News 2012 Piaggio X10 350 Scooter | First Ride

2012 Piaggio X10 350 Scooter | First Ride

2012 Piaggio X10 Maxi Scooter Review

Back in 1993, Piaggio had developed the Hexagon, which became the world’s first so-called GT scooter. Learning from the Hexagon to the X7 models, Piaggio has developed its new flagship scooter, the X10. And I recently got to sample the 350cc version in Paris.

Piaggio will offer the X10 in a 125, 350 and 500cc version. When I arrived in Paris I was told that the 500cc version wouldn’t hit production until in May 2012, so I had to make do with the 350cc version which proved to be a nippy tool around Paris’s busy streets.

The seat with an adjustable lower back support is very comfortable and with meter-long footboards there’s plenty of space for a varied leg position. The tall windscreen is made of solid plastic that doesn’t flap at speed and it protected me well from both rain and wind.

I had to move my body slightly forwards to avoid all weather but it was possible. The flowing lines hides the fact that the X10 is a very long scooter. In fact the seat itself is 820mm long and that provides plenty of space both for rider and pillion.

The X10 has a 52 litre under seat storage capacity that would take my full face helmet in the front and a open faced crash helmet at the back with ease. Two full faced helmets is optimistic if possible at all.

Over wet cobbled streets and white zebra crossings an all new feature for scooters came in handy. The Piaggio X10 have a rudimentary traction control system that kicked in several times on my ride around Paris.

Piaggio calls the traction control ASR (Acceleration Slip Regulation) and it is only available on the Executive version that I tested along with ABS brakes. It’s a simple system that retards the ignition if the system detects slip and the acceleration is promptly interrupted when ASR kicks in. I was surprised at how often it kicked in but ASR can easily be turned off should you not be bothered by a bit of sliding.

The X10 350i will do a claimed 140km/h top speed which renders it useful for both the city and touring on motorways. In fact Piaggio claimed its X10 350 is the best power to weight scooter in the 400cc segment. The X10 350 executive version weighs in at 200 kilos which is four kilos more than the standard version without the ASR and ABS.

All in all I found the X10 very enjoyable in Paris with easy handling, very good turning radius despite its long wheelbase, and with good protection against the wind and weather. Very good storage capacity including the underseat compartment and three front compartments makes the X10 a very practical scooter.

I have only tested one scooter that is more practical and that’s the mega maxi BMW C 650 GT. The X10 is a much cheaper scooter, though, so it will find many a happy owner. Stay clicked to for more info in my full review.

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
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 Online Editor 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).

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