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MCN overall verdict rating is 4

There are motorcyclists out there who will cheerfully denounce the Fuoco as a car with a wheel missing. 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. MCN originally tested the Fuoco through winter without any mishaps – you can’t get any safer by having two front wheels. Commuting or city riding is it’s forte but can cover distance and more. Check out MCN’s online video of the Fuoco for proof - click here.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 3.5
Owners' rating rating is 0

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. To be honest the steel tubular frame and running gear is a lot to pull and acceleration isn’t the best when faced with a hill. But from the lights it’ll leave cars standing and go on to sit at 70mph all day every day.     

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 0

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. Cantilevered front suspension (independent tilting wheels) works on four aluminium arms supporting two steering tubes and keeps the front glued to the road. The rear end is equally as well damped. 

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 0

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. Compare and buy parts for the Fuoco in the MCN Shop.

Gilera Fuoco 500ie (2007-current)

Detail Value
New price £5,695
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Engine size 493 cc
Power 39 bhp
Top speed 90 mph
Insurance group 9 of 17
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Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 0

Price and the fear of the unknown (we Brits aren’t as adventurous as our Euro counterparts who love a bit of three-wheel, large capacity action) mean sales of Fuoco haven’t been huge in the UK. So far no major problems have been reported. Bear in mind the engine is a proven unit and used in other Gilera machines so reliability is good.

Value

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 0

Doubters will shout that £5900 for a scooter is a lot of money. Our answer is go check out Suzuki’s Burgman 650 Executive at £7799. When you way up the technology and engineering that are instilled in the Fuoco, the price isn’t so bad. And don’t forget it has an extra wheel for that price… Find a Gilera Fuoco for sale.

Insurance

Insurance group: 9 of 17

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Model History

2007 – Fuoco 500ie launched

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Specifications

Top speed 90 mph
1/4-mile acceleration secs
Max power 39 bhp
Max torque 32.5 ft-lb
Weight 253 kg
Seat height mm
Fuel capacity 12 litres
Average fuel consumption mpg
Tank range miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 9 of 17
Engine size 493 cc
Engine specification Liquid-cooled, SOHC, 4v four-stroke single-cylinder. CVT transmission
Frame Tubular steel frame
Front suspension adjustment Non-adjustable
Rear suspension adjustment Adjustable for preload only
Front brakes 2 x 240mm discs with 2-piston caliper
Rear brake 240mm disc with two-piston caliper
Front tyre size 120/70 x 12
Rear tyre size 140/70 x 14

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MrButterscotch

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MrButterscotchsays

3 wheeler?

Which category does this fall into?  Can you ride this on a car licence or is it motorbike only?

29 August 2010 22:23

Andy949494

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Andy949494says

Great for winter riding?

 I'm quite tempted for winter riding to deal with the ice and the gravel but will it really not fall over if you suddenly encounter ice or gravel on a bend?  I can see when road conditions are variable you are more likely to be okay, providing you manage to keep one wheel on grippy stuff but what happens if both are ontop of ice when you are going around that corner? Does it still fall over like a bike? And how does it manage on snow?

10 July 2010 11:54

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