Piaggio X9 250 Reviews

2006 Piaggio X9 250 from Australia

Model year2006
Year of manufacture2006
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2006
Acceleration marks 3 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 4 / 10
Handling marks 5 / 10
Braking marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.4 / 10
Distance when acquired7 kilometres
Most recent distance6200 kilometres
Previous motorcycleKawasaki Z750

Summary:

A very very practical form of transportation

Faults:

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).

General Comments:

* 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

29th Jul 2007, 06:34

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?

PostmasterATarnoldwDOTplusDOTcom.

Thanks.

2002 Piaggio X9 250 from United Kingdom

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Acceleration marks 8 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 7 / 10
Handling marks 8 / 10
Braking marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.9 / 10
Distance when acquired6000 miles
Most recent distance14000 miles
Previous motorcycleGilera Runner SP 180

Summary:

A great commuter for a good price with good reliability

Faults:

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.

General Comments:

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

2005 Piaggio X9 250 from Australia

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Acceleration marks 8 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 5 / 10
Handling marks 2 / 10
Braking marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance7900 kilometres
Previous motorcyclePiaggio X9 500

Summary:

A great ride - safety, power and comfort combined

Faults:

Nothing at all, has run perfectly.

General Comments:

A joy to ride, I use mine as a work horse everyday, all day, 7 days a week, in all weathers.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd December, 2005

2001 Piaggio X9 250 from United Kingdom

Model year2001
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Acceleration marks 7 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 6 / 10
Handling marks 8 / 10
Braking marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.9 / 10
Distance when acquired3000 miles
Most recent distance8000 miles

Summary:

Perfect for my needs

Faults:

Battery needed replacing.

Fuse blew on the dipped lights circuit.

General Comments:

This is the pre-SL model.

Nice bike (has a reliable Honda Foresight engine).

Great for combined city filtering and A-road riding (at 60mph), one or two-up.

On the motorways it will sit at 70mph, two-up, for as long as I care to sit on it, apparently. I have installed a new-style windscreen on my machine, so wind buffeting isn't a problem either.

With under-seat storage and a top-box, I can carry as much as is possible in a small car (e.g. a Smart Car, Lotus Elise, etc). Ever take your wife to shop at Ikea on *your* bike? Well I have, and each time it has worked out fine.

Pity about the dealers -- there are only a handful of really good ones. The rest apparently pale in comparison.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st November, 2005

Average review marks: 6.9 / 10, based on 4 reviews