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Written by Del Fuego    Thursday, 27 March 2008 09:59     E-mail
Piaggio Liberty 200S - Page 3
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Ease of use is a mixed bag, the Liberty is very easy to move around and is easy to get on and off the centre stand despite its 110kg dry weight. It does not come with a side stand, which is a shame. Storage is, well, to be honest it is fairly terrible. The under seat storage is tiny… I doubt you would fit most open face type helmets in there… I would suggest if you decide to buy the Liberty you would want to budget for an aftermarket top box. There is a small lockable glove box to add a little storage space for small items. The lack of any kind of remote release for the seat struck me as a bit strange, as did the fact that the lock for the seat is on the right hand side which felt odd for some reason. The Liberty has a good dash with multiple displays including a fuel gauge, unfortunately the needle drops fairly quickly due both to the small fuel tank and uninspiring consumption figures.

My overall impression of this bike is that it is OK, it doesn’t do anything particularly badly or especially well… it just sort of… is, if that makes any sense. The Piaggio Liberty 200s would be easy to live with as your main vehicle for commuting, especially if you are of relatively compact dimensions. It will travel fine on the motorway at 100-110km/hr and handles beautifully. Unfortunately the brakes are just all right and the storage is very, very average, as is the fuel consumption. This machine does look very good and is put together well with beautiful detailing as one would expect from the Piaggio stable. Unfortunately it is just not very interesting to ride, the power from the 200cc engine was just too low. Unless you are doing a lot of Motorway/Highway riding I would be inclined to buy Piaggio's 125cc Fly instead and spend the change on a holiday, or a couple years gas, or some good gear etc, etc, etc.

Price: NZ: $5990, Australia: $4990

0-50km/h5.1 Seconds
0-80km/h17.9 Seconds
50-80km/h10.7 Seconds
Fuel Economy 4.5L/100kms - 52MPG
Speedo Accuracy

50kph displayed = 46kph actual - 80kph displayed = 73 actual


Handling, big wheels, good stand, well built, looks great

Average performance, terrible storage, poor fuel economy, ordinary brakes

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Manufacturer Specifications

Max power at shaft 9.32 Kw (12.5 HP) at 6,750 rpm
Max torque14.6 Nm at 5,000 rpm
Engine TypeSingle-cylinder air cooled 2-valve 4-stroke
Cylinder Capacity197.99 cc
Seat height805mm
Dry weight 110kg
Kerb weight ---
Fuel tank capacity6 litres
Transmission“Twist and Go” Automatic Transmission (CVT)
Storage volumen/a
CoolingAir cooled
Bore X stroke72 mm x 48.6 mm
Compression ratio---
ChassisSteel tube with reinforced plates
Front suspension32 mm telescopic hydraulic fork - 76mm travel
Rear suspensionHydraulic monoshock, 4 position spring preload, 73.5mm travel
Front brake220 mm disc, calliper with opposed pistons
Rear brake140mm Drum
Front wheel/tyreDie-cast aluminium alloy, 16”x 2.15” Tubeless 100/80-16”
Rear wheel/tyreDie-cast aluminium alloy 14' x 2.75"/Tubeless 120/70-14”
Length1930 mm
Width740 mm
Wheelbase1325 mm
Max speed (km/hr) 98 kph
Type approvalEuro 3
Consumption (ECE applicable text cycle)(ECE applicable text cycle)28 km/litre
Consumption @km/h - km/l---
Audible Indicatorno
Full helmet storageyes
Glove boxyes
Fuel Guageyes
Trip Meterno
Seat release (via remote control)no
Seat release (remote, ignition/switch) no
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