Piaggio Beverly 350 - THIS Sounds Exciting!

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  1. Cortez

    Cortez BAZINGA!

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    It's gonna power the new (and from the pictures - huge) Piaggio X10 without
    a problem me rather thinks.. being comparable in power (and probably weight)
    to the Burger/Majesty 400..

    And the X10 will be available with the 500cc engine.. but found no word
    if it's the same old 492cc piaggio master or a new engine.

    Considering the 350's 330cc makes 33,3hp, it would be fun to get 49,2hp
    out of the 500 engine..
    :evil:evil
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  2. gizmo309

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    Hope we get red or blue (I've watched some youtube videos from Italy) and the that pricing is close to the BV300- $4999.00. These are very nice scooters. I can't wait till the dealers start getting them.

    Bob
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  3. Cortez

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    The BV350 will cost some 700 euros more then the 300 here in EU, or more
    or less as much as the old BV400 was.
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  4. Cortez

    Cortez BAZINGA!

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    Pics, anyone?

    Local dealer, 2011 BV300 in the background, new BV350 up front, and
    a Scarabeo 200ie hiding there too!

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    I like it!!!
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  6. cbolling

    cbolling Here...Hold my Beer.

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    We don't have Scooter dealers that nice in the US.:eek1
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  7. gizmo309

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    They say we are getting the black and silver 350's in the U.S. I think that might be a mistake if they come here with the red seat and red plastic on the dash and glove compartment. Black seat and black plastic will sell here. Piaggio also makes the 350 in red and blue and both of those have black seat/plastic. Those will sell better in the U.S. than the black and silver- IMHO. I have high hopes for the 350. I WILL trade my Reflex in if we get a "normal" color combo. I'm sure Piaggio does it's market research and there wouldn't be an additional expense in bringing in what will sell. How many other bikes sold in the U.S. have a red seat?????

    Just my 2 cents....
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  8. jas67

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    I saw a Moto Guzzi (Piaggio is their parent company) Breva 1100 at a dealer that had a red seat. It was a red bike too. The black seat that came on it was borrowed for a black Norge that they sold, which came from M.G. with a red seat -- they sold that bike, but the buyer wanted a black seat, so they swapped 'em. A black seat was already on order for the Breva, which, as the dealer acknowledged, look ridiculous, but looked more ridiculous with no seat at all.
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  9. tastroman

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    That thing looks sweet. If I was in the market it would either be this or the GTI 300.
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  10. gizmo309

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    Yeah there is a picture on the cover of this month's Cycle World in which the featured Guzzi has a brown seat- that bike actually looks good in my opinion. A red seat and the corresponding plastic will turn.......PINK if left in the sun too long. That's not the reason I don't like the red seat but it is something else to think about:D. I bought an old beat up Toyota Tercel years ago that was red but was faded to pink. I actually detailed that old thing back to red to stop the "pink" comments from friends and my brother-in-law.
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  11. cbolling

    cbolling Here...Hold my Beer.

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    We already have a Girly stereotype in the US for scooter riders. I don't think a red or pink seat would help the cause very much.:lol3
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  12. Infracaninophile

    Infracaninophile Finding My Way..

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    I just bought that exact bike and color combo here in the US this week. My first scoot. It works great and I like the color combo. Style and colors are always a personal thing. My wife bought a white Vespa and she loves it. I don't dig the color at all.

    Tom
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  13. Cortez

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    I'm picky about that stuff too, but I like probably every single color combo
    on the BV350.

    I just recently had a chance to ride it.
    Long story short - if you're considering the 300, get the 350.
    :lol3

    ..or get the Kymco People 300GTi, save a ton, and get basically
    the same, but bigger and more comfortable bike.
    :evil

    Let us know if it will really top 100mph!
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    WANT!!

    Maybe someone can make seat decals - skulls or the like -- that would help with the red seat! :rofl
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    Seats are easy to recover but the red plastic will be a little harder to deal with. You know a checkerboard seatcover might be quite attractive - red & black. The red is almost a brick color when you see it in person on the plastic. I sort of wondered what a cordovan polish would do to it. Something it might be worth trying in on the inside of the glovebox cover to test.
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  16. Infracaninophile

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    Just an FYI: The reviews of the Piaggio 350 tail box and mount were not that great. I decided to go the Givi route. On Modernvespa.com there was a person from the UK who has a BV350 who stated that the Givi rear rack mount for the BV300 is the same for the 350. I could not find a US supplier anywhere who listed what I wanted.

