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2018 Piaggio MP3 500 HPE Business

2018 Piaggio MP3 500 HPE Business

The Suit-And-Tie Friendly Commuter

Piaggio’s MP3 scooters were a game-changer when they hit the markets back in 2003, and Italy’s premier scooter maker has hit a new pinnacle of refinement with its MP3 Business HPE ABS ASR. That alphabet soup of features adds to the yummy-goodness already under the hood to make this new variant particularly suitable for the office/student commuter, even if they’ve no previous riding experience. New details abound. Of course, the obvious selling point is the two-up-front trike arrangement that grants the MP3 the stability of a trike with the fluidity and sensation of flight normally reserved for two-wheeled machines. Power, performance and safety; what’s not to love?

Continue reading for my review of the Piaggio MP 500 HPE Business.

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2018 Piaggio MP3 350

2018 Piaggio MP3 350

New Engine, New Attitude

Piaggio steps up its backwards-leaning-trike game ahead of MY2018 with brushed up looks and a brand new 350 cc engine. The larger engine replaces the 300 and promises greater performance to go with its urbanite looks and unique front-suspension system that delivers a safe and stable ride without sacrificing the feeling of flight that makes leaning into the corners so much fun. Electronic safety features bolster the inherent stability of the Delta-trike design to make the MP3 as safe as possible, and Piaggio seems to have accomplished that with a trifecta of features that work together to provide overlapping safety nets. Think I’m overstating it? I don’t think that is possible with this ride.

Continue reading for my look at the Piaggio MP3 350.

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2018 Piaggio Typhoon 50

2018 Piaggio Typhoon 50

With A New Two-Stroke Engine

Piaggio rebuilt its fun-and-young Typhoon 50 ahead of the 2018 model year, and the changes are sufficient to give it an “all-new” tag. New body details modify the looks slightly, but what remains is still recognizable as a Typhoon with plenty of key elements that keep it close to the family tree. Not only is the engine new, it’s a super-clean two-stroke that meets Euro 4 standards due to a number of improvements in induction and emissions control. The factory plans on bringing this little ride to the U.S. for the entry-level/teenager market, so let’s take a look at what the Italian scooter maker has in store for us.

Continue reading for my look at the Piaggio Typhoon 50.

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2014 - 2018 Piaggio Fly 50 / Fly 150

2014 - 2018 Piaggio Fly 50 / Fly 150

Economical Small-Displacement Transportation

On the campus, in the gated community or in an urban area, it’s hard to go wrong with a small-displacement scooter for running errands or generally getting around. Piaggio is happy to accommodate you with its Fly duo. On 12-inch wheels with all the usual storage a scooter can boast, the Fly 50 and Fly 150 carry a petite 1.8-ish gallon fuel tank; but with 100+ mpg in fuel economy, that little tank takes you far.

Continue reading for my review of the Piaggio Fly 50 and Fly 150.

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2017 - 2018 Piaggio Liberty

2017 - 2018 Piaggio Liberty

Equipped With The New i-Get Engine

Piaggio updated its Liberty scooter range with the all-new, fuel injected “i-Get” engine that boasts improved emission control up to Euro 4 standards on the 150 models and Euro 3 on the 50s with CARB and EPA approval across the board. The change brings increased power output and better mileage to the Liberty stable. A new frame and rider’s triangle improves comfort and feel while the ABS works to improve safety. The list does go on. Needless to say, these are significant updates for the nearly 20 year old model family, and the factory has even more on tap to keep the Liberty at the top of the small-displacement food chain.

Continue reading for my review of the Piaggio Liberty.

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Piaggio bags the GOOD DESIGN AWARDS for GITA

Piaggio bags the GOOD DESIGN AWARDS for GITA

The oldest and most prestigious global awards program for design excellence

Piaggio group had established the Piaggio Fast Forward (PFF) to pioneer the sector of smart future mobility of people and goods. PFF builds robots and lightweight transportation solutions that travel behind, beside, and beneath people on the move, and their first project is the GITA (pronounced as jee-ta).

