Piaggio BV 125 (Beverly)

 

 

 

 

Make Model

Piaggio BV 125 (Beverly)

Year

2002

Engine

Four stroke, single cylinder

Capacity

124 cc / 7.6 cub in.

Bore x Stroke

57 x 48.6 mm

Compression Ratio

12.3:1

Cooling System

Liquid cooled

Fuel System

Carburetor

Starting

Electric

Max Power

11.2 kW / 15 hp @ 9500 rpm

Max Torque

12.2 Nm / 1.24 kgf-m / 9 lb-ft @ 8 000 rpm

Clutch

Automatic centrifugal dry clutch

Transmission 

CVT with torque server, 4-speed

Frame

tubular steel trellis frame

Front Suspension

Hydraulic telescopic fork, 35 mm

Rear Suspension

Shock with hydraulic dampers

Front Brakes

Disc, 260 mm

Rear Brakes

Disc, 260 mm

Dimensions

Length:  2110 mm / 83.1 in.

Width:     760 mm / 29.9 in.

Wheelbase

1470 mm / 57.9 in.

Seat Height

800 mm / 31.5 in.

Dry Weight

159 kg / 351 lbs

Wet Weight

174 kg / 384 lbs

Fuel Capacity 

10.0 L / 2.6 US gal

Reserve

2.2 L / 0.58 US gal

Consumption Average

3.0 L/100 km / 33.6 km/l / 79 US mpg

Top Speed

105 km/h / 65 mph

Review The Telegraph

Big-wheeled scooters returned to favour in southern European markets several years ago, but still haven't made an impression here, which is a shame because they offer superior stability and potential ride quality, as Piaggio's new, upmarket B125 confirms. The deeply uncool image of gawky old Mobylettes is a big hurdle to overcome, but 16in wheel size aside, the slickly styled Piaggio is a world apart.

The downside is that the rear wheel eats into the underseat storage space and, sure enough, the B125 is only capable of stowing a couple of shallow, open-face crash helmets, above - if you wear a full-face lid (and you really should) you'll have to carry it around with you.

The suspension is surprisingly firm, which gives a harsh ride on poor surfaces, but it's another reason why the handling is especially good. The sportiness is further enhanced by disc brakes front and rear, although it's the rear that offers the most effective stopping power.

The engine is a four-stroke unit, which uses Piaggio's latest low-emissions technology and is capable of delivering more than 100mpg, although it's sluggish pulling away from a standstill compared with most two-stroke 125s - so much so that you think twice about nosing your way to the front of a queue of traffic in case you then hold it up when the lights change.

The B125 is well finished and equipped, with an adjustable screen, waterproof seat cover and phone-charging socket, and with road charges and yet more fuel tax looming, it doesn't seem so expensive after all.

Kevin Ash, 2002