Written on: 06/11/2012
bought second hand with 7000 miles showing ,now at 18000 after 1 year .65mpg all the time , travel at 100 plus mph all the time ( coppers laugh when you shoot past ). have nipped under sports bikes on round abouts , regularly drag the centre stand in the fast corners , and wear the tyres all the way to the edge . ( am using michelin city grip . 60 quid rear , 55 quid front , lasting very well ). did have problem with rectifier/regulator ( can be expensive from piaggio but found one on line... (read more)
Written on: 25/06/2012 by x9mizie
1.iam a x9 500 users x9 500 is a very easy handling scooter,smooth going and can reach 178km/h in hingway, i always ride it for 1000km/week and maintain speed for about 160 km/h. 2.something i don't like about my x9500 is the oil filter location. It's not suitble for bumping road (my model is year 2003)its always leaking deu to double stand knocking.But for 2004's model the double stand had been modified... leaking problem solve. 3. speedo sensor coil for 2004's dificult to find. But... (read more)
Written on: 27/02/2012
PIAGGIO X9 500 EVOLUTION PURCHASED LAST YEAR FOR £950 THIS IS THE ONLY BIKE I HAVE EVER PURCHASED THAT HAS NEVER LET ME DOWN AND ONLY NEEDING TO BE PUT IN THE GARAGE FOR MAINTENANCE.I ONLY BOUGHT IT AS MY RANGE ROVER SPORT WOULDNT FIT IN THE GARAGE,SO I USE THE BIKE TO GET TO MY CAR OR TO GO TO THE SHOPS DEPENDS WHETHER OR NOT I NEED THE BEAST. THE X9 IS FAST YET SUBTLE,STILL HAVENT BEEN PULLED OVER BY THE POLICE,UNUSUAL FOR ME!! IT HASN'T BROKE DOWN ON ME ONCE,USES VERY LITTLE OIL/PETROL... (read more)
Written on: 19/04/2011
Well, I have had my 52 plate X9 - 500 for 18 months now, paid £1295 from a dealer. Apart form brake pads and tyres, I have not had to spend any other money on it. It lives outside and has NEVER let me down. Starts on the button first time, and it lovely to ride. Used for commuting through heavy traffic and is a joy when negotiating traffic. Longer high speed rides are a little more uncomfortable - could probs do with a flip screen,as I am quite tall - have looked on the web but am struggling... (read more)
Written on: 03/02/2011
My second X9. I have a BMW GS1200 a KLX 250 Kawasaki and a 600 Fazer in the garage. The X9 is my bike of choice for shortish trips into town and beyond. I love the torque and the smooth power delivery as well as the weather protection and storage. OK the handling has to be got used to, but in the real world it's fine. No problems with reliability and as a second "Bike" for practical fuss-free riding it's spot on. (read more)
Written on: 12/03/2010 by lilbmw (4 reviews written)
This is my 4th review of the Piaggio X9 500. I now have 47,000 miles on this scooter. The engine is a work horse. I use it every day year round taking me to work and back home again.
Things I like...
The Engine and Transmissions are great. Does not use any oil, steadily get 62 mpg, accelerates nicely, and is very smooth. handles great even over 80 mph, have done 109 mph in it and does not complain.
Things I do not like... Piaggio service is awful, expensive and slow to get parts. Eats... (read more)
Written on: 10/05/2009 by tigerandyx9 (1 review written)
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... (read more)
Written on: 17/04/2009 by vespaggio (1 review written)
The Piaggio X9 500 is not bad for a compact 500cc scoot. Accelleration quite good, storage ok but others are better, 70mph seems a good cruiding speed for this scoot in terms of fuel usage and steadiness. If you have been used to larger cc/motorcycles you will probably not like this machine as it does not handle anywhere near as good. (read more)
Written on: 09/03/2009 by kseymore (1 review written)
I bought mine used and have put nearly 6000 miles on it in less than a year. The bike now has 7800 miles and I have had no problems. Parts do seem to be a bit pricey but I am a miser. I can consistantly get 62mpg or if I baby it up to 74mpg. With my wife onboard I can travel interstate speeds and still get around 57mpg. I love the bike and look for much more service from it. (read more)
Written on: 10/01/2009 by Du Jura (1 review written)
I have a 2006 X9 evo bought in early 2007 (6200 $ cad), canadian model so no radio or automatic center stand. About 5 000 km. Changed front brake pads once as I am a little hard on the brakes. Died once as battery failed due to unclean battery connection, which I cleaned and have had no problem since. Battery tender on during the winter storage period (wired throught the under seat storage electrical outlet) so no problem starting in the spring. Have not had any problems other than punctured... (read more)
Written on: 30/10/2008 by John Thresh
I have had my 55 plate X9 500cc for about 9 months now, I love it it goes really well, never lets me down, Handles like a dream.
