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Royal Alloy Grand Tourer 150: Getting around betta

August 25, 2019
Royal Alloy GT 150 Tourer at On Any Moto

Royal Alloy Grand Tourer 150 {Orin O’Neill photos)

Since I began writing this here blog, there have been more than a few attempts at a Lambretta reboot. Such efforts have invariably been accompanied by intrigue, infighting and the firefight that is the question of just who owns the Lambretta name, at least as it applies to a motor scooter.

The mere thought of all that gives me a headache.

It is therefore almost anticlimactic that Genuine Scooters has finally done what nobody else could: Bring a Lambretta-styled scooter to the U.S. market.

Royal Alloy rear view

When I first started going to scooter rallies, it was immediately apparent that non-scooter passers-by were drawn to the Bertone-designed lines of Innocenti Lambrettas. Everyone in the biz has told me over the years that the Jet-Ski styling of most modern scooters is a major turnoff for most Americans, so it makes sense to at least be evocative of vintage scooters. It can actually be rather fun to spot the Vespa and Lambretta styling cues on many new bikes.

The Royal Alloy comes closer than other recent Lammy reboots. Yes, it’s STEEL, tho the front fender, headset cover and glovebox are plastic because that makes sense. Fit and finish are outstanding, and it’s got a paint job that looks about a foot deep. I personally find the color choices a bit odd, but as time goes on there are likely to be others.

Royal Alloy headset

It rocks modern touches like a digital instrument display and a USB port to charge your device. No pet cooker, however. There are six suction cups on the bottom of the seat, which I guess is supposed to keep ne’er-do-wells from siphoning your gas..? I would have made a hole in the body to accommodate a latch, but they didn’t ask me.

Underseat suction cups

Yes, those are suction cups…

Best of all, the price is very reasonable. A buck shy of $3.5K, it undercuts a Vespa Primavera by almost two grand.

Not that price seems to matter. The example in the photos, taken at On Any Moto in Tucson, was sold about halfway through the PDI.

As this one was the only one in their inventory, no test rides were available. I therefore reach out to RA owners and riders: tell us all what you think in the comments.

Plus: Genuine Scooters has successfully negotiated the minefield of Lambretta reboots, and at a reasonable price. It’s a really nice bike.

Minus: The seat is held in place with… suction cups? The seat height is a bit… high

The details

MSRP: $3,499
Built in: China
Construction: Pressed steel monocoque with steel side panels and plastic trim
Dry weight: 265 lbs (120.2 kg)
Length: 72.6 in (1845 mm)
Width: 26.4 in (670 mm)
Wheelbase: 54.7 in (1390 mm)
Seat height: 30.3 in (770 mm)
Front susp: Adjustable telescopic fork with dual dampers and coil springs
Rear susp: Swingarm w/adjustable coil spring & telescopic damper
Front brake: Single hydraulic disc
Rear brake: Single hydraulic disc
Front tire: 110/70-12
Rear tire: 120/70-12
Engine: 149.6cc air-cooled 4-stroke w/EFI and electronic ignition
Transmission: CVT with centrifugal dry clutch
Power/torque: 10.7 hp (8 kW) @ 8000 rpm/n/a
  1. August 27, 2019 2:09 am

    If they are going to import this machine why not import the 200 (181cc 18hp) ? Nice enough to look at but no under seat storage massive seat height and not exactly stand out performance which the 200 would offer over the 150cc Piaggio offerings.

  2. August 27, 2019 8:32 am

    I would guess Genuine thinks their best bet is to have something roughly equivalent to a Vespa Primavera/Sprint, at a lower price. They always told me there was never much interest in the 200cc version of the Stella, or at least not enough to make Federalizing it work financially.

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