Many dealers are familiar with the Taiwanese brand CPI. But according to California-based Flyscooters Inc., many are confused about who's distributing the brand. The company tells Dealernews that it recently became the exclusive U.S. distributor of all CPI vehicles and products. It faxed us a copy of the signed agreement between the two companies. According to Flyscooters, CPI products that were in the United States prior to 2009 will be serviced and supported either by the importer of record or the CPI's service center in Texas.
You can meet the new distributor at Booth 8503 in the Lucas Oil Stadium. It will be displaying 10 Taiwanese scooters and motorcycles that have never been imported into the U.S., though the units have been available in select European and Asian markets. The vehicles include four 49.2cc scooters (the Formula 50, GP 50, Bravo 50 and Aragon 50), two 124cc scooters (the Aragon 125 and Bravo 125), a 169cc scooter (the GTR 200), a 249cc scooter (the GTR 250i), and a 249cc dirtbike (the SX 250) that also comes in a Supermoto version (the SM 250). The GTR250i and SX250 are still being tested and may be released toward the end of the season. The Bravo 50 and 125 are also being tested, but they should be ready for importation within three months, the company says.
The four 50 scooters have two-stroke engines; all the others are four-strokes. The 249cc models and the GTR models are liquid-cooled; all others are air-cooled. The three units with engines 169cc and above have disc brakes front and rear; all others have a disc up front and a drum in the rear. See a Flyscooters rep for other specs as well as pricing and dealer margins. The company says it has a $2 million liability policy from a U.S. insurer. — Arlo Redwine