I've had my BV 350 two weeks now and I have to say it is an incredible scooter. Having ridden a Honda PS125i for 6 years I wanted something with a bit more power. I did my extensive research, rode various scoots to see what "felt" right and settled on the BV 350 Sports Touring.
I had no idea how much fun and how much comfort I was going to be introduced to! The Honda was a terrific workhorse scooter for my London commute, but there were very few thrills or frills like there are with the Piaggio BV 350.
The engine is incredible. Instant power right off from the lights, with ZERO lag. Tremendous horsepower pulls you away instantly and the engine has a very sexy throaty roar! The seat is comfortable for me and I really like the lumber rest which for my frame sits just right. The bike feels perfectly balanced at slow speeds and gives you confidence when filtering. For the size of the bike, it's weight is pretty light compared to the Honda Forza or the buxom X10. The seat height is better than the Honda PS I had and I can get both feet pretty flat at stand still. The brakes are ABS and feel very solid. The scoot also has ASR which is an automatic traction gizmo that keep both wheels turning at the same speed so as to avoid slipping or skidding. The default is ALWAYS on, but you can turn it off if you want by pressing the button on the dash. I've not turned it off yet so can't report any difference.
Love the button which unlocks the seat - what a great idea! Under the seat is a sort of vanity lamp which I suppose is more design'erish than practical. Still, it's a nice touch. The space under the seat is huge and I can easily get my full face SHARK helmet in there as well as my rainproof jacket. I had a top box on the honda but I reckon I won't need one on the BV.
I've only two gripes - the horn (which is so pathetic it needs replacing) and the stock screen which I found alarmingly noisy, because it aims air directly at your head and makes you almost dizzy with the noise. I've taken my screen off and have ridden my 2nd week screenless. It's waaaaay quieter, but I think I'll be up for ordering a post market GIVI screen and see how that goes for the winter.
But if you're wondering about a sporty scoot which is light and maneuverable with great storage and the sexiest engine around for a bike of this size you could do a lot worse than the fabulous BV 350 ST.