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)
2009 Milan Show: Concept Moto Guzzi V12 LM, V12 Strada and V12 X Moto Guzzi shows killer concept bikes at Milan.
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(1)
Riding Impression: 2009 Piaggio MP3 500 Craving attention? Nothing on wheels short of Britney Spears exiting a Lamborghini draws onlookers like the MP3!
Photographer : 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 and the fear of [...]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)
2008 Cologne Motorcycle Show What’s new for 2009 from Aprilia, BMW, Ducati, Honda, Moto Guzzi, Piaggio, Triumph, and Vespa.
On February 22, Aprilia unveiled its new RSV 4 “Race Machine” at the Piaggio Group Covention in Milan. The new bike will be raced in World Superbike in 2009. The machine’s 65-degree V-Four powerplant, which was seen at the 2006 Milan Show, displaces 1000cc and should be good for around 200 hp, making it theoretically [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Remember when filling the gas tank on your bike cost four dollars? That will probably never happen again (unless you have a one-gallon tank), but last year Piaggio announced it was testing some prototype hybrid scooters. Since then, Piaggio’s technicians have gone a few steps farther, honing the power unit and related electronic-management systems and [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Photography by Brian Blades Piaggio’s 250ie is definitely more than three kinds of interesting. On our short spin, lots of people were asking plenty of questions about its third wheel. To summarize: Yes, there are three wheels but the scooter is ridden as if it had just a two. You can still fall over, it’s [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)