This assisting robot was selected in the ’Robotics’ category for its futuristic design innovation, technology, sustainability, creativity, environmental responsibility, state-of-the-art materials, and functionality. It competed amongst hundreds of products from around the world

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Piaggio's Wi-Bike Hits The Big Apple

Piaggio’s Wi-Bike Hits The Big Apple

The Smallest Carbon Footprint Short Of Walking

As the EV sector expands ever upwards into more powerful car and motorcycle designs, there is also a concurrent growth down the foodchain as well. Piaggio’s Wi-Bike borrowed the efficient electric motor technology and power-storage systems, then miniaturized it for use on what has got to be the most basic form of transportation this side of the two-foot express. That’s right, the humble bicycle that has traditionally been a sweat-powered form of transportation is jumping into the EV mix, and the results are rather remarkable. It isn’t a scooter and it isn’t a motorcycle — although it is a cycle with a motor — but it is a small-carbon-footprint ride, just the kind that Millienials are looking for.

Continue reading for more on the Piaggio Wi-Bike.

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2016 - 2018 Piaggio MP3 500 Sport

2016 - 2018 Piaggio MP3 500 Sport

The Scooter That Handles Like a Motorcycle

Back in 2006, Piaggio introduced the world to its MP3 scooter, further expanding the backwards trike concept out of the “big bike” sector and into the scooter realm. This was an important step, and the factory has been hard at work to incorporate more features and performance normally only seen on bigger (and more expensive) bikes into this little ride. Powered by a 493 cc engine with the convenience of CVT transmission, the parallelogram front end gives the MP3 family more motorcycle-type cornering than other scooters. After a hiatus in 2017, the MP3 500 Sport returns to the U.S. market for 2018.

Continue reading for my review of the Piaggio MP3 500 ABS.

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2015 - 2017 Piaggio BV 350 ABS

2015 - 2017 Piaggio BV 350 ABS

Piaggio’s Sport-Touring Scooter

The BV 350, dubbed Beverly, from Piaggio is win-win as far as scooters go. With a big 16-inch wheel up front, monster-size brakes usually seen on full-size motorcycles, an assortment of tech acronyms, and an ample touring windscreen, the Beverly is a downright proper little touring scooter. As a commuter in the city or suburbs or for your weekend getaway, the BV 350 fits right into the niche that Piaggio intended. With a lively throttle response and plenty of power and torque to back it up, the Beverly puts “sport-touring” into scooter vernacular.

Continue reading for my review of the Piaggio BV 350 ABS.

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Piaggio News O' Plenty

Piaggio News O’ Plenty

Vintage Vespa on the Auction Block

Sit up and pay attention, folks. We have some news from the Catawiki auction site. It seems that the world’s oldest Vespa is up for grabs. Owner Ruote-Da-Sogno has its 1946 “Serie 0” Vespa on the block. Not only is this the oldest, working-condition Vespa in the world, but it comes from a 60-unit, pre-production run so it started out as a rare bird to begin with. The age just makes it even more valuable as evidenced by the almost $175,000 bidding price at the time of this writing. Estimates by the auctioneer place the anticipated sale price at something between $268,000 and $348,000, and we still have a few days left — expect those bids to creep up significantly before this is done. This here is the real deal folks. Hand-beaten body panels work with the hand-soldered frame for an authenticity and craftsmanship you just can’t find nowadays. This awesome opportunity to own a rare, old Vespa is timely as it corresponds with Piaggio’s 130th anniversary.

Continue reading for more from Piaggio on its 130th anniversary.

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2016 Piaggio Typhoon 50 / Typhoon 125

2016 Piaggio Typhoon 50 / Typhoon 125

Does it look familiar? It should. Overseas the Typhoon is marketed under the Gilera brand — another of Piaggio groups — with a two-stroke engine. Here it’s the Typhoon 50 and its big brother, the Typhoon 125, under the Piaggio banner with four-stroke engines.

With its sport styling, the Typhoon is a little, lightweight scooter with some off-road prowess — maybe not off-road off-road, but at least a little rugged-dirt-road capable. That shark-nose front fairing gives it a bit of the sport-bike aggressive appeal but with the convenience of a scooter.

Continue reading for my review of the Piaggio Typhoon 50 and Typhoon 125.

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Piaggio Group Releases MY17 Info At INTERMOT

Piaggio Group Releases MY17 Info At INTERMOT

Piaggio’s umbrella casts a wide shadow at the INTERMOT motor show in Cologne, Germany, as the home company released information regarding its new models and features for the ’17 model year. Starting with Vespa — Europe’s biggest, little-ride company, — add a new Tuono from Aprilia and some sexiness from Moto Guzzi, the immediate future looks bright and clean, literally.

