PIAGGIO BEVERLY 300 (2011 - on) Review
At a glance
|Owners' reliability rating:|
|Annual servicing cost:||£300|
Overall ratingNext up: Ride & brakes
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.
Ride quality & brakesNext up: Engine
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.
EngineNext up: Reliability
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.
Reliability & build qualityNext up: Value
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 vs rivalsNext up: Equipment
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.
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.
|Engine type||4 stroke single cylinder|
|Frame type||Double cradle in high strength tubular steel|
|Fuel capacity||12.5 litres|
|Front suspension||Telescopic hydraulic fork|
|Rear suspension||Hydraulic shock absorbers|
|Front brake||300mm disc brake|
|Rear brake||240 mm disc brake|
|Front tyre size||110/70 - 16|
|Rear tyre size||140/70 - 14|
Mpg, costs & insurance
|Average fuel consumption||56 mpg|
|Annual road tax||£45|
|Annual service cost||£300|
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How much to insure?
|Warranty term||Two year unlimited mileage|
Top speed & performance
|Max power||22 bhp|
|Max torque||23 ft-lb|
|Top speed||80 mph|
|1/4 mile acceleration||-|
|Tank range||156 miles|
Model history & versions
2011: Model introduced
2014: New 350 version introduced
Owners' reviews for the PIAGGIO BEVERLY 300 (2011 - on)
1 owner has reviewed their PIAGGIO BEVERLY 300 (2011 - on) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.
Summary of owners' reviews
|Ride quality & brakes:|
|Reliability & build quality:|
|Value vs rivals:|
|Annual servicing cost:||£300|
Annual servicing cost: £300
The suspension, the stability and the overall quality of the Piaggio are biggest problems. It is practical due to the big storage space but uncomfortable and unrefined compared to other maxi scooters.
Suspension is really non existing, brakes have a lot of bite but no real stopping power. The front is better but the rear has a wooden feel.
Just slow and uninspiring.
Generally bad quality. The Glovebox is not watertight even if there is a ruber seal, the suspension collapsed after 3000km of use with 2 persons
However little you spend on buying a Piaggio it is too much. High fuel consumpion 5,5 l per 100km.
Avoid the OE screen, gives a headache with a lot of buffeting. The OE top case lock not functioning most of the time.
Buying experience: Dealer was ok.