Piaggio is placing a heavy bet on India. It has just completed a new manufacturing plant in Baramati specifically dedicated to producing its new Vespa LX 125 scooter. Covering an area of more than 1.6 million square feet, the factory is capable of producing 300,000 units annually. Given the positive response of the local market, [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Piaggio’s new X10 scooter was unveiled at EICMA last November, but it was kind of overshadowed by the lovely Vespa Quarantasei retro/future concept. Too bad! After a riding preview through the most prestigious boulevards of Paris, I must humbly reckon that the X10 deserved a lot more attention by the easily distracted media people, yours truly [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Will The Motorcycle Of The Future Come From Pasadena? Italian motorcycle designer Miguel Galluzzi talks two-wheel transportation.
Piaggio is the Italian aircraft manufacturer that brought 16 million Vespa scooters into the world starting in 1946. Scooters were inexpensive, easy to use and seen as cute and chic. Today, Piaggio also owns Aprilia and Moto Guzzi, and in 2011, it delivered 100,000 two-wheelers of all kinds. Because it intends to remain in business [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Halloween is fun, Thanksgiving’s nice and it’s like Christmas every day when you ride motorcycles. But what keeps us two-wheel enthusiasts awake in our footie pajamas, filled with expectations, and kicks off our holiday season every November is the annual pilgrimage to EICMA—the Esposizione Internazionale del Ciclo e Motociclo! That’s the International Exposition of Bicycles [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Compact, lightweight and powerful describe Piaggio’s new 350 scooter engine more precisely than you might think. In fact, this little Single proved so incredibly efficient during my recent test ride that it became the “main character” of the event, making the Beverly Sport Touring model that it powers secondary to the story. This new engine [...]Read Full Post | Comments(2)
In 2006, Piaggio surprised the powersports industry when it unveiled its three-wheeled MP3 scooter. It features a clever, and duly patented, tilting front end that allows the MP3 to offer motorcycle-like steering response with the additional safety provided by two wheels up front—particularly on slippery or rain-drenched surfaces. Despite its high sticker price (the original [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
INTERMOT 2010 – Motorcycle Show An Overview of the 2010 Cologne Motorcycle Show, plus more 2011 motorcycles.
The consequences of the financial crisis the world faces are clearly tangible at INTERMOT 2010 in Cologne, where there is almost a “local fair” feeling to the proceedings. All major manufacturers from around the world are here, but we can count on the fingers of a single hand those who came to Germany to unveil [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Piaggio Shows 2011 Moto Guzzi V7 Racer and Aprilia Dorsoduro 1200 – First Look A look back and a step forward.
Piaggio has unveiled two 2011 models in advance of the opening of the official “new models season,” which begins this October at Intermot. One comes from limping Moto Guzzi, the second from Aprilia. Moto Guzzi has developed yet another variation on the V7 Classic theme, a V75-powered middleweight that mimics the lines of the legendary [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Piaggio’s three-wheeled scooter, the MP3, is apparently conquering the hearts and minds of motorists at a slower rate than hoped. This is surprising, given the objective merits of this unique vehicle and, specifically, its novel front end, which features two wheels that steer and tilt. Whereas many scooters are high on Flash Gordon styling but [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
When Aprilia unveiled the Shiver roadster powered by a modern 750cc, 90-degree V-Twin, company officials also announced that the same engine had been conceived to grow to 1200cc. At that time, the larger-displacement version was perceived as Aprilia’s weapon for launching its assault on the World Superbike crown. Not so. Top management at parent company [...]Read Full Post | Comments(1)