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« on: November 24, 2010, 07:18:24 AM »

Over on the Piaggio sight it says the new BV500 now 492cc. Here's a cool picture:
http://www.piaggiousa.com/downloadPopup.php?section=Gallery&img=scooters/BVTourer500/images/1280/bv500-01-1280.jpg
I love my BV250 and if they ever bring the 300 (278cc) over here I might pop for one, but now this 500 has me wondering just what I should do. I think it's a great looking ride.
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« Reply #1 on: November 24, 2010, 07:22:58 AM »

...the style is somewhat close to Kymco people...nice!!
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« Reply #2 on: November 24, 2010, 03:49:31 PM »

Over on the Piaggio sight it says the new BV500 now 492cc. Here's a cool picture:
http://www.piaggiousa.com/downloadPopup.php?section=Gallery&img=scooters/BVTourer500/images/1280/bv500-01-1280.jpg
I love my BV250 and if they ever bring the 300 (274cc) over here I might pop for one, but now this 500 has me wondering just what I should do. I think it's a great looking ride.


I think the bv300 IS coming. I've heard they need to sell down the remaining 250's that are stockpiled in the U.S. first. I may consider one too. The bv series really is the perfect scooter and with the added power of the 278cc engine what else could you ask for?

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« Reply #3 on: November 24, 2010, 04:50:59 PM »

the new BV500 now 492cc.

Perhaps it has the engine out of the Fuoco instead of the X9 (twin-spark, I think).
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« Reply #4 on: November 24, 2010, 08:09:02 PM »

love the look of the BV's but the colour of the scoot in that pick is repulsive
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« Reply #5 on: November 24, 2010, 08:17:47 PM »

love the look of the BV's but the colour of the scoot in that pick is repulsive

I think that's a bad picture. The website says they come in black or white. They did have a beige that looked better in person than that pic does.
The one thing I've noticed is that BV's look much better in person than they do in pictures. Check out the Piaggio site- at the bottom they have a tease for the new bv that has been released in Italy. Just beautiful. The wheel design is a little busy but the overall bike is gorgeous. Maybe that version will make it here with the 278cc engine. I'll probably be in line for one!

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« Reply #6 on: November 24, 2010, 08:42:15 PM »

Well, I like the color. Must be they are trying to hold the line on cost, still only a single disc front end. A number of 250's now have twin rotors, including Aprilia's City Sport.
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« Reply #7 on: November 24, 2010, 09:03:32 PM »

I test rode a BV500 back in 2002 and it never really did anything for me, especially the syclops headlight.
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« Reply #8 on: November 24, 2010, 09:39:55 PM »

I prefer the single lamp JohnP
with the alternate lights I have people continually telling me I have one light out
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« Reply #9 on: November 24, 2010, 10:24:33 PM »

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I have people continually telling me I have one light out

If you bought a Burger you wouldn't have that problem.
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« Reply #10 on: November 24, 2010, 10:41:54 PM »

Well, I like the color. Must be they are trying to hold the line on cost, still only a single disc front end. A number of 250's now have twin rotors, including Aprilia's City Sport.

The brakes are extremely strong with the single rotor. Even the Honda Silverwing has just a single rotor. The bv500 does have a twin rotor setup but I find the brakes on both my Reflex and my bv200 with the single rotor stop very well. I've noticed some bikes have gone to the twin front rotor but I don't think it's all together necessary.
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« Reply #11 on: November 24, 2010, 10:45:41 PM »

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If you bought a Burger you wouldn't have that problem.


2007 Burgman 400's have the single headlight working at a time like both my scoots. Suzuki remedied that in 2008. I've only had one guy stop to tell me that I had a headlight out. Many many sport bikes use the same headlight setup where only one works at a time.
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« Reply #12 on: November 25, 2010, 06:16:19 AM »

The breaks on the Piaggio are linked just like my Nexus which i got used to but i do prefer non linked breaks.
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« Reply #13 on: November 25, 2010, 06:54:47 AM »

I get them all the time.
They are just trying to be helpful.  Usually just flip the switch to high beam and back, then they understand.
The lights on the X9 are one of my disappointments with the scoot.
In urban areas with some ambient lighting they are fine but when I ride home late, a very rural route, it is easy to drive beyond the field of vision.
I have to go quite slow on the side road I live on because of the quality and placement of projected light.
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« Reply #14 on: December 03, 2010, 01:26:47 AM »

There are at least 2 ways to improve the syclops light weakness. You can replace the OEM bulbs with HIDs (H8?) and/or wire the low beam as 'always on' so the bright switch adds the high beam while leaving the low beam on instead of low or high on separately. The HID solution is the best choice for max visibility.
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« Reply #15 on: November 19, 2011, 10:34:59 PM »

Looks like Piaggio was just playing with us, there is no 492 BV500 on their sight now. They do have the 300 which I was going to pop for but now I'm hearing rumors of the 350 coming here. Can Piaggio be believed on this? Will wait and see.
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