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LONDON: THE SIXTH EDITION OF VESPA WORLD DAYS READY TO GO

 

The world’s most famous scooter pays tribute to the Olympic city, from 14 to 17 June, with the sixth international Vespa Club rally.

 More than two thousand Vespa scooters from every decade have already been registered, with members from 87 Italian clubs and 117 clubs from all over the world. Vespa World Days 2012 in London will welcome Vespa enthusiasts from five continents.

 Information online on www.vespaworlddays.com, www.vespaworldclub.com and www.vespatrophy.com – facebook.com/vespa, twitter.com/vespa_official

 Milan, xx June 2012 – There are already more than two thousand Vespa devotees from 24 countries preparing to take part in the Vespa World Days rally in London from 14 to 17 June. In the year of the Olympic Games, the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth and sixty years from the creation of the UK’s first Vespa Club, Vespa is paying tribute to London in the outdoor area of The O2, the former Millennium Dome, the venue for the 2012 edition of the annual world rally of Vespa Clubs.

Naturally, far larger numbers of Vespa devotees will turn up than the thousands who have already registered for the event. Britain boasts one of the strongest Vespa cultures. London first adopted the Italian scooter as a symbol back in the early 1950s, linking it to youth movements like the Mods, with the Rock ‘n Roll and R&B sounds from the other side of the Atlantic providing a backing track.

After the 2011 event held in Gjøvik, Norway, this year for four days the Vespa Village is setting up in Greenwich, south-east London, one of the most attractive areas on the Thames.

Once again the top event in the program will be the award presentation ceremony to the winners of the Vespa Trophy, the competition among Vespa devotees, all fully paid-up Vespa Club members, who document all the stages in their journey to London with photos and special stamps in their Travel Books.

The tourist trophy organised in honour of the Vespa scooter involves more than 2,000 Piaggio Group dealers, in 25 countries. All Vespa Clubs can take part: the goal is to reach London by 14 June, passing through the largest possible number of Piaggio Check Points and with the greatest possible number of Vespas.

The website www.vespatrophy.com provides full information and the Travel Book, an essential requirement for the Vespa rider to record the identification data of his or her Vespa Club and the points collected during stopovers at the Piaggio Check Points. In addition to guided tours in London, organised with local relays, events will include the traditional gala dinner for all registered riders and, on Friday 15 June, the World Congress of Vespa Clubs.

For years, Vespa World Days has been celebrating the timeless myth of the Vespa.

A scooter that has moved beyond its function as a stylish, easy-to-drive vehicle for the daily commute to become a global brand loved by whole generations of users.

The Vespa and the devotion of its fans began virtually at the same time, with many Vespa owners forming associations as early as 1946, the year when the world’s most famous scooter made its debut: the first Vespa Clubs were formed, first in Italy, later abroad. Today, there are 40 National Vespa Clubs in the Vespa World Club, more than 780 registered local Vespa Clubs, over 40,000 members around the world. In Italy alone, more than 100 rallies were held for Vespa enthusiasts last year.

Vespa is a unique chapter in the history of mobility and lifestyle: produced without interruption for 66 years, it has notched up sales of more than seventeen million scooters. And it continues to evolve. The latest examples are the new Vespa LX and Vespa S presented a few days ago, two models combining all the Vespa values – freedom, good looks, accessibility – with new standards for fuel efficiency, low emissions and outstanding performance. Thanks to the new 3V 125 and 150 cc engines, the Vespa provides mileage of 55 km/l with a 30% reduction in CO2 emissions.

The rally program and latest news are available on the official Vespa World Days sites: www.vespaworlddays.com, the official site of the Vespa World Club www.vespaworldclub.com and, for the 2012 Vespa Trophy, www.vespatrophy.com. On the official social media, Vespa World Days is on facebook.com/vespa and can be followed on twitter.com/vespa_official or with the hashtag #vwd2012.

June 14th, 2012  |  Published in News, Piaggio, Vespa

Piaggio X10 review

 

 

 

 

 

 

Take a ride on Piaggio’s new X10 and you have to wonder how much more you’re really getting with the latest batch of high-profile GT scooters. BMW’s C650 GT, which costs double the X10′s £4,999, while the Suzuki Burgman and Yamaha T-Max both cost more than £8,000. Yet around town the X10′s little 330cc engine offers as much performance as most riders will need, with equipment levels just as good or better than the more costly alternatives.

In many ways it betters them: scooter buyers tend to look for decent storage space and the Piaggio certainly delivers with its 52 litre underseat area, enough for a couple of full face helmets. There are also three compartments in the fairing panel, adding up to a lot more than anything else but the Burgman.

Economy matters, too, and while Piaggio still has no figures for the X10, the same engine in the Beverly (yes, there’s a scooter called Beverly…) is claimed to return 85mpg, suggesting real-world riding on the heavier X10 will give you at least 70mpg, even around town. Crucially, it’ll be significantly better than those larger capacity GT scooters.

It’s the same when it comes to maintenance. Not only is the X10′s engine a less demanding single-cylinder, the major service intervals are 12,000 miles, wider apart than any of the opposition.