    The Givi part number is E349. You remove the little plastic top piece on the rear rack of the BV350 and the Givi piece bolts into place. You can then use any Givi MonoLock (MonoLock, not MonoKey) top box.

    I had to look for a while but finally found a place in Europe who would ship to the US and ordered the Givi E349 piece. Shipping was expensive and the who part + shipping came out to almost $90 USD.

    I already have a 30 litre Givi Monolock box so I just needed the mount. This just a FYI for anyone in the US looking for a rear top box who doesn't want to use the Piaggio one.

    I got my part at this link. This is just the mounting plate.

    http://www.moto24.org/givi-piaggio-beverly-125ie-300ie-specific-rear-plate-for-monolockr-case.html


    Here's a shot of the part and installation instructions from Givi. This was a PDF I found somewhere and downloaded.

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    Tom
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  17. Cortez

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    Any online source/web about that or?
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  18. Infracaninophile

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    Nope. That was gleamed from PM conversations with three current UK-based BV350 owners. Let me Google a bit and see if I can find any online sources.

    Tom
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  19. chazbird

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    When you get a chance a ride/owner review of the BV350 would be most welcome. The usual, handling, fuel mileage, storage, performance, etc.....My carb'ed BV250 gets 68-74 and whatever bike I get next has to get 70+ mpg.
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  20. Infracaninophile

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    Will do. Only got two 25-mile rides in after work this week. Weather turned cold and rainy for the next three days so no riding at all. As soon as I have some more data I'll post a report. I am a motorcycle guy since age 5 and when we went this week to purchase the Vespa that my wife wanted (for commuting) I ended up coming home with the BV. So far I love it. No idea on gas mileage or anything yet.

    A few quick inputs (Mini Review):

    1. The bike handles well. The bigger wheels (16/14) make it more like a motorcycle which is likely why I like it.

    2. Under seat storage is good. I can get a full face helmet under there. I just ordered a Givi rack for the rear so I can mount a 30L Givi box soon. Will report when I do. The glove compartment is large and does have a 12V power plug in there. Under the seat there is a light. All done very nicely.

    3. Mileage: No idea. I filled the bike up when we went our for our first ride. I can't tell how accurate the gauge is. When it gets low I'll check it out and report. I think it has a 3.1 - 3.2 gallon tank.

    4. Performance is good and fun. I took it on a little 2-3 mile stretch of interstate and it popped up to 80 indicated easily and quickly at 6500' elevation. That was likely 72-75 MPH real. There was more left in there. My wife's 300 Super can still beat me off the line but that's cause she's smaller and her bike is lighter. Once we hit 45-50 I roll on by.

    5. Ergo's: I'm 6' tall with a 33-34" inseam. I like big bikes (I ride a KTM950 Adventure and two R100GSPD's) and the BV feels nice. Not small like my wife's Vespa and not really big like the Kymco Excite 500 we rode last weekend either. Once the weather clears we'll go out and do a 100 and then a 200 and then a 250 mile day and see how it goes. The bigger wheels and tires help with the bumpy local roads. I've already learned to avoid pot holes, man hole covers, and such now that I ride a scooter. :lol3

    6. Misc: It has a "mode" button on the right hand side of the handlebars. It allows me to toggle through ODO, Trip Meter 1, Trip Meter 2, Voltage, and Outdoor Temp. I love that. My wife's expensive GTS300 Super doesn't even have a single trip meter. It has a digital clock, analog fuel and coolant temp gauge and a big speedo that is analog as well. The High/Low headlight switch is intuitive and labeled well (compared to the Vespa). The Run/Off switch as well is nice and labeled. The OEM windscreen and mount is nicely sized for what I want. If you want a bigger one you can purchase the one for the BV300 and use that. Might have to go to Europe online to buy it. I have no issues with it. I can put the thing on the centerstand w/o using my hands. It's that easy. And, unlike the Vespa, it came with a sidestand.

    In a week or so I plan on riding this thing to work and everywhere within 50 miles if I don't need to haul a load or such. Meaning, I am going to see if I can live with this thing as my daily vehicle. I've never done that with my real motorcycles as I don't use them for commuting. Never have. But the little BV is just so easy to use.

    Future considerations are a set of Hot Grips with controller (I live in Colorado) and learning how to maintain the thing myself.

    Tom
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