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Piaggio BEVERLY 300 Scooter Motorbike Review

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MCN overall verdict rating is 4

The 278cc engine gives the Beverly plenty of poke around town and out on the road and the handling inspires confidence. It looks slightly girly in pictures, but in the flesh it's not so bad, especially from the saddle, but it's definitely aimed at stylish city folk. Quite what possesed anybody to name it Beverly is anyone's guess, but Piaggio Brian doesn't quite have the same ring to it.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 0

The 278cc single cylinder engine in the Beverly is spot on for a commuter. Whereas 125cc scooters struggle to get away fast enough, the Beverly gets up to 30mph much quicker, and is propelled all the way to 80mph+ meaning it's easily practical enough outside of the city, too. 70mpg is just the icing on the cake.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 3.5
Owners' rating rating is 0

The 16 inch front wheel deals with undulations well and makes the bike agile in the corners - easily flicking from left to right. Couple this with the added weight of a 300cc engine and the Beverly feels planted and inspires confidence, even in poor conditions. The huge brown seat feels like a sofa and looks the part too. 

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 3.5
Owners' rating rating is 0

Underseat storage and a bag hook in the foot well take care or the storage duties. Mirrors are excellent, showing no elbow at all. The dash includes fuel and temp gauge either side of the large speedo. Grab rail and neat fold-away pillion pegs means passengers are well catered for.

Piaggio Beverly 300ie (2011-current)

Detail Value
New price £3,949
Engine size 278 cc
Power 22 bhp
Top speed 80 mph
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 4 rating is 0
Engine rating is 5 rating is 0
Ride & Handling rating is 3.5 rating is 0
Equipment rating is 3.5 rating is 0
Quality & Reliability rating is 4 rating is 0
Value rating is 3 rating is 0

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 0

Piaggio owns Vespa, Derbi, Gilera and Aprilia, so they know a thing or two when it comes to scooters and keeping them going. Scooters generally get abused as all-year round commuters, but look after the Beverly and it'll get you to and from work for a long time.

Value

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 0

Just short of £4000 is a lot for a scooter, especially when the Piaggio X7 Evo (which uses the same engine) is £350 cheaper. On the other hand the Yamaha X-Max 250 is £4,299, so the Beverly sits firmly in the middle.

Insurance

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Model History

2011: Model introduced

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Specifications

Top speed 80 mph
1/4-mile acceleration secs
Max power 22 bhp
Max torque 23 ft-lb
Weight 165 kg
Seat height 790 mm
Fuel capacity 12.5 litres
Average fuel consumption mpg
Tank range miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group of 17
Engine size 278 cc
Engine specification 4 stroke single cylinder
Frame Double cradle in high strength tubular steel
Front suspension adjustment Telescopic hydraulic fork
Rear suspension adjustment Hydraulic shock absorbers
Front brakes 300mm disc brake
Rear brake 240 mm disc brake
Front tyre size 110/70 - 16
Rear tyre size 140/70 - 14

Owners' Overall Rating rating is 0(0 reviews)

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