One of our favourite Maxi scooters is the current top-of-the-range Piaggio X9 500 Maxi scooter that comes with a sophisticated communications system that enables you to integrate your mobile phone, use the FM radio, and even transfer calls to your pillion
An artist's impression of what the Piaggio might look like when it comes to the showroom
Honda really got the market moving in 1986 when it introduced a 250 scooter known in various markets as the Fusion, Helix or CN250.
Suzuki really got the superscooter craze happening with its Burgman 400 in 1999.
In 2000 Yamaha produced the T-Max, a twin cylinder 500 and the first scooter to be capable of the magical “ton” - 100mph.
The T-Max’s 40 horsepower was soon gazzumped by Honda’s Silver Wing 600 twin with 50 horses
in 2002 Suzuki raised the bar further with the launch of the Burgman 650.
At the heart of the Griffon beats a horizontally opposed 4-cylinder 750cc power unit equipped with an automatic transmission and the next generation VTEC. This sophisticated power unit gives a low center of gravity and offers superior space utilisation.
The G-Strider is as interesting and radical as it looks, and in many ways it builds on the direction taken by the Burgman 650cc scooter we tested last year and simply bristles with new ideas and functionality.
One of the most interesting aspects of the Griffon is the use of a Smart Key which allows you to start the engine without inserting and turning the key or to unlock the seat just by bringing the key near the machine.
Honda's concept Elysium is futuristic all-weather mega-scooter. The drivetrain features a new, Honda-developed combined CVT (continuously variable transmission just like the Suzuki 650) and shaft drive.
The motor is in fact from a concept bike developed by Piaggio R&D and shown at the 2003 EICMA Show in Milan.
The Gilera Ferro concept bike is an advanced example of Piaggio Group R&D activity and married the Italian V-twin concept (as epitomised and made famous by Ducati, but more recently by Aprilia), with an electronic gearbox.
The Gilera factory describes the electronic transmission thus: “The sophisticated electronically managed gearbox shifts gears automatically and has a manual pushbutton option. This system combines faster, smoother gearshifts and an automatic clutch, as
Image courtesy and copyright to Cyberscooter. - yes folks, an 850cc v-tin superdooperscooter.
April 19, 2005 Italian scooter magazine Cyberscooter has published pictures of is believed to be the prototype of a Gilera Nexus 850 scooter undergoing pre-release testing on Italian roads. That’s 850 as in 850cc – the largest megascooter seen to date. The convergence paradigm appears to be inspiring all manner of marketplace morphing with the scooter and motorcycle industries clearly now beginning to overlap. In less than a decade the maxi scooter has grown from the once humble Italian invention, the scooter into a powerful pseudo sports motorcycle. The Nexus 850 scooter is believed to have been under development since early 2003, with a radical new electronic gearbox that was showcased in the Gilera 850 V-twin Ferro concept machine at the 2003 Milan Motorcycle Show. The new gearbox can change gears some ten times faster than mere mortals, offering a significant performance improvement, if that’s needed on an 850 scooter.
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