yup its a scooter all right. I got one. Had it for about 6 months now. Runs great. It is more than just new plastic, and cosmetics. It rides quite differrently infact. It rides a little lower, and had some minor other changes from the forte. Most minor, however i have been ‘told’ a number of times that it is diffferent than the forte, its an ‘upgraded model’. I dont know any of that for sure, but some things are different. Its very easy to put on the main kickstand, which doesnt seem like much but is great when you find a tight spot. There are other changes, but thats the one that made me happy today. Good bike, im sure not the ‘best’ but for the price id pick it again over the forte. More comfortable and better top end compared to my 3 yr old SYM Atilla.