2013 Piaggio BV 350 Scooter Review — Motorcycle USA

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2013 Piaggio BV 350 Scooter

Cornering performance was good on the BV 350, with ample and good suspension.

Ask your motorcycle-riding friends about the that’s the Universal Japanese During the ’70s and ’80s, a of big, comfortable motorcycles paraded out of the Big Four Japanese bikes with big gas tanks, comfortable saddles and tall They were useful for any kind of motorcycle mission, roadracing to touring to weekday and they sold by the millions.

the Universal Italian Scooter. big enough to tour on, is as comfortable as old and offers all the style you’d from an Italian scooter. But it gets great gas mileage, has of storage room and isn’t so big not agile and easy to pilot.

Piaggio’s BV 350. It’s an model for 2012, with features and design elements. I it merited a closer look, and in had an opportunity to really test its mettle by riding it from the San Bay Area back to the Piaggio Center in Orange County in the of Indian summer.

Before my I boned up on the technical details of the new and there are plenty. Piaggio’s brief was to pack the power of a scoot into something like a 300. The new motor is a liquid-cooled four-… Single a four-valve cylinder head. oversquare (the bore is than the …, and a short for the piston to travel means a motor) at 78mm by 69mm, for a of 330cc.

Lubrication is by dry-sump, which you a more compact design and oil capacity. Claimed power is horsepower, which works out to like 100 hp per liter of displacement, a benchmark for car racing, no?

The BV 350’s lines are pure Italian

But of interest to real scooter is the new wet-clutch transmission. Don’t let the clutch scare you it’s a twist-n-go CVT (that means variable) transmission, so no need to how to work a clutch or gearbox. is the dry centrifugal clutch that’s twist-n’-goes since the ’80s, now by the smooth, efficient goodness of plates, which promise reliability and longer service

In fact, all the innovations added mean oil changes are needed but 6200 miles, and major are a globe-trotting 12,400 miles Efficiency is boosted, too: claims the BV will return 70

The chassis is standard scooter It uses a tube and sheet-steel enclosed with plastic Rear suspension is provided by shocks, adjustable for preload.

In front, there’s a 35mm Braking is handled by single fore and aft, but it’s a system squeeze the right and two of the front caliper’s three squeeze the 300mm disc; add in left-lever action and the center piston works as well as the two in the rear.

Riding the Beverly is a familiar experience for those who Piaggio products. Starting is and easy, with the FI setting the little engine into a quiet idle. Rolling on the produces rapid acceleration, and the gearing seemed tall for speeds, midrange acceleration was

The entire bike has a solid that may seem top heavy if coming from another The seat is tall, but the bars are to the rider. All the controls and switches fluidly and feel well

The BV 350’s linked brakes well as long as both get the squeeze.

It’s studded luxury touches, which expect on a $5499 scooter. is very complete there’s a as well as a temperature gauge and an trip computer. There’s a fold-down man-purse hook, and the ignition lock in opens the big glovebox, which contains a outlet, little cubbies for stuff and a lever to open the underseat trunk.

Said trunk is pretty big enough room for a full-face and a jacket (or two half helmets, but we wear those, do we? We like food, don’t we?). A cover is cleverly hidden the seat, along with the filler, battery and tool

My BV came fitted with the trunk, color-matched and backrest That’s a lot of storage capacity, and the comes off with a press of a if you don’t want it, leaving a square mounting pad behind.

it to a twisting two-lane country and you’ll have some The long wheelbase means but the small wheel sizes 16 in front and 14 behind mean and smooth steering. The motor is too, with the new CVT keeping the in the powerband for aggressive corner

Like many modern you’d be amazed how fast you can go on the BV, but still a scooter, and my confidence was by the rearward weight distribution of the unit bolted to the back Still, I found the twin offered good spring and adequate damping. The Michelin Grip tires provide all the I could handle (and good wet-weather performance), but fun is limited by the centerstand, which can sparks in left-hand turns.

And at that point, you’re over pretty far.

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The wheelbase of the BV 350 provides stability the small wheel sizes responsive, smooth steering.

The is good, although it takes new habit-forming. If you’re used to you may choose to not use the rear brakes in as your toes are up on the footpeg for cornering. If you do that, you’ll adequate slowing power those two front pistons. Get the habit of using your brake and you’ll be rewarded pronounced feel and power getting the extra three (the left lever two rear, one frontremember?) into the

In straight-line stops, the BV350 hunkers down and halts little drama, thanks to a valve that keeps the level under hard

Around town, the BV350 very well as a scooter, I think it’s too big and heavy to the hooligan functionality I like. ridden by a sane, law-abiding you could do a lot worse it’s off the line, maneuvers easily and the brakes offer plenty of with their easy-to-access power. It’s also with a passenger, with the stepped saddle, integrated handles and slick fold-out footpegs.

But 5-foot-seven-inch me felt the 390-pound machine with its wheelbase was kind of a handful in situations compared to a 50cc or 200cc-class scooter. Most BV seem to use this scooter for commuting rather than around town, according to

Red-upholstered seat is as comfortable as it is looking. Author removed the back support from the to give himself more

Where the BV350 is remarkable is comfort. After riding it for a one day, I began to feel a sore, a little cramped, a windblown. And then I realized I was at 70 mph (it will hit 90-plus indicated on ground) down a bumpy road half-way between San and L.A. On a 330cc scooter.

I had put over 200 miles on the thing day, and it was still 2 p.m. Did I I took the accessory windscreen off I didn’t like the buffeting? are plenty of … motorcycles of larger displacement, costing two or times as much, that I balk at taking on that

The BV did it without a single stutter, or problem of any kind, and after 430 in seven hours I still good enough to go out to dinner.

though it’s good on and a half-decent tourer, the BV350 shines as a maxi-scooter, commuting for over 15 miles each way on limited-access highways. Cruising at 70 you’ll see fuel economy in the and with a 3.4-gallon tank means a lot of riding between The reduced service costs contribute to your bottom as well.

Wind protection is ample at speeds and there’s good The brakes are also very for commute use, but to make it it should have anti-lock and maybe stability control expect those to be offered (or likely, added) in the coming years.

I’m yet again with a Piaggio product. The BV is stylish, fun, refined, reliable and a solid value, everybody hopes they get from an Italian factory and does. Let’s hope the UIS is a trend.

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