Together with Harley-Davidson’s new entry-level Street 500/750, the Vespa Primavera was the most important new model unveiled at last month’s EICMA show in Milan. In addition to representing an evolution in the quality and performance of Vespa’s entry-level line, the Primavera sends a clear message about the type of products in which parent company Piaggio [...]Read Full Post | Comments(1)
Still feeling the effects of the sharp decline in motorcycle sales following the worldwide financial crisis, the Piaggio Group—the largest motorcycle manufacturer in Europe, incorporating Aprilia, Moto Guzzi, Piaggio, Scarabeo and Vespa (Derbi and Gilera are irrelevant)—has retreated behind its traditional stronghold: scooters. At EICMA, recent updates to the Aprilia RSV4 R ABS, RSV4 Factory [...]Read Full Post | Comments(1)
Piaggio has created a new European-focused website, www.vespa.com, that pays homage to the most celebrated and iconic scooter of all time. Fans of the “original” scooter can keep up with Vespa-related culture and events, as well as place orders for the new 946, configuring and personalizing their machines from a long list of body/seat colors [...]Read Full Post | Comments(4)
Piaggio Press Release: Piaggio and Vespa scooters get great gas mileage, with some models getting upwards of 113 mpg. Now through June 30, 2013 customers purchasing a new or unused MY12 Piaggio Typhoon 125, FLY 150, Vespa S 150, LX 150 or LXV 150 will receive a free $250 gas card as part of the [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
This letter is a little late in coming, like eight years late, but since lately there has been a discussion of adventure riders “posing,” I’d like to introduce a fellow we met on the homeward bound leg of our great Alaska adventure in 2004. We had ridden from Michigan on our BMWs, me on my [...]Read Full Post | Comments(4)
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Large press conferences from Honda and Ducati held right before EICMA 2012 may have stolen a bit of the thunder from Milan’s annual motorcycle show, but we still came away impressed with the variety of significant new bikes on display. Although finding the 10 motorcycles that we’d most like to ride in 2013 certainly qualifies [...]Read Full Post | Comments(13)
Less than a week before the start of EICMA 2012, Cycle World has obtained photos and information regarding the Piaggio Group’s four scheduled introductions: the Moto Guzzi California 1400, the Vespa 946, the Aprilia Caponord and a refreshed Aprilia RSV4, in R ABS and Factory ABS forms. Moto Guzzi California 1400 Judging by this picture [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
EICMA: Here Come The Italians! Aprilia, Ducati, Moto Guzzi, MV Agusta and Vespa set the stage for next week’s big motorcycle show in Milan.
Do you remember the gorgeous Vespa Quarantasei concept that Piaggio unveiled last year at EICMA? Well, this year, Piaggio will reveal the fully homologated production model. This machine alone will make the show worth attending for many scooter fans because the Quarantasei may well be one of the most alluring small-wheelers ever designed, no matter [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
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)
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)