Appearances can be fooling when it comes to the 2010 Peirspeed Sachs MadAss. It looks like a motorcycle, but it is classified as a scooter by its German designer, Sachs Motorcycles. The MadAss looks like a stripped-down motorcycle or maybe a bicycle with a very thick frame, like the ones early motorcycles had. It is branded as Peirspeed, after the company that imported it into the United States from Asia. The MadAss is becoming a cult motorcycle, complete with its own fan club, the MadAss Army, because there was nothing else like it when it was introduced in 2009. It is available in two models, 50cc and 125cc. It is known as the Nitro in Canada and the Sachs Spider in Japan.
Simplicity, some say minimalists, is key with the MadAss. The 1.2-gallon gas tank is located in the tubular frame, but the bike does not have a fuel gauge. However, it does make sputter sounds when the tank is empty, warning riders to switch to a tiny reserve tank and find a gas station quickly. It gets an estimated 85 mpg, making it a miser on fuel. There is no center stand. It has no under-seat storage as scooters have; indeed, there is no provision for storage at all. Riders who want to carry things will need a backpack that they can either wear or strap to the passenger-portion of the seat. One reviewer likened it to ""largest, manual shifting moped"" because of its simplicity. Some users have compared it to a super-bike.
The MadAss will appeal to the scooter rider who wants something a step up and sportier. It also will appeal to motorcycle riders looking for something easy to ride around town without having to rev up their 1700. With a 33.7-inch high saddle, it is better suited for riders used to swinging their legs over to mount rather than stepping through as you do with a scooter. The MadAss is 72.4 inches long and 40.8 inches high.
The 11 hp engine is capable of 55 mph on flat roads, picking up a couple of miles in speed on downhill runs. Users give it good marks for the smooth ride and maneuverability. Available in black, graphite, yellow, and silver plastic bodies, the MadAss has both an electric- and kick- start.