2019 Piaggio Beverly 350 Review - Beverly White
Piaggio badges its Beverly 350 as a ‘sports tourer’. An interesting claim for a scooter, one we thought we’d put to the test with Beverly White here. That is, until winter arrived in earnest. Testing was quickly restricted to a handful of urban dashes between downpours, punctuated by slings along Auckland’s motorway system.
The Beverly is fairly standard Italian fare, in terms of aesthetics, meaning it’s easy on the eye. There are carved lines along the bodywork, one central headlight with two cutouts for DRLs and indicators on either side of the nose and a comfy double seat. Between the legs is the fuel filler, which is both a positive and a negative. On the plus side, you won’t accidentally flick petrol droplets all over any luggage you have under the seat but on the downside you also lose the flat step-through design.
Mention of storage, the Beverly comes with a glove box up front that offers USB charging for your devices. Under the seat is enough space for a helmet and a few small/malleable belongings like wet weather gear, based on recent experience.
There are big grab handles for hoisting the scooter onto its centre stand and pull-out footpegs for passengers. Instrumentation consists of a trio of dials, the centre showing speed, flanked by fuel on the left and temperature on the right. The digital part of the dash can cycle through the odometer, trip meter and fuel consumption.
Perhaps the nicest surprise with the Beverly is the wheel selection. There are no trolley hoops here, with Piaggio sticking on a full-size 110/70-16 at the front and chunky 150/70-14 rear. That big front wheel means Beverly White is as stable as most motorbikes at speed, barely ruffled by motorway winds. A nice fat rear wheel means the included ASR (anti-slip regulation) system doesn’t engage as often as it might with a smaller wheel, letting you bolt when the light turns green.
Part of that bolting is thanks to the tasty engine powering Beverly. It’s actually the same 330cc engine found in the MP3 producing the same 22.2kW/29Nm but here it’s moving a smaller mass, translating to quicker acceleration and response. Combined with a CVT gearbox, Beverly is a zippy thing, especially around town where horsepower gives way to off-the-line go.
In theory, then, Beverly could do well as a sports tourer scooter. It may not be winning any top speed races but at the end of the day, you’ll be the one still with a licence. Plus your back and wrists won’t be begging for an ice bath. We’ll have to test this out come summer.
The brakes are almost overqualified, although you can never have brakes that work too well. Up front is a 300mm disc while the rear is stopped by a 240mm disc, both of which are overseen by ABS. Jamming on the anchors won’t result in a slide but will bring everything to a stop rather abruptly, a necessity on the dog-eat-dog Auckland roads.
Price is on the money, as it were, with most examples asking around the $10k mark. It might seem like a lot but you get a peppy scooter that can handle pretty much anything you can throw at it and give you change from a $20 after filling.
Competition is limited, with the Vespa 300 GTS the only one springing to mind. The Vesp’ has more classic styling going for it but loses a few kays of power thanks to a slightly smaller engine.