PiaggioFly150

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Piaggio Fly 150

Review of the Piaggio Fly 150 3V

Man, just flies by. It’s way too long since a new review has posted here. Today taking a look at the new Piaggio Fly 150 a three-valve fuel injected

Why is it so tough to review a scooter days? Aside from the scooter, Piaggio had nothing to do this review. Like Yamaha, Suzuki and BMW, has made it clear to me that DON’T put review scooters in the of people who run websites like We are not considered a legitimate media because we don’t accept

That’s right, we won’t their advertising money, so we get no to review. It’s ONLY the largess of dealers like Bob at that we have any chance to put miles on Piaggion/Vespa scooters.

enough sniveling. for now. In the of full disclosure, I should that I have not been impressed with a lot of Piaggio’s offerings in the past. The questionable quality, sometimes poor fit and and lack of end user support a bad taste in my mouth so far as Piaggio was If Piaggio keeps putting out machines like the BV350 and new Fly 150, I’m going to to change my tune.

I may even a ( shudder ) Piaggio fan.

review began with through the pre-delivery process on the Fly Aside from some ( which is different from ) about the use of TORX fasteners as to good old Philips screws, went fine. The battery is inside the glove box and installing it the removal of the horn cast, but the frees up storage space the seat so I’m OK with the of extra work.

Evidence of the new ( to me ) attention to detail was obvious the pre-delivery procedure.

Speedometer Reading/Speed/Fuel Economy

pre-delivery, I installed the base for a GPS under the port side On older Piaggios, I had to struggle to a good place to put the GPS, but on the new Fly 150 are conventional mirror mounts. more evidence of a better

The speedometer is biased toward with miles displayed in numbers on the inner part of the The odometer displayed kilometers. most scooters we review, the Fly 150 reads optimistically. The speedometer 10% faster than actual

An indicated 30 MPH is actually 27 MPH and an indicated 50 MPH is 45 MPH. The odometer was very to spot on. My 18.5 kilometer to the office ( GPS verified ) indicated on the odometer. Piaggio claims the Fly 150 has a top of 61 MPH and gets 104 MPG.

The fastest GPS I saw was 58 MPH and that was with a bit of a tailwind. I 86 MPG during the review which I to be very good. This was a new scooter that was NOT yet broken in. I that both top speed and economy would improve engine break-in. With more miles ( sorry, I kilometers ) on the Fly 150 AND a rider who DOESN’T 220 pounds, I would expect 61 to be obtainable.

As to the 104 MPG. I don’t see being realistic.

Features

The Fly 150 is powered by a 150cc air-cooled and single over-head cam three-valve cylinder engine, it gets to the rear wheel through a CVT transmission. Brakes are disc and drum rear. The front and tires are 120/70 — 12 and the suspension is by a single shock. The and controls are well laid out and the quality is a distinct improvement previous models.

The dash is easy to read and the info one would expect. The is in the center and, as mentioned bias toward kilometers. The ( no tripmeter ) is in kilometers. To the left is a gauge and to the right is a digital

Below those are lights for low oil, check engine, high beams and turn The hand controls are in the usual — high and low beam along with flash-to-pass, signals and horn on the port with engine stop and the electric starter on the starboard The turn signal switch was to engage and to cancel.

What? On a Yes, I was shocked as well.

down we find a glove box would be good for, gloves. Small ones at I don’t think I could my huge winter riding in there. Half the glove box is up to the battery, but I’m fine that. Just below the box is the fuel filler. It’s by key and is in a location that made it a tricky to fill the scooter.

low fuel tank is a sure of fuel injection. Carbureted rely on gravity ( and vacuum ) to fuel and, as such, tanks higher up. Easier to but worse for weight distribution.

I gladly exercise caution in my scooter to gain the myriad of fuel injection.

Underseat is very good on the Fly 150. It was no at all to fit my melon-head XXL three-quarter helmet the seat with room to Hey, look, there’s no or fuel filler to steal space from me under

There is also a rear platform ready to accept the topcase ( part number ), or, if you want something of better and more reasonably priced, sure a SHAD topcase meet your needs. a pull-out hook in the front of the so one can hang a bag or two on to the floorboard with on either side for even hauling capacity.

Lighting is very good was really thrown in my face a ride on an older small motorcycle. Dim headlights, weak lights and barely visible signals aren’t all that to the rider UNLESS one hops off an old or scooter and on to a newer one. The road in front of me was suddenly visible. I parked side-by-side and at the brake lights and turn — what a difference lighting makes.

