2011 Piaggio Typhoon Scooters Preview

2011 Piaggio Scooters

When you sell over a half million scooters you have to be doing something right. The Typhoon has become a bit of flagship scooter for Italian manufacturer Piaggio by doing just that.

For 2011, the popular 2-stroke 50cc version will be joined by a bigger, more powerful model saddled with a 125cc 4-stroke engine, broadening the range and providing a choice that best suits customer’s needs.

New, flashy graphics and enhanced bodywork (an Italian necessity) highlight a reshaped leg shield and a more aggressive incarnation of the Typhoon’s shark face styled design cues on the front fairing.

The lines of the new scooter are more refined and sporty, with the more dynamic shark face married to the defined tail section in seamless fashion.

The Seat has been reworked to provide more rider and passenger comfort, with longer pillion grab handles for easier use.

Both machines boast electric start and automatic transmission with forced air-cooling.

Horsepower is a respectable 4.2 on the 50cc, while the 125cc produces a healthy 9.6 hp. Both scooters are equipped with a 220mm disc brake on the front and a 140mm drum on the rear.

With their miserly appetite for fuel the 7 liter tank capacity will provide a decent amount of movement before refueling is required.

The 12″ wheels provide increased stability and the telescopic fork and oscillating engine/swingarm help soak up potholes and ruts.

The Typhoon’s fun factor only serves to make it an even smarter application for tackling urban juggernauts and has earned Piaggio a place in scooter hierarchy as a builder of functional and reliable scooters that retain the essential element of class and style.

The Piaggio Typhoon, as much fun to ride as it is practical to own. Half a million owners can’t be wrong.

Typhoon 50cc 2-stroke / 125 4-stroke


2-stroke single cylinder

Single cylinder 4-stroke

Engine capacity


124 cm³

Bore x Stroke

40 x 39.3 mm

57 x 48.6 mm

Max. power

3,1 kW (4,2 HP) / 6.500 rpm

7,1 kW (9,6 HP) / 8.500 rpm

Max. torque

4,6 Nm / 6.000 rpm

8,2 Nm / 7.500


Electric starter and kick

Electric starter with
automatic choke

Cooling system

Forced air


Automatic continuously
variable transmission (CVT) with torque server


Automatic centrifugal dry


Single cradle structure in
tubular steel with pressed reinforcements

Front suspension

telescopic fork with straight stanchions – wheel travel: 86 mm

Rear suspension

Oscillating engine/swingarm
with single hydraulic shock absorber

Wheel travel: 76 mm

Oscillating engine/swingarm
and single hydraulic shock absorber with 4-setting adjustable spring preload.
Wheel travel: 82 mm

Front brake

220mm disc with dual-piston
floating calliper

Rear brake

140 mm drum

Front tire

Tubeless 120/80-12″

Rear tire

Tubeless 130/80-12″




720 mm (across levers)

Saddle height

765 mm


1,350 mm

Fuel tank capacity

7 litres (including 1.5
litre reserve)


Euro 2

Euro 3


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One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007 and is currently Editor at Large at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of 365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).