BV350 -- early thoughts!

Discussion in 'Battle Scooters' started by quasigentrified, Apr 4, 2013.

  1. aalegado

    aalegado Team Gear Whore

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    Sounds good. Let me get the thing broken in. I'll give you a holler when I'm ready to do the Death Valley run. I've got a mind to do a day ride out there to get a steak lunch at the cafe at the Furnace Creek Ranch. :rofl
  2. chazbird

    chazbird Long timer

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    Agreed. But for me its a conundrum. I took the windshield off the BV250 because its turbulent buffeting misery at anything above 50 mph. Its been cut down but somehow I've not reattached it. Yet

    I know this is a BV350 thread and I really want one of those but the 2006 BV250 does everything for me. It looks new, rides like new is totally reliable, (19k, not a lot) and is cheap to run, so I can't think of a good enough reason to upgrade. Yet.
  3. aalegado

    aalegado Team Gear Whore

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    I found the installation instructions for the 36l OEM top case on the AF1racing.com site and it gave the weight limit as 3kg....6.6lbs. WTF? That's less than the weight of a gallon of milk!


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  4. Chillis

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    Since it originates from a non-English speaking country it is most likely a misprint.
  5. aalegado

    aalegado Team Gear Whore

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    That's not the case: It's a multi-lingual document and all the pages (English, Italian, French, German, and Spanish) all state the same cargo capacity: 3kg.

    I realize that it's the typical over-conservative weight rating since they know users will actually put in 2-4 times the stated maximum but 3kg, really? The 36l topcase is big enough to hold at least one full-face helmet. How much does a full-face helmet weigh?

    Anyways, it's no big deal...I'm not losing sleep over it. Just something that stood out as I was reading through the document.


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  6. chazbird

    chazbird Long timer

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    That's the same load rating for my BV250. I am not sure what the attachment on the BV350 looks like, maybe it is the same as mine or maybe that is a cover all liability limit they don't want to go past. I have a top box and put about 10kg in it all the time, with no ill effects. However, someone tried to steal the scooter and while attempting to be quiet about it they leaned the bike on its side stand (slightly bending it) and lowered it to the ground - apparently by holding onto the right side top box attachment rail and snapping it off from its side mount. That had to be about 80kg of weight on that handle. By the way, the whole top box attachment assembly is $140 and, to schuss the Piaggio parts naysayers, I got it in less than a week.
  7. Gerg

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    I took off the bolster and had to put it back on. I'm tall and sit far back in the saddle. Taking off the bolster puts my tailbone on a non-padded portion of the saddle. NOT very comfortable.

    YMMV

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  8. gogogordy

    gogogordy Long timer

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    The BV is a fantastic tourer.... My wife and I love ours's for that.

    Re noise: A windshield-ectomy is what I did, no regrets 6000 miles later either.
  9. tclhb

    tclhb Been here awhile

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    You can also look into a Laminar Lip. That's what I added to mine. I'm 6"1, and the stock windshield has a lot of wind buffeting at the helmet. You could also just replace the windscreen with a Givi.
    I just recently took a four day trip from Orange County CA to Monterey, then onto San Francisco. The BV350 performed really well. It was really fun going up and down all those steep streets in SF. They didn't seem to slow the scooter down at all.
  10. damasovi

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    well today I went to my local vespa/piaggio/kymko dealer up in San Diego. I was only looking for a GT300 test drive, it is difficult to find somebody to give you test drives around here, and not having a local state licenses makes it worse, but the guys there said "does is say Motorcycle license?" YES IT DOES!!

    So I went over and started getting the helmet on and the guy said, would you like to drive something else? So a BV350 was there, and I pointed and he said "ok I will have it ready for when you come". OK no Vespa review here but since I had only driven 1 100 cc scooter (my honda beat). So the Piaggio was nice! very nice, it does feel like I am setting in the scooter, it had a horrible windshield that I was lokking thru and not over, that was new for me, and I did not like it since it created turbulence on my back.. the scooter had a top case so does two got together and form turbulence (very little) on my back.

    Handling was great, power was not as good as the vespa 300, but it was more stable. Brakes were good, not better than the GT but much better than my KLR or the other bikes I had (tw, tornado and Beat). So all where good.
    I was impress at how tall you sit, I could not flat footer with my 30 in. inseam, but no problem because it is very light, maybe 2 up it will be different?

    Acceleration was smooth and good, I only got it up to like 70-75 and it still had power and claiming.

    All in all I like it very much
  11. gogogordy

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    The windshield comes off and then it's nearly perfect scooter. At least for me.

    I too have a 30" (If I was an engine Id be referrred to as "oversquare" with a bore larger than my stroke) and I also own a Vespa GTS which is actually a bit taller!

    I really love my BV-350 and my wife loves hers.
  12. Bueller

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    Power not as good as the Vespa 300??? The BV 350 has something like 50% more power. Any chance you were riding a BV 250 and not a 350?
  13. quasigentrified

    quasigentrified Ape Trumpet

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    yeah, i was gonna say WHAAAT to that observation myself. i've put over 4k miles on a bv350 and i own a gts300, and the gts300 doesn't pull even half as hard as the bv350 did. there's over 10 hp difference!
  14. damasovi

    damasovi Long timer

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    sorry for the mistake, what I felt was not power, but 0-20 mph much more evident on the gt, but from there on the power was better on the 350. maybe it just feels slower since it is smoother, does it make scene now? and yes I was on a 350, and the extra power is evident the faster you go. LAst, the 350 had a huge windshield that did not let me feel the wind, this also made it feel lest fast the 300 had no windshield and you had all the wind blast on you.

    Sorry for the confusion.

    Damasovi
  15. rptpa

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    Hi !
    Just bought a new 2013 BV 350. Still in the 600 mile break-in period, and haven't had it maxed out yet. Two up riding the other night, 30 miles up the Keys from Key West. I forgot I was on a 350 scooter. I love it.
    Pictures to follow, but mine is Silver and wine. :clap
  16. aalegado

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    Congratulations!

    I pegged the throttle on mine within 10 minutes of leaving the lot for the first time. Oops! I'm halfway through my second tanks of gas...just under 300mi. Still haven't gotten a speeding ticket but I'm sure I'll have one before the Summer's over!
  17. JoshM

    JoshM 2015 Wee-Strom

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    PCX will be paid off by the end of summer... then I'll start payments on a BV350 :rofl

    Got quoted $6500 OTD for it by a local dealer (9.25% tax in TN). A bit steep, but hopefully that's just their starting point. I'll get other quotes prior to purchase.
  18. JoshM

    JoshM 2015 Wee-Strom

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    Thank you, sir! I certainly will look into them or use it as negotiations... that's if they still have the offer haha.

    That should at least get the OTD under $6000 through negotiations here I'd imagine. If not, my gma lives in Duluth so it'd give me an excuse to go see her and have her complain about me on a bike.
  19. urchindog

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  20. Bueller

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    I haven't and don't know anyone who has. I figure the BV performs so well stock why bother?

    As a side note I installed an NGK CR7EIX iridium spark plug with a new factory plug wire and cap assembly as part of my 6000 mile service. It made a world of difference in idle quality. I've already had the idle improvement map installed, but still had some sputtering and rough idle at times. So far it all appears to be fixed.