Gilera's sporty new three wheeled Fuoco 500 maxi scooter is to get it’s first public showing later this week as part of the Milan Motorcycle show – just weeks before the wacky bike is due to go on sale.
The Fuoco (meaning ‘Fire’ in Italian) is based on the chassis of the 250cc Piaggio MP3 shown earlier this year, but with a revised design and set up to give sportier handling than the commuting orientated MP3.
The weedy 125 and 250cc engine choices from the MP3 are also gone – instead is the 500cc single cylinder engine and automatic transmission from the Nexus 500 sport scooter.
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The Nexus makes 40bhp, but with a dry weight likely to be close to the MP3 250’s hefty 204kg acceleration isn’t likely to be arm wrenching.
A company spokesman said: “The Fuoco’s main advantage over a conventional two wheeled big bore scooter will be handling in the wet or on less than perfect surfaces – the extra wheel will mean it is incredibly stable and less prone to losing front end grip.
"Commuting and town work is still likely to be its natural territory, but the added power should make it a better proposition for motorway and A-road work.”