A rave about the BV 350
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Piaggio BV350 ST
Joined: 13 Aug 2013
Posts: 70
Location: London, UK
Sun Aug 25, 2013 6:09 am quote
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.
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Piaggio BV350
Joined: 21 Mar 2013
Posts: 87
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Sun Aug 25, 2013 9:17 am quote
Couldn't agree more. Good choice!
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BV 350
Joined: 03 Nov 2012
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Location: NYC
Sun Aug 25, 2013 9:40 am quote
The "vanity" lamp is actually quite useful when it's dark out and you need to find stuff in the pet carrier.
Molto Verboso
Mia Dolce II 2017 GTV 300, Ragazzo Vespa 946, Il Pazzo BV 350, & Mia Dolce GTV 250 -sold-
Joined: 03 Jan 2010
Posts: 1724
Location: Oak Island NC
Sun Aug 25, 2013 1:30 pm quote
Welcome to the club! Find and read the "I don't have a BV 350" thread for some laughs.
Veni, Vidi, Posti
GTS 250ie, Scarabeo 500ie, SportCity 250, BV 500, Buddy 125
Joined: 05 Apr 2008
Posts: 6776
Location: Houston, TX/Breckenridge, CO
Sun Aug 25, 2013 1:35 pm quote
So sorry you were disappointed with the BV 350's under seat lighting.

Congratulations, may you always feel as pleased with your new scoot as you are today.
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Piaggio BV350 ST
Joined: 13 Aug 2013
Posts: 70
Location: London, UK
Mon Aug 26, 2013 3:17 am quote
[quote="cdwise"]So sorry you were disappointed with the BV 350's under seat lighting.

HAHAHAH!!! I know! It's the under seat lighting that has absolutely RUINED any chance I will ever have of happiness!
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Piaggio BV350 ST
Joined: 13 Aug 2013
Posts: 70
Location: London, UK
Mon Aug 26, 2013 3:25 am quote
DailyRider28465 wrote:
Welcome to the club! Find and read the "I don't have a BV 350" thread for some laughs.
Grrrr...can't find it!
Molto Verboso
BV350
Joined: 06 Jun 2013
Posts: 1416
Location: The Twin Cities of Minneapolis/Saint Paul, Minnesota
Mon Aug 26, 2013 5:05 am quote
Pet carrier light
Not such a great idea when your scooter sits for a week with the seat open accidentally. I wish the lamp had a switch, like my Burgman, so the lamp could be shut off unless needed.
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2005 Genuine Stella 150, 2008 Genuine Buddy, 2013 Piaggio BV 350, 2014 Piaggio Fly 150 3v
Joined: 30 Aug 2006
Posts: 3836
Location: Cleveland, Ohio US of A
Mon Aug 26, 2013 5:14 am quote
Awesome bike! I love mine.
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The Hornet (GT200, aka Love Bug), 'Olive' (GT200) and 'Dimples' - a GTS 300
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Location: Pleasant Hill, CA
Mon Aug 26, 2013 6:29 am quote
Re: Pet carrier light
JKJ-FZ6 wrote:
Not such a great idea when your scooter sits for a week with the seat open accidentally. I wish the lamp had a switch, like my Burgman, so the lamp could be shut off unless needed.
Nothing to stop you adding one...
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BV350, GTS250
Joined: 16 Jan 2010
Posts: 2894
Location: Tempe, AZ
Mon Aug 26, 2013 8:18 am quote
Danzargo wrote:
DailyRider28465 wrote:
Welcome to the club! Find and read the "I don't have a BV 350" thread for some laughs.
Grrrr...can't find it!
Let me help
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Piaggio Beverly Sport Tourer (BV350)
Joined: 07 Mar 2012
Posts: 626
Location: England, Worcestershire
Mon Aug 26, 2013 11:34 am quote
sloliver wrote:
Couldn't agree more. Good choice!
+1. Still smitten with mine 8,500 miles on.

