2006 Piaggio X9 250 from Australia
A very very practical form of transportation
Nothing not caused by the operator (or his wife).
The mirror/indicator combos don't spring back after
being stressed (dropped), the plastic snaps.
6200ks over 8 months daily commutes (40k round trip).
* Very good all weather fairing.
* I bought the base model, should have bought heated grips, even in Australia, fingers get a bit cool in June.
* Very good storage space, useful grocery bag hook and glasses compartment.
* Impressed with its capability two-up combined mass over 200Kg, no problem at highway speed (110kph)
* Will not be breaking any land speed records, but 4L/100k is pretty inexpensive as petrol prices surge to new highs. (310-340 ks per tank)
* Seat is OK 'til about 1.5 hours, not real great after that.
* Suspension is OK at speeds above 60kph, not so good at 40kph.
* Very nimble for a big scooter (160kg dry weight)
* If not actively accelerating, the CVT transmission disengages below 23kph, so you are in neutral coast!? Sometimes not what I want.
* Parts are very dear (EXPENSIVE) mirror/indicator combo cost A$400) if not in stock, takes 4-5 months, yes months, for parts to be shipped. I've pop-riveted mirrors on, cause the spring loaded mirrors snap off very easy.
* Piaggio parts website catalogue is reportedly very hard to follow, which makes ordering parts difficult.
Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 6th October, 2006
I have just bought a new x9 250, and understand I have to run it in. So far I can't see anything more than do not exceed more than 80% of max power, but can't see what max power actually is?
I was told by my dealer not to go faster than 50mph or 80km/h is this correct?