Sort of a cross between a scooter and a trials bike, the Sachs MadAss 125 is now on sale in America. Where the previous version used an anemic 50cc engine, this 11bhp should actually be capable of getting out of its own way. With an engine based on the Honda Cub’s, the MadAss delivers a bulletproof 85-110mpg, but thanks to the 209lbs (wet) weight and high-spec chassis, it’ll be good for slicing up traffic, hopping curbs and pulling wheelies too.
There’s actually a couple of really neat technical solutions employed
by Sachs on the MadAss. By placing the swingarm, frame and shock in
parallel and locating the saddle at the end of an arm, impacts are sent
to the front suspension. That’s sort of the same idea as a Soft Ride
bicycle frame. Fuel is also carried in the frame.
Peirspeed is importing the bikes and, to our surprise, actually appears
to have a dealer network throughout the country. The MadAss 125 retails