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Old 02-15-2003, 03:15 AM   #11
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Default Re: Piaggio Beverly Feedback

I've always liked scooters and always wanted one that could be used for commuting, but when a bike like the ninja 250 can be had for 3,000 bucks why even bother with a scooter. I'll take the ninja 250

all the time. I can see a market for commuter scooters however.
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Old 02-15-2003, 03:53 AM   #12
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Default Yeeee-Haaaa!

Sean, please write about your Angeles Crest experience with the Aprilia Atlantic Scooter. Enquiring minds want to know! Talk about a q-ship....I wonder how many squids in the latest and greatest will shred their tires chasing a rider with the skill and the will to prevail. I'll wager you'll win in the tightest and twistiest sections.



And that damn Piaggo Beverly is a nice looking ride.
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Old 02-15-2003, 04:39 AM   #13
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Default Re: Some things best left to the Europeans . . .

In my opinion, no *real* man, of any nationality, bases his self respect on what he rides.



And women, please feel free to let those pits grow!



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Old 02-15-2003, 04:43 AM   #14
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Default Scooters on Angeles Crest

Hope the weather holds so you get your chance. I will be waiting for the full report. Maybe you can rig up a couple of on-bike cameras like they use for race footage. Be great to post shots of you passing startled squids!
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Old 02-15-2003, 04:45 AM   #15
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Singles and Twins Forever!



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Old 02-15-2003, 05:19 AM   #16
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Default A little analysis

Plugging the specs into my spreadsheet I get a much better predicted performance. My guess is that the centrifugal clutch kills the launch and the friction losses of the CVT kills the advantage of optimum gearing at all speeds. With optimum six speed gearing and a conventional clutch the Beverly should hit 14sec @ 90 mph in the 1/4 mile and about 4.5 sec 0-60mph. The fuel economy should be better too.



The spreadsheet shows a drag coefficient of about .45 compared to about .30 for a Ninja 250 that reaches the same speed with only 28 hp.
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Old 02-15-2003, 05:24 AM   #17
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Default Some things best left to the smaller among us.

Can you tuck behind the windscreen of the Atlantic with your butt on the pillion? If so you should see 100 mph given room enough and time. If not, not (I bet).



Let Ashley do the speed runs, Sean.
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Old 02-15-2003, 05:35 AM   #18
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Default Re: Some things best left to the Europeans . . .

I was right with you the first part..........but then you lost me
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Old 02-15-2003, 05:47 AM   #19
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Default Re: Some things best left to the Europeans . . .

I've always liked scooters. I'd get a burgman 650 if I had $7,700 and a '03 SV650s was already in my driveway. You can even shift 'em!
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Old 02-15-2003, 06:06 AM   #20
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Default Shaving habits (or lack thereof)

Armpits, my man. Not that Eurochicks shave, or wash, anything else either. That having been said, many of them, especially the Irish, Italians, and Scandinavians are drop dead gorgeous, and sexy as can be. In many ways superior to our Americanized brats. Just be sure to add a wash cloth, some soap, and a razor to the de rigeur jimmy hat on your pre-flight check list and you'll enjoy a much smoother ride (pardon the pun).



P.S.- scooters still suck!
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