Written on: 10/05/2009 by tigerandyx9 (1 review written)
Nice comfortable ride both for short and long distances. Good in traffic, medieval cities and highways.
Generally unreliable and specially the electrical system was a misery for the first few years until the "brain" for elect distribution was changed. The computer was also changed and now I put a cover on it whenever it might rain.
The side stand is very weak and has had to be reinforced and the base resoldered several times. The hydraulic central stands just manages to work and drips oil.
I have had my Piaggio X9 500 for about 6 years, and even though I love the ride I find it unreliable and cheaply made ... very much so.
Have used it in the UK, Spain, France, Holland, Belgium, Switzerland, Italy... and have about 50,000 miles on it. Since I am retired, I ride on excursions in the UK continental trips for about 5-8 months of the year.
I have had to use tow trucks to the extent that I ran out of the 5 Carole Nash allows in one year and then, of course, had to pay for non-insured support! There is no doubt that the next bike will be not be a Piaggio and will be either Yamaha TMax or Kymco Xciting 500