NEW PIAGGIO BV350 HITS SHOWROOMS
Newest Member of Piaggio’s BV Family Available Now
The newest member of Piaggio’s popular BV series has landed in American showrooms. The BV350, or Beverly Sport Touring 350 as it’s dubbed internationally, was unveiled last fall at the 2011 EICMA show in Milan.
At the time, Piaggio hinted towards a North American release and confirmed that in March when they announced it as an early release 2013 model. Piaggio expected to have this scooter in dealerships during May, but the intrepid BV350’s have slipped thru the border and are now landing in American showrooms.
The BV350 uses the same core frame as the departing BV300 (and BV250 before that), but Piaggio has made a huge list of great updates. The 330cc motor is new and now boasts both fuel injection and 4-valves.
Power is up to 33.3 HP (vs. 24HP for the 250), which is just 6 ponies shy of the heavier BV500. With the bump to 330cc comes a 10mph top speed boost to 90mph.
styling has also been reworked for 2013. There’s a lot of new bits (rims, mirrors, blinkers) and a number of components have been blacked out or darkened for more aggressive ‘dark knight’ slant. The mahogany toned saddle is also a great touch.
Colors for 2013 are Shiny Black and Matte Silver. Pricing is quite reasonable at $5499. Check out the Piaggio BV Series page for complete info on the BV350 or browse the first ride report from Cycle World.