I love the way it surprises other bikers when it takes of at an alarming rate away from traffic lights and junctions. Fantastic bike, excellent value for money, lots of fun. (read more)
Written on: 19/08/2008 by lilbmw (4 reviews written)
This is my 3rd review. I now have 35,000 miles and counting. It has been a great bike but I do have to say that it feels like I am always getting work done. I know it is considered high mileage now, but it seems that every 2 months I have to have something done, and its always $300 to $500. It cruises at 80 mph, I have had it to 109 down hills. I average around 60 mpg. I have done all scheduled maintenance except for the valve check, it is hard to swallow $800 for a bike that is probably... (read more)
Written on: 09/08/2008 by mrcrimson (1 review written)
I bought my 2007 X9 500cc 2.5 months ago and it has been the perfect buy for me. It has been a real attention getter from police, state troopers and such. I've actually had these folks pull me over, only to talk about the bike itself...gas mileage, cost, comfort, storage, etc.
I am in real estate and use this bike to travel Alabama for work. I have the top case on the back for added storage and it has been wonderful. I get the oil changed regularly and keep it clean with Pledge. I "do not"... (read more)
Written on: 18/06/2008 by rainsea (1 review written)
I am not impressed with this machine. If your looking for reliable scooter look elsewhere. I only had this scooter a couple of days and knew it wasn't for me. I bought it used and it only had 600 miles on it. Is has good take off speed. The temperatures climbed and the hotter the day were I would lose fuel pressure and come to a complete stop. I would let it cool down and it would preform again. The Denver Colorado dealers are not very friendly and you usually have to wait two weeks before... (read more)
Written on: 14/04/2008 by FuocoRider
I owned an SL 500 for two years and generally had no problems with it part from an electrical problem that was eventually sorted. It is a must to find a good dealer who understands the model and the modifications it requires. (read more)
Written on: 14/04/2008 by philmel (1 review written)
Price, performance, cheap spares, handling and weather protection. Good all rounder and good value for money. (read more)
Written on: 15/03/2008 by Buzbys (2 reviews written)
Smooth, sleek and as of 2008, sadly now discontinued. The electric yellow version is an amazing 'safety' colour - only the most inattentive driver won;t see you. Although a scooter, it is heavy (well-built) and after 4 year I still average 69 miles per gallon, so it remains cost effective. (read more)
Written on: 03/03/2008 by smaragadine
Okay ... 20,000 miles on the clock. So far: Charging problems (this is more or less constant) battery doesn't charge much, coupled with the autocentre-stand means that you park up .. go away .. come back .. she won't start. Battery is also a complete pain to get at if you have a top box. No solution from the dealer Computer replaced three times, corrosion, thankfully still under warranty. Front brakes click ... this is the pads knocking against the anti-rattle. Changed disks, no... (read more)
Written on: 12/12/2007
Mine also developed an annoying clicking from front disc when braking ,a caliper and disc were eventually replaced under warranty,after several complaints to dealer. It is very fast for a scooter and you can get a bit carried away keeping up with bikes,until you get to corners,when you can be caught out. I could have done without,radio communication system,electro/ hydraulic stand,phone charger,computer etcetera. It still would have been a very good scooter and the price could have been... (read more)
Written on: 04/06/2007 by marshymod (1 review written)
Overall a good buy, fun to ride, easy controls, economic to run,(I do 18000+ miles a year) reliable as long as you keep the battery well charged. (read more)
Written on: 16/02/2007 by tonyjory (1 review written)
Had the Piaggio X9 500 since Oct 05, used it every day - only two major problems in this time:
1) Battery failed - and with a top box installed is very hard to reach. After twice being caught out I installed a Datatool charger, which made life much easier.