The turn on the Piaggio Fly 150 even look and fit well with the overall of the scooter. Another clear of good design and execution are the mirrors. They are VERY shaped, both to look on the scooter and to provide an exceptionally view of what’s going on one.

The angle at which are set is even wide enough for the among us to clearly see more one’s own shoulders.

Passenger are nice with a large and flip out foot pegs so the on back isn’t required to up the cowboy stance required of on so many other scooters. The of the Piaggio Fly 150 add up to a well designed and made scooter with quality components. I really find anything to complain so far as the features of the Fly are concerned.

Riding

Enough walking around the poking, prodding, pushing and so forth, let’s fire it up. the key to on allow the fuel pump to do its grab a brake lever and the starter button. The Fly 150 fires up and quickly settles into a idle.

Hot or cold, it didn’t matter, the Fly immediately and ran flawlessly during the I just love fuel on scooters.

Sitting on the Fly 150 with the running and getting ready to off I was struck by just how nice the of this scooter are. The seat is roomy and very The reach to the controls was just

Piaggio Fly 150

Leg room and foot room are The seat height of 30 inches the Fly 150 more approachable for new riders other, taller models. traffic I noticed how smooth the was. Nothing to write about off the line, a Genuine would rocket ahead of a but more than adequate. delivery is smooth and even the speed range with no spots.

Of course it goes saying that I wanted acceleration AND more top end, but I say that about nearly scooter I’ve ever The Fly 150 will easily keep up traffic and gives enough up to about 50 MPH. Getting the of speed capability out of the Fly took a

Handling is very good to a firm suspension and steering perfectly suited to the size of the and its twelve inch tires. other riders I have with found the suspension a harsh, but I like a firm The Fly 150 takes a line quickly and it well, something a softly scooter won’t do. The ground runs out long before the capabilities of scooter reach limit.

The center stand first ( and often ) during riding. Braking is more adequate. Yes, one can wish for rear brake that the get on THEIR fly, but I found the combination to be strong and easy to with no apparent fade in riding.

The strong brakes and good contribute to drama-free sudden in direction and speed when the in the VW in front of you is too busy texting to drive.

The Fly 150 was a great deal of fun to and did everything I asked of it. My daily includes about 25 — 30 of streets and parkways with speeds up to 45MPH. On the rare that traffic isn’t bogged down, I have routes to and from work involves twisties and speeds of 50 MPH ( I was just keeping up with officer ). As long as you don’t try and a highway cruiser out of it, the Fly 150 would be a daily rider.

Fit Finish

One of my with Piaggio products is in the fit and finish department. I have miss-matched fasteners, misaligned panels and low quality plastic and components on past Piaggios. The Fly 150 what Piaggio can do when try. The tolerance on seams is and uniform.

The body panels up perfectly, appear to made of quality materials and are beautifully Currently, you can have your Fly 150 in any you like as long it’s or white. The seams on the seat not perfect, but I’m nitpicking.

The box door opens and closes immediately going out of alignment as on Piaggios. The overall look of the Fly 150 is, in my gorgeous. It’s modern giving up that scooter

Piaggio Fly 150 vs. The Competition

I’ve the Honda PCX 150 and Yamaha Zuma 125 as for the Piaggio Fly 150. I’ve reviewed the and I’ve ridden a couple of PCX though I haven’t done a review. In my opinion, the Piaggio Fly 150 is a scooter than the Zuma in category. The Honda PCX is both and faster than the Fly 150, I don’t find it to be nearly as and I think the Fly is better looking.

So far as bang-for-the-buck goes, the Fly 150 is the clear As this is the first year in the US for this version of the Fly 150, going to hold off adding it to my scooter should I buy list. If can hold the line on quality, and continue to demonstrate good I’ll certainly be adding the Fly 150 to my

Conclusions

After reviewing the BV350, I was looking forward to the Fly It appears that Piaggio is us new products that are not only on par Honda, Yamaha and other top companies, but doing it at a price that represents an outstanding I know that a lot of you are tired of me like a broken record it comes to a recommendation for a city

It seems I spout Buy a Buddy and over again. OK, here’s else for you to consider, especially if looking for a scooter a bit physically than a Buddy.

Again, a big YOU to Bob at Scooterville in Minneapolis for providing the used in this review.

Piaggio Fly 150
Piaggio Fly 150
Piaggio Fly 150
Piaggio Fly 150


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