After just too many parking tickets like this one, Mama and I have decided to sell her car. So, we have decided to buy a scooter to get us around town. We are currently deciding between purchasing the Aprilia Scarabeo 150 or the Piaggio BV200. We’ll keep you posted on the progress.


  1. What about using the horse?

    #1 by Mark Asher — August 21, 2002 @ 3:09 am

  2. Why not get a VESPA? They are so cute!

    #2 by Lisa — August 22, 2002 @ 9:22 am

  3. For the price of a 150cc Vespa that produces 13 horsepower we could get the Piaggio BV200 that produces 21 horsepower. Piaggio is the company that makes the Vespa, but we are opting to buy the BV200 model.

    #3 by Nugget — August 22, 2002 @ 10:05 am

  4. Found your car/scooter musings on google. I too live in SF and was on the verge of the Scarabeo 150, but just heard about the Piaggio BV200. With cargo boxes it will be the ticket. I’m leery of the Aprilia’s cute look, even thought I’m totally biased towards Veneto area products.

    You have a nice looking site. My compliments.

    #4 by Randall — October 12, 2002 @ 3:08 am

  5. Funny, I also was deciding between the Scarabeo and the BV 200. I ordered the BV 200, blue. Will be here in 3 weeks….yeah!! The sun might arrive at the same time here in Seattle. Just find you site surfing for bv info.

    #5 by jay — March 3, 2003 @ 2:06 am

  6. I came across your site whle looking for info on the BV200. I was wondering if you got it and how you like it? Do you know how long it has been on the market? The Piaggio site says it is a new type of engine and I was wondering if you have had any problems with it.


    #6 by Pam — March 18, 2003 @ 1:20 am

  7. Any Scooter update? So Many Scarabeo 150’s in SF, yet I have not met a BV200 owner. A nice silver one parks outside Piazzo by Yerba Buena, but have yet to meet an owner. This forum has been quiet – hope you are ok!

    #7 by Randall — April 5, 2003 @ 8:45 am

  8. I, too, found your site through Google looking for info on the BV200. I think the Vespa costs much more than it’s worth and the BV200 and the Scarabeo are both a much better deal. I live in the Virginia Beach, VA area and have never seen either on the road. Our nearest Piaggio dealer is in Baltimore MD, but there is an Aprilia dealer down the road, though, so I expect that to change. I think you guys on the west coast take all the inventory, though.

    Any updates? Get your scoot yet?

    #8 by Matt — June 16, 2003 @ 12:34 pm

  9. Hello all.

    I was reading your inquiries about the Piaggio BV200 – I am the first owner of a BV200 in the NY Metro area – I love this scooter. I urge you all to join our groups on Yahoo (links below). We post A LOT of useful information, tips & any issues/resolutions that we come across (and there have been a few, as with all machines).

    (Join the following 2 groups: ‘PiaggioRiders’ (I am moderator of this group) & ‘vespa-piaggio’
    Chriss Davis from Piaggio USA frequents these forums as well and has helped us quite alot.
    Hope to see you all there, drop me a line and say hi. Happy Scooting! =)

    New Jersey

    #9 by Brandon — July 9, 2003 @ 7:11 am

  10. Get the BV200.

    It’s much better looking than the Scarb (okay, I’m biased), and it’s much faster.

    Best features: horsepower, shocks, headlight, underseat storage (unlike Scarb), cool trip computer.

    The ONLY think I don’t care for is the seat, but some think it’s great. I guess it’s an individual butt thing.

    I top out at 80mph, and it’s a champ on the Interstates. I ride with a Harley all the time with no problem.

    Not to be too hard on the Scarb though, as I AM lusting after the Scarabeo 500, which will soon be available. I don’t think I’ll give up my BV200 for a long, long time, but if I did, I’d have to give serious consideration to the Scarb. 500, ’cause it’s totally gorgeous and totally laden with cool electronics, and great buy at $6600 for what you get.

    I don’t know why I don’t see more BV200’s on the roads (in Philadelphia). It’s so clearly superior in every way, and in value, to the Vespa ET’s, it’s a no-brainer, yet I see so many ET’s and no BV200’s.

    FWIW, 18,000 Piaggio Beverly 200’s (i.e. BV200’s) were sold in Italy last year, so it’s a very popular choice.