Continue reading for more Piaggio news from the show.

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2015 Piaggio FLY 50 4V

2015 Piaggio FLY 50 4V

The 50 cc sibling to the larger Fly 150 3V, the Fly 50 4V offered for 2015 is nimble, economical transportation from Piaggio — a company who maintains its presence in the "light mobility sector" in Europe, the U.S. and now in Asia. With a lineup of sturdy and stylish scooters from 50 cc up to 492 cc, the Fly 50 4V and the Typhoon 50 hold up the lightweight end of the range, but don’t let "small" lead you to think the Fly 50 4V is anything but capable, easy-to-handle and worthy of a look. Intended for short trips and running errands, Fly 50 4V is easy to park, has ample storage, and plenty of oomph to carry you through urban streets.

Continue reading for my review of the Piaggio Fly 50 4V

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2015 Piaggio Typhoon 125

2015 Piaggio Typhoon 125

The Piaggio brand started out in 1884 and survived (barely) two World Wars while building rail machinery and aircraft. In an effort to provide affordable transportation for post-WWII Italy, the factory launched the iconic Vespa scooter line in 1946. That model fueled the success of the company, which now operates in over 50 countries worldwide. Piaggio literally wrote the book on scooters, and they add another chapter with the 2015 Typhoon 125. Let’s take a look at what 60 years of scooter evolution looks like.

Continue reading for my review of the Piaggio Typhoon 125.

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Piaggio Links Up With Armani To Build Special Edition Vespa

Piaggio Links Up With Armani To Build Special Edition Vespa

The Piaggio Group and fashion design house Giorgio Armani are both celebrating anniversaries this year so it was only natural that the two Italian icons are cooking something up together, right? It didn’t take us long to find out since Piaggio and Armani have already announced a special edition model of the Vespa 946 that proudly carries the nomenclature “Emporio Armani.”

The special edition scooter itself is really just a Vespa 946 that received subtle design details that’s keeping in line with Armani’s penchant for using a subdued color palette.
There’s nothing overly fancy about the colors on this scooter, that is unless you consider grey and hints of green as splashy to the eyes. The colors, specifically the green shade, do have a certain characteristic in that you’ll only notice it under certain light conditions.

The Vespa 946 Emporia Armani also comes with satin-finished metal parts, adding some bluster to its already classy appearance. Likewise, an “Emporio Armani” logo was also added on the side of the scooter while the design house’s iconic eagle logo can be visibly seen just above the headlight.

Evidently, Piaggio and Armani wanted to drive home the point that this is a special edition Vespa 946, hence the decision to use the latter’s two logos on the scooter to ensure that nobody mistakes it for anything other than what it really is: a sophisticated-looking special edition Vespa 946 that imbibes the stylish and glamorous design spirit of one of the most famous Italian fashion design brands in the world.

Piaggio plans to produce an exclusive run of individually numbered Vespa 946 Emporio Armani Edition scooters. Specific dealerships in key markets all over the world will get dibs on the special edition ride beginning in June 2015.

Continue reading to read more about Piaggio’s partnership with Armani that resulted in the creation of this unique Vespa 946 scooter.

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2015 Piaggio FLY 125 3V

2015 Piaggio FLY 125 3V

Not available in the U.S. where Piaggio offers the Fly 150, the 2015 Fly 125 3V available everywhere else is your answer to cheap transportation around town or for short jogs into the countryside. Piaggio — maker of the iconic
Vespa scooter — invites you to "Fly" first class on this classic-styled scooter it calls "smart urban mobility." That is an apt description for this sporty little two-wheeler that gives you awesome fuel economy.

Continue reading for my review of the Piaggio Fly 125 3V.

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2015 Piaggio Typhoon 50 2T

2015 Piaggio Typhoon 50 2T

Very similar to the Typhoon 50 sold in the U.S., the Typhoon 50 2T available for 2015 in Europe from Piaggio — maker of the iconic Vespa scooter — has an aggressive styling that I normally wouldn’t associate with a 50 cc scooter. It reminds me of the dirt bikes I rode with my cousins when I was a kid. Maybe it’s the influence of that conjured memory that makes me think this scooter would be loads of fun to drive, or maybe it’s that fierce sporty look that invites me to come play.

