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The RUSI RFi 175 is Grabbing Attention and Here's Why

The RUSI RFi 175 scooter is getting noticed with its attractive styling and decent performance.

Filipino brand RUSI has been stepping up its game and has been offering dependable and visually appealing motorcycles. Among the two wheelers that have been making waves in the local market is the sporty utility scooter RUSI RFi 175, which many practical Filipino riders are raving about. Released in the Philippines in June last year, more and more satisfied owners are raining praises on the RUSI RFi 175's good looks and capabilities.

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Let's take a look at what the RUSI RFi 175 brings to the table, making it one of the much-talked-about scooters these days.

RUSI RFi 175 Specifications and Features

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Dimensions, Exterior Features and Electricals

The RUSI RFi 175 is a mini maxi scooter that is slightly larger than the Yamaha NMAX, though the difference is negligible. The RUSI scooter stands 1,930mm in length, 755mm in width and 1,130mm in height. It has good wheelbase measurement of 1,385mm. The RUSI RFi 175 tips the scales at 134kg and can carry a maximum weight load of 294kg. Seat height is 770mm, which makes it ideal even for riders with short stature.

In the looks department, the RUSI RFi 175 is a good contender. At a quick glance one might mistake it for a Yamaha NMAX, a Honda PCX160 or Honda ADV150. A closer look, however, will reveal its different RUSI styling, which some consider to be even better than the most popular scooters in the market.

The mini maxi scoot boasts a good-looking front fascia with a shield-shaped black windscreen and well-laid-out fully LED lighting system. The V-shaped LED twin headlights with LED position lights, the LED signal lights strategically embedded on the sides of the apron, and the steady handlebars with the side mirrors attached to them all add to the RUSI RFi 175's sporty no-nonsense character.

Behind the apron, facing the driver, is the instrument panel, which is a combination of analog and digital. The digital display is flanked on each side by analog meters—the speedometer on the left and the rev-per-minute (rpm) meter on the right. The speedometer shows two units: miles per hour (mph) and kilometers per hour (kmph). The digital panel displays the trip meter, odometer, time, and temperature readings. In a dim environment or at night, both analog and digital gauges are easy to read especially with the bright blue, white and red backlight colors.

On the front of the driver is a switch panel in which the ignition button and the fuel tank and seat control switch can be found.

Over at the back, the stylishly designed LED taillight is an attention grabber. It is situated right below the subtle grab rails that complement the comfortable looking dual-stepped seat. Beneath the seat is the U-box or underseat storage compartment that can contain a half-face helmet and other small items.

The foldable footrests that blend smoothly with the white body panel accent, the sporty-looking muffler, and the kickstarter at the rear complete the RUSI RFi 175's attractive side profile.

There are five colorways to choose from: Matte Blue, Red, Yellow, Gray and Matte Black.

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Engine, Transmission, Speed and Consumption

The RUSI RFi 175 is powered by a 175cc single-cylinder, 2-valve, air-cooled, fuel-injected Euro 4-compliant SOHC engine that is paired with a GY6 continuously variable transmission (CVT). There's no available published power output and torque details but the claimed top speed is 100km per hour, with the RUSI RFi 175's full tank at 9.5 liters capacity.

Suspension and Braking System

Some actual user feedback confirms the RUSI RFi 175's ability to ride over potholes, thanks to its conventional telescopic suspension layout in front and dual shocks at the rear.

Although an Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) isn't available, stopping power is still superior, with disc brakes supported by a Combi-Brake System (CBS) on both front and rear wheels.

Other Nifty Features

The RUSI RFi 175 has some cool features that make it on par, if not ahead, of other scooters in the market. It has a hazard switch or passlight switch, a kill-switch side stand, a USB port with cover, and a keyless switch system for the seat, fuel and ignition—all you need to do is flick the buttons and you can open the underseat storage and fuel tank cap, and turn on the ignition.

The scooter also comes with a keyless entry system, and for added security, if the remote control isn't within the scooter's range, the engine will not run even if you turn on the switch.

Price

The RUSI RFi 175 can be yours for PHP 90,000 straight cash. If you're on a budget, installment plans are available with affordable down payment and an up to 36-months payment option.

Conclusion

Given the features and specifications of the RUSI RFi 175, there's no doubt it is a good urban-commuting companion. The price point is higher than the Yamaha Mio range of scooters, but since the RUSI RFi 175 is being positioned as a mini maxi scooter that goes with the likes of the Yamaha NMAX, Honda ADV150, Honda PCX160, Yamaha Mio Aerox 155 and the likes, then the RUSI scooter is cheaper by a few thousand.

While many people still look down on the RUSI brand because of the China-clone stigma that has been attached to it, the motorcycle manufacturer has, over the years, proven that its products are reliable. It will not be fair to RUSI if we compare it with the Big Four motorcycle brands, but for Filipino riders who are looking at a more affordable motorcycle that does the job of getting you around, has decent performance, comfortable enough to handle and has modern features, then RUSI is not a bad choice. The RUSI RFi 175 has the power, good looks, and tech features combined with an above-average braking system, so it's definitely worth a try.

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