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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Piaggio USB, how are you today?

Previously we had to show the Piaggio MP3 is the first hybrid motorcycle ever announced by Piaggio but MP3 is hybrid 3-wheeler scooter. And some time ago Piaggio ever featuring a hybrid 2-wheeler bike concept called Piaggio USB (Urban Sport Bike).

A gas-electric hybrid, the Piaggio USB is an intriguing looking scooter that debuted at the 2009 Milan Bike Show. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1F91Nq4)
Performance claims are a modest 100 kph (62 mph) top speed. However, Piaggio notes the combined torque is said to be around 150 lb/ft. Of course, it's not just the numbers that get us all excited about the USB, it's also the looks. Adapting the feet-forward, laid back shape made famous by the Akira bike, the USB packages those proportions into an unprecedentedly compact package, it looks like it's the same size as a Vespa.

Piaggio USB has a fairly light weight of only 130 kg (287 lbs) and can go as far as 50 km (in average speed of 60 kph) with the use of existing batteries (capacity of 2.5 kWh), while using the machine, the USB can run up to 100 km for 1.5 liters of petrol (157 mpg).
Left side view of Piaggio USB. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1v08esf)
At that time Piaggio USB reportedly be released in 3 types, namely the single seat, two seats and top-boxes. And indeed there is no information about how much the price of those bikes. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | GIZMAG]
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