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Piaggio Liberty 50, 125 and 200 - 2005

Piaggio Liberty 50, 125 and 200

Undisputed leader of the important and extremely competitive high wheel scooter market, Piaggio has given its best selling Liberty a total makeover. New cycle parts, new engines and a substantial restyling do not, however, change the philosophy of use of a scooter that has been a resounding success in the area of urban transport.

With over 350,000 vehicles sold over eight years of existence, the Piaggio Liberty, which kicked off the high wheel scooter phenomenon, remains an exceptionally successful product.

Originally launched in a 50cc two-stroke displacement, the Liberty was the first scooter in its category to appear in a 125cc four-stroke version before moving up to a 'clean', cost-effective 150cc four-stroke displacement. Then came the eco-friendly, brand new 50cc four-stroke, another sales success that led to a real revolution, making the four stroke available to 50cc users and encouraging even the youngest riders to become sensitive to environmental issues.

The Liberty is now an all-new scooter that retains both the name of its predecessor and its philosophy of offering a stylish, safe and easy vehicle for use in town.

The frame is new and the cycle parts are sized differently, with a longer wheelbase to enhance stability while riding and new, larger section tyres. The wide range of engines now includes a new 200cc four-stroke propulsion. An example of modernity and rational manufacturing processes, this engine focuses on performance and cost-effective use.

With an excellent weight-power ratio, the new Piaggio Liberty stands out for its brilliant performance, which makes it extremely easy to ride.

Design

The new cycle parts are adapted to the increased power output of the 200 cc. The overall design reinterprets the Liberty's classic look, adding a modern touch and bringing it closer to the general style of vehicles in the Piaggio range.

The most eye-catching feature of the frontal is the headlamp on the handlebar - its triangular shape recalls the striking lamp on the Beverly 500. The entire front shield - now bigger to offer greater protection without hampering the Liberty's agility in traffic -- has a more geometric shape and is slightly more flamboyant to stylistically highlight the spirited nature of the new Liberty, which is even more adapted than its predecessor to take on urban traffic. The slender indicators have transparent covers. The front shield rim highlights the Liberty's similarity to other Piaggio vehicles while the rear of the scooter keeps its traditionally sleek profile with stylish new indicators and rims.

The new instrument panel, large and easy to read, is coloured in shades of bronze and goes well with the overall spacing on the vehicle. It includes a speedometer, odometer and fuel level indicator. There are various other luminous indicators (fuel reserve, high and low beam, direction indicators on) as well as a digital clock with a calendar.

All the equipment is more detailed than before, in terms of finishing, embossing and the choice of metallic colours.

There is a series of small extra touches on the larger displacements. Elegant chrome elements emphasise the rear trim and front shield rim; a chrome frame makes the instrument panel even more stylish, and the suspension covers also have touches of chrome.

Ergonomics studies on the new Liberty respond to the needs that have emerged over the last few years. The front footrest panel is 10 per cent larger, while the useful foldaway passenger footrests on the sides have been retained. Small but significant changes have been made to lower the seat height (the seat has a new design and upholstery) to 775 mm from the ground. The scooter is thereby even easier for women to use. Riders of all sizes are now ensured perfect ergonomics and comfort.

Cycle parts

The new Liberty's cycle parts have been entirely redone, starting from the size of the tyres, which are now larger and have a wider diameter. The rear wheel now measures 14" (with a 110/80 tyre on the 50 and 125 cc), while the front wheel has been upped to 16" with a new 90/80 tyre.

The Liberty 200 has tyres with an even larger tread - 110/80 on the 16" front wheel rim and 120/70 on the 14" rear wheel. These are the largest sizes in the category and respond to the higher performance levels of the new scooter. The alloy wheel rims, light but hardy and stylishly designed, are also new. The frame is composed of welded steel tubes. The biggest change compared to the earlier Liberty is a longer wheelbase, which has grown by 15 mm to enhance stability when riding fast.

This important design choice, which makes the scooter more stable at high speed, comes from the higher power output of the 200 version, though it does not affect the scooter's agility in traffic.

The suspensions have also been vastly improved. The 50cc two and four strokes use a telescopic fork with 76 mm travel in front and a hydraulic shock absorber with 83 mm travel at the rear. The fork on the two larger displacements (125 and 200cc) is the telescopic, hydraulic type with 32 mm shafts for better road grip and more precise steering. The rear hydraulic monoshock is larger with 85.5 mm travel and spring preload adjustable to four positions to let riders modify the alignment for optimal running, with or without a passenger. Safe riding is also guaranteed by the brakes - - a 220 mm front disc actioned by a calliper with opposed pistons and a powerful, easily adjustable 140 mm rear drum.

Engines

All the engines on the new Piaggio Liberty range are Euro2 compatible, from the sparkling 50cc two stroke on the Liberty 50 Catalyzed and the modern, eco-friendly 50cc four stroke to the classic 125cc and the new four stroke 200cc.

The largest displacement has an all-new configuration. Created especially for the Liberty, the 200cc two-valve air-cooled engine is meant to give the scooter a stronger character and make it snappier in traffic while favouring a wider range of use on town roads as well as out of town.