Equipment levels are impressive, including a sophisticated braking system linking front and rear and backed up by ABS, as well as a less obviously useful traction control system. That smacks of doing something because you can – the traction control uses the ABS wheel sensors and the engine management to control power when needed, so in reality it amounts to nothing more than some extra software. But I’ve never found wheelspin a problem on any scooter, including much more powerful ones than the X10.

It’s clear you gain financially, so what do you lose? In terms of style and quality, nothing. In fact the Piaggio trumps all but the Yamaha in this respect. It’s not only very well put together, with a solid, confidence-inspiring feel, it’s the best looking scooter of its type available today. The lines are sweeping, elegant and perfectly defined by a chrome strip which points at the front before curving up the full length of the machine: Italian design at its best, especially as it comes with neat detailing such as backlit switchgear – wholly unnecessary but rather cool nevertheless. The ergonomics are fine, with good comfort and wind protection, and it’s spacious even two-up. Only the too-narrow field of view in the mirrors irritates.

The comparison with scooters twice the price is valid in aother areas, too. The motor is smooth and punchy, especially away from stationary and at lower town speeds, and the handling is secure and stable. Yet due to the X10′s light weight – at 432lb it’s 120lb (a slender passenger) less than the big GTs – its power-to-weight ratio is not substantially worse and in reality it’s just as quick in urban riding. But it’s still £1,500 less than a more obvious rival, Yamaha’s heftily priced Majesty 400.

The smaller engine means that its 85mph top speed is barely adequate to have something in reserve for motorway riding, even without inclines or headwinds. But if that’s unlikely to feature in your riding, you could end up paying a lot more money for a larger capacity scooter with performance that you’ll probably rarely use. In this light, the X10 makes a great deal of sense indeed.

THE FACTS

PRICE/ON SALE £4,999/now

POWER/TORQUE 33bhp @ 8,250rpm/24lb ft @ 6,000rpm

TOP SPEED 85mph

FUEL TANK/RANGE 3.4 gallons/250 miles

VERDICT Outstanding looks backed up by excellent comfort, huge storage space, strong performance and low running costs, all at a very reasonable price

TELEGRAPH RATING Five out of five

THE RIVALS

Suzuki Burgman 400, £5,515

The main rival in terms of comfort and luggage space, but a version with ABS is £1,000 pricier. The ride quality isn’t quite as good as the X10′s and performance lacks the punch of the Piaggio, but it’s well made.

Yamaha T-Max, £8,870

More performance than the X10, although you’ll only really notice at higher speeds. For regular out-of-town riding the bigger capacity engine is worth the extra. The handling is good but storage space inadequate.

Kymco Downtown 300i, £3,999

Not quite as classy or well made as the X10, but a serious rival. It’s a little down on power but it’s lighter, with good handling and equipment. It also looks good, it’s economical and has a two-year warranty.

Review taken from The Telegraph and written by Kevin Ash

June 7th, 2012  |  Published in Piaggio

National ride to work day – Monday 18 June

 

 

 

 

 

 

Join in by celebrating National Ride to Work Day on June 18th! With petrol prices and train fares rising, and the constant threat of tube strikes, riding a motorbike or scooter to work has never looked like a better option. So on Monday June 18th 2012, every motorcyclist in Britain should be out on two wheels, showing what makes it such a great way to commute:

  • Save money. With road tax starting at £16 a year and a CBT costing little more than £100, riders can save thousands of pounds a year.
  • Save time. Recent Transport for London research shows a motorcycle can save a third of the time a car takes to do the same route.
  • Save fuel and emissions. Smaller machines do over 100 mpg, and they don’t sit in jams pumping out fumes without moving.
  • Save hassle. Parking is easy and usually free, and you can come and go when you want.
  • Arrive with a smile on your face. How many other commuters enjoy their daily trip to work?

 

The Ride to Work Day website will feature loads of activities taking place on the day. Celebrities will be showing the way by riding to work themselves and our dealers will be running their own events including early openings and refreshments for commuting bikers.

Let the ‘R2WD’ team know what you’ll be up to on the day, sign up on Facebook or follow them on Twitter. Let them know how much you’ll save by riding to work, send pictures in of the motorbike or scooter that gets you to work every day and share your views in the riders’ polls on Facebook.

Why not give a colleague or non-riding friend a lift in to work, it’s a great opportunity to encourage people that have never tried motorcycling before or mates who only use their bikes for leisure riding to try commuting for a change.

To find out more go to www.ridetoworkday.co.uk and to show you’re taking part and spread the word to your friends on Facebook www.facebook.com/RidetoWorkDayUK and Twitter @RidetoWorkDayUK.

May 25th, 2012  |  Published in Ducati, Honda, Kawasaki, News, Piaggio, Suzuki, Training, Triumph, Vespa, Yamaha

NEW TYPHOON 50

 

The new Typhoon has been completely revised in order to emphasize its dynamic and versatile spirit making it even more trendy and desirable. The new Typhoon is a result of Piaggio evolution with a performance guaranteed engine, a solid chassis and sporty styling. Riding the New Typhoon is fun, with its compact frame, it’s a perfect option for getting around town.

The New Typhoon is stylish, fun and sporty!

April 13th, 2012  |  Published in Piaggio

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