2) Oil filter exposed. Fist time it was damaged I was lucky because I went straight to the garage, was told the bike took 17 litres of oil and they had to top up 1.65 litres! Second time on the motorway - not so lucky the engine... (read more)
Written on: 04/11/2006 by M A Clewett (1 review written)
The Piaggio X9 500 is comfortable to drive and the weather protection is good. Its performance is impressive when the bike is working and not at the dealers and the looks are good, as one would expect of an Italian machine.
However, there are too many bad points to list them all, so here are a few:
Instruments failed after 60 miles.
Radio has zero reception.
Hydraulic stand soon failed and has continued to do so.
Battery has failed at least four times.
Fuel gauge hopeless.
Silencer... (read more)
Written on: 04/08/2006 by lilbmw (4 reviews written)
I wrote a review last year and this is a follow up. I now have over 16,000 miles on the Piaggio X9 500. Yes that is miles not KM. I have taken it on 500 mile trips, and I use it every day for work. The bike has proven itself worthy of any other touring bike, except not as comfortable for passengers after 100 miles. The mirrors break easily if dropped, and are expensive to replace. Engine runs like new, no oil consumption, and now that it is broken in, I get about 60 mpg. Had it up to 109... (read more)
Written on: 31/07/2006 by armadillorex (4 reviews written)
I did a lot of research before buying this scoot and can say that Piaggio has improved on most of the earlier faults that are written about here. There is no longer a power center stand, it's foot operated and beefed up, no longer near the oil filter and heavily painted to slow or prevent rusting. The electrics have been sealed better to prevent moisture infiltration. I have a battery tender hooked up every time I park it in my garage to prevent early battery failure - something every... (read more)
Written on: 27/06/2006 by Ian4729 (1 review written)
Since owning the Piaggio X9 500 I have had:
3 digi displays
3 lots of head stock bearings
2 oil filters punctured by the stand
2 exhausts, the latest sounds awful but am told there's nothing wrong with it?
A new battery
2 drive belts snap
Continuous problems with the brakes
Constant stalling when hot,(Piaggio dealer unable to find fault)
Centre stand pack up.
I have owned this bike for 2 years and have kept up with all the services at a Piaggio dealer, and I still have no end of problems.
I... (read more)
Written on: 05/06/2006 by roy smith
I bought the Piaggio X9 500 new. The bike was fine up to the 1st service 600 miles, and then the problems started, left stranded in the city when the battery fried X 4. The garage fitted new batteries everytime but forgot to find out why the batteries were frying, turned out to be rectifier? Rear shockers leaked, and then at 11 hundred (yes 11 hundred) miles the engine blew up.I fought tooth and nail to get a new bike but Piaggio would not even talk to me or acknowledge letters, e mails... (read more)
Written on: 27/04/2006 by dashby
I have had this Piaggio X9 500 for only a month, upgraded from a Vespa, still a 125 but now want to get a 500cc. I believe there are two models, the standard and deluxe? Is this right and what do you get for the extra money on the deluxe? (read more)
Written on: 06/01/2006 by metodiaj99 (1 review written)
HI I have a Piaggio X9 500 Evolution 2004 I have a serious problem in winter conditions when temperature is below 17 degrees.
Oil level is uprising one-two centimeter on every 300 - 500km the problem is that the oil and gasoline are mixing.
My dealer sayes that this is normal and that this is fabric mystake
and that he is waiting for solution from Piaggio (but I am waiting answer one year but still no answer)
This is a very serious problem for bike that cost 7000 Euros and I think that... (read more)
Written on: 20/09/2005 by nicegirl (1 review written)
A Piaggio X9 500 is a lovely scooter when it's in a good mood, when it's grumpy, which is pretty often, it tries to kill you. Trying to get a decent Piaggio service centre is something else that I've had difficulties with. I wouldn't buy another. (read more)
Written on: 09/09/2005 by Brian Cameron (1 review written)
Bought the Piaggio X9 500 new in 2002. Serviced regularly by main dealer, at great cost. Took out extended warranty (just as well). Problems: flaking paintwork, Dash faulty, stand pump leaked, PICS not worth having, poor quality reception. Stand doesn't always 'lock' in place causing bike to fall over. Exhaust rotted in less than 18 months (painted every month to make it last that long. Both wheels replaced due to corrosion (Piaggio questioned whether the bike had been serviced, what has... (read more)
Written on: 28/06/2005 by Warren00 (1 review written)
I've got one of the early X9500, although not one of the very first ones that were recalled.
