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2015 Piaggio Beverly 350 SportTouring Announced
Piaggio has updated its Beverly 350 SportTouring scooter for 2015, offering a redesigned seat and some color changes. Expect to see it arrive in North America next year, where it is known as the BV 350.
One of the brand’s perennially best-selling scooters, the Piaggio Beverly 350 was last updated in the 2012 model year where it became the first scooter to come equipped with both anti-lock brakes and traction control. Both technologies return as options on the European-spec model, as does the 330cc single-cylinder engine claiming 32.9 hp at 8250 rpm and 23.8 ft-lb. at 6250 rpm while also claiming to get 71.7 mpg. (ABS and traction control were not offered on the previous U.S. models, and it’s unclear whether that will change with the 2015 model.)
The new seat is made of a foam with a different consistency compared to the previous version, with a larger surface area for both rider and passenger. The seat lifts up to reveal a storage area that Piaggio says will hold two fighter pilot-style helmets or one flip-up helmet. A rear luggage rack behind the seat increases storage potential, as do the compartments in the leg shield.
Also new are titanium finishes on the rack, frame, exhaust shield and upper fork guards.
Suspension duties are assigned to a 35mm telescopic fork with 90mm of travel and dual rear shocks with 81mm of travel and four preload settings. A three-piston floating caliper stops the 300mm front disc brake while a dual-piston caliper is paired with the 240mm rear disc.
The front wheel uses a tubeless 110/70-16 tire while the rear rubber is a tubeless 150/70-14 size. Other details include a 31.3-inch seat height, 3.4-gallon fuel tank and a claimed curb weight of 390 pounds.
In Europe, the 2015 Piaggio Beverly 350 SportTouring will be offered in Galaxy Black or Silver Comet (both with a red seat,) or Star White or Matt Black, both of which come with black seats. No word yet on U.S. availability.