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Eicma 2009

Piaggio Liberty and Liberty Elle

Piaggio Liberty is the iconic best seller in the lightweight high wheel scooter segment. For 2010 Liberty is offered also in a new “girl” edition, Liberty “Elle”: pink-coloured with all-new graphics and dedicated accessories.

Piaggio Press


With over half a million units sold, the Piaggio Liberty is a driving force of the commercial phenomenon of the lightweight high wheel scooter that has always enjoyed an enviable popularity among the public.
For 2010 Liberty is offered in a new distinctive and elegant edition, Liberty Elle, available for 50 4-stroke and 125 versions.

The new Liberty Elle is coloured in bright pink with an original “Elle” badge on both sides and come equipped with a dedicated top case (marked “Elle” as well), a lower saddle (765 mm for 50 4-strokes and 775 mm for 125 version: 20 mm less than the standard versions) and a dedicated, pink “Venere” coloured and “Elle” branded helmet.

Liberty range: the secret of an everlasting success


The frontal view is defined by the handlebar mounted headlamp - with its subtly triangular design a reference to the headlight of its extremely successful and imposing high wheeled big brother, the Beverly - and the highly protective leg shield which an elegant chromed accent bearing the Piaggio logo.

Chrome accents also enhance other elements, such as the turn signals with clear lenses, the oddments storage compartment and the fork stanchion guards. A chrome surround also graces the large, clear and easily readable instrument panel, designed to match the looks of the vehicle and featuring a speedometer, odometer and fuel gauge. Completing the instrumentation are a comprehensive array of indicator lights (fuel reserve, dipped and full beam headlamp, turn indicators and oil warning light) and a practical clock with calendar function.

In addition to chrome accents, the style of the Liberty is further enhanced by number of sophisticated details emphasising the outstanding quality of the vehicle, such as the painted rear grab handle, the body-coloured platform spoiler and the heat shield for the silencer, with its more modern, sporty design.

The low saddle (only 785 mm on the 50 and 795 mm on the 125 and 150) allows riders of all statures to reach the ground with ease, and it’s is also longer for greater passenger comfort, while the passenger also gains sturdy and ergonomic fold-out footrests.


Liberty it’s equipped with a high strength tubular steel frame and 10 spoke alloy wheels, measuring 16” at the front and 14” at the rear and shod with 90/80 and 110/80 tyres respectively.

The brake system is composed of a reliable and modular 140 mm drum brake at the rear joined by a 240 mm diameter front disc, stopped by a new double piston calliper. The result is powerful braking ensuring short stopping distances and offering great modularity.


Piaggio Liberty stands out as one of the most versatile scooters on the market with a comprehensive choice of proven engines: ranging from the sparkling 2-stroke 50 cc and the economical 4-stroke 50 cc to the classic, perfectly balanced 125 cc and the modern 150 cc, both of which 4-strokes.
The 2 valve air cooled 150 cc unit gives the Liberty a decisive character and eager responsiveness in city traffic, while offering remarkable versatility, making this the ideal scooter for both longer urban routes and extra urban commuting.

With the 125 cc 4-stroke unit, the Liberty strikes the perfect compromise between performance, accessibility and economy. Boasting the same chassis features as its bigger 150 cc brother, Liberty 125 is the easy solution for metropolitan mobility whether riding alone or with a passenger.
Liberty 125 and Liberty 150 both come equipped with a 7 litre tank: together with the extremely economical engines it offers an even longer range than ever before.

The two 50 cc engine variants offer younger and female users the choice between the verve of a 2-stroke and the impressive efficiency of the extraordinarily economical 4-stroke version.

Equipment and accessories

To match the urban vocation of the Liberty, the Piaggio design team focused particularly on versatility and ease of use. Liberty comes as standard with a rear luggage rack and fold-out passenger footrests. In addition to the large and practical flat footrest platform, a compartment under the saddle large enough for a demi-jet helmet and an additional compartment at the rear of the leg shield offer even more space for carrying objects.

Engine specifications 50cc:

Single cylinder 4-stroke
Piaggio Hi-PER4
49.9 cc
39 mm / 41.8 mm


Single cylinder 2-stroke
Piaggio Hi-PER2
49.4 cc
40 / 39.3 mm

Starter    Electric and kick starter
Cooling    Forced air cooling
Transmission    Automatic CVT continuously variable transmission with torque limiter
Clutch    Automatic centrifugal dry clutch
Frame    Single cradle tubular steel structure with die cast reinforcements
Front suspension    Hydraulic telescopic fork
Rear suspension    Hydraulic mono-shock
Front brake    240 mm Ø disc with double piston (2 x 30 mm Ø) floating calliper.
Rear brake    140 mm Ø drum
Front tyre    Tubeless 90/80-16”
Rear tyre    Tubeless 110/80-14”
Length    1935mm
Width    760 mm (at brake levers)
Saddle height    785 mm (765 mm Liberty Elle 50 4T)
Wheelbase    1320 mm
Fuel tank capacity    6 litres including 1 litre reserve
Euro homologation    Euro 2

Engine specifications Single cylinder 4-stroke Piaggio LEADER 125/150cc:

124 cc
57 mm / 48.6 mm
7.7kW / 8250 rpm
9.6 Nm / 7250 rpm


151 cc
62.8 mm / 48.6 mm
8.9 kW / 7750 rpm
11.8 Nm / 6500rpm

Timing    2 valve single overhead camshaft (SOHC)
Cooling    Forced air cooling
Lubrication     Wet sump
Starter    Electric
Transmission    Automatic CVT continuously variable transmission with torque limiter
Clutch    Automatic centrifugal dry clutch
Frame    Single cradle tubular steel structure with die cast reinforcements
Front suspension    Hydraulic telescopic fork
Rear suspension    Dual action hydraulic mono-shock with 4-setting adjustable spring preload
Front brake    240 mm Ø disc with double piston (2 x 25.4 mm Ø) floating calliper.
Rear brake    140 mm Ø drum
Front tyre    Tubeless 90/80 – 16”
Rear tyre    Tubeless 110/80-14”
Length    1935 mm
Width    760 mm
Saddle height    795 mm (775 mm Liberty Elle 125)
Wheelbase    1325 mm
Fuel tank capacity    7 litres including 1.5 litre reserve
Euro homologation    Euro 3

published 13/11/2009

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