Harley-Davidson & Piaggio take out loans

Harley-Davidson and the Piaggio Group of motorcycle and scooter companies have announced massive loans to get back on their feet after the pandemic. In June, Harley-Davidson announced it had access to a loan of up to $US350 million (about $A500 million) over the next year. While it has not committed to the entire amount of the …

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Piaggio plans world's first reverse leaning trike

Piaggio plans reverse leaning trike

Piaggio has filed a patent for a reverse leaning three-wheeler with the two wheels at the back rather than the front. Traditional three-wheelers or trikes have the wheels at the back, but they don’t lean. In 2006, the Italian company introduced the MP3 scooter which was the world’s first leaning three-wheeler. It had the wheels …

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Piaggio wins Chinese copycat case

Last year Italian motorcycle and scooter company Piaggio lost a landmark case against a Chinese company over a copycat scooter, but now it has won a similar case. The first case against Zhejiang Zhongneng began in 2014 over a copy of their Vespa LX scooter which has been around since the end of World War II.  …

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Are motorbike winglets just a gimmick?

Winglets have been used on MotoGP bikes for a few years now to improved high-speed handling, but are they just a gimmick on street-registered motorcycles? It’s not just MotoGP bikes that have them, but also Ducati’s Panigale V4, Aprilia’s RSV4 and their upcoming RS660 (pictured). These all have fixed winglets, but not it seems there is a …

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Covid-19 could impact bike manufacture

Ducati and Piaggio (Aprilia, Vespa, Moto Guzzi) have closed their museums due to the outbreak of the Covid-19 virus (coronavirus) in Italy, but their factories are still operating. Chinese motorcycle factories were closed for a prolonged period over the Chinese Lunar New Year, but many, including Honda and CFMoto, have now restarted. In the case …

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Piaggio loses Chinese copycat case

Italian motorcycle and scooter company Piaggio has lost a landmark battle with Chinese scooter manufacturer Zhejiang Zhongneng over copycat designs. The case began in 2014 and has just been concluded with Piaggio over their Vespa LX scooter which has been around since the end of World War II. China didn’t decided the winner, either. It was …

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Piaggio ZIP 50 4T MY2019

Piaggio Zip scooters recalled on throttle fault

Piaggio Australia has recalled 54 2018 ZIP 50 4T scooters over a throttle fault that could cause the scooter to slow down quickly. The official Australian Competition and Consumer Commission recall notice says the fault could increase the “risk of an accident or injury to the rider”. It says the throttle control cable on the …

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Moto Guzzi V85 patent design

Moto Guzzi V85 scrambler set for production?

Great news for Moto Guzzi fans with news that parent company Piaggio has filed an international design patent in Australia for a scrambler that is not too far from the V85 scrambler concept unveiled at the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan last November. The V85 concept scrambler is powered by a new 90° transverse air-cooled 850cc V-twin …

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Piaggio Medley 150 scooter recall

Piaggio issues second scooter recall

Piaggio Australia has issued  its second recall of scooters this month with a notice that the frames of 50 Medley 150 and 150 S ABS scooters could crack. The official product safety notice on the ACCC website says the frame could flex “under certain conditions and subsequently cause cracking of the frame in a particular …

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Piaggio Fly 150 3V

Piaggio recalls scooter over loose brakes

Piaggio Australia has recalled 683 Fly 150 3V scooters over an issue of loose brake discs. The official product safety review on the ACCC website says the brake disc fasteners could become loose. “Loose fasteners may protrude and contact other front suspension components and if left undetected cause brake failure to occur,” it says. A …

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