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)
INTERMOT 2010 – Motorcycle Show An Overview of the 2010 Cologne Motorcycle Show, plus more 2011 motorcycles.
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(0)
Not the same height as your riding buddies? Stands to reason your windscreen should be different, too. Givi’s two-piece polycarbonate Airflow Windshield System ($239-269) offers 7 inches of adjustment via glove-friendly latches. Claims include a “turbulence-free zone” that cuts wind noise, reduces helmet buffeting and enhances overall protection. Current applications: BMW R1200GS, Honda Silver Wing [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
2009 Milan Show: Concept Moto Guzzi V12 LM, V12 Strada and V12 X Moto Guzzi shows killer concept bikes at Milan.
Photography by Bruno dePrato Moto Guzzi is not going through its best times under the wing of the Piaggio group. Two Wheel Vehicles Operation CEO Daniele Bandiera has resigned his position, putting an end to criticism about how he managed the company. To prove that Moto Guzzi is still alive and kicking, Piaggio requested chief [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Riding Impression: 2009 Piaggio BV Tourer 250 Fresh styling and solid all-around performance broaden consumer appeal for this big-wheel automatic.
Say what you will about Piaggio’s handling of grand brands Derbi, Gilera and Moto Guzzi, but Europe’s largest maker of two-wheel transportation knows how to build a scooter. Consider the 2009 BV Tourer 250. This freshly restyled step-through, with its punchy fuel-injected engine, 16-inch alloy wheels and upright ergonomics, narrows the gap between traditional scooters [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Riding Impression: 2009 Piaggio MP3 500 Craving attention? Nothing on wheels short of Britney Spears exiting a Lamborghini draws onlookers like the MP3!
Photography By Jeff Allen This thing is positively brilliant! Not necessarily as a scooter, understand. For you and me, a conventional two-wheeled scooter is lighter, less complex and less expensive. Thing is, the MP3 wasn’t built for you and me. Two impediments that keep “civilians” from riding are the need to master a manual clutch/gearbox [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
2009 Aprilia, Moto Guzzi, Piaggio and Vespa MP3 gets a big wheel, Aprilia RSV 4.5 motocrosser & more.
Italy’s Piaggio Group, maker of the Vespa, Aprilia, Moto Guzzi and other brands announced a plethora of new models at the 2008 IIntermot show in Cologne, Germany. Much of what was announced won’t be coming stateside, but there were a few interesting developments, including a V-Twin motocrosser and more info about the 2009 RSV4 Factory. [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)