The X7 250 ie handles very well for a scooter – the rearward weight distribution still means the balance feels very different to a motorcycle, but the light steering is matched with good stability from the larger wheels. It feels safe and confident – it’ll never set the world alight, but it does what’s asked of it.
The 250cc single-cylinder engine is used across the Piaggio group, and feels the same here – the CVT transmission makes a fast getaway simple, but anyone used to a geared motorcycle will find the delivery flat and characterless. It’s not an issue here – it makes navigating tricky city streets and traffic fuss free, which is important in a commuter.
Piaggios last quite a few years, but they tend to get run in to the ground by owners who use them as nothing more than a tool. Corrosion makes them look shabby quickly without a good cleaning and care routine, and the Italian reliability stereotype is based on some foundation – Piaggios in general can suffer odd problems, but many don’t and there’s a two-year warranty in any case.
Just under £3000 is a reasonable price for a useful, practical and quality commuter scooter – it’s cheaper than rivals and offers most things a commuting rider will need. Piaggio X7 250 for sale.
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The screen is tall enough to keep the worst of the weather off you, and the dual seat is big enough for two medium sized adults – though anyone around or above the 6ft mark will find themselves forced against the bum stop, which could become uncomfortable after a while. The under seat storage area has plenty of room, but the shape means a full-face helmet could be a struggle to fit in. Compare and buy parts for the Piaggio X7 in the MCN Shop.