PIAGGIO X10 350 (2012 - on) Review
At a glance
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Overall ratingNext up: Ride & brakes
At under £5000 the X10 is cheaper than many of its rivals, and feels much more sophisticated. The only version of the X10 coming to scooter-resistant Britain is the 350 in high spec executive guise, though much of Europe gets a 125 and 500 too, in two spec levels. No problem, the 350 is the best and aside from top speed, as quick as the 500 anyway.
Ride quality & brakesNext up: Engine
Thanks to the light weight and stiff chassis it handles well, changing direction easily and steering neutrally even at low speeds, while the big 15 inch front wheel improves ride comfort and stability on poor surfaces. It’s comfortable enough. It’s spacious for a passenger too, and the engine copes well enough with the extra weight.
EngineNext up: Reliability
The X10 uses the same engine as the Piaggio Beverly 350, and is easily as quick off the line as the 500, which won't be coming to the UK. When you open the throttle the power take up is very smooth if a little soft just off the line, and the engine then has a very pleasing, liquid power delivery that’s key to the sophisticated feel of this scooter.
Reliability & build qualityNext up: Value
The build quality is excellent overall, with no bodywork squeaks or rattles on bumpy roads and a satisfying click when you close the seat, while equipment levels are very high.
Value vs rivalsNext up: Equipment
The X10 is great value at under £5000. The Kymco Downtown 300i is £1000 cheaper but is slower and the equipment levels aren't nearly as high. On the other hand the Yamaha Majesty 400 is £6400, making the better equipped Piaggio look a real bargain.
There’s a generous 52 litres of space beneath the seat. You can just about fit two full face helmets in there, although it’s a bit shallow for some models, with room between for wet weather gear, and there are three more storage compartments in the fairing panel. The centre one is lockable. The seat is quite low at 760mm and there’s plenty of room for your legs and feet, and the central seat hump can be mounted forward or back according to taste (and leg length). ABS brakes are standard and so is a basic traction control system.
|Engine type||Single cylinder 4-stroke|
|Frame type||Double-cradle chassis in high strength steel tube|
|Fuel capacity||15.5 litres|
|Front suspension||35 mm hydraulic telescopic fork|
|Rear suspension||2 dual action hydraulic shock absorbers with 4 spring preloading adjustment positions.|
|Front brake||280 mm diam. dual disc with dual piston floating calliper, combined braking system|
|Rear brake||240 mm diam. disc with dual piston floating calliper|
|Front tyre size||120/70 - 15|
|Rear tyre size||150/70 - 13|
Mpg, costs & insurance
|Average fuel consumption||74 mpg|
|Annual road tax||£45|
|Annual service cost||-|
|Used price||£3,500 - £3,700|
How much to insure?
|Warranty term||Two year unlimited mileage|
Top speed & performance
|Max power||33 bhp|
|Max torque||24 ft-lb|
|Top speed||85 mph|
|1/4 mile acceleration||-|
|Tank range||240 miles|
Model history & versions
2012: Model introduced
X10 500 Executive
Owners' reviews for the PIAGGIO X10 350 (2012 - on)
1 owner has reviewed their PIAGGIO X10 350 (2012 - 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
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Being a former R6 2C0 rider (until I was unceremoniously knocked off in June), scooters were always an anathama to me. However I saw a preview of the upcoming Piaggio X10 and thought the scoot looked interesting, quite cute even with gizmos like ABS and traction control as standard. However I wrestled with the thought of the disctinct lack of pace as scooter would bring. Plus I was spoiled by the prodigious amounts of handling prowess that my R6 used to dole out. I knew that with the insurance money from my R6 write off, I would have to elect for practical riding, which meant going for something like a scooter with commuting and under seat luggage capacity in mind. So with that had eyes for the Yamaha TMAX as it had that de riguer Yamaha build quality, and looked like it had style,and some gusto to boot! On viewing the TMAX and X10 back to back at the dealer, it was clear that the X10 had the legs in the functionality stakes, what with its greater storage capacity, linked ABS braking, traction control (on a 330cc haha!), cigarette lighter port for a Sat Nav and a USB to charge your phone on the go. The X10 also wasn't a slouch in the design stakes. It had aesthetically pleasing lines, LED lights front and rear, plus all the handlebar controls lit up too! In the final analysis what though swung it for me was the simple economics of the matter. £5000 for the X10 beats hands down the £8700 Yamaha are asking for the TMAX - no contest! So I brought an X10 at the end of July and what commenced was the start of my summer (what summer?) of love! I immediately booked myself onto a Police riding course, and duly kept up with all the 1000cc + bikes also enrolled. My scoot got me through wind and rain swept greasy roads on an August day more akin to a freezing February. We were scratching at 70 mph (old bill present so could go no faster)and the X10 gave a great account of itself, whilst still being run in I might add! The Police so loved my scoot & its ability to perform in such hallowed company that they decided to use it as their photo mascot on their Facebook page. In the commuting stakes, off the lights the scooter keeps up with the best of them and although I've never felt the need to go beyond 80 mph, It'll comfortably do more! It has a handy digital readout which is easy to read and with the mode button I have it set to show me my MPG which I calculate averages out at about 76 mpg. Handling is (almost) a revelation spoilt only because I rode a hardcore, headbanging R6 for 6 years prior. The X10 comes shod with Michelin 2CT's as standard, with dual compound, grippy stuff on the edges so I worry not whilst at full tilt. It means that through the corners I have some SERIOUS mambo!!! To put it in context, this morning on the way to work I embarrassed a startled BMW K1300S rider who was pushing it on the large roundabout underneath the A40 westway when I rode around the outside of him at approx 60 mph. This scoot is light for its enormous physical size, and is eminently chuckable. The riding position is comfortable and seat more relaxing than my armchair at home (seriously!) It has great brakes, although the levers are a little long, meaning that you have to consciously hold them near the ends to get maximum bite. It goes up on its centre stand easily and I love the two facia mounted compartments which are handy to chuck your phones, wallet, other bits in without hassle. The only (major) undoing on the scoot is its mirrors. Connected to the handlebars and far too wide apart, they are a disaster waiting to happen because cyclists, bikes and even cars disappear into the scoot's blind spot all so easily. It means that preceding every manouvre is a long look over my shoulder, which in itself is a bit dangerous because I end up looking backwards for ages. The feelings I get with the X10 are reminiscent of the vibes I got when I received my spanking new 2006 R6, however I'm now 6 years older, but given the encouragement the X10 gives me to push its limits, none the more wiser! buzgixer