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Piaggio Multimedia Platform


Soem pretty cool technology from the people at Piaggio. They've  come up with an optional kit you can buy for the Piaggio X10 - 125, 350 and 500cc models, that allows you to connect your scooter's telemetric data to an iPhone, without wires. The App itself is free - you just need to buy the mount.

Here's more:

Piaggio Multimedia Platform is a system comprised of a control unit which connects your iPhone to your scooter via Bluetooth® and, using a free App, supports your ride with important features such as:

- Additional Trip Computer
- Warning system and service information
- Satnav function, if already installed on your iPhone



The heart of the system is the dedicated control unit. All of the data from the scooter is collected (via K-Line, Analog Line and, for Piaggio X10 Executive, CAN Line) and transmitted via Bluetooth® to your iPhone (Apple certified, MFi, Bluetooth® Gateway). The App, available free from the Apple Store, summarises the data and makes it immediately available for consultation on the smartphone. The package is completed with the universal bracket, which is already included for some models, and the specific iPhone mount, available as a separate accessory.

Piaggio Multimedia Platform is compatible with iPhone (3Gs and newer) and iPod Touch (third generation and newer).


Is it usable and compatible with any smartphone?
- Currently the system is dedicated for Apple iPhone, starting from the 3Gs version, and the iPod, from the third generation on.

Is the iPhone/iPod cradle included in the kit?
- The scooter owner must select and purchase the support cradle based on the specifications of his or her device. Authorised Piaggio Centres are available for any suggestions and support for installation.

The Piaggio X10 Executive comes standard with a universal bracket which can be mounted on the centre of the handlebar (optional on the Piaggio X10 standard) where this cradle can be mounted.

How much does it cost to update the app?
- Nothing! The app is free and automatically receives updates from the Apple Store free of charge.


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Piaggio confirms commitment to Canadian market

Piaggio Group Americas committed to coming back to Canada and staying here, or so their website says at least.  They've got 29 dealers listed across Canada, with the bulk in Quebec but most look to be Vespa dealerships. If they're got more dealerships planned it's not easy to find on their website!

Still, they've got good lineup of scooters ranging from the Fly 50 4V at $2495 on up to the MP3 500 models priced at $10,495.

For more details check out their Canadian website HERE.

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Transport Canada - latest motorcycle recalls

Manufacturer: HARLEY-DAVIDSON
Year: 2009
Model: SCREAMIN EAGLE ROAD GLIDE - FLTRSE3

Transport Canada Recall # 2009224
Recall Date: 2009/07/22
Units affected: 177


Recall details: Certain motorcycles may have been assembled with an incorrectly manufactured rear wheel. The wheel could crack and fail during use, which could result in a vehicle crash causing personal injury or death. Certain wheel assemblies, sold over-the-counter as accessory parts, are also involved. Correction: Dealers will remove the rear wheel and inspect the manufacturer's code. Wheels that are marked with the code "R1" or "R2" will be replaced.

Manufacturer: Honda
Year: 2007-2009
Model: CBR125

Transport Canada Recall # 2009230
Recall Date: 2009/08/05
Units affected: 6,613

Recall details: Certain motorcycles fail to comply with the requirements of CMVSS 108 - Lighting System and Retroreflective Devices. The headlight lens does not have the DOT marking required by the Standard. Correction: As the lamp meets all the photometric and environmental requirements of the Standard, and thereby does not pose any risk to safety, no corrective action will be taken.


Manufacturer: Piaggio
Year: X9 (2005 2006 2007), BV500 (2006 2007 2008)
Model: X9, BV500

Transport Canada Recall #
Recall Date: 2009/07/16
Units affected: 154

Recall details: On certain scooters, the fuel hose located between the fuel pump and the fuel filter may have been improperly fastened during vehicle assembly. A loose connection could cause a drop in, or loss of, fuel pressure to the engine. Engine stalling would result in lost propulsion which, in conjunction with traffic and road conditions, and the rider's reactions, could increase the risk of a crash. Correction: Dealers will replace the section of fuel hose between the fuel pump and fuel filter.


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Peugeot HYmotion 3 to see production in 2010

According to French reports the Peugeot HYmotion; Peugeot's leaning 3 wheel scooter is set to start production before the end of 2010. We first brought you news and pictures of the HYmotion back in October, 2008. The production of the HYmotion will closely follow behind the Piaggio MP3 Hybrid. The HYmotion uses a similar two front wheel, one rear wheel design but the systems used to power the scooter differ substantially.

