- New 150 cc i-get engines
- New design
- Headlight and full LED DRL
- Multifunction LCD digital instrument cluster
- New rims and new wider rear tyre
- New ergonomic saddle
- New passenger foot boards
The new design focuses on sportiness: the front has been completely redesigned, as has the handlebar, which houses the new full LED front headlamp and an innovative digital LCD instrument cluster.
The new Piaggio Medley also features the latest evolution of the Piaggio i-get engine. The engine is liquid-cooled, with 4-valve distribution and electronic injection. It delivers 12.1 kW respectively.
The ‘Start & Stop’ feature comes as standard, managing engine switch-off and start-up during stops to reduce your fuel consumption and emissions. Also with two-channel ABS, the Piaggio Medley boasts an equipment package normally only found on more powerful scooters.
PRACTICAL, DYNAMIC, LIGHTWEIGHT AND STYLISH
The new Piaggio Medley creates a new class of Piaggio high-wheel scooters that combines the advantages of an agile and lightweight scooter with those of a larger and more powerful high-wheel bike.
Inspired by the large, modern and elegant lines of its bigger sibling Beverly, the new Piaggio Medley’s light weight and dynamism make it ideal for city use.
Although the shield’s large surfaces boost aerodynamic protection, it has been redesigned and re-proportioned to maintain its light look. The centre of the shield is dominated by a new vertical element , now featuring a three-dimensional honeycomb grille. A modern take on the classic ‘tie’, an unmistakable feature of Piaggio vehicles, it gives the new Medley a sportier look.
The new LED front headlamp is another distinctive feature, which is found in the centre of the redesigned handlebar. This significantly increases visibility, for greater active safety. The front and rear position lights are also LED.
The handlebar also hosts the brand new all-digital LCD instrument cluster for a perfect mix of style and functionality. The display, with the digital speedometer and tachometer scale clearly visible in the centre, provides total and partial views of the odometer, air temperature, digital clock, fuel level and coolant temperature indicators, ice danger icon, lowered side stand icon, and ‘service’ icon. It also shows a full set of travel information, including maximum speed, average speed, current fuel consumption, average fuel consumption, battery life and charge status, which can be selected using the MODE button on the right-hand control block. The indicator system monitors all functions, starting with ‘Start & Stop’, which can be switched off by pressing a button on the right-hand electric block. It also shows the classic ‘injection check’, fuel reserve, oil pressure, ABS activation and immobiliser.
The 16″ front wheel, vertically streamlines the entire front end as well as providing stability, safety and comfort. The aluminium rims vaunt a new sporty design with six split spokes.
The new seat is more streamlined with optimised ergonomics for rider and passenger, who also benefit from new retractable foot boards that are easier to pull out. These also come with a rubber insert that has the dual function of damping vibrations and stopping your foot from slipping. The seat has electric opening, controlled by a convenient button on the handlebar. A retaining spring keeps it open to prevent accidental closure.
The leg shield has a spacious glove compartment easily accessed by the seated rider. Its style matches the rear of the handlebar and the saddle, creating a similar environment to a car dashboard. It even has an internal USB socket, handy for charging your smartphone. There is also a convenient, retractable bag hook in the leg shield back plate.
Along the entire body of the Medley the alternating concave and convex surfaces, guided by decisive and arched lines, gives the vehicle a dynamic but compact look. The dimensions of the particularly sleek rear-end are contained despite the large helmet compartment with an amazing 36 litres of space, enough to hold two full-face helmets, truly exceptional for a high-wheel scooter. This result comes courtesy of the well-designed tail shape and the repositioning of the fuel tank at the centre of the foot board. It is a solution that increases the carrying capacity of the helmet compartment, with further benefits such as refuelling without needing to dismount and better rideability because of improved, more centralised, weight distribution.
