MOTORCYCLE – Piaggio Offers Updated Beverly Range
May 19, 2005
Filed under Features
Piaggio USA is set to release its redesigned 2005 Beverly models, available in 125cc, 250cc and 500cc versions.
The Beverly range has been responsible for sales of approximately 130,000 units. The 125 and 250cc models launched in 2001. The 500, first introduced in 2002, was the best-selling big-bore scooter in Europe during 2004.
The smaller Beverly models now are available with Piaggio Leader 125cc and Quasar 250cc four-valve liquid-cooled engines, and Piaggio says the single-cylinder Master engine in the 2005 Beverly 500 has undergone significant technical improvements.
For starters, the centrifugal clutch on the Beverly 500 engine has been totally redesigned - the new clutch bell housing has five bob weights controlling the drive pulley instead of three on the earlier version. The result is quieter, smoother running especially when pulling away from idle in town traffic with its continual stop-and-go.
Piaggio says the new technical set-up makes the 39hp Beverly 500 even more cost-effective to run. The company says the standard service interval is now 6,215 miles instead of 3,725 miles, cutting servicing costs by 40%.
Also new on the 500 are the seat, a rear luggage rack, an anti-theft device for a full-face helmet, reworked electricals for the handlebar switches, and an updated instrument panel.
The '05 Beverly line-up is available in six different metallic colours. All three versions are available in Excalibur Grey and Graphite Black, while the Beverly 500 also comes in Cashmere Grey and Cherry Red and the Beverly 125 and 250 also come in Imperial Blue and Karkadè Red.