Gilera Fuoco 500
The two ring brand is literally on-fire. The Fuoco now only $12,990 Ride Away.
Gilera Fuoco 500 i.e. - Now $12,990 Ride Away
Peter Stevens, importer of the famous two ring brand Gilera, have a pleasant surprise in-store for 2011. The price on the Gilera Fuoco 500 is now only $12,990 Ride Away.
This price represents amazing value when you take into account the Fuoco's standard features and combined sporting prowess. Blessed with two front wheels, the Gilera gets a double dose of all the good things in life. Superb braking, sure-footed dynamics, comfortable ergonomics, the Gilera has everything you could ask for in a larger capacity maxi.
The Gilera has been fitted with the latest Piaggio Twin-Spark 492 cc Master engine. As far as big singles go, this one's a winner.
So what are the benefits of having an extra wheel? It's the reassurance across a variety of surfaces, making sure that no matter the direction or path you take, the Gilera will follow your chosen line. The Fuoco will offer the flexibility of being what you want, when you want. Carve up your favourite back road, cruise the freeway, commute like a champion.
The Fuoco makes no apologies for being different, starting a conversation is just an additional part of the ownership process.
The Gilera Fuoco 500, now only $12,990 Ride Away. (Ends Feb 28th 2011, available now)
For a test ride, find your nearest Gilera Dealer @ http://piaggio.com.au/dealers
Words by Piaggio Press
Easy on the eye
The Gilera Fuoco’s innovative looks get its rider noticed. The front end of the Gilera Fuoco 500 ie is attention grabbing: its decisive, uncompromising shape expresses strength and character and hints at the incredible performance of the 492 cc single cylinder engine. The two-wheel front end is marked by a steel tube bumper with metal mesh inserts that give the vehicle a rugged look.
The front design protects the rider and mechanical parts while putting the unique front suspension technology on display. Other wicked touches are the sleek ‘naked’ metal handlebar and black ten-spoke wheels. The five-lamp headlight unit is not only striking to look at but highly effective as well; the two biggest lamps are equipped with off-road-style impact guards. The front fairing and front shield fairing offer remarkable aerodynamic protection. There is a wide, comfortable footplate behind the front shield fairing.
The tail design is stark and minimalist, a mix of plastics and metal tubes that picks up on the styling of the front end. The tail incorporates a versatile rear rack, and the wide, comfortable seat ensures total comfort for both rider and passenger thanks to its ergonomic design and negligible height difference between the two parts of the seat.
A Thrilling Ride
But there’s more than design to the personality of the Gilera Fuoco. The latest product from the two-ring brand boasts top engine performance, ideally backed up by revolutionary running gear to provide astonishing ride quality. The Gilera Fuoco 500 ie streaks away from traffic lights and takes all kinds of terrain in its stride, handling twisty mountain roads and long motorway rides in all safety whatever the weather conditions thanks to its two front wheels commanded by an extraordinary parallelogram front suspension. This revolutionary technical set-up ensures impeccable road holding in all riding conditions, with stability and braking power that no conventional scooter can provide.
The steel tube frame conceals the powerful, reliable Master 500 ie double ignition engine, a 4 valve, 4 stroke unit with electronic injection and liquid cooling. The capacity of the Master engine has been upped to 492 cc to obtain maximum power of 40 hp at 7,250 rpm and maximum torque of over 42 Nm at 5,500 rpm. The introduction of the twin spark system has also made it possible to optimise combustion inside the cylinder, with a reduction in noise and gas emissions. The result is a smooth, high-performance engine, very torquey at low and medium range rpm, that takes the Gilera Fuoco 500 ie to a top speed of nearly 145 km/h while fully respecting Euro 3 norms thanks to the advanced closed loop injection circuit with a Lambda sensor and three-way catalytic converter in the exhaust pipe.
The engine’s exuberance is skilfully managed by the sophisticated running gear. The innovative parallelogram front suspension’s tilt mechanism is composed of four cast aluminium arms, with four hinges fixed to the central tube and two guide tubes on either side of the parallelogram, connected to the arms via suspension pins and ball bearings. This means that the Gilera Fuoco is as easy to ride as a traditional scooter, while its incredible stability, especially when cornering and braking, comes from its two front wheels.
Standard equipment includes an electro-hydraulic front suspension locking system that keeps the Fuoco 500 ie upright without a central stand. This makes it extremely easy to park anywhere. What’s more, there’s no need to put your feet on the ground to keep your balance when stopped at a traffic light.
Optimal rear end stability is guaranteed by a 14” rear wheel with a generous 140/70 tyre, while three 240 mm disk brakes with dual-piston callipers ensure fast, efficient braking.