Forbes: 5 Scooters You Should Drive in 2020
By Josh Max - Contributor Cars & Bikes
They’re cheap. They’re nimble. They’re relatively low-maintenance. (Most) everyone thinks they’re adorable, rather than a menace. Scooters may not have the gravitas of automobiles and motorcycles, but there’s no better way to get to the post office, the grocery store and the bagel shop in less than 20 minutes. Here are five I’m looking forward to testing this year; some are all-new, some are tried-and-true.
2020 Piaggio Beverly 350 Tourer $6,599
Piaggio’s “Beverly” line isn’t new, but their flagship 350 Tourer is. It’s one of the best-looking new scoots available, with its sporty smoked windshield, spacious 36-litre top box and a host of options. It’s also got some major relative “oomph” with its 30-horsepower, 333 cc engine and 16/14 tires and includes the hella mod PIAGGIO MIA connectivity system, through which you can connect your smartphone to the vehicle via Bluetooth.
Using the App, you can thus record and display a rich set of information about the trip and the operating status of the vehicle on your mobile device. Available colors are plentiful and you get a seat with a double lining and comet silver finishes which also extend to the passenger foot boards. Black wheel rims with diamond edge and new black plates add to the stealth factor.
The standard equipment is plentiful, with an ABS braking system and ASR traction control system and a remote control for opening the seat at a distance. You can also find your Beverly by flashing the indicators (‘bike finder’ function, optional). The storage compartment in the leg shield houses a practical USB port. Also on deck are a Cyclops Headlight, LCD Display, USB Charging Port, Remote-Control, Seat Lock, and more.
2020 Vespa Primavera 50 MRSP $4,199
No, it’s got nothing to do with pasta sauce. The Primavera 50 is a smart-looking little peanut, its 50cc engine powered by a 4.1 horsepower four-stroke engine with a top speed of about 40 MPH. That means you’ll be staying off the highways for the most part, but you’ll tool around your city or neighborhood like a champ, and mileage is an excellent 80 MPG. You can also ride this 50cc machine without a motorcycle endorsement in 16 states.
The Primavera 50 comes with 12-inch, cast-aluminum rims that roll with five paired spokes. Coil-over shocks support both your front end and back, and braking’s accomplished via a 140 mm drum-type brake at the rear and a hydraulic caliper that chomps down on a 200 mm disc at the front. ABS comes with. Also new for this year are a “fly” windscreen, espresso brown seat, new LED headlight and a new hinged fork design - the first new and improved Vespa fork design since 1977.
2020 Vespa Electtrica MSRP: $7,499
You didn’t think we’d neglect electric scooters, did ya? This handsome devil is the electric version of Vespa’s Primavera about, motivating with a lithium-ion battery and a 4kW motor “guaranteed” to achieve 62 miles on a single charge, though we’ll have to put that to the test on the practically vertical hills of Seattle in March. The Electtrica is also packed with the latest in electronics with its remote key, LED surround lights, USB charger, Ride-by-Wire, and two riding modes for you to choose from. And – what’s this? Reverse! HFS.
What’s impressive, too, is the 4.3 inch color TFT digital dashboard providing riding parameters and offering “journey statistics” for those interested in such things. The Vespa Mia system , too, allows for connectivity between vehicle and smartphone – at last! – so you don’t need to pull over and look at your phone to see where the next turn is. The app also saves the parameters and last position of the vehicle, so there isn’t any “Dude, where’s my scooter?”
It’s a mere 4 hours for a full recharge, but you also benefit from motorsport tech known as KERS (Kinetic Energy Recovery System) that recharges the battery while decelerating. It’s also infinitely customizable, with seven color options and seat trims. You can also get a special Bluetooth Jet helmet.