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'fire' heats up roads

By unknown | Oct 30, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Fuoco means "fire" in Italian and this new three-wheel scooter from Gilera - the newest member of the Piaggio family - is really burning up the roads.

Its scorching performance makes on-road onlookers ignite with envy and desire as its revolutionary two front wheels, parallelogram front suspension and double ignition Master 500 engine give the Gilera Fuoco 500i.e a "smoking performance" on any terrain.

It is quite an experience to ride around town on this little number. People at traffic lights stare and wave. They seem to be in awe of the two front wheels technology. The innovative suspension's tilt mechanism is composed of four cast aluminium arms, with two guide tubes on either side of the parallelogram, connected to the arms.

To the novice biker, this means the Fuoco is as easy to ride as a traditional scooter, but with far greater stability, especially when cornering or braking, thanks to the two front wheels.

The parking mechanism of the bike is also pretty innovative. The electro-hydraulic front suspension locking system keeps the bike upright without a central stand and you don't need to put your feet down when stopping at a traffic light like a traditional scooter or motorbike - another reason why other motorists stop and stare.

The unique frontal design puts the innovative front suspension on display and protects the frontal mechanics and the rider.

Vespa South Africa's Andy Reid says this sexy cousin to the Vespa is ideal for the South African market because of its ingenious two-wheel front suspension and gutsy 500cc engine.

"This combination gives you a practical three-wheeler with outstanding performance abilities over a myriad of road surfaces."


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