The Piaggio group, an Italian conglomerate encompassing seven brands of scooters, motorcycles and compact commercial vehicles, has unveiled the latest two-wheeler machines from its subsidiaries Vespa, Moto Guzzi and Aprilia, during the EICMA International Motorcycle Show.
The Vespa 946 is the latest scooter from the Piaggio umbrella. Powered by an air-cooled three-valve single-cylinder engine, the 946 brings several new features in a scooter, including traction control and ABS. The 946 is also claimed to be highly fuel-efficient, thanks partly to the significant reduction in weight by using aluminium over steel, in its side plates, fenders and seat.
The Moto Guzzi California 1400, available in Touring and Custom models, is powered by a 1.4-litre twin-cylinder engine, cranking out 96 hp and 119 Nm of torque. Boasting some intricate retro-styling, the bike even has screen-print lettering on the machine’s valve covers.
The 2013 Caponord 1200 from Aprilia, uses the frame from the Aprilia Dorsoduro 1200, and is powered by a 1.2-litre V-twin engine rated for 128 hp and 115 Nm of torque. Some interesting tech include traction control, ride-by-wire, separate engine maps, dual-channel ABS, heated handle-grips, adjustable windshield, and an optional semi-adaptive suspension.