The increase in displacement over the earlier 150cc version has resulted in more fluid power output and torque at low rpm, sharper acceleration and pick-up and hence improved overall agility. The 200cc also maintains medium-high speeds over long runs with no difficulty.

The 125cc four-stroke displacement of the new Liberty is the perfect blend of performance, ease of use and cost-effective running. With the same cycle parts as the 200, the Liberty 125cc can be ridden with a car licence and is hence the ideal means of transport in town for a rider and passenger.

The two Hi-Per 50cc engines give younger riders the choice between a sparkling two stroke and an extraordinarily efficient four stroke that offers two-stroke performance with highly reduced fuel consumption. Both 50ccs meet Euro 2 emissions standards, testifying to Piaggio's commitment to producing eco-friendly engines that enhance the quality of our lives.

Standard equipment and accessories

As the Piaggio Liberty is mainly intended for use in town, Piaggio's technicians have invested a great deal of effort in making it versatile and easy to use. The Liberty has a rear rack, bag hook and foldaway passenger footrests. The under seat and inner front shield bays ensure that the scooter offers ample storage. The 125 and 200cc versions also include an anti-theft immobiliser as a standard feature.

The 32-litre rear top case and elegant 40-litre side panniers significantly increase the Liberty's storage capacity. A windscreen and leg cover make it possible to use the scooter in cold weather. A headset and remote controlled electronic anti-theft device are available for all four displacements.

Colours

The new Liberty comes in two colours - Graphite Black and Excalibur Grey. The 50 Catalyzed, 50 four stroke and 125 are also available in Karkadé Red and Dawn, while the Liberty 200 comes in an exclusive Cherry Red and Imperial Blue. These are all metallic colours.

LIBERTY 50 QUATTROTEMPI/LIBERTY 50 Catalyzed

  • Engine - Single cylinder 4 stroke, Piaggio Hi-PER4/Single cylinder 2 stroke, Piaggio Hi-PER2
  • Displacement - 49.9 cc/49.4 cc
  • Bore / stroke - 39 mm/41.8 mm - 40/39.3 mm
  • Compression ratio - 11.5 : 1/10.3:1
  • Fuel - Unleaded
  • Start - Electric and kick starter
  • Cooling - Forced air
  • Gears - CVT and torque server
  • Clutch - Dry automatic centrifugal type
  • Frame - Steel tubes
  • Front suspension - Telescopic fork, 76 mm travel
  • Rear suspension - Hydraulic monoshock, 83 mm travel
  • Front brake - Ř 220 mm disc, calliper with opposed pistons
  • Rear brake - Ř 140 mm drum
  • Front wheel rim - Die-cast aluminium alloy, 2.15x16"
  • Rear wheel rim - Die-cast aluminium alloy, 2.50x14"
  • Front tyre - Tubeless 90/80-16"
  • Rear tyre - Tubeless 110/80-14"
  • Length - 1,960 mm
  • Width - 735 mm
  • Seat height - 775 mm
  • Wheel base - 1,330 mm
  • Dry weight - 88 kg 95 kg
  • Fuel tank - 6 litres (includes 1 litre reserve)
  • Consumption - ECE 47 cycle: 43.8 km/l ECE 47 cycle: 27 Km/l
  • Emissions - Euro 2
  • LIBERTY 125/LIBERTY 200

  • Engine - Single cylinder 4 stroke Piaggio LEADER
  • Displacement - 124 cc/197.9 cc
  • Bore/stroke - 57 mm/48.6 mm - 72 mm/48.6 mm
  • Compression ratio - 10.6 : 1/9.5 : 1
  • Max. power - 10 hp at 8,000 rpm/12.5 hp at 6,750 rpm
  • Max. torque - 9.8 Nm at 6,750 rpm/14.6 Nm at 5,000 rpm
  • Fuel - Unleaded
  • Distribution - (SOHC), 2 valve
  • Cooling - Forced air
  • Lubrication - Wet sump
  • Start - Electric
  • Gears - CVT and torque server
  • Clutch - Dry automatic centrifugal type
  • Frame - Steel tubes
  • Front suspension - Ř 32 telehydraulic fork, 76 mm travel
  • Rear suspension - Hydraulic monoshock, 4 position spring preload, 85.5 mm travel
  • Front brake - Ř 220 mm disc, calliper with opposed pistons
  • Rear brake - Ř 140 mm drum
  • Front wheel rim - Die-cast aluminium alloy, 2.15x16"
  • Rear wheel rim - Die-cast aluminium alloy, 2.75x14"
  • Front tyre - Tubeless 90/80-16" Tubeless 100/80-16"
  • Rear tyre - Tubeless 110/80-14" Tubeless 120/70-14"
  • Length - 1,930 mm
  • Width - 740 mm
  • Seat height - 775 mm
  • Wheel base - 1,325 mm
  • Dry weight - 106 kg 107 kg
  • Top speed - 90 km/h 98 km/h
  • Consumption - (ECE 40 cycle) 28 km/l
  • Fuel tank capacity 6 litres/9 litres
  • Emissions - Euro 2