2012 Piaggio Fly 150 Scooter Review — Motorcycle USA

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Piaggio Fly 150

2012 Piaggio Fly 150 Scooter

A freeway-legal scooter with urban mojo, the Fly 150’s wheels and decent rubber quick steering and stability the best of both worlds.

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around the room you’re in. are most of the stuff in it, from rug to the chair you’re perched on to the this article is hosted by, is by the harmonious and hard-working folk of the Republic of China. And why not?

the quality of made-in-China products widely from three-packs of store disposable razors to careful consumers can get a well-made, product for not a lot of money.

But that’s not all the Chinese can offer business and A company can also take of more relaxed regulation and labor costs by having manufactured in China, and then complete products in its home securing both the prestige of a label and a low pricetag, crucial to into the wallets of today’s and very price-conscious consumers. But at one company does things the way around.

Yes, meet the Piaggio Fly 150. in 2005, Piaggio makers of the Aprilia. Derbi and Gilera as well as Piaggio-branded products the price of its freeway-legal Fly 150 to a very $2899 by building the powertrain in and then shipping it to China, it’s mated to the rest of the

That’s more travelling it gets built than it may see in a of service, but it means Piaggio can the Fly for much less than it its steel-bodied, made-in-the-mothership Vespa that uses a similar

The Fly 150 has more than enough to get you around town, but commuting on routes is its weak spot.

on board the Fly, you wouldn’t you’re on a budget-priced scoot. The will be familiar to you if you’ve a four-… Vespa the usual lights, a fuel gauge, the digital clock and conspicuously resettable tripmeter. Unlike a you will see a lot of plastic slightly quality stuff than see from most Chinese but plastic nonetheless.

But the paint nice, fit and finish is at least an 8 out of 10, and be hard-pressed to guess country of even the VIN starts with an Z (confusingly, there’s a sticker the helmet compartment that Manufactured by Piaggio C, SPA Italy, in China.).

Functionally, it’s hard to the Fly from the much-spendier Vespa LX, S and LXV that share the similar (note the LX and LXV use the newer fuel-injected motor, where the classic S the same LEADER unit as the Fly Get on board and turn the key equipped the same anti-theft system Piaggio products use and thumb the The air-cooled 149cc Single right up with the faint sound that’s familiar to owners.

Fueling is excellent the Fly uses a carburetor, but you’d guess it, thanks to the even response and quick warm-up. But all old news if you’ve ridden a

After all, Vespas been known for dependable, basic transportation for over 60 so that the Fly is easy to ride is no Just twist the throttle and you go, enough acceleration, stopping and maneuverability to feel safe and in most urban situations. The wheels are a good trade-off: not so that they get bounced off the crossing potholes and bumps, but not so big the scooter loses the snappy, fun that’s characteristic of twist-n-go

Performance is something you expect Italian products, and the Fly delivers up to a Around town, I never it lacking for power. The bike’s is just right something is expert at which meant the Fly keep up with any kind of up to 40 mph or so. That means you have of your space cushion, an thing: smaller, slower are sometimes at the mercy of other users, which is never

The Fly has enough power to put space you and the menacing SUV or distracted delivery-truck enough oomph to convincingly in the fast lane and maintain visibility (as in both being by other drivers and offering a field of view to the rider).

Piaggio Fly 150

The Fly 150 has an 149cc Single that much like the Vespa, at a more reasonable price. The panel is easy to read and all the information you’ll need scooting around town.

But get out on a divided freeway and it’s not so Although the Fly meets the legal of a motorcycle in California and other top speed is somewhere around 60 mph a faster downhill and a little uphill.

So even though, to Woody Allen in What’s Up, Lilly. adventure is my bread and is my butter, it was still a little to bump along in the far right at full throttle while and octogenarians in beige Toyota tailgated me. Stability and handling fine it’s just the power wasn’t there for freeway stints, though an or two on a crowded urban freeway it’ll probably be bumper-to-bumper daylight hours anyway are do-able.

If you have access to a bit of two-lane blacktop, you’ll get taste of the Fly’s Italian The scooter handles very thanks to a low center of gravity, suspension, sub-300 pound and decent grip from the bias-ply Cheng Shin (120/70-12s front and back). are good fun on a tight road you can late-brake and not feel like going to crash compared to a you just have so much

Speaking of brakes, the Fly’s are not race-quality, to be sure, but the front disc and rear drum plenty of stopping power, if you have to really put some into the levers (especially at speeds).

Okay, as the man on late-night says, now how much would you But wait, there’s more. The Fly the same underseat storage for a small full-face helmet), box and grocery hook as the pricier along with roomy accommodations and adjustable rear A 33-liter topbox is also as is a windscreen.

It’s economical, too in the of my testing I saw better than 50 including a lot of freeway riding at throttle. Piaggio claims the Fly return 70-75 mpg, and assuming that’s when the is ridden in a conservative, low-speed

Alright, here’s the best You get all the performance and reliability of the Italian-built (I completely Italian-built) Piaggio with the value pricing of products. At $2899, it’s less than Piaggio’s $500 less than the PCX150 and even $300 than the Yamaha Zuma which isn’t freeway in most states. In fact, only $200 more Piaggio’s own Typhoon 125 .

At that price point, aren’t a lot of options for buyers for a fun, dependable, and economical way of around an urban area, on a product with a big dealer and support. It’s why the Fly 150 is such a big for Piaggio dealers and why you may want to put it on short list of scooters to

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