the lazy type (which all gearless
riders are), U don’t have to move your ass, get
up from the seat, push your bike, lift your skirt (~sorry
seat), to allow the pump attendant to put his hose into
the fuel cap hole which is behind your (or pillion’s)
ass. The hole, i.e. your petrol tank cap, now has a
separate identity and separate location which is independent
of the location of your ass and udder nearby parts.
And even to open the fuel tank cap you don’t have
to move your ass from the seat. The key-slot for the
under-seat dicky opening is dual purpose. Turn key klok-wise
and seat opens: turnkey anti-klok-wise and fuel tank
cap flips open 0tt0matikally. No need to get up or get
off or use hands or even to look at it. You can keep
your eyes focused on the petrol pump digits to ensure
ZERO before filling & make sure you don’t
get cheated on petrol quantity. 0ne important aspect
which I must mention is that putting this skootre on
main stand is the easiest and lightest among all 100
cc + skootres in this whole country! A great boon for
ROAD BEHAVIOR :
The forward stance seating aspect of this scooter is
evident as soon as I retract the side stand and park
my ass on it in moving stance. The handlebar width is
in keeping with this stance. I press the starter button
and the engine splutters. I twist throttle and bike
moves smoothly. The road outside my gate which was pukka
before the rain is now worse than semi-kuccha and the
down-slope after that has become horrible, washed-out
and dangerously skiddable due to bajari==very small
rounded pebbles which were embedded in CoalTar=Daambar
which got washed away in the rain and the bajari became
loose. On such bad road WeGo kept its stance and WeGo
went, thanks to wet compound tires. I came back after
a short first ride and wanted to park on side stand.
But the PUSHLEVER of the side stand is not visible from
my stance. If the PUSHLEVER had a different stance or
been longer by two inches, my report would have been
shorter by two sentences.
Keeping up (or down) with traffic is a breeze. Roads
are not too good, the rains just got over and the pot
holes are not filled up yet bcoz politic0 pockets are
not filled up yet, waiting for the k0ntrakt0rs to fill
their pockets which are deep indeed, and lining the
deep pockets of politic0s is a long tailoring process.
Takes time. So the roads are bad. Yet the 12-inch wheels
of WeGo take them with aplomb & make for good ground
Brakes are excellent and WeGo maintains its stance even
on wet curvy roads, thanks to the wet compound tires.
The headlight beam quality is excellent. Night driving
on highway at speeds of 65-70 is quite reassuring. Two
separate and distinct tell-a-tale lights placed at the
extreme left and extreme right of the dashboard to indicate
left turn and right turn respectively, accompanied by
a reminding beeper add to the safety aspect of WeGo.
Top speed I did was around 80. Maybe it can go faster
but I did not want to race on this scooter. I have too
many other bikes to race on.
In any case, a gearless scooter is hardly made for racing
on highways. Gearless scooters are majorly used for
city traffic by <1>females <2>older people
<3>physically challenged people <4>learners
<5>people who lack confidence <6>couch potat0s
- who want to save their energy on biking and use it
on FACEBooK !
I did many mileage tests on tankfull-to-tankfull basis.
I fill up the tank, upto 2-cm below the top rim of the
tank neck. Close the cap. Shake the scooter front and
back by locking the front brake. Sit on the scooter
and hump it like riding horse. Tilt it to 30-degrees
on both sides. I do all this to get rid of any air bubbles.
I open the tank cap again (bike parked on level ground
at the same spot) and see that the level has gone down
(no fuel has been used bcoz the engine is off). I fill
it up again upto 2-cm below the rim as before. I then
again do the same shaking and tilting actions to remove
more air bubbles if any. I do this three-four times,
until no matter how much I shake or tilt, the level
does not go down. This means there are no more air bubbles
left, which means greater accuracy.
First I went single seat (my weight is 54 kg), SEVEN
km on the highway. No traffic lights, medium but orderly
traffic, brakes used only once in seven km bcoz of a
big puddle at a particular spot where all traffic had
to almost stop. Same with my WeGo. Then again riding
steady at speeds mostly below 40 with much upslope and
downslope. At SEVEN km I made a U-turn and returned
home the same way. Traffic was lighter and speeds between
50 and 60 were possible, with one stop at the puddle.
This 14 km return trip consumed 0.21 liters, giving
a mileage of 14 divided by 0.21==66.7 kmpL. I did further
tests, all in town area. In two more tests of 14 km
each in city traffic it gave me 42.1 kmpL and 41.2 kmpL.
In the fourth test 14 km (dubble seat==120 kg) in city
traffic it gave 38.6 kmpL.
So the mileage calculation is: 42.1 + 41.2 + 38.6==121.9,
which when divided by 3, gives 40.6 kmpL in city traffic
inklooding dubble seat, which is on par with, or better
than other full size scooters in the market. On highway
with no using of brakes, and speeds up to sixty, it
gives 66.7 kmpL, single seat rider 54 kg.
Gearless scooters are not mileage champions. The stop-go-stop-go
type city traffic consumes petrol without contributing
to the forward motion of the scooter, bcoz every time
you use brake to slow down or stop, the variat0r belt
instantly slackens (as per Law of Nature), and when
you want to pick up speed again and twist accelerator
/ throttle to increase engine rpm, the petrol gets used
in inkrizing rpm to tighten the slack without contributing
to motion. This is as per Laws of Mechanics as defined
by Pythagoras, Archimedes & Newton, which is also
Law of Nature, and even GwaD (==god) cannot increase
the mileage of ANY gearless skootre. This happens every
time you use brake, which in city traffic we do about
100 times per km. There is nothing you can do. YOU want
comfort and ease of driving, YOU pay for it.
WeGo is available in four attractive colors: Midnight
Black, Cappucino Brown, Golden Beige and Sporty White.
Costing Rs.49,953/- on road Pune, you get a sturdy scooter
which gives excellent mileage and has excellent road
holding & pickup, and a comfortable stance ! .
|Author: Dilip Bam