2017

Piaggio updated its Liberty scooter range with the all-new, fuel injected “i-Get” engine that boasts improved emission control up to triệu euro 4 standards on the 150 models & Euro 3 on the 50s with CARB & EPA approval across the board. The change brings increased power output and better mileage khổng lồ the Liberty stable. A new frame & rider’s triangle improves comfort và feel while the ABS works khổng lồ improve safety. The menu does go on. Needless lớn say, these are significant updates for the nearly 20 year old model family, và the factory has even more on tap khổng lồ keep the Liberty at the đứng đầu of the small-displacement food chain.

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Continue reading for my review of the Piaggio Liberty.


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In the redesign, the battery was relocated, making more room for the glovebox, making it a usable storage space.
All three scooter siblings — the 50, 150, & S 150 — follow the same basic kiến thiết regardless of engine kích thước or trim level. An elegant and mature thiết kế greets the eye with subtle angles và curves throughout. Recessed turn signals in the front fairing mimic the look of the new headlight where it sits nestled away in the housing around the also-new handlebar. A chrome trim piece fancies up the front over while tying the various elements of the Liberty’s visage together.

Inside the fairing we find a redesign that had the battery relocated to lớn make room to almost double the size of the glove box to lớn something just shy of a gallon. Since the Liberty uses a proper frame rather than a monocoque-type structure there’s a certain amount of frame intrusion into the step-through, but the factory thoughtfully designed it so the frame tunnel runs vertically along the backside of the fairing lớn accommodate the downtubes and steering head. Sure, this cuts into the step-through a bit, but better there than between the feet.

Saddle và under-seat storage got a tuneup with an all-new, contoured seat design và 4.5 gallons of lockable dry storage. The stock Liberty models thể thao a USB port so you can charge your thiết bị di động devices, but if you’ve got the cheddar, you can stack the ride with a security system, the “bike finder” push-button key-fob remote & the multimedia interface that turns your điện thoại into a systems display.

The Liberty S adds a certain amount of custom appeal with blackout treatment on the wheels, heat shields, luggage rack & mirrors. Beyond that, they all carry a similar look from the front khổng lồ the tapered rear, where the turn signals và taillight follow the low-profile example phối by the front lights. A grab rail và flip-out passenger footpegs round out the pillion amenities. In its stock configuration, the Liberty is about as practical as a commuter as any other base-model scooter, but the accessories catalog offers a đứng top case & a number of other features that could transform the 150 và S 150 into capable day-tripper/grocery-getters.


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Rather than running with 10- or 12-inch doughnuts, Piaggio graced the Liberty family with a 14-inch rear wheel and 16-inch front so it handles more motorcycle-like than one might expect.
Like so many other features on the Liberty, the single-cradle underframe is completely new. The factory used tubular steel members for the main structure with pressed sheet-metal reinforcement, and the result is a stiffer frame that delivers better handling than the previous gen. There’s a slight variation in the rear suspension between the 50 & 150 models. While both run vanilla front forks & a preload-adjustable monoshock, the 150 gets 2.93 inches of travel at the rear axle where the 50 gets a skosh less at 2.89 inches of travel. Yeah, it’s minor, but there it is. Another minor difference can be found in the brakes. Both run a 240 mm disc and twin-pot caliper up front with a 140 milimet drum brake out back, but the 150 models alone get Bosch ABS support for the front brake as part of the stock equipment package.

One feature that definitely makes the Liberty more roadworthy in my eyes is the tire size. Rather than running with 10- or 12-inch doughnuts, Piaggio graced the Liberty family with a 14-inch rear wheel và 16-inch front for hoop sizes that match many of the proper streetbikes and cruisers on the market right now, so it handles và looks more motorcycle-like than one might expect.

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Chassis:Front Suspension:Rear Suspension:Front Brake:Rear Brake:
Single cradle structure in high strength tubular steel
Hydraulic telescopic fork
Hydraulic shock absorber adjustable in preload
240 milimet disc with hydraulic control
140 mm drum

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Both lumps are air-cooled, & they come with a reduced-noise starter & pull-open/pull-closed throttle for some of the extra comfort and safety the previous generation lacked.
Piaggio powers the range with its new i-Get engine that brings the Liberty into the 21st century with electronic fuel injection & tighter emissions control. Both mills run in the typical thumper configuration with a three-valve head. The 50 has a 39 mm bore and 41.8 mm stroke for a total displacement of 49.9 cc. It cranks out 2.3 pounds o’ grunt at 7,250 rpm & 3.2-horsepower at 7,500 rpm for a đứng đầu speed of 40 mph.

At the đứng top of the food chain we find the 150 with an actual 155 cc displacement courtesy of its 58 milimet bore and 58.6 milimet stroke. Horsepower và torque jumps up khổng lồ 12.9-ponies/pound-feet, & top speed gets a boost up lớn a very-usable 61 mph.


Both lumps are air-cooled, và they come with a reduced-noise starter và pull-open/pull-closed throttle for some of the extra comfort and safety the previous gene lacked. Mileage for the 50 & 150 is nearly identical at 96.8 mpg and94.8 mpg respectively. An updated clutch helps the CVT gearbox deliver seamless transitions và twist-and-go operation.


