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The Beverly 500 (AKA BV500) was, along with the X9, the first scooter from Piaggio with a 1/2 liter displacement. It was introduced in 2005(?) and has had some refinement, but remains largely unchanged in that time. It features larger wheels than Vespa models and is more stable at speed. It is somewhat less maneuverable than the smaller scooters though. The BV500 can reach 100MPH and is a very capable highway touring scooter.
Comparison with other BV models
The Beverly line has included displacements at 125, 200, 250, 300, 400 and 500cc. The 125 and 200 are carburetor based, all others are fuel injected. The 125, 200, 250 and 300 have drivelines based on the LX, GT and GTS in the Vespa line. There are many parts in common and the service documents for the Vespa scooters are often useful when working on the Beverly models at the same displacement. The smaller displacement Beverly scoots have 16" wheels front and rear, while the BV400 and 500 have a 16" front and 14" rear tire.
Fuel Consumption
As with any vehicle, your mileage may vary, but most BV500's get 55-60MPG (3.9 - 4.3 liters per 100km).
The BV500 comes with a 3.5 gallon tank (13.2 liters).
Known issues
The BV500 has had a couple of well known issues.
The first is that the early years (2005-2008) had a number of units built without hose clamps on fuel lines in the fuel tank on the pressure side of the pump. Most all units will develop fuel starvation issues at about 3,000 miles. There is a wiki on the fix for this.
The Beverly in USA form often has poor performance due to issues with the evaporative fuel tank. It is supposed to prevent fuel fumes from going into the atmosphere. Unfortunately, it often gets clogged with fuel and causes all kinds of performance issues. There is a wiki for this issue as well.
Official Specifications

ENGINE TYPE Single cylinder, four-stroke catalytic Piaggio MASTER
BORE x STROKE 3.6 x 2.7 (92 mm x 69 mm)
MAX POWER at SHAFT 29 kW at 7,500 rpm (39 bhp)
MAX TORQUE 43 Nm at 5,500 rpm
MAX SPEED 99 mph (160 Km/h)
FUEL / TANK CAPACITY Unleaded minimum 91 octane / 3.49 gallons (13.2 liters)
GAS MILEAGE 55-60 mpg*
DISTRIBUTION Single overhead camshaft (SOHC) with four valves
LUBRICATION Wet sump, chain-driven lobe pump, filtration during aspiration and discharge
IGNITION Electronic (with inductive discharge, variable spark advance and three-dimensional mapping)
GEARS CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) with torque server
CLUTCH Automatic centrifugal dry clutch with dampers
CHASSIS Double cradle in high-tensile steel
FRONT SUSPENSION 41 mm Telescopic Hydraulic Forks
REAR SUSPENSION Two dual effect hydraulic dampers,
four-position coil spring
FRONT BRAKE Twin stainless steel discs 260 mm
with fixed twin piston calipers 3234mm left and right respectively
REAR BRAKE Stainless steel disc 240 mm with fixed opposed pistons 34 mm
FRONT TIRE Tubeless 110 / 70, 16
REAR TIRE Tubeless 150 / 70, 14
LENGTH 87.2 (2,215 mm)
WIDTH 30.3 (770 mm)
WHEELBASE 61 (1,550 mm)
SEAT HEIGHT 31.1" (790 mm)
DRY WEIGHT 416 lbs (189 kg)

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