2002 Piaggio X9 250
A great commuter for a good price with good reliability
A sidelight bulb!
250cc logo on the seat has started to fray a little, but nothing I'm worried about.
Rev counter and MPH clocks get stuck sometimes, they just resume in their own time, or a little tap and they are fine.
Am very impressed with this X9, it's the SL version so has the intercom/radio, and a nice adjustable screen as on the 500cc model.
Honda engine has not missed a beat, and will start up with little hassle after being left for 2 weeks whilst on holiday.
I do use this bike all year round for work, and believe the more these italian scooters are used, the less hassle/problems they give.
I do seem to go through brake pads quite quickly, especially fronts, I put this down to London riding.
The bike is now out of warranty, so I do all the servicing myself, which is quite painless.
The bike feels far sturdier/more planted on the road in strong winds than my old Gilera Runner.
I also really like the amount of lights this bike has too, 2 sidelights, 2 main-beams, so people really see you coming.
Overall I'm really glad I got this scooter, reasonable speed/running costs and can carry a pillion with ease on a nice sized seat with good grab handles.
Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 30th December, 2005