kermit the wasp on March 26, 2011, 05:41:15 PM
Imagine a baby scooter born in the regimented, structured world of Japan, then whisked away to live in Italy raised by an old couple, say, Mario and Gabriella. He is named Giorno and he lives with this Italian couple in a small villa. This youngster is raised on pizzas and pasta, he goes to a small, country school just outside of Rome, he looks Italian, he speaks Italian, but he is Japanese.

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I canít think of any other way the Giorno could have come into being. The other option, however unlikely is that Honda thought they could build a retro styled scooter and sell millions of units. The later however is an unfathomably boring story and I like my one much better.

So yes, the Honda Giorno is a retro styled scooter. Now Iím sure there are large bunch of Italian scooter guys who are upset that Honda copied this particular genre, unfortunately for them it isnít the first or last time this would happen, both by the Japanese and many others. However it must be said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery so those die hard fans shouldnít be too disappointed. Take a look youíll see that Honda have done a damn fine job with their take on this style. There isnít a sharp line anywhere on the bodywork. Circular button shaped indicators pop out of the front and rear with the round headlight mounted proudly. The dash features a very nice chrome surround. Even the numbers on the speedometer are scripted in a retro style.

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There is chrome and there are simple soft lines, BUT there is one big difference, one thing that separates the Giorno from many of the Italian scooters. Metal, steel and iron! The Giorno has enough steel to make perhaps half a panel of an Italian scooter. Almost all the bodywork is plastic. Now you could say, boo, hiss, it is awful - it needs to be made from metal, but does it? Metal is far heavier than plastic, so the Honda is light. Cost, plastic is cheaper to produce, so the Giorno is cheap and of course plastic will never rust. Due to the heavy use of plastic the featherweight Honda performs well in our 0-50kph test, 12.6sec was recorded from the restricted model that was tested. A faster time could be achieved with the factory restrictions removed.

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The cool retro speedometer looks great and is accurate, only showing 1kph under the actual speed at 50kph. The dash does have annoying lights that flash if you exceed 30kph. This form of warning beacon is however fairly common on many of the Japanese 50cc bikes.

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The Giorno, handles well, it feels like it has a longer wheelbase than other Honda scooters. It also features softer suspension, which made it comfortable to ride over unkempt, uneven city streets. The soft set-up however means that potholes can bottom out the suspension unsettling the rider. If you weigh over 80kg, it maybe a good option to upgrade the suspensionÖ or perhaps just buy something else. It is easy to throw into corners, and light enough for almost anyone to place it on the stand. The large under seat compartment gobbles up a full-face helmet with ease.


MABUHAY MGA SAKANG!!!

kermit the wasp on March 26, 2011, 06:01:22 PM
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mpecs77 on April 26, 2011, 10:39:54 AM
go giorno!  ;D


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honore on April 26, 2011, 07:55:34 PM
hi, where do you get your fabrication done for the tire rack? i'd like to have a front rack and a "middle" rack on made for my honda cub.
~i'm an engine driver, on the long run.

http://goneonthefourteenthofnovember.blogspot.com/

mpecs77 on April 27, 2011, 10:03:10 AM
hi, where do you get your fabrication done for the tire rack? i'd like to have a front rack and a "middle" rack on made for my honda cub.

we fabricated it sir. we made some adjustments, lowered and changed the brackets etc. here it is now:


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you can make the pattern using thick wire (or anything that you can bend easily) and have it copied by shops fabricating stainless. its cheaper if you'll buy the materials  ;D ;D just pm me if you need any help  ;)

Maharot on May 12, 2011, 07:23:03 PM
yan ang hinahanap ko..ang ganda! ;D

honore on May 20, 2011, 01:24:08 AM
mr. mpecs77, are you affiliated with jake's custom bikes? i think i saw your giorno in their website:

http://www.jakecustombikes.com/projects.html

if so, i was wondering how much did the paintjob cost? i saw that they do excellent work so i want to entrust to them the restoration job for my cub.

thanks.
~i'm an engine driver, on the long run.

http://goneonthefourteenthofnovember.blogspot.com/