Motorcycle insurance bargains: Gilera Fuoco

Motorcycle insurance costs are an important consideration for any bike buyer. That's why MCN is highlighting some of the best cheap-to-insure motorcycles out there. This time it's the Gilera Fuoco.                                     

Insurance group: 9
Engine: 493cc 4v 4-stroke single
Power: 39bhp
Top speed: 90mph 
Weight: 253kg                    

OK, so the Fuoco does have three wheels, but in every other way it is a bike; it leans, stoppies has handlebars and so on. More to the point it is fun, practical and safe. No, seriously it is. Commuting or city riding is it’s forte but can cover distance and more. Plus it's only group 9 to insure. 

Take a test ride and be amazed at what you can do with the Fuoco – that is after you get your head around the way you lean as normal through the bends although there are two wheels ahead of you! Those wheels are both braked to make emergency stops panic-free affairs. You’d have to be a complete muppet to crash a Fuoco – there’s enough grip from the front to lean as far as the exhaust and stand will allow.     

A simple twist and go CVT auto-transmission with extra twist in the form of a punchy 492.7cc four-stroke single. Not a cheap Chinese effort but a modern 4-valve, liquid-cooled emissions compliant unit. From the lights it’ll leave cars standing and go on to sit at 70mph all day every day.

Styled to surprise, the twin-headlight front end looks every bit mad as a quad special. Underseat storage is huge, enough to get a six-place Chinese take-away in their let alone waterproofs and helmet. There are also fancy electronics which lock the bike upright when at standstill (if you want to) and releases when accelerating from standstill. Add to this quality tyres, brakes and suspension and you have a superb package.

MCN verdict

Handling

4/5

Engine

3.5/5

Reliability

4/5

Value

4/5

OVERALL

4/5

 

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