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The Italjet Dragster 559 Twin could be the ultimate superscoot

It pushes out 58hp from a liquid-cooled parallel-twin

Badass like a big bike, but comfy as a maxi-scoot. What's not to like? PHOTO FROM ITALJET

Scooters are great for commuting, but they all tend to look and feel the same unless we’re talking about Italjet. We’ve always been suckers for the racy Dragster, but the latest is just bonkers.

Unveiled at EICMA 2023, the Dragster 559 Twin blurs the line between scooter and sport bike with its liquid-cooled, 550cc, 58hp parallel-twin motor and six-speed, pedal-controlled transmission.

Italjet actually unveiled an earlier concept at EICMA 2022 with the Dragster 500GP, powered by a 450cc single-cylinder with a target release by 2024. It would appear that it has been supplanted by this final, twin-cylinder version.

You'd be the talk of the town on tambike night. PHOTO FROM ITALJET

The motor is placed under the seat, driving the rear wheel through a chain. It gets a USD fork with thick 48mm stanchions and rear cantilever suspension.

The transmission also benefits from a slipper clutch. Italjet’s signature trellis frame is a work of art, as always, while neatly concealing the sizable 16L fuel tank.

We bet this will sound insane. PHOTO FROM ITALJET

The brakes consist of twin 270mm front discs and a rear 230mm disc from Brembo. The press material doesn’t say if it has ABS, but we’ll assume it does in this day and age. Pirelli Diablo tires run on 15-inch alloy rims, while a low 795mm seat height and a lean 180kg dry weight spell wonders for the handling.

The superscoot will be available in Europe by the end of 2024, and we hope it also makes it here.

Andy Leuterio

Andy is both an avid cyclist and a car enthusiast who has finally made the shift to motorcycles. You've probably seen him on his bicycle or motorbike overtaking your crawling car. He is our motorcycle editor and the author of the ‘Quickshift’ column.