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2017 Piaggio BV350

Postby genestmax » Sat Sep 23, 2017 14:22 14

Hi All,

I just purchased a Red Piaggio BV350. My first ride on this scooter was 175 miles. It handles great on the freeways and backroads. I only wish I had a wee-bit more leg room.

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Re: 2017 Piaggio BV350

Postby Umbrianissimo » Thu Nov 02, 2017 19:30 19

Hi Gene,

I had a 2013 BV350 for 4 years; just sold it this spring. I went to a Honda CB500F, which on balance wasn't notably faster than the BV, and which is just not for me. I'm onto a TMax now, but I wanted to say that the BV is a seriously great scoot. All things considered, I think it is one of the best all-around bikes available. I never had a single problem with mine and it was great to ride every time I was on it.

Not sure where you are, but I put on a tall Givi windscreen, a top box and a Tucano Urbano leg cover. Amazing transport.

I'm sure you will have a great experience with the BV. I seriously considered buying another, but the TMax was an interesting change....

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Re: 2017 Piaggio BV350

Postby genestmax » Thu Nov 02, 2017 19:52 19

Thanks for the reply. I have had to downsize to a scooter again because of mobility issues. I had a 2009 TMax for years. It was a great ride and I would have opted to another TMax if Yamaha had graced the USA with in latest 2017 model. Your experience with riding the BV350 was a great read for me. I know it will be ride for life.


From the San Francisco Bay Area and city of Milpitas, Have a great Christmas an ride safe always. Gene
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Re: 2016 Piaggio BV350

Postby de dee » Sat Jan 06, 2018 1:31 01

I bought my piaggio 350 bv , in aug., now have 6800 Km. on it , first trip was from Ottawa On. to Manchester NH. It was sill in the break in time, at 3 Km. I took it to a steep hill and full throttle up hill and closed throttle at 100 Kmh. down hill at 25 miles I went home and changed the oil hot., then rode it as per factory break in style,. my trip to new Hampshire started at 360 miles on the Odom. took me a while to switch Odo to Km. love my new scoot, other scoots in garage kymco 2011 downtown 300i 86,000 Km. and a kymco 2009 frost - yager200 I , 45.000 Km. , started riding scooters in 2012 ,after I had my new hips installed, so I could walk again, (-getting old )I am 84 years old now , 85 in march. 6 foot and 220 Lb.s aim to ride till 90. at least, for the winter I ride a tractor with snow blower in front, I don't shovel to much, at my house it is womens work, if they see me shoveling I get hell,. every body have a HAPPY NEW YEAR, FROM CANADA OTTAWA ONTARIO
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Re: 2017 Piaggio BV350

Postby genestmax » Sat Jan 06, 2018 1:53 01

Hi DeDe,

Have a Happy Birthday in March riding your BV350. I am sure you will be riding into your 90"s. I have a birthday in March too. I will be riding my BV350 into my 91st year.

Ride Safe, Gene
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Re: 2017 Piaggio BV350

Postby Umbrianissimo » Wed Jan 10, 2018 19:35 19

de dee,

Great post. Amazing riding history, and good on ye for keeping on the scoots after surgery, and all those miles (would never say 'years' but I'm impressed about that too). It is always impressive, and reassuring, when I read of scoots with the kind of mileage you've put on yours. I'm now trying to push work down so that I'll be free of it in about two years; hope to spend much more time scoot-touring as I spend less time at work.

Now just need the weather.... but yes, I know, yours is a bit more serious winter. We're wet, but we should be getting the first bulbs and early-flowering shrubs soon.

genestmax; I thought the BV350 was so good that when I sold it, I kept the Tucano Urbano leg skirt/ cover and the GIVI windshield, thinking that I might end up with another BV....
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Re: 2017 Piaggio BV350

Postby de dee » Fri Jan 12, 2018 20:03 20

A little gift from the gulf, 10 above C. this morning with rain ,noon lite rain 0 .C , warmed the piaggio up and very nice ride for 10 miles, 8 PM. lots of snow going to 30 C. below tonite, 22 below F., wish I was in palm springs with my sister, let some-one else snow plow tomorrow morning, only one foot tonite, did you see the snow in france 22 feet, it is in the news,
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Re: 2017 Piaggio BV350