The HYmotion has electric motors powering each of the two front wheels and a 125cc internal combustion engine powering the rear. In the Piaggio MP3 Hybrid only the rear wheel is powered by both the electric motor and gas-powered engine.

Reports indicate the HYmotion should offer fuel economy in the 117 miles per gallon range. That's not quite as good as the 141 mpg estimate of the Piaggio MP3 Hybrid but the HYmotion incorporates a roof! So it will provide a lot more protection from the elements than any scooter currently on the market.

The protection that the roof offers from the elements might be just the thing that converts a lot of those people sitting on the fence about a making a two-wheeled purchase because let's face it, it does take some forethought and dedication to ride in inclement weather.

It's uncertain whether this model will make it to Canada or even the US, or what it will cost (in Europe) but we'll let you know as soon as we find out more.

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Piaggio MP3 Hybrid coming to US in 2010

Piaggio has launched the Piaggio MP3 Hybrid in Europe and it will be coming to the US in the first quarter of 2010.

Capable of returning up to 141mpg; it will come with a price tag of $8 or $9,000 USD. The fact that it's coming to the US seems to suggests it will likely come to Canada as well but we've seen no confirming reports yet. Keep your fingers crossed.

The MP3 is a leaning three-wheeler that features a 124cc gasoline engine and electric power, reportedly giving the MP3 Hybrid the performance of a 250cc scooter. If the phenomenal fuel economy isn't enough to win people over, the extra stability offered by the third wheel means the MP3 Hybrid could be attractive to non-traditional two-wheeled riders (and even some regular two-wheeled riders) looking for a more secure riding experience.

The battery of the MP3 Hybrid can be recharged through normal operation of riding the scooter and it can also be plugged in to take advantage of charging opportunities.

In the words of Piaggio "The Piaggio MP3 Hybrid incorporates a “parallel” hybrid drive in which a combustion engine and an electric motor are mechanically and electronically linked and simultaneously supply power to the wheel in perfect synergy."

It can be operated in three drive modes – Hybrid Charge, Hybrid Power and Electric, switchable on the move via a button on the handlebars.

Hybrid Power combines the power of the internal combustion engine with the electric motor to maximize performance.

Hybrid Charge provides a decreased boost effect and will provide acceleration similar to a conventional two-wheel 125. Additional emphasis is placed on battery chargeback.

Electric-only mode is intended for special zero-emission zones (which have been implemented in some European town centres). In this mode you have a 30km/h top speed and 11 mile range.

For more details on the Piaggio MP3 Hybrid check out Piaggio's website HERE.

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Vespa Surrey - New Vespa dealer (BC)

Vespa Surrey is the newest authorized dealer of Vespa, Piaggio, Aprilia,and Derbi scooters in the lower mainland of British Columbia.

Not only scooters they feature great accessory brands such as Corazzo, Nexx Helmets, Zearl Optics, THH Helmets, and Thibault. They've got factory trained technicians in the shop too, original Vespa parts and quick turn-arounds on repairs.

Be sure to check out their women's only scooter nights and events, as well as group rides, vendor shows and other unique events.

Check out their website here.

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Costco teams up with Vespa Canada for big savings

Well, it looks like your Costco membership just became more useful - and you thought only having to buy toilet paper once a year was good! Vespa Canada and Costco have teamed up with a special offer.

* click the picture for a larger version.

Costco members are now entitled to receive "Exclusive Savings" worth up to $700 with the purchase of any new Vespa or Piaggio scooter.

Here's the basics of the offer -

You've got to be a Costco member and you need to make the purchase between May 1 and June 30, 2009. That gets you:

- A two year extended warranty with a minimum retail price of $400
- Up to $200 towards the purchase of a helmet
- Up to $50 towards the purchase of a pair of gloves
- A $50 Costco Cash card (to be issued by Costco and sent by mail within 2 weeks of the date of purchase).

Visit your local Vespa dealership for full terms and conditions.

Find your local dealership on the Vespa Canada website here.

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Piaggio MP3 'Hybrid' coming to America Q1 2010

Piaggio Group USA President and CEO Paolo Timoni has recently announced that the Piaggio MP3 Hybrid will to coming to America. America generally means the US so without a comment specifically that it'll make it into Canada it's hard to say with 100% certainty if it'll be available here but it seems likely it will.

What's so special about this hybrid scooter from Piaggio? Plenty - Piaggio claims gas efficiency of 141 mpg for the 125cc scooter which also incorporates a electric motor. Piaggio says the scooter will do 0-60 mph in about 5 second. That's comparable performance to the larger 500cc MP3 and it's 40 hp internal combustion (ICE) motor. 141 mpg fuel economy is better than most 50cc scooters. So a 125cc with power comparable to a 500cc and fuel economy better than a 50cc. That's certainly appealing if the price is right. The scooter uses regenerative braking to recover energy and stores that otherwise wasted energy into the batteries. 

