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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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Dealers list best and worst motorcycle brands

Dealers in Harley Davidson, Triumph and KTM are the most satisfied with the brands, according to the latest National Motorcycle Dealers Association survey in the UK. The least-valued franchises are Piaggio Group, Honda and Ducati. The biannual survey examines how dealers view the major issues currently affecting them, while also evaluating how these views are …

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Aprilia Shiver 900

Aprilia adds 900cc to Dorsoduro and Shiver

Aprilia has developed a new 900cc V-twin engine for the new Dorsoduro supermotard and the Shiver naked bike (pictured above) with 71kW of power and 90Nm of torque. The bikes were unveiled this week at the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan. So far there is no word from Australian distributors PS Imports on whether they …

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Honda plans three-wheeler motorcycle

Honda has filed patent diagrams for a leaning three-wheeler with two front wheels. While the company has never made three-wheeler motorcycles, Honda Goldwings have been popular donor models for trike conversions and wacky contraptions such as the Wedgetail featured in the main picture above. However, the patent diagrams are apparently for a smaller motorcycle powered …

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Piaggio BV350 scooter review and video

  If the city limits are too limiting, try the Piaggio BV350 (or Beverley) Sport Touring scooter. City boundaries will no longer be a boundary at all as this long-legged Italian will munch miles in style and grace. Piaggio is a massive Italian company that owns seven other brands including Aprilia, Vespa, Scarabeo, Derbi, Gilera …

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