Piaggio X9 500 Evolution Review
Three years on from its European launch, with more than 75,000 units sold so far, the second generation Piaggio X9, the Evolution is set to arrive in Australia
The X9 was a big hit for Piaggio in Europe and now, with its long list of standard features (and an equally long list of accessories), it is one scooter whose role is making life easier above and beyond mere commuting.
The built-in PICS (Piaggio Integrated Communication System) functions as an FM radio, intercom (headsets are included as standard) and hands-free mobile phone (integration of the rider’s own mobile phone can be managed by obtaining one of the many adaptor cords available from Piaggio for most popular model phones).
The electronic injection and twostage catalyst on the Piaggio MASTER 500cc engine ensure that the X9 Evolution meets Euro 2 emissions standards as well as propelling the X9 along at a good clip.
Where the X9 really stands out, though, is in the equipment levels. Apart from the communication systems and the on-board computer, there is the nice touch of an automatic stand and remote-controlled seat release (as well as push-button release in the cockpit). The storage compartment can easily accommodate a full-face and an open-face helmet, or a briefcase. It is carpeted and fitted with a courtesy light and a 12V socket that can be used to recharge a mobile phone battery. There are two glove compartments on the inside fairing for a mobile phone or other small objects such as gloves, sunglasses, keys etc.
For security there is a key-operated steering lock and an electronic immobiliser antitheft system with coded key as standard.
There is also a range of accessories with everything from colour-matched top-boxes to heated handgrips. Just in case you needed any more…
As published in TW SCOOTER MAGAZINE - 28/10/2003
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