    #10 by David — September 5, 2003 @ 10:45 am

  11. Hi,
    I am the Piaggio/ Aprilia Dealer in Rockridge and I would recommend the BV over the Scarabeo 150. Better value for the money, particularly on paper. On writing that, the Scarabeo’s styling really appeals to certain people and at that point the specifications don’t mean as much.
    I have not had problems with either bikes, other than very minor issues (whistling sound from the BVs.. easily cured, and a bad batch of fuel in Oakland!.. also cured).
    Darragh Howard

    #11 by Darragh — October 8, 2003 @ 7:50 am

  12. Saw Darragh’s post. I’m 58 and owned several Vespas & a Lambretta in the 60’s & early 70’s plus a few cycles including a BSA 441 Victor. For various reasons I missed the Vespas more than the bikes and after 30 years bought a mint ’80 Vespa a year and a half ago that I enjoyed but recently sold. It just wasn’t safe on the freeway or over the bridge and so forth. I have my heart set on a Piaggio BV200. I believe a fellow and his girlfriend I meet each week at the Berkeley Flea Mrkt. bought one from Darragh and they love it. I’ll be in to talk to you. It’s probably perfect for me… Now for some financing help… (-:

    #12 by Joshua Cohen — October 16, 2003 @ 7:20 am

  13. What does everyone think of the Stella Scooter. I think its style is superior over any plastic scooter and is so close to resembling a vespa. your thoughts?

    #13 by EvoL — February 3, 2004 @ 9:03 am


    #14 by SHANNON INGWELL — May 15, 2004 @ 2:44 am

  15. Exactly how long can one expect a moped such as the BV200 to last ? I know that one cld aim for over 100k in a car – but what cld one expect for a ‘ped?

    #15 by rod — May 26, 2004 @ 10:47 am

  16. Hi everyone. I’ve got a 2003 BV-200 with 1,700 miles on it. Bought it new in Philadelphia. My girlfriend and I fight over who gets to ride it to work. The only problem for her is, at 359 lbs, it’s a little heavy.

    I am lusting for a BV-500…MORE POWER!!!

    She wants a VESPA LT-4…

    #16 by Richard — July 8, 2004 @ 5:40 am

  17. Hi eveyone. I am a police officer with the NYPD and I just got finished with training on the BV200… what a great bike…The NYPD has just received many of these which they will be using during the Republican National Convention and has trained many officers on these. I could not believe how great they handled and how quick they are. Super comfortable and pretty cool looking. We all called them bikes because scooters they are not… calling it a scooter is an insult. By the way, thought the gas gauge was broken, in four days of hard training it used almost no gas…. and let me tell u.. we BEAT on them… Good Luck and keep an eye out for them during the RNC…

    #17 by Doogie75 — July 11, 2004 @ 6:29 am

  18. I’ve had a BV200 since last October. I ride it on the interstates in N.J. and she handles beautifully. I have no problem keeping up with traffic and have no problem passing slower drivers. With one on this past Sat., my speedometer was reading 87 mph at one point when I was passing a slower car on a straight road. Of course, as soon as I passed the car, I moved into the right lane and cruised comfortably at 70. The NYC police officer is correct. This scooter handles like a motorcycle without having to bother with shifting. Nothing wrong with regular scooters, but this bike’s ride is nothing like the scooters I have ridden over the years. I wouldn’t recommend riding a classic scooter on an interstate. The 16 inch diameter wheels make all the difference in handling and the shocks on this bike are state of the art first class. Also, the twin front and rear disc brakes make this the perfect vehicle.

    I also can’t understand why there aren’t more BV200’s sold in the U.S., except that Piaggio is trying to push it’s GT200 scooter, which shares the same engine as the BV200. Aprilia’s Atlantic 200 scooter also has the same engine.

    As you can see, I am very happy with this bike.

    #18 by fvnseeker — July 19, 2004 @ 12:56 pm

  19. After much consideration between an Atlantic 200, Mojito 150 or BV200, I followed my original instinct and got a screaming deal on a platinum BV200 with top and side cases. Although quite a move up from my original scoot (Scarabeo 50 w/ 70cc kit) I have no regrets, even though it took time to get accustomed to the scoot’s size and weight (I’m 5′-1″ and 110 lbs).

    I discovered, too, that the BV has better overall stability than the Atlantic and superior balance compared to Vespa’s GT (which is extremely heavy at the rear). There simply is no comparison to the Mojito, although the Mojo does have an extremely comfortable saddle.