Postby de dee » Sat Jan 13, 2018 0:42 00

watching scooter west ROBOT the Mec.,,got the urge to get dr pully sliders my size is 25/16 16 1/2 gram for my Piaggio BV 350, the size is not available so I ordered 25/17 17 gram and I will grind them down to fit, have to dig up my belt sander to do the job,
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Re: 2017 Piaggio BV350

Postby gruntled » Sat Jan 13, 2018 3:45 03

I have no experience with any of the Piaggios but I didn't like the seating position when I sat on one. I have heard bad things about tire wear, especially the rear tire. Is there any truth to that?
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Re: 2017 Piaggio BV350

Postby Umbrianissimo » Sat Jan 13, 2018 12:39 12

gruntled wrote:I have no experience with any of the Piaggios but I didn't like the seating position when I sat on one. I have heard bad things about tire wear, especially the rear tire. Is there any truth to that?


Seating position seems to be one of those variables that varies widely... no pun intended. I thought the BV was really good, though on the BV as well as on my TMax I sometimes fold out the rear passenger foot pegs and put my feet on them; just flexes the back and legs in a new way. My legs are relatively short, so it suited me. The odd seat bolster was removed in 2014 or 2015, I think; it was not a popular item among riders with more impressive inseams.

I've read no reports of tire wear issues for the BV; nothing that I recall on the Modern Vespa forum, but tire wear also would be a function of riding style and conditions. My BV had 8800 kms on it when I sold it, and both tires were in good shape. The only complaint was one of the hose clamps and the spark plug cap on some of the earlier-model year bikes.
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Re: 2017 Piaggio BV350

Postby gruntled » Sat Jan 13, 2018 23:53 23

I was surprised when you said both wheels. It seems I had the wrong scooter in mind. I was thinking of the three wheeled ones.
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Re: 2017 Piaggio BV350

Postby de dee » Sun Jan 14, 2018 23:41 23

gruntled wrote:I have no experience with any of the Piaggios but I didn't like the seating position when I sat on one. I have heard bad things about tire wear, especially the rear tire. Is there any truth to that?


I have not enough milage to check the tires for ware, little over 3500 miles and they look like new, after they are worn I may try dark siding, some say the get 30,000 miles with them, on my downtown 330 I got about 10,000 to12,000 Km. on rear tire, city grip tires seem to get more milage, when on a long trip riding faster , the wear happens faster , ,riding at 70 to 75 mph. all day, tooling around the country side at 50 to 60 Mph. is my standard speed, has any one installed a Tach. on there Piaggio 350, I miss the Tach. on my downtown, so I installed a Tach on the piaggio but it reads wrong rpm for the speeds I ride, if any one has please tell me how to set it.,
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Re: 2017 Piaggio BV350

Postby de dee » Mon Jan 22, 2018 16:16 16

:D
2 below C. this morning,/. did a little shoveling snow got out the snow blower , did the job, only a few inches, after lunch the driveway was clear and almost dry, went for a shot ride ,it was so nice I STAYED OUT FOR 1 HOUR , did about 10 miles around town no more than 50 MPH, as it was 2 below C., wind chill was 8 below at 13 Kph.,,, ride # 3 this winter.111 :D
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Re: 2017 Piaggio BV350

Postby de dee » Sun Jan 28, 2018 14:15 14

Just above freezing with the sun out lovely day for a ride, did 25 miles, back road out and highway back home, ran into some ice on the back road so took the highway back, what a change in the cold going threw you at highway speeds, that makes it ride # 5 this winter 2 months to go till spring,.
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Re: 2017 Piaggio BV350

Postby de dee » Wed Jan 31, 2018 11:23 11

going in to town for my new hearing aids, with mute on it for riding my scooter, thank you RCAF, for making me deaf and for the aids. today,.
going south of the border for my order of Dr. Pully sliders all the way to Masenna NY. 65 miles, to bad it is not further south,.
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Re: 2017 Piaggio BV350

Postby de dee » Sun Feb 04, 2018 13:31 13

tractor ride this morning had a foot of snow to clean up, thanks for snow blowers, it is going to snow till tomorrow morning, I would rather ride my scooter for therapy, in warm weather, can someone send a gulf breeze, I picked up my dr. pully sliders but it is to cold to install hope to get some warm weather once in a while,
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Re: 2017 Piaggio BV350

