Roof scooters: How are they?

Roof scooter is the name for a scooter that has a roof for protection from snow and rain. There is an open cabin mounted on the vehicle which is equipped with an integrated windscreen and a windshield wiper.


The fist roof scooter was designed by BMW. BMW C1 with 15 hp came already 2000 on the market. It represents the whole new interpretation of a scooter concept and it was a new field for BMW in the motorcycle sector. Since March 2001 BMW C1 200 has also been on sale.

The basic idea is 

  • better accident protection by means of safety belts and a safty cell, which does not require helmets
  • weather protection from rain and snow.

BMW C1 should combine maneuverability of a scooter with the safety of a car in the form of a motorcycle. BMW proved by many evaluated accidents, in which BMW C1 was involved that by no injured driver had been diagnosed his head injuries. 

BMW C1 is now considered a cult vehicle for unconventional people, smart business people and discreet ladies.

Benelli Adiva

Benelli Adiva is a name of a roof scooter offered by the Italian manufacturer Benelli from 2001 to 2006. It is a vehicle with largely conventional scooter technology. But its obvious feature is a folding roof which together with the relatively large front panel / windscreen, windscreen wipers and side wind deflectors offers particularly weather protection. In contrast to the visually similar appearance of BMW C1, this roof scooter does not possess a safety cell. This roof scooter requires helmet obligation


  • A faulty operation of the stator system can lead to the defect of the overload protection.
  • High price.
  • Wind sensitivity.
  • Reverse gear is less comfortable than on other scooters.
  • Relatively high noise pollution of the driver. Remedy could be created after installation of the noise reduction kit.
  • High empty weight of 185 kg for a scooter.
  • Partial deficient quality of individual components or assemblies (in particular, of the front axle bearings, wear-resistant seat covers, low breaking strength of the plastic coverings, poor electrical plug connections and switches).
  • Insufficient garage support, high maintenance costs and repair costs.
  • Unreasonably high prices of spare parts.

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Comments: 10
  • #1

    NATALIA (Friday, 07 July 2017)

    Conocía este tipo de moto pero nunca las he visto por mi ciudad, gracias por enseñarlo he estado viendo el vídeo y se ve interesante. Un beso.

  • #2

    A Cuban In London (Friday, 07 July 2017 20:00)

    I like it, but I can imagine that if the rain is coming down horizontally, it's a tad difficult to protect oneself. :-)

    Greetings from London.

  • #3

    Lisa Russo (Friday, 07 July 2017 22:33)

    It was interesting reading about these, thank you!

  • #4

    Lindsey (Friday, 07 July 2017 22:38)

    I've seen people driving these! They look nice! But oh yes, I can imagine repairs are expensive.

  • #5

    Alice (Friday, 07 July 2017 23:10)

    For the first time I see something like this :)

  • #6

    Isy (Saturday, 08 July 2017 10:25)

    I already knew of those, but must be expensive repair!

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  • #7

    Beauty Unearthly (Saturday, 08 July 2017 21:26)

    Lovely post dear! Have a great weekend! xx

  • #8

    Radi (Sunday, 09 July 2017 01:12)

    These scooters are so cool. I would totally love to ride one.

  • #9

    The Yum List (Sunday, 09 July 2017 11:03)

    Wow! What a great concept.

  • #10

    Paola Lauretano (Sunday, 09 July 2017 12:20)

    Wow, these scooters sound nice!
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