ModelLiberty 50Liberty 150Liberty S 150
Engine:i-get single cylinder 4-stroke, 3 valvesi-get single cylinder 4-stroke, 3 valvesi-get single cylinder 4-stroke, 3 valves
Displacement:49.9 cc155 cc155 cc
Bore x Stroke:39 mm x 41.8 mm58 mm x 58.6 mm58 mm x 58.6 mm
Max nguồn at Shaft:3.2 HP (2.4 kW)
7,750 rpm
Max speed:40 mph61 mph61 mph
Fuel tank capacity:1.6 Gal / .39 Gal reserve1.6 Gal / .39 Gal reserve1.6 Gal / .39 Gal reserve
Gas mileage:96.8 MPG (41.15 KM/L)94.8 MPG (40.3 KM/L)94.8 MPG (40.3 KM/L)
Distribution:Electronic injectionElectronic injectionElectronic injection
Cooling System:Forced AirForced AirForced Air
Lubrication:Wet SumpWet SumpWet Sump
Ignition:ElectronicElectronicElectronic
Gears:CVT continuously variable transmission with torque serverCVT continuously variable transmission with torque serverCVT continuously variable transmission with torque server
Clutch:Automatic centrifugal dry clutchAutomatic centrifugal dry clutchAutomatic centrifugal dry clutch

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If your travels don't include the interstate, this is an economical ride, both in initial cost and running costs.
Piaggio turns loose of the Liberty 50 for a surprisingly-low $2,399, with the 150 listed at $2,999 and the S 150 slated khổng lồ roll for $3,099.If your travels don’t take you on the interstate, this is an economical ride, both in initial cost và running costs.


ModelLiberty 50Liberty 150Liberty S 150
Colors:Midnight Blue, Bianco StellaMetallic White, Midnight BlueDragon Red, Matte Silver
MSRP:$2,399$2,999$3,099

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When it comes to fit-and-finish & sexy designs, it’s really hard khổng lồ beat Piaggio. In order khổng lồ find a truly apples-to-apples competitor, I had to look to lớn one of the marques under its umbrella, Vespa and its Primavera 150. Both show the expected amount of mature and elegant design, and are likely to appeal khổng lồ riders with an eye for classic Italian scooters.

These rides nói qua a lot, from the low-profile turn signals & handlebar/headlight shroud to the molded saddle & grab rail. The Liberty leaves little to lớn the imagination with its cutaway rear body toàn thân panels while the Primavera carries the full wasp tail rear end. Vespa used its typical airplane landing-gear suspension up front, & try as I might, I just can’t get on board with it và prefer the motorcycle-like forks on the Liberty.

I also prefer the flush step-through deck on the Liberty, a feature that gets lost due lớn the longitudinal channel on the Primavera. Both run vanilla suspension and boast front disc brakes with ABS, so there is little lớn choose between the two in the chassis. Vespa falls within a fraction of a cube of the Liberty with a 154.8 cc displacement engine and gets close on the horsepower too with 12.7-ponies on tap. Vespa’s torque numbers fall off a bit to lớn only 9.4 pound-feet, và this leaves the Liberty with an advantage that will definitely register on your heinie-deyno. It’s essentially the same engine, so the difference looks lượt thích mapping.


Vespa gets hosed at the checkout, though that shouldn’t be a surprise. The $5,099 sticker on the Primavera is well above what name-power can justify, & for this reason it is liable to suffer in the same market as the $2,999 Liberty.

He Said

My husband and fellow motorcycle writer, TJ Hinton, says, “Glad lớn see something other than amusement-park tires on it. The larger front wheel ought khổng lồ help it feel more natural, especially lớn someone accustomed lớn riding a full-size bike. I was a little surprised at the low price và the difference between it và the Vespa to be honest.”

She Said

"The Liberty has essentially the same engine as the Vespa Sprint và the Primavera, which accounts for the similarities, but look at the difference in price. It really is a bargain when you look at other scooters in the engine-size range lượt thích the Buddy or the Typhoon, which are priced only slightly lower and aren’t as nice. The Liberty is a nice scooter;. With those big wheels, you get a nicer ride than scooters with little lawn-mower wheels. It’s worth a look if the 150 cc market is what you’re budgeting for."

Specifications


Engine và Drivetrain:
Engine:i-get single cylinder 4-stroke, 3 valves
Displacement:50: 49.9 cc, 150: 155 cc
Bore x Stroke:50: 39 milimet x 41.8 mm, 150: 58 mm x 58.6 mm
Max nguồn at Shaft:50: 3.2 HP (2.4 kW)
7,500 rpm, 150: 12.9 HP (9.6 kW)
7,750 rpm
Max Torque:50: 2.3 ft lbs (3.1 Nm )
7,250 rpm, 150: 9.6 HP (13Nm)
7,750 rpm
Max speed:50: 40 mph, 150: 61 mph
Fuel tank capacity:1.6 Gal / .39 Gal reserve
Gas mileage:50: 96.8 MPG (41.15 KM/L), 150: 94.8 MPG (40.3 KM/L)
Distribution:Electronic injection
Cooling System:Forced Air
Lubrication:Wet Sump
Ignition:Electronic
Gears:CVT continuously variable transmission with torque server
Clutch:Automatic centrifugal dry clutch
Chassis:
Frame:Single cradle structure in high strength tubular steel
Front Suspension:Hydraulic telescopic fork
Rear Suspension:Hydraulic shock absorber adjustable in preload
Front Brake:240 milimet disc with hydraulic control
Rear Brake:140 mm drum
Front Tire:Tubeless 90/80 - 16
Rear Tire:Tubeless 100/80 - 14
Dimensions và Capacities:
Length:76.6" (1945 mm)
Width:27.2" (1945 mm)
Wheelbase:53.9" (1945 mm)
Seat Height:50: 30.7 " (780 mm), 150: 31.1" (790 mm)
Dry Weight:50; 233.7 LBS (106 KG), 150: 255 lbs (116 KG)
Details:
Type Approval:EPA, CARB, Transport Canada
ABS:50: NA, 150: Front wheel only
Colors:
50:Midnight Blue, Bianco Stella
150:Metallic White, Midnight Blue
S 150:Dragon Red, Matte Silver
MSRP:
50:$2,399
150:$2,999
S 150:$3,099

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