Postby de dee » Mon Feb 19, 2018 14:30 14

:D Got a gulf breeze , so I went for a ride , used up the old gas from summer, filled UP WITH # 92 GAS WENT FOR 20 mile ride at high way speed, this should last till spring weather comes along, 4 weeks seems like for-ever, this was ride # 7, this year
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Re: 2017 Piaggio BV350

Postby de dee » Wed Feb 21, 2018 23:31 23

:D :D installed the dr. pulley sliders this morning, took it for a test ride , it seem to have faster take off all the way to 60 MPH. top speed the same, would love to cut the ABS and ASR off so I can rev the motor while on the center stand. and look at the belt on the variator, to see if it gos to the top of the drive pully at 6,000 RPM. ,
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Re: 2017 Piaggio BV350

Postby minimac » Thu Feb 22, 2018 16:51 16

Take a magic marker or a sharpie and color the the inside of the sheave(facing you) from the belt up to the top. Take a ride, running at the RPM you want. When you look at it again, the side of the belt should have 'cleaned' off the marker and you can see how high the belt rode up. It shouldn't be at the top at only 6000 RPMs, though.
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Re: 2017 Piaggio BV350

Postby de dee » Sat Feb 24, 2018 18:37 18

It got just over freezing so I went for a ride 20 miles, warm up the scooter a little , got home and opened the tranny , measured the belt , marked the variator pulley in and out faces installed 17.7 gram sliders, going to ride at 70 MPH then check the face to see how high the belt is riding on the drive pulley, belt size is 43 1/8 "x 35/36 " in MM 1096 x 25 MM, rollers 25 MM x 16 MM 15.9 grams, I installed Dr. pulley sliders yesterday 25 MM x 16 MM 15.8 gram, today I installed Dr. pullet sliders 25 MM x 16 MM 17.7 grams , next warm day I will check what the difference in RPMs, will be,
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Re: 2017 Piaggio BV350

Postby de dee » Mon Feb 26, 2018 19:39 19

genestmax wrote:Hi All,

I just purchased a Red Piaggio BV350. My first ride on this scooter was 175 miles. It handles great on the freeways and backroads. I only wish I had a wee-bit more leg room.

Gene

I use to be 6 ' 2" before I matured, now 6 ' even, 220 Lb. and I find the B V very good , how tall are you ? wish I was in your part of the world, may be A little further south, thinking Palm springs Indio area,. crazy weather here, 40 F down to 17 F in a few hours, March brings heavy snows, could get 3 or 4 feet of snow 1 storm,. a few years ago we got over 6 feet, with blowing snow drifts covered some houses , kids were sliding off of the roofs of there homes
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Re: 2017 Piaggio BV350

Postby de dee » Wed Feb 28, 2018 17:01 17

we have nice weather the last few days, riding every day, installed Dr. pulley sliders the other day 26 / 15.9 16.7 gram/had to grind them down from 17 Mm . did not find any the right size,
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Re: 2017 Piaggio BV350

Postby de dee » Sat Mar 17, 2018 11:52 11

2 4 f. today going to -4 F when will all the snow leave us, last week it was nice riding , the sliders were the same as the rollers, ,I think I will try a lighter Wt. I will grind them down 1 gram and try again, for a better pick up, I will try for 25 / 15.9 MM. 15.5 gram , has any one else played with slider weights???, besides scooter west Robot, he installed a Malossi variator with light rollers and heavy clutch spring, and says they get 100 MPH.with better take off, I noticed they have taken out the EVAP. SYSTEM OUT OF THE SEAT BOX, I wonder how they plugged it to do that.???
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Re: 2017 Piaggio BV350

Postby de dee » Mon Mar 26, 2018 11:44 11

genestmax wrote:Hi DeDe,

Have a Happy Birthday in March riding your BV350. I am sure you will be riding into your 90"s. I have a birthday in March too. I will be riding my BV350 into my 91st year.

Ride Safe, Gene

HAPPY BIRTHDAY GENE ! I made my 85 th. OK.,,,even got my 2011 downtown running again,
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Re: 2017 Piaggio BV350

Postby de dee » Tue Apr 16, 2019 22:33 22

April 16 2019 second warm day in this month, installed a Malossi variator last week , did a copy of Robot from scooter west, seems to have better pick up , up to 65 MPH., but it has been to long to compare,. will have to change back and forth to make a better comparson,. if gene is on board say hello, be good to hear from you,. I made it to 86 last month, big surprize my little girl showed up from Edmonton for my birthday, with her husband, nice that they are retired now,
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