Eicma Milan 2006
The Piaggio Beverly has revolutionised the scooter market in Europe. The Beverly range not sold in Australia has plenty of appeal for those wanting a stylish large wheeled scooter. This scooter is important as it has set the trend for large wheeled scooters worldwide.
The Piaggio Beverly has revolutionised the scooter market, rapidly becoming the top seller in the competitive medium and large displacement high wheel-scooter segment.
The Piaggio Beverly 500 is a clear hit with customers — it is the biggest selling over-250cc super-scooter in Europe.
The medium displacements — 125, 250 and 400cc — have been just as successful. Agile and safe in traffic, elegant and noticeable around town, Piaggio Beverly high-wheel scooters are extremely easy to ride.
The Beverly 250 is also available in an S (sport) version with racy, eye-catching looks.
The Beverly 500 introduced the concept of a super scooter with all the agility of the perfect town vehicle and a marked "tourer" character. The concept has been extremely successful and the Beverly 500 is in fact the top selling over-250 scooter.
Every detail of the shape, size and technical aspects of the Beverly 500 was designed around the powerful 500cc engine to provide absolutely exceptional performance. The numbers say it all. The high-tensile steel frame has a good-sized 41 mm fork in front and two dual-effect shock absorbers with adjustable preload at the rear. The tyres are large — 110/70-16” in front and 150/70-14” at the rear. Three disc brakes — two 260 mm discs in front and a 240 mm disc at the rear — provide powerful braking.
The four-stroke, liquid-cooled MASTER engine with a four-valve SOHC intake system delivers 29 kW (39 hp) of shaft power at 7,500 rpm and maximum speed of about 160 km/h.
The Beverly 500’s MASTER engine is designed to respond to the most advanced standards of environmental protection: the use of an electronic control system with a catalytic converter and Lambda sensor drastically reduces emissions and makes the engine fully compliant with Euro 3 standards.
Beverly 400 ie
The highest possible standards of agility, safety, style and performance are the reasons for the Piaggio Beverly’s success in the competitive high-wheel scooter market. Beverly 400 ie takes this vehicle type to the very top with all the advantages of a light, compact scooter plus distance range and performance worthy of a bigger displacement.
The running gear is the well-tested set on the 500cc, updated to adapt to the 400cc engine. The twin cradle frame, made of high-tensile steel tubes, is linked in front to a telescopic hydraulic fork with large, solid 41 mm shafts and two dual-effect hydraulic shock absorbers at the rear that make it possible to adjust ride set-up thanks to four-position spring preload. The high wheels with wide-section tyres (16”-110/70 front, 14”-150/70 rear) and the powerful braking system with a 260 mm steel disk in front and a 240mm steel disk at the rear contribute substantially to making the Beverly 400 ie a very safe vehicle with optimal road grip besides being easy to use as a result of saddle height of only 775 mm.
The heart of the Beverly 400 ie is its engine: the Piaggio MASTER 400 (Multi-valve Advanced Super Torque Engine Range), the latest in this 4-stroke, 4-valve series with liquid cooling and electronic injection.
The new-generation MASTER is the result of the Piaggio engine division’s commitment to creating
a truly top quality, environment-friendly engine. The new engine delivers maximum power of 34 bhp and torque of over 37 Nm at 5,500 rpm, providing 155 km/h of maximum speed.
Riding comfort is guaranteed by technical features such as a counter rotating balancer shaft that drastically reduces vibration and the use of a new centrifugal clutch with a clutch bell with five bob weights for quieter, smoother running, especially in stop-and-go town traffic.
Emissions are reduced by the use of an advanced closed loop injection system with a Lambda sensor, a three-way catalytic converter and electronic ignition control. As a result, the scooter meets Euro 3 norms, with reduced fuel consumption and better throttle response.
The benefits in terms of performance due to the use of a 400cc engine and the scooter’s compact size are obvious: improved agility and acceleration (4.1s to 30 m); better pick-up for more safety when overtaking and higher maximum speed to increase the distance range on medium-long trips. The new engine is also a big plus in terms of insurance costs: the 400cc displacement takes up to 50% off the price compared to higher displacement vehicles.
Service costs also drop as a result of a service interval of 10,000 km.
From the styling point of view, the Beverly 400 ie is as stylish as the rest of the Beverly range with the addition of a built-in windscreen. It is an elegant, racy vehicle, agile and lightweight, with sparkling performance.
Beverly 250 ie and 125
The medium displacement versions of the Piaggio Beverly emphasise the features that have made the 500cc a success, with safety guaranteed by the large-diameter wheels and cycle parts featuring an exceptional frame, suspensions and brakes.
The Piaggio Beverly is an extremely safe ride even for those using a scooter for the first time. The double cradle frame made of high-strength steel tubes is linked in front to a telescopic hydraulic fork with 35 mm shafts. Two dual effect hydraulic shock absorbers at the rear with spring preload adjustable to four positions allow the ride set-up to be personalised.
The 16” wheels and wide-section tyres (110/70 in front and 140/70 at the rear) and two powerful 260 mm disc brakes substantially increase the Beverly’s safety and road grip besides making it easy to ride.
The Beverly 250 ie uses the Quasar 250 ie four-stroke, four-valve electronic injection engine with liquid cooling. The new-generation Quasar i.e. engine is the result of a commitment by Piaggio’s engine division to producing a high-quality and extremely environment-friendly engine. The result is a 22 bhp shaft power output and torque of over 20 Nm at 6,500 rpm, giving the Beverly 250 maximum speed of up to 125 km/h and pick-up levels that top the category.
The advanced closed loop injection with a Lambda sensor, together with a three-way catalytic converter and electronic control system, reduces emissions to Euro 3 standards with a corresponding reduction in fuel consumption and quicker throttle response.
The Beverly 125 also provides excellent power (15 bhp, the upper limit for scooters used with a car licence) and torque (12 Nm).
Beverly S 250 ie
“S” stands for Sport, for users who want more eye-catching styling and sporty looks while opting for the elegant, agile and safe Beverly 250.
The “S” version gives the Beverly 250’s elegant styling a racy twist with a smaller, tapered ash-grey front fairing setting it apart immediately from the other versions.
The resulting shape is sleeker, more dynamic and aggressive, giving the entire vehicle a distinctively racy look.
Several other details emphasise the sport aspect of the Beverly S 250 ie, from the ash-grey plastics, wheel rims, rear spoiler (which doubles as a grip) and exhaust. The rear view mirrors and fenders are matt black, with the satin-finish titanium grey mouldings and fork sleeves providing a striking contrast.
The matt finish recalls the high-tech materials used in motorcycle racing and their reflecting surface enhances the Beverly’s stylish shape.
The saddle is in an attractive grey-black colour combination with bright red stitching and covers storage space that holds a jet helmet.