ENGINES: THE LATEST EVOLUTION OF THE PIAGGIO I-GET FAMILY
Piaggio boasts Europe’s most important engine and scooter research and development centre, and one of the best in the world, allowing it to develop unique technologies and skills in-house. These now contribute to the construction of engines that meet the strictest international standards. The new Piaggio Medley sees the début of the most recent evolution of the i-get family of engines’
The new 150 cc delivers 12.1 kW at 8,750 rpm. These benchmark values make the new Piaggio Medley one of the most powerful bikes in the medium- high-wheel scooter segment. When translated onto the road, they bear witness to brilliant engines, purposely designed and manufactured for everyday use in town and city environments.
Numerous changes have gone into boosting maximum power while maintaining the maximum torque and operating flexibility values typical of the i-get engine family. They include: the adoption of a new piston with a revised geometry of the roof of the combustion chamber, a new injector, a new throttle body with a diameter increased by 2 mm and a completely new filter box equipped with a specific Helmholtz resonator placed on the intake duct.
The is also new, both in appearance and size. The extra volume makes for quieter operation combined with better sound and lower head losses, which all go to boost maximum engine performance. This is combined with a CVT transmission with optimised calibration to take advantage of the new engine power curve in all riding conditions.
Like its predecessor, the new Piaggio Medley comes with the Start & Stop system patented by Piaggio, called RISS (Regulator Inverter Start & Stop System). This product of Piaggio’s technological know-how, does away with the traditional starter motor, replacing it with a brushless ‘direct mount’ electrical unit, in other words, installed directly on the crankshaft. There are many advantages: a quieter start, increased lightness and reliability, and lower fuel consumption. The new version of the Piaggio Start & Stop system automatically switches off the engine 1 to 5 seconds after stopping (depending on whether or not the engine has reached the correct operating temperature). A slight twist of the throttle is enough to instantly re-start the engine, in total silence, as there is no traditional starter. If the side stand is retracted or the tilt sensor activated, the ECU disables the Start & Stop function.
The new Piaggio Medley engines allow for lengthy gaps between services and maintenance. You only need to replace lubricants and filters every 10,000 km and have the play of the valves adjusted every 20,000 km.
Overall fuel consumption benefits from the optimisation of each and every component: the WMTC cycle distance is 41.5 km/l for the Medley 125 and 41 km/l for the Medley 150.
FRAME AND CHASSIS: STURDY, EASY TO RIDE AND LIGHTWEIGHT
The bearing structure of the Piaggio Medley is based on a ‘low single cradle’ type frame made of steel tubes, with tubular reinforcements and steel sheet, which contribute to its overall sturdiness and low and comfortable seating position.
The front end sports a fork with stanchions 33 mm in diameter, while a pair of double acting shock absorbers and coil springs with preload adjustable to 5 positions work at the rear axle. This configuration and the large aluminium alloy wheel rims (16″ front and 14″ rear) ensure riding comfort and solidity worthy of more powerful scooters. The adoption of a new wider rear tyre (120/70-14″) also contributes to this stability, while the low dry weight, 136 kg, helps retain the agility and manoeuvrability typical of light scooters.
Active safety is provided by a powerful braking system comprising two 260 and 240 mm disc units with double piston floating callipers and ABS as standard equipment. Each wheel has a sensor and a tone wheel to detect revolutions which instantly reads the speed and deceleration of the wheel with respect to that of the vehicle. The sensors communicate with a 2-channel hydraulic control unit which activates the ABS system if one of the two wheels decelerates sharply with respect to the vehicle, preventing it from locking and guaranteeing stability and efficient braking even on surfaces with low friction coefficient. Piaggio Medley is also fitted with a ’tilt sensor’, a safety device that deactivates the Start & Stop system, turning off the engine, in the event of a fall.
VERSIONS AND COLOURS
Piaggio Medley prefers more classic and elegant colours, such as Bianca Luna (Moon White) and the two metallic shades of Nero Abisso (Abyss Black) and Blu Orione (Orion Blue). These colours are combined with a brown seat and matt bronze finishes (passenger handle, bumper, central tunnel and instrument cluster surrounds). The wheel rims are in silver grey