    I have nearly 200 miles on the BV after just three weeks of recreational riding … and looking foward to a long and happy season here in Colorado!

    #19 by vicki — July 21, 2004 @ 12:03 pm

  20. Hi, I live in delaware and am thinking about getting a BV-200. I do about 40 miles round trip every day varied on I-95 and backroads. My biggest question is about sound. How loud is the BV-200? I’ve never seen or heard one in person yet. Thanks. -Daniel

    #20 by Daniel — July 24, 2004 @ 9:16 am

  21. I don’t believe the BV-200 is yet available in Canada. I am now deciding between the Atlantic 200 and the Vespa GT 200. Any thoughts?

    #21 by Les — September 5, 2004 @ 6:39 am

  22. I have been riding a BV200 since mid August and have put over 2000 miles on it. It is a delightful machine and has a fun factor greater than my previous sport tourers and cafe racers. I use it for errands and commuting (20 miles of Interstate). I can cruise easily at 70mph but anything above that is a stretch. I have a minor problem with overheating and a come and go speedometer . . which supposedly will be repaired by the dealer. I did outfit it with a GIVI topcase and the taller flyscreen. That gave me more than adequate storage and the flyscreen keeps the wind out of my face and off the torso. By the way, I chose the BV200 over the Aprilia Atlantic 200, Honda Reflex and Scarabeo 150. No regrets so far. (I did a 250 mile day trip on the Blue Ridge Parkway and did not tire at all . . the saddle is great for me and my 185 lbs of mass.)

    #22 by ray — November 3, 2004 @ 4:51 pm

  23. Ok Vespa has a better build than the other scooters on the market simply for the fact that there made out of stamped steel rather than a low cost plastic. This means the resale value will be higher than a another similar scooter from Derdi, Aprilia, and yes even Piaggio Models. Sure your going to pay more for a new Vespa than any other scooter but it will last longer. So if your in the market for a new scooter go with the Vespa, but will get more money back when you go to sell it. I learned this the hard way. If I could do it all over again I would have gone for the gold and gotten the Vespa.

    #23 by iamsquib — December 14, 2004 @ 8:29 pm

  24. hi just bought the bv200 and love it but i have a couple of questions that maybe someone else can i was told that if you remove the dash cover the internal dash is reversable showing mph on the outside and how can you get the read out into us conversion and not kmh any help would be nice in queens nyc

    #24 by vinny — December 17, 2004 @ 5:40 pm

  25. Hello,

    I’m in the market for a slightly used bv200 I’m sold on this bike. I’ve just finished doing 2 months os research and comparisons on the 150cc-200cc scooters. Any referrals
    or leads would be appreciated.

    Seattle WA

    #25 by Michael — March 24, 2005 @ 4:10 pm

  26. I bought the bv200 about 3 weeks ago and I love it. I did a lot of research on the bike and what I liked over the Gt200 was the larger wheels and the gas fill up was not under my seat. It also has a much larger seat to take a passenger. I bougt the red and I got the top case and the half wind shield. Has anyone had discolorisation on the stainless part of the exaust yet? I want to keep that looking good for as long as I can. I take it to work every day rain or shine and it runs beautifully. Thanks Rick

    #26 by rick — July 21, 2005 @ 3:29 pm

  27. My BV200 is very quiet. I am thinking of getting the side cases. How do they attach? How much are they? Rick

    #27 by rick — July 23, 2005 @ 5:06 pm

  28. I am 6’2″ and am thinking about buying either a BV200 or People 250 to commute in the Portland Oregon area. What should I do?

    #28 by Clarke — August 9, 2005 @ 10:00 pm

  29. Hi clarke. I have 1200 miles on my bv 200 now and I am so HAPPY that I went for this over the GT200. I am still waiting for my top case to come from italy. I have the new candy apple redish color that is supposed to be here for 2006 but just a few were shipped to some dealers here in the us. And now its a waiting game to get the new items here from abroad. I have people stop me and ask me what kind of bike it is and where did I buy it. As far as the side cases I am still going to look into a pair but I want to see how they attach and how much room is inside them. Any questions on this bike please e-mail me and I will try to answer them Rick

    #29 by rick — August 20, 2005 @ 6:44 pm

  30. Has anyone see the new BV 250’s I really want one but I have not heard anthing about them. The only thing I can find on the web is about the Beverly 250

    #30 by Darren — September 21, 2005 @ 2:24 pm

  31. I believe it is the same bike. That is the name of it in europe.The only difference is the redesigned windshield and 50cc larger engine than the bv200. I really like my BV200 so the 250 should even be nicer.

