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2013 Piaggio BV 350 at US Dealers

Thursday, April 19, 2012
2013 Piaggio BV 350
Never content with the status quo, Piaggio has upped the ante in the maxi-scooter segment with the new 2013 Piaggio BV 350. Now available at Piaggio dealerships across the United States, the BV 350 boasts a number of game-changing upgrades, including an all-new engine, frame and bodywork.

The BV 350, designed to easily accommodate two, is the first Piaggio scooter equipped with a brand-new, single-cylinder 4-stroke, 4-valve 350cc electronic injection and water cooled engine that thinks and acts big – offering the weight savings, efficient fuel consumption and lower emissions of a smaller 300cc model with the power of a 400cc. And there’s nothing ‘cute’ about the BV 350: from its smoked windshield and glossy black rims to matte, brushed metal accents, this ride is sporty with a decidedly tough urban edge.

2013 Piaggio BV350 highlights include:

• Price: $5,499
• Engine: 350cc liquid-cooled single cylinder four-stroke
• Fuel Economy: 70 MPG
• Colors: Shiny Black, Matte Silver

To find a local Piaggio dealer in your area or to learn more about the new Piaggio BV 350 please visit: www.PiaggioUSA.com.

About The Piaggio Group:
Established in 1884 by Rinaldo Piaggio and based in Pontedera in Pisa, Italy, the Piaggio Group is one of the world’s top manufacturers of two-wheel motor vehicles. With more than 7,000 employees, an annual production of 653,000 vehicles in 2011, five R&D centers, seven production facilities in Europe and Asia and world-wide commercial operations, the Piaggio Group has a strong and increasing leadership in the European two-wheeler market. The company produces scooters, motorcycles and mopeds in the 50cc to 1,200cc displacement range, marketed under the Piaggio, Vespa, Gilera, Derbi, Aprilia, Scarabeo and Moto Guzzi brands. The Group also manufactures three- and four-wheel light transportation vehicles for the Ape, Porter and Quargo ranges.

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gregsfc   August 2, 2012 03:50 AM
I recently purchased one of these BV 350s in mid-June and wanted to put in my bias. First of all, scooters of this range are not cheap; the BV 350 is no exception. Once that is out of the way, how does this Piaggio BV 350 compare with its competition for the USA? It's no competition. The only real competitors in our market are the Kymco People 300, the Kymco Downtown 300i, the two Vespa 300 models, a Sym model, and maybe a Chinese model or two with no dealer network. None of the above scooters match the performance or capability of the new BV 350 in this size and package. The Kymco Downtown is really more of a maxi style and is not really a direct competitor (it's more like the Piaggio X 10 not available in the US), but the People 300, in my opinion, for $100 less than the BV 350, is much less of a bike for the money. The two Vespa models use the older engine designs and cost more money and are less scooter for more money and lower mpg. Bottom line: There is not really good value in this range of scooter for American buyers, however, the new BV 350 is much better value than anything in it's class, but really, there is nothing in it's class. It's got the performance of a 400 with the weight and stance of a 300; and the mpg probably out performs all 400s and 300s. I'm very happy with my choice. Of course reliability and dealer support still remain to be seen.