+1 I had a ride on a 200 probably 10 years ago. The acceleration back then blew me away.. (the 200 is the same power as 250.. almost).. but I've ridden the BV200 (Beverly) few days before and I recall that the X8 had virtually no feedback from the front end. To this day I think it was the most "detached" I felt on any scooter, and most are bad that way. I even skidded the rear for 30-40ft and had NO idea the wheel was locked up under deceleration. On the plus side, it's probably the most comfortable, small wheeled scooter I tried. I wish my DT300 was this comfortable. The X8 400 has 14" wheels on both ends which should help a lot. It was on my shortlist when I bought the Downtown. I'm a huge fan of the Piaggio 400cc MASTER engine.