The internal combustion engine is an advanced four-stroke unit and Piaggio claims emits just 40 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer, by comparison, the Toyota Prius emits 104 grams.

Notably, the MP3 boasts a larger than typical battery system allowing the machine to be used exclusively in electric-only mode. Operating solely on electricity it has a range of about 20 km's. Another nice feature is that you can plug it for charging whereas many current combo hybrids rely purely on the ICE motor for recharging duties. A full charge takes about 3 hours.

Timoni suggested a retail price in the 8-9 thousand range should be expected.  Of course, those are American figures so a direct conversion to Canadian currency today gives somewhere in the neighborhood of $10,200 - $11,500. 

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Plug in hybrid scooter from Piaggio - 141 mpg

Piaggio announced plans to produce a hybrid version of their MP3, three-wheeled scooter, at the motorcycle show in Milan. It'll bring in strong competition for other electric manufacturers such as Vectrix. National Motorsports will certainly beat Piaggio to the Canadian market with it's all electric E-moto scooter but the E-moto scooter is all electric with no gasoline back-up. That's either an advantage or disadvantage, depending on your perspective. The E-moto scooter apparently has a range of up to 80 km's in ideal conditions while the Piaggio is said to be able to go about 20 km on all electric - but you've got the 124 cc engine to extend range on the Piaggio.

The Piaggio can operate in a few different modes; all electric, or one of three hybrid modes. The machine incorporates a 124cc gasoline engine as well and is capable of going from 0-60 mph in right around 5 seconds. Performance is said to be comparable to that of larger 250cc displacement scooters because of the extra power provided by the electric system.

Not only does the scooter make use of regenerative braking to help recharge the batteries but you can also just plug it in too and have it topped off in as few as 3 hours.

No word on price, or whether it'll come to Canada, or even exactly when it'll hit the market but Piaggio suggest that it could be as soon as next year.

While not quite as impressive as Peugeot's Hymotion concept we told you about a few weeks ago it would seem the Piaggio may be on the streets a lot sooner.

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World's biggest motorcycle exhibition - November 4th

World's biggest motorcycle exhibition will open its doors on November 4th at Milan, Italy to an ever increasing public.

This year at Milan's EICMA exhibition, we should see several new motorcycles and scooters - probably not as many as last year when it seemed everybody had something new.

But like at Intermot show in Germany, there will no doubt be a lot of Asian manufactured electric motorcycles and scooters showcased.

The main conference day is Tuesday, with 2 conferences called on Monday and one on Wednesday.

Several companies have announced that they're be doing a press conference at the show. Which would generally indicate that they have something interesting they want to make public - but time will tell. Here's the list of companies:

Yamaha - Yamaha have organized a conference the day before the show opens (Monday), and it's held off-site.

Ducati - They're having their press conference the day before the show opens. Fighter model perhaps?

Honda - Honda starts off the press conference heavy Tuesday

New Max - New Max have several brands of clothing and helmets. Haven't heard of these folks.

BMW - Having already announced three new K series models at Intermot it's hard to say what they'll have to say.

Husqvarna - These guys immediately follow BMW (they're a subsidiary of BMW) and both are scheduled for 30 minutes a piece.

Leo Vince - Might be a good guess that the Italian Leo Vince will probably be presenting new exhausts.

KTM - KTM have two conference, one on Tuesday and one on Wednesday (together with Zadi - an Italian parts manufacturer). Rumors are that they may show an electric motorcycle.

Aprilia - The Piaggio group's Aprilia have 15 minutes so not too much time for big announcements here.

Moto Guzzi - Piaggio group's Guzzi have 10 minutes

Gilera - Piaggio group's Gilera have 15 minutes

Vespa - Piaggio group's Vespa have 15 minutes

Piaggio - Piaggio themselves took 15 minutes

Scarabeo - Piaggio group's Scarabeo have 10 minutes

Derbi - Piaggio group's Derbi have 10 minutes

Kymco - Scooter manufacturer Kymko rarely call for conferences so there will likely be something new out of this Taiwanese company.

Nipponia - Never heard of these guys.

Suzuki - Suzuki have 30 minutes but announced new bikes at Intermot so we're not sure what to expect here.

Metzeler - Tire manufacturer Metzeler are closing the day with a press conference

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