    #31 by rick — September 25, 2005 @ 6:45 am

  32. Hello, I am a Piaggio/Vespa Service Technician at Vespa of Oklahoma. We just recieved a batch of BV250’s and they are amazing. The taller windscreen, and larger engine makes a world of difference, and the retail price is only about $200 more than the BV200. They are also noticibly quieter when running than the BV200. As for the other models mentioned in this forum, I am personally a big fan of the GT200, and am looking forward to the U.S. release of the GTS250. As someone stated previously, a Vespa will likely hold resale value better than Piaggio models will. I think it is a matter of personal taste, the Vespa is much more retro looking, whereas the Piaggio models tend to be more modern looking, and aren’t stylisticly much different than most other scooters in their class. If money isn’t a factor, I would deffinately recommend the BV500. Its performance is unmatched by any other scooter in its class. The X9 is also very impressive, but doesn’t really look like a scooter in my opinion. I hope my input will help you all in your decisions. Also keep in mind that Piaggio/Vespa have been building reliable and stylish scooters since 1946. Many modern scooter manufacturers are new to the market, and don’t yet have the longevity that Piaggio does.

    #32 by Chad — October 2, 2005 @ 2:31 am

  33. I have been the happy owner of a Piaggio BV 250 for about 3 weeks. I bought this scoot from Il Motorino in Santa Cruz and have been extremely happy with it. It’s fast, smooth and quiet. I weigh 225 pounds and it handles perfectly. I love the quality too. Since it’s still so new to this country I am still waiting for my top case that I understand is “on the boat”.

    #33 by David L. Wilson — October 19, 2005 @ 9:01 pm

  34. I have the 200 in canyon red. I purchased the top case in may the same day I bought the bike. I just got the top case this week. Good luck!

    #34 by rick — October 20, 2005 @ 4:50 pm

  35. Where can I get a service manual for my 2005 BV200? Thanks Rick

    #35 by rick — November 20, 2005 @ 6:59 am

  36. Is it comen for the tires to loose air pressure often? It seems like I am always adding air to my front and rear tires on my 2005 BV200. Thanks

    #36 by rick — November 20, 2005 @ 4:34 pm

  37. Vespa 200 vs Piaggio BV500: I just took my BV 500 in for its 600 mile service and they loaned me a Vespa 200, wow what a difference. I miss the power!. The Vespa 200 has a windscreen and that is terrific. Does anyone have one of the windscreens on their BV 500s? If so is it high enough to provide good face protection? I am getting mileage on mine in the neighborhood of 50-55, but it is hard to not screw on the power every now and then, so I could probably do better if I backed off a little.

    #37 by Don in San Jose — April 16, 2006 @ 1:43 am

  38. Hello, I am looking to buy a BV 200 or BV 250 I am in NYC are there any used for sale. Please email me back or call 718-639-1257 thank you

    #38 by german — May 27, 2006 @ 6:10 pm

  39. Well, I have a Piaggio Fly 150. And I’m thinking of trading it in for the BV250. Sofar from what I’ve read I like. I think I’ll do the deal tomorrow. PS. The Fly 150 is a great scooter. I just want something with more kick, I do some freeway and the Fly 150 doesn’t cut it. But GREAT for the city, really great!!

    #39 by Ray — July 31, 2006 @ 10:58 pm

  40. I have been riding my bv200 for about a year now and beleave in Piaggio… The bv250 and 500 are great bikes. I weight 310 pounds and have hit high speeds around what others have mentioned.

    #40 by ROB — August 2, 2006 @ 8:58 am

  41. I’m interested in buying a used bv200 in the sf bay area. Anyone know of a good one for sale?

    #41 by Craig — August 17, 2006 @ 9:49 pm

  42. new owner of bv 250,i actually pick her up tonight!!!!so excited,well worth the cost.i am selling my chinese leike 150 and will never ride an import from china again,thank goodness for italian quality craftmanship….

    #42 by bobby k — July 3, 2007 @ 7:55 am

  43. I bought a BV250 over Memorial Day weekend. I would really like to remove the windscreen. Does anyone have any quick tips for how to accomplish this?

    #43 by AJL — June 1, 2008 @ 10:55 pm

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