Continue reading for my review of the Piaggio Typhoon 50 2T

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Piaggio Files Legal Complaint Against Yamaha And Peugeot For Patent Infringement

Piaggio Files Legal Complaint Against Yamaha And Peugeot For Patent Infringement

Piaggio has filed legal complaint against Yamaha and Peugeot, alleging that the two motorcycle manufacturers infringed on the company’s designs and patents for leaning three-wheeled scooters. The Italian motorcycle manufacturer filed the complaints with Italian courts against its Japanese and French rivals, specifically pointing to the designs of their three-wheeled scooters - the Yamaha Tricity and Peugeot Metropolis - as having copied the patents it used in developing the MP3.

According to Italian newspaper La Repubblica, Piaggio is looking to put the shackles on Yamaha and Peugeot from selling Tricity and Metropolis scooters, respectively. The company is also seeking monetary damages.

It’s not uncommon in the motorcycle industry for one company to claim that another infringed on its patents, but Piaggio appears to be bent on putting down the hammer against Yamaha and Peugeot. The Italian brand is specifically pointing to its parallelogram suspension system as the root of the infringement, claiming that Yamaha and Peugeot took the idea and used it on their own versions.

Piaggio’s complaints were filed in the fall of last year, but a preliminary hearing isn’t expected to begin until the next few months. La Repubblica also reported that Piaggio’s case against Peugeot has been adjourned until June 16, 2015. Meanwhile, a preliminary hearing has been set between Piaggio and Yamaha on July 24, 2015.

How these cases end up is still anybody’s guess, but if the courts determine that Yamaha and Peugeot are guilty of infringing on Piaggio’s designs and patents, the two companies could find themselves in the unenviable position of withdrawing their three-wheeled scooters from all of their markets. That and the monetary payments could be damaging to their respective wallets.

Continue reading to read more about Piaggio’s lawsuits against Yamaha and Peugeot.

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Piaggio Recalls 2,613 Scooters Over Defective Fuel Pump

Piaggio Recalls 2,613 Scooters Over Defective Fuel Pump

Piaggio has been bitten by the recall bug. Don’t worry, the diagnosis isn’t life-threatening, although it comes at a time when some models that are affected are pretty long in the tooth. But that’s the nature of these recalls; you don’t know when they’re going to come up and when they do, it’s always better to address them no matter how old the models are.

This time around, Piaggio has identified 2,613 scooters from its own line and that of Vespa, which it also owns. The problem, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, involves a defective fuel pump, specifically the impeller in the pump that may swell, thus causing decreased pump clearance. In the event this happens, the engine may stall or fail to restart altogether. The NHTSA added that the problem usually occurs when an owner tries to restart the scooter after it’s been shut off for 15 to 20 minutes.

While it’s not as dangerous of a problem compared to other recent recalls we’ve seen, it’s a problem nonetheless. Models that are affected include 2009-2010 Piaggo BV250 and BV 350 models and 2009-2010 Piaggio MP3 25 models. Likewise, Vespa is well-represented in the recall with the 2008-2011 GTS, the 2008-2011 GTV, and 2011 LX models affected by this issue.

As always, owners of any of these scooters are highly encouraged to contact their local dealers where the latter replacing the defective fuel pump components with a newer and presumably safer version.

Click past the jump to read more about the Piaggio and Vespa recalls.

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2014 Piaggio MP3 Yourban LT 300IE

2014 Piaggio MP3 Yourban LT 300IE

The Piaggio MP3 Yourban LT 300IE is an innovative scooter that was especially developed for those who wanted more stability without sacrificing all the advantages of a regular scooter.

Compact , light and agile, the Piaggio MP3 Yourban LT 300IE is propelled by a 4 stroke 4 valve single cylinder engine with a capacity of 278 cc. The engine generates a maximum output of 22.7 HP at 7,750 Rpm and 24 Nm of torque at 5,750 Rpm. Its power is kept under control by a CVT transmission with torque server.

Among the features offered by the PIaggio MP3 Yourban LT 300IE you will find motorcycle type turn indicators, LED daylight running lights built into the headlight assembly and integral braking.

As far as prices are concerned, the Piaggio MP3 Yourban LT 300IE can be yours for no less than €7,542.

Hit the jump for more information on the Piaggio MP3 Yourban LT 300IE.

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