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
Bore x Stroke
40 x 39.3 mm
57 x 48.6 mm
3,1 kW (4,2 HP) / 6.500 rpm
7,1 kW (9,6 HP) / 8.500 rpm
4,6 Nm / 6.000 rpm
8,2 Nm / 7.500
Electric starter and kick
Electric starter with
Automatic centrifugal dry
Single cradle structure in
Wheel travel: 76 mm
220mm disc with dual-piston
140 mm drum
720 mm (across levers)
Fuel tank capacity
7 litres (including 1.5