While hanging around this morning, I had the opportunity to take a Bug Espresso for a short spin. Not the first time i'd ridden one of these, but the last time was 3 years ago. These have been around for ever, and to be honest the styling is starting to look a bit dated. The fact that these are still being sold is probably a fair indication that they are still selling in reasonable numbers. They came out back when scoots were starting to take off. They are based on a retro styled theme and thats probably their downfall these days because of other scoots like the Bug Orion (for example) which have moved to the sporty style. Right from the start, my previous opinion of the scoot was confirmed. I reckon this is one of the best value scoots on the market. Even with the increased competition of the last few years, this still holds true. I am a big fan of scoots with larger diameter wheels like the Espresso. Whilst you can get away with the really tiny wheels on 50cc'ers at low speeds, the higher capacity scoots do wonders with big wheels. Usually the big wheels all but eliminate any useful underseat storage but not with the Espresso, its still pretty good. Not sure that full face lids would easily fit, but theres plenty of room for you jacket and pants or your bag. The large wheels make steering at low speeds heaps easier because you dont get so much of that really light feeling from the handlebars when your going at walking pace. They also make it easier to hop over dips/bumps/curbs without stressing too much. In fact i happily ran up a few curbs to get to good parking spots. The scoot is great up to about 80km/hr. After that it will keep going, but power is limited. Still the odd freeway blast wouldnt be a problem. Pick up from the lights is decent. You'd have no trouble keeping ahead of the majority of cars in traffic. The other thing i love is that its slim. Slipping through and around traffic is THE number one reason I love scoots so wide cumbersome scoots somewhat defeat the purpose for me. This is a great scoot for filtering through traffic jams, and the good thing is that because its a 150cc, you wont be holding up the traffic when you do filter. I was perfectly confident filtering to the front of the traffic. With a bit of haggling and a keen dealer, you can ride away on one for $4,000, which i think makes it very good value. The big question for me is; is it worth $800 more than something like the Bolwell VS125? The answer is probably that it will come down to styling preference. I think the VS would win more fans because of its modern styling but personally i think the Espresso is the better scoot mainly due to the larger wheels but also a bit of extra engine power comes in handy. The styling seems to appeal to the ladies, which is not an entirely bad thing :wink: I'd say they're well worth considering if your in the market for a mid capacity (125/150cc) scoot and you like the retro style. edit - sorry, not much of a technical review.