The Qooder QV3 that we present to you today in this test He has his own ritual before he gets going. We have to start by placing our feet on the platform that will allow us to climb up as a step. Then, after unlocking the steering with the key, we release the hydraulic lock of the tilt system, a large lever located in front of the legs, and we are ready to go.
The seat is comfortable, with good cushioning, but it is wide, which, coupled with a ground clearance of 810 mm, makes it somewhat difficult to make a footing for medium and low sizes.
The advantage is that if you keep the scooter braked with both paddles (or the platform pedal) while you are stopped at a traffic light, it tries to stay upright thanks to the hydraulic brake circuit blocking the system. HTS (Hydraulic Tilting System) of the front suspensions. This, although it is not a locking system like the one used by other three-wheeled scooters, since it does not allow to keep the feet on the platform during the stop, it helps a lot to support the weight when standing, relegating to the background the need to stand on the ground easily. Besides, although we have already commented on it previously, It has a lever on the counter shield with which we can completely block the steering so that the scooter remains standing without the need for an easel. Of course, be careful, because although the QV3 will maintain its verticality thanks to this lever, it must be borne in mind that it will not be braked despite this.
Also add that the QV3 has a central stand, although it requires some effort to place it, and, as in all 3 wheels, it is a somewhat heavy scooter when it comes to maneuvering while standing still due to its weight., and that it is the lightest in its category (220 kg).
Stability is its strength
As the scooter mechanics come to life the front part is affected by certain vibrations, until the engine turns up. However, it must be said that this phenomenon is greatly attenuated when the engine reaches its working temperature.
Already underway, the first thing that stands out is a some delay between turning the throttle and the effective response of the rear wheel; It is a small dead interval that you have to get used to. Overcome this start, the QV3 shows a dynamic behavior similar to any other scooter… As long as we travel in a straight line.
The friendly Helvetian offers a stability against all types of asphalt. His three supports on the ground work the miracle. But it is the confidence that it transmits when cornering that will lead us to discover new sensations and even make us forget the usual precautions inherent to two wheels.
However, it must be taken into account that, although the HTS (Hydraulic Tilting System) system It works perfectly, it requires a little reeducation of our habits to understand how it works.
This hydropneumatic system allows the simultaneous inclination of the two wheels on the front axle thanks to the fact that it has two cylinders connected to a central one that acts as a shock absorber, linked to an articulated parallelogram.
Once familiarized, we will be able to trace the turns regardless of the state of the floor, knowing that the tilt limit is 45 °, marked by the mechanical configuration of the suspensions and the HTS system.
The result is total confidence when negotiating the curve at the cost of losing some agility compared to a conventional scooter.
Suspensions swallow everything without altering the line by one millimeter and, in case of braking, the sum of three discs – two 240mm front and one 256mm rear –, added to a comprehensive system, they manage to stop the QV3 more than efficiently without the need for ABS. One note: the right hand cam only acts on the front discs, while the other cam and the foot pedal make the front and rear assembly work.
Its mechanics is single-cylinder, four-stroke, 346cc, delivers 28.9 hpIt uses an automatic transmission with a continuous variator and with all this it manages to move the 220 kilos of weight declared in running order with ease.
Strolling around town between the rows of cars, the QV3 does not quite feel comfortable, too wide; With a 550mm front track and a limited turning radius, it is not very agile. However, the stability, even at standstill, and the load capacity, as well as its excellent braking, partly compensate for this clumsiness.
On the highway it manages to print a good rhythm and offers good stability, while the curves require some preparation. Mind you, once you start negotiating the angle, the Qooder goes on rails. Perhaps the suspensions bounce a bit, but the HTS system works very well and the scooter never loses its composure and offers enormous confidence.
The front optics have led position lights, surmounted by a wide and dark screen behind which is sheltered an instrument panel that has two analog dials flanking a central digital display.
Behind the shield there is a side glove compartment and a central one with power socket and a central tunnel that leads to the huge two-level seat. Beneath the padding, a generous space opens up with capacity for an integral and a jet and the passenger has ample space and comfortable side handles, apart from retractable footrests.
In short, the Qooder QV3 has been revealed as a specimen to take into account, since after all, no one said … where two roll, three may well roll.
What we like the most and what we least …
Only +: It stands out for its stability and safety thanks to its double front axle, effective all-round braking and a generously-sized pocket under the seat.
Only-: It shows an excess of vibrations when cold and is somewhat heavy when maneuvering while standing still, it also requires adapting to its driving especially in curves.
Motor type: 1 cylinder 4T LC SOHC 4V
Bore x stroke: 82 x 65.6 mm
Displacement: 346 cc
Compression ratio: Na
Feeding: Electronic injection
Start: Electric motor
Switched on: Electronic digital
Change: CVT automatic variator
Clutch: Automatic centrifugal dry
Secondary transmission: By V-belt
Chassis type: Steel tube structure
Steering geometry: 35 °
Swingarm: Oscillating power train
Front suspension: HTS hydropneumatic double suspension
Rear suspension: Two adjustable dampers in preload
Front brake: 240mm double disc, integral braking
Back brake: 256mm disc, integral braking
Tires: 110/80 x 14 “and 140/70 x 15”
Total length: 2,270 mm
Maximum height: 1,310 mm
Maximum width: 840 mm
Axle distance: 1,560 mm
Seat height: 810 mm
Dry weight: 207 kg
Maximum power: 28.9 hp at 7,000 rpm
Maximum torque: 31.8 Nm at 5,500 rpm
Weight / power ratio: 7.1 kg / CV
Average consumption: 4.1 l / 100 km
Gasoline tank: 13.2 liters
Theoretical autonomy: 320 km
Price: 7,970 euros
License: A1 / B
Official guarantee: 2 years
Importer: Qooder, SA
More information on the brand’s website.
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