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.
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.