John W.
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Piaggio Beverly Sport Tourer (BV350)
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Location: England, Worcestershire
Mon Aug 26, 2013 11:35 am quote
sloliver wrote:
Couldn't agree more. Good choice!
+1. Still smitten with mine 8,500 miles on.

John W.
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two Vespa GTSs (Dragon Red and Black) - Kymco Yager 200i
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Mon Aug 26, 2013 11:54 am quote
May I ask the height of the original poster? At six-two, I have a hard time seeing myself comfortable on the 350.

Also, no ABS and no ASR in the US version is downright criminal.
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Posts: 288
Location: Kenosha, WI
Mon Aug 26, 2013 6:01 pm quote
Kayemtee wrote:
May I ask the height of the original poster? At six-two, I have a hard time seeing myself comfortable on the 350.

Also, no ABS and no ASR in the US version is downright criminal.
Get a set of the highway pegs and you'll transform from cramped to cruisin'!
BV 350 riders highway pegs(SOLD OUT)

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2007 Vespa GT200 - 2010 Vespa GTS 300 Super - 2013 Piaggio BV 350
Joined: 03 Jun 2011
Posts: 863
Location: Ventura County, CA
Mon Aug 26, 2013 6:01 pm quote
Kayemtee wrote:
May I ask the height of the original poster? At six-two, I have a hard time seeing myself comfortable on the 350.

Also, no ABS and no ASR in the US version is downright criminal.
I'm 6'1 and totally comfortable on my BV 350.
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Piaggio BV 350 2013
Joined: 28 May 2013
Posts: 27
Location: Columbus, Ga
Mon Aug 26, 2013 6:13 pm quote
I love mine, comfortably, fast and very good storage. I have no problem with doing 200 to 300mi in a day.
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MP3 250 (sold) MP3 500 (current)
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Location: welaka, florida
Mon Aug 26, 2013 6:17 pm quote
So I read your initial post. You think the BV350 is shit then?
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BV350, GTS250
Joined: 16 Jan 2010
Posts: 2894
Location: Tempe, AZ
Mon Aug 26, 2013 6:50 pm quote
Kayemtee wrote:
May I ask the height of the original poster? At six-two, I have a hard time seeing myself comfortable on the 350.

