PIAGGIO BEVERLY 300 (2011 - on) Review

At a glance

Power: 22 bhp
Seat height: Medium (31.1 in / 790 mm)
Weight: Low (364 lbs / 165 kg)

Prices

New £3,949
Used N/A

Overall rating

Next up: Ride & brakes
4 out of 5 (4/5)

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 & brakes

Next up: Engine
3 out of 5 (3/5)

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. 

Engine

Next up: Reliability
5 out of 5 (5/5)

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 quality

Next up: Value
4 out of 5 (4/5)

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 rivals

Next up: Equipment
3 out of 5 (3/5)

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.

Equipment

3 out of 5 (3/5)

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.

Specs

Engine size 278cc
Engine type 4 stroke single cylinder
Frame type Double cradle in high strength tubular steel
Fuel capacity 12.5 litres
Seat height 790mm
Bike weight 165kg
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 £44
Annual service cost -
New price £3,949
Used price -
Insurance group 7 of 17
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

Model history

2011: Model introduced

Other versions

2014: New 350 version introduced

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