All I can say is that it is the worst buy and the biggest waste of money ever.
I've had it 3 yrs from new now and thank god I took out the extended warranty. It has had no less than two seperate engine rebuilds in about 15,000 miles. Both were 'known problems' according to the dealer, although Piaggio UK didn't want to discuss them direct with me. In fact Piaggio were downright unhelpful and it was... (read more)
Written on: 13/06/2005 by John Thompson (37 reviews written)
I sell these, and lots of them at that!
The Piaggio X9 500 Scooter is a very pleasant machine to ride, and has many attractive features including PICS (Radio/ Intercom/ Phone interface) Elec. stand, Superb 460cc fuel injected engine and huge underseat store.
Some of the electrics are prone to water damage, but this can be prevented by careful preperation by a caring dealer.
The motor is a cracker, and handling/ brakes/ chassis are capable and secure with or without a full load.
Buy... (read more)
Written on: 13/06/2005 by Parsifal (2 reviews written)
I have owned my Piaggio X9 Evolution 500 Scooter for around 15 months now, and have used it for daily London commuting and for a number of longer trips.
The X9 is a very pleasant bike to ride in all traffic conditions. My only criticism in this area would be that after only a short period of use in very heavy 'rush hour' traffic, the transmission can get rather rough and noisy. This phenomenon does seem to be getting less apparent as the mileage increases however.
I find the overall... (read more)
Written on: 12/06/2005 by Pop Rivet (1 review written)
I've had this Piaggio X9 Evo 500 from new for a year, its never let me down but it does have a few minor problems. The digital-dash failed due to damp in the electrics, electric centre-stand motor failed, immobiliser unit failed due to damp, speedometer and temp-gauge needles fell off. All replaced uder warranty but it could get expensive once that is over. It handles great at high speed as well as in town traffic. The built-in RDS radio is a novel idea but reception is poor. The switch for... (read more)
Written on: 16/04/2005 by lilbmw (4 reviews written)
I have had my 2005 Piaggio X9 500 Scooter for one month now, and over 1000 miles. I use it to commute to work, 40 miles round trip on back highways. Crusises at highway speeds wonderfully. Much better than my old Helix 250. Does over 100mph and I have been getting 54 mpg. I would have thought that the storage quality would have been better, to at least fit two full helmets. Cornering is ok, better than cars, not as good as a sportbike. Very quiet and smooth at all speeds. I have been... (read more)
Written on: 18/03/2005 by smithdouglas (1 review written)
I bought this bike new in 2002. Several faults occurred in the time I have had it; drive belt failed stranding me; electric stand packs in regularly relying on a side stand that keeps the bike too upright and allowed bike to fall over on one occasion. Still waiting for right hand bodywork under warranty (2 years)! It is great in a straight line but can become uncontrollable on bumpy bends.
Acceleration is fine but after drive belt snapped I don't push it hard.
It makes a glorious sound at... (read more)
Written on: 15/03/2005 by iowuone (1 review written)
Having riden the Piaggio X9 500 Scooter through diferent weather conditions the handling, cornering etc, has been spot on. The top end speed feels very secure along with the very responsive braking sytem. The storage under seat has also been very usefull as it accomodates my shopping, and rainproof clothing, with plenty left for my full face helmet. I will be touring France in July from Dover to Toulouse to Nice to Boussac, Paris and back and do not evisage any problems as to date the bike... (read more)
Written on: 07/11/2004 by stefanway
I use this Piaggio X9 500 scooter as a second vehicle to commute a 50 mile round trip, carrying a pillion. The X9 cruises effortlessly and is more than quick enough to out perform most sensibly driven cars. It is quiet, economical and comfortable and is only let down by dubious handling on the twisty roads if hurried along. Plenty of storage space and cubbys for putting bits and pieces. Overall very pleased, until that service light illuminates! (read more)