Also, no ABS and no ASR in the US version is downright criminal.
Got long legs, do ya? I'm 6'3", w/34" inseam and if the area behind the bolster was padded I could probably been happy with the seating as is. I thought about an AirHawk, but ended up getting a rebuilt seat. I am now very comfortable on the scoot, and can still flat-foot at stops
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GTS 300ABS, Buddy 125, Typhoon 125
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Location: Oregon City, OR
Mon Aug 26, 2013 8:34 pm quote
Danzargo wrote:
.....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.
Welcome to the club ! Glad to hear you are enjoying your BV as much as I do mine.
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Blackbeverly 350
Joined: 10 Sep 2013
Posts: 21
Location: Netherlands
Wed Sep 18, 2013 7:36 pm quote
Congrats Danzargo,have fun with it,i like it very much also
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Piaggio BV350
Joined: 23 May 2009
Posts: 30
Location: San Francisco
Thu Sep 19, 2013 1:23 pm quote
I love my BV350! I am a bit jealous of all you owners outside the US with ABS/ATC, wish we had even had it as an option, I'd pay for it! I bought the Givi a358a screen and I love that as well, total protection from the wind and way quieter! The Piaggio 48L topcase in matching colors is great too, highly recommend. I'm debating the Akrapovic exhaust, but I actually like the sound from the stock exhaust, it's loud and let's cars and pedestrians know I'm there, we'll see! So glad to see so many BV350 owners out there.
Enjoy fellow rider! 😎
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Piaggio BV350 ABS/ASR - Fly 150 ie
Joined: 11 Aug 2013
Posts: 15
Location: Sydney, Australia
Thu Sep 19, 2013 1:43 pm quote
Welcome to the BV owner, mine will go 1st service soon 1000kms.
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BV350, GTS250
Joined: 16 Jan 2010
Posts: 2894
Location: Tempe, AZ
Thu Sep 19, 2013 1:57 pm quote
samsico wrote:
Welcome to the BV owner, mine will go 1st service soon 1000kms.
You should update your profile and list the BV along with (or instead of) that other fine offering from Piaggio.
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Piaggio BV350 ABS/ASR - Fly 150 ie
Joined: 11 Aug 2013
Posts: 15
Location: Sydney, Australia
Thu Sep 19, 2013 2:25 pm quote
Syd wrote:
samsico wrote:
Welcome to the BV owner, mine will go 1st service soon 1000kms.
You should update your profile and list the BV along with (or instead of) that other fine offering from Piaggio.
Done Mate ! will update the picture later on.
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BV350, GTS250
Joined: 16 Jan 2010
Posts: 2894
Location: Tempe, AZ
Thu Sep 19, 2013 2:28 pm quote
samsico wrote:
Syd wrote:
samsico wrote:
Welcome to the BV owner, mine will go 1st service soon 1000kms.
You should update your profile and list the BV along with (or instead of) that other fine offering from Piaggio.
Done Mate ! will update the picture later on.
Is that a backrest, samisco? Where'd you get that?
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2008 Scarabeo 500 (and a bunch of dumb shifty bikes)
Joined: 05 Apr 2013
Posts: 125
Location: Seattle, WA
Thu Sep 19, 2013 4:29 pm quote
awesome scoot. i traded mine in for a ctx700, but i still really miss it. stupid regular superslab commute!
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Piaggio BV350 ABS/ASR - Fly 150 ie
Joined: 11 Aug 2013
Posts: 15
Location: Sydney, Australia
Fri Sep 20, 2013 1:27 am quote
Syd wrote:
samsico wrote:
Syd wrote:
samsico wrote:
Welcome to the BV owner, mine will go 1st service soon 1000kms.
You should update your profile and list the BV along with (or instead of) that other fine offering from Piaggio.
Done Mate ! will update the picture later on.
Is that a backrest, samisco? Where'd you get that?
Sorry that is not my photo Syd...
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2009 250 GTS Super
Joined: 22 Nov 2012
Posts: 441
Location: pasadena, los angeles
Fri Sep 20, 2013 1:56 pm quote
On my vespa I use the leg cavity to put my carry-on when i go to the airport, is it possible to do this on the bv350 with that gas tank in the way ?
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Honda Forza 300 2014
Joined: 28 Jun 2013
Posts: 144
Location: Sydney, Australia
Fri Sep 20, 2013 4:34 pm quote
noeltazz wrote:
On my vespa I use the leg cavity to put my carry-on when i go to the airport, is it possible to do this on the bv350 with that gas tank in the way ?
Sadly, I'm about to come into this situation as well. Even though my, still in shipment, new Honda Forza 300 has a TONNE (approx double to triple and more like 20kg+) more pet carrier storage and I'm throwing a 40L shad topcase on top....I think I'll actually have a little LESS overall storage capacity because I'm loosing my flat floorboard. Heck, I even like the Piaggio Fly (for storage) over the LX150 b/c of that bump in the middle of the vespa floorboard.

Perhaps you can bungee/eslastic it onto the pillion seat? Or you can keep the flatfloorboardscooter in the stable for quick trips around town? If only yah can afford two!

I'm hoping I don't end up in a scooter hoarding situation. Many members are like that with over a dozen scooters in their stables! It is similar to cat-hoarding situations with crazy cat ladies you find in the animal rescue community. A common phenomenon.

Cheers!

P.S. Do you get cheaper rates for parking a PTW at the airport whilst away? I know it is charged at such incredibly high rates here in Sydney that I'm forever taking people to or picking people up from the airport. For a weekend trip you might pay as much if not more in parking fees than the freaking cost of the flight!
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