Piaggio testing 850cc scooter with radical new electronic gearbox

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Gilera Ferro 850 Concept

Piaggio testing 850cc with radical new electronic

Piaggio testing 850cc with radical new electronic

April 19, 2005 Italian magazine Cyberscooter has published of is believed to be the prototype of a Gilera 850 scooter undergoing pre-release on Italian roads. That’s 850 as in – the largest megascooter seen to The convergence paradigm appears to be all manner of marketplace morphing the scooter and motorcycle industries now beginning to overlap.

In less a decade the maxi scooter has from the once humble invention, the scooter into a pseudo sports motorcycle. The 850 scooter is believed to have under development since 2003, with a radical new gearbox that was showcased in the 850 V-twin Ferro concept at the 2003 Milan Motorcycle The new gearbox can change gears ten times faster than mortals, offering a significant improvement, if that’s needed on an 850

The scooter was invented in 1947 as a low alternative to the automobile in war-ravaged – it was designed as transport for the masses and it on so quickly that it became one of the transport phenomena to sweep the in the 20th century.

The Vespa (which means in Italian) was the result of Enrico determination to create a viable to the automobile for the masses and was built the ashes of one of the centres of aeronautical in Pontedera in Italy.

Enrico decision to enter the light business was based on economic and sociological considerations. It took thanks to the successful co-operation of the engineer and inventor Corradino (1891-1981).

The origins of the scooter

A scooter was produced, based on a motorcycle made for parachutists. The known as the MP 5, was nicknamed “Paperino” Italian name for Donald because of its strange shape, but Piaggio did not like it, and he asked D’Ascanio to redesign it.

Corradino only needed a few days to his idea and prepare the first of the Vespa, first produced in in April 1946. It got its name Enrico Piaggio himself looking at the MP 6 prototype with its central part where the sat and the narrow “waist”, exclaimed, “It like a wasp!” And so the Vespa was For the incredible Vespa and Piaggio story, see our history here.

The birth of the MaxiScooter

Though has seen many large scooters, the first significant in the modern era of scooters came in when Honda introduced a 250 known in various markets as the Helix or CN250.

Over the decade and a half, there several other significant 250 most notably the Piaggio the Yamaha Majesty and the Suzuki but Suzuki really got the superscooter happening with its Burgman 400 in

The year 2000 saw much in this area – Yamaha the T-Max, a twin cylinder 500 and the scooter to be capable of the magical — 100mph.

The T-Max’s 40 was soon gazzumped by Honda’s Wing 600 twin with 50 and in 2002 Suzuki raised the bar with the launch of the Burgman

One of our favourite Maxi scooters is the top-of-the-range Piaggio X9 500 Maxi that comes with a communications system that you to integrate your mobile use the FM radio, and even transfer to your pillion passenger via the We rode the bike in late and felt it was a viable alternative to transport with regard to the contactable when riding a

For the most part, riding a means that you are incommunicado. For motorcyclists, that’s a blessing, for it prevents them being when they need to be, or worse, forces them to by four wheels when much rather be riding.


There have several significant concept shown since then have indicated the intentions of the manufacturers but only Suzuki has launched a fully-fledged supercooter in the 650 that we enthused about two ago .

Those concept bikes are in detail in Gizmag – the Elysium and from Honda and the G-Strider Suzuki .

Gilera Ferro 850 Concept

The Gilera Nexus 850!

scoop image of the Nexus 850 a scooter with quite plastic fairing designed to what the machine is, though it was quite easy to “recognize the of the Gilera Nexus 500.”

The is in fact from a concept developed by Piaggio RD and shown at the EICMA Show in Milan. The Ferro concept bike is an example of Piaggio Group RD and married the Italian V-twin (as epitomised and made famous by but more recently by Aprilia), an electronic gearbox.

The Gilera concept bike was accordingly a … design equipped an 850cc, 90° V-twin engine vibration, limited width, power output and intoxicating note) PLUS an electronic transmission.

The Gilera factory the electronic transmission thus: sophisticated electronically managed shifts gears automatically and has a pushbutton option. This combines faster, smoother and an automatic clutch, as well as safety thanks to electronic braking control.”

“Cornering is very quick and extremely smooth; performance is and power delivery fuller and fluid, without uneven speed shifts.”

“Besides, the is free to vary several including pre-determined speed (simulating a manual gear and therefore also engine effectiveness. Or he can switch to full CVT and on enjoying the ride with the power available at perennially rpm.”

With its strikingly design and extraordinary technical the Gilera Ferro, an exercise in style, is a prototype on which engineers are carrying out some specific testing. What aiming at is the kind of revolution the motorcycle world hasn’t since the gear speed moved from the fuel to the pedal.

So now it seems that the marque is intent on offering the gearbox in a softer “scooter” first – softer in some but with 62.5kW of power at rpm and 81.3Nm of torque at 6,500 it will yield a scooter the of which we have never before.

The final transmission on the 850 will be similar to that offered on Buell motorcycles, and whilst the shockers at the rear indicate radical suspension is not going to be of the new bike, our bet is that the shockers used in an attempt to make the look more traditional the engine and radical gearbox under trial.

Other take-outs from the brief were that triple were used for stopping and that different sized were used and shod radial tyres.

Gilera Ferro 850 Concept
Gilera Ferro 850 Concept
Gilera Ferro 850 Concept
Gilera Ferro 850 Concept
Gilera Ferro 850 Concept
Gilera Ferro 850 Concept


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