Introduced in 2005, the Chinese scooter company Vento, produced two models of the Phantera step-through scooter, the base model and the GT5. Both are 150cc, air-cooled, four-stroke, single-cylinder machines with OHV valves. With 9.4 bph and 6.3 lb-ft of torque, the Phantom isn't quite powerful enough to handle the freeway, with 55 mph being its absolute top speed, and that depends on the weight of the driver. Depending on premium fuel, the scooter has a 1.4-gallon fuel tank.
Both the base and GT5 Phantera come with belt-driven CVTs (continuously variable transmissions). As with most scooters, learning how to shift isn't necessary. A telescoping fork provides the front suspension, and the rear suspension is a double-sided steel swing arm. Braking comes from a hydraulic disc in front and a rear drum for both models. The scooters ride on 13-inch aluminum wheels and 130 tires.
The steel frame on both models supports the standard plastic bodywork and includes front and rear fenders, side covers, and upper fairing. The standard windshield is a nice feature. A center stand is also standard. Like the Model A, paint comes in any color you want, as long as it's black, for both the base model and the GT5 but at least it’s brightened up with a cheerful red seat. The 34.8-inch-high, one-piece vinyl seat is stepped for driver and passenger and both riders have floorboard footing.
The Phantera’s digital instrument panel has some great features. Along with the standard fuel gauge, including a low fuel warning light, speedometer, and odometer, it has a tachometer and an alarm system with a remote. Both models feature a surprising amount of standard storage: along with the lockable under-seat storage and glove box, the scooters come with vinyl side cases and a rear rack.
With a dry weight of 229 pounds and a total length of almost 75 inches, the sporty-looking Phantera is maneuverable and relatively easy to handle. At only 27 inches wide it’ll fit into tight parking spaces and is suitable for urban commuting, around town, shopping trips, or even gentle country roads.