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Gilera Fuoco 500 ie

Officially now released we can now bring you specifications and a full 60 image gallery for this unique scooter from Gilera

Piaggio

GILERA FUOCO 500ie

The two-ring brand now runs on three wheels.

With show-stopping looks and top performance, the Fuoco 500ie is the Gilera version of the three-wheeler for people who want to stand out. ‘Safe fun’ is no longer an oxymoron. Riding has never been this easy, enjoyable and secure.

Passion, adventure and innovation have always been the Gilera watchwords, on asphalt racetracks and desert sand dunes alike. 
The Gilera Fuoco 500ie expresses these concepts to perfection.

Two front wheels and a revolutionary parallelogram front suspension together with the new double ignition Master 500ie engine give the Gilera Fuoco very racy performance to provide fast-riding fun in all safety. 

Easy on the eye

The Gilera Fuoco’s innovative looks get its rider noticed. The front end of the Gilera Fuoco 500ie is attention grabbing: its decisive shape expresses strength and character and hints at the incredible performance of the all-new 492cc single cylinder engine. The two-wheel frontal 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 the mechanicals while putting the unique front suspension technology on display. Other wicked touches are the sleek ‘naked’ metal handlebar and black ten-spoke wheel rims. 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 shockproof covers. The front fairing and front shield fairing offer remarkable aerodynamic protection. There is a wide, comfortable footrest panel behind the front shield fairing.

The tail design is stark and minimalist, a mix of plastics and tubes that picks up on the styling of the frontal with a very useful rear rack, while 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 500ie 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.

Technology

The steel tube frame conceals the powerful, reliable new Master 500ie double ignition engine, a 4 valve, 4 stroke unit with electronic injection and liquid cooling. The capacity of the new 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 500ie 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 500ie 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 500ie 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 240mm disk brakes with dual-piston calipers ensure fast, efficient braking.

With its strong personality, aggressive design and cutting-edge technology, this three-wheeler is ready to ride into uncharted territory.
Gilera Fuoco: a thrilling ride that’s easy on the eye.

Colours and accessories

The Fuoco 500ie will be on sale in a choice of colours: metallic Emotion Red or Excalibur Grey, and matt metallic Demon Black.

A range of accessories, especially designed for the Fuoco 500ie, will also be available to maximise comfort and versatility in daily use. The range will include:

 

  • 42 litre top box
  • Soft tail bag for luggage rack 
  • Adjustable windshield 
  • Hand guards kit 
  • Tom Tom sat-nav system complete with installation kit
  • Leg cover
  • Bike cover
  • Electronic alarm

 

 

published 12/04/2007


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