By Guido Ebert
Piaggio’s New 150 Is Flying Out the Door
The scooter community has been abuzz about the all-new 2014 Piaggio Fly 150 3V. Offering Piaggio quality, new technology, numerous helpful features and – at $2,899 – ultra-competitive pricing, it’s easy to understand why.
Piaggio says the new fuel-injected 150cc single-cylinder, three-valve, SOHC four-stroke LEADER engine produces more power, is more fuel-efficient and, thanks to service intervals of an incredible 6,000 miles (following an initial 625-mile service) has lower maintenance costs.
Output is a claimed 9kW @ 7,000 rpm and 13Nm @ 6,000 rpm. Real world riding delivers immediate acceleration and another burst at mid-range. Top speed is in the neighborhood of 60 mph, and Piaggio says the limp-wristed could achieve up to 130mpg.
Up top you’ll find black Piaggio branded grips, dual daytime running lights on the beak, a center-placed main headlight, clear turn signals, and a multi-function dash with an analog speedometer that could have been designed with easier-to-see numbers.
The long, lightly scalloped seat has been lowered to 29.9 inches and together with the bike’s svelte design should accommodate operators of numerous sizes. Flip-out pegs aid passenger comfort.
Down below, the 1.8-gallon fuel tank has been moved to the front of the lengthened floorboard and the battery to the left side of the glove box, which resulted in nearly double the available under-seat storage space as the old Fly 150.
The tube chassis is supported by a 32mm hydraulic fork in front and a single hydraulic shock in the rear, and the 12-inch wheels shod with 120/70 tires are slowed by a 220mm disc with dual-piston floating caliper in front and a 140mm drum in the rear. Sadly, unlike the Euro edition, the U.S. version did not get a rear disc.
Need to park? Utilize either the side-stand or the center-stand.
As said, there has been quite a buzz about this new Fly 150 3V. So much so, many Piaggio retailers around the nation were taking pre-orders well before the bike began appearing at dealerships in late May.
Interested? Stop by your local Piaggio dealer, take a look at the Fly 150 3V and decide whether you prefer the Pearl White or Graphic Black.