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    Quote Originally Posted by bigcow View Post
    but for this bike, the after market products not as much as wat the Tmax have leh... u sure u will consider this bike? haha.....
    actually i wanted to get this bike b4 i got the limited majesty 250 C..but then brembo told me not coming in ma..then i angry i go buy the majesty n the hyper..he dun like me la..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brembo View Post
    hehe...well, at least the Fuoco Leo Vince SBK is ready to be ordered
    anything else?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Swing 7777 View Post
    actually i wanted to get this bike b4 i got the limited majesty 250 C..but then brembo told me not coming in ma..then i angry i go buy the majesty n the hyper..he dun like me la..
    no no.... john no like that one. he is our Mr Nice Guy hor!!! haha..............
    anyway his story is true ma! the company has no intention to bring in this bike. maybe they see no market for this machine.
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    if cfm i`m sure i can gather abt 5 ppl to buy..if reli limited edtion la..n i will go make a metal id tag for each fuoco with serial number n limited edition so it will be higher in value n owners will cherish their rides!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Swing 7777 View Post
    if cfm i`m sure i can gather abt 5 ppl to buy..if reli limited edtion la..n i will go make a metal id tag for each fuoco with serial number n limited edition so it will be higher in value n owners will cherish their rides!
    Wah you are so sure you would get 5 ppl to buy?
    i am just skeptical about the sale of this model, cus most of those who came into the showroom and say they are interested in Fuoco, in my experience (not referring to you lah), are just "ice-creaming" me

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    Quote Originally Posted by Swing 7777 View Post
    if cfm i`m sure i can gather abt 5 ppl to buy..if reli limited edtion la..n i will go make a metal id tag for each fuoco with serial number n limited edition so it will be higher in value n owners will cherish their rides!
    bro, no matter which bike u choose, i'll respect your decision. but... but... pls think properly wat u looking for in a bike u wanna buy. stop helping others get good deals after u dun wan that ride. haha......\thought u ordered the disc liao?
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    disc? wad disc? Tmax stuff ar?go back our thread n talk la..wait Brembo $#%@$ me..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Swing 7777 View Post
    disc? wad disc? Tmax stuff ar?go back our thread n talk la..wait Brembo $#%@$ me..
    haha. relax man. he ok one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brembo View Post
    Wah you are so sure you would get 5 ppl to buy?
    i am just skeptical about the sale of this model, cus most of those who came into the showroom and say they are interested in Fuoco, in my experience (not referring to you lah), are just "ice-creaming" me
    Wao!!! You must be so HOT to turn them on!!! haha........
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    Any more news of this scooter? I just bought one this afternoon, now awaiting my reistration number. Can't wait to ride it.

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    Any news on the Fuoco? i just bought a red one this afternoon. Now awaiting the registration number to come into sequence....can't wait

     

     
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    Quote Originally Posted by mrmagoo View Post
    Any news on the Fuoco? i just bought a red one this afternoon. Now awaiting the registration number to come into sequence....can't wait
    Since u have already bought it, you'll love it. no point comparing le... too late...
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    mrmagoo, u mean you bought a fuoco 500? I tot Piaggio say they are not brining in to Sing? Just contacted them a couple of months back just after the exhibition and they say they have no plans to bring in leh.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by tubtub View Post
    mrmagoo, u mean you bought a fuoco 500? I tot Piaggio say they are not brining in to Sing? Just contacted them a couple of months back just after the exhibition and they say they have no plans to bring in leh.....
    to what i know, the decision has been changed, they will bring in the Fuoco but limited units only.

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    tubtub, I paid an RM 5K booking fee and the total price OTR is RM40K. I will be picking the bike up on Saturday, and will be riding it up the hills of Awana Genting sunday morning. I'll post a pix when I collect it.......

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    Here's my Fuoco. I'm not waiting for Saturday. I'm picking it up NOW......




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    congrats.... have a great ride and pls post more updates on this bike.
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    Swee! Envy u mrmagoo, OIC you are in Malaysia.... Lucky never call Paiggio Singapore to scold them. Ask them to inform me if they any decisions to put in OTR. Haha.
    Ya pls post feedback and picks of your new baby soon. If I get one, I'll ride it up to Genting too.... and Cameroon!

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    Covered 40kms on the bike just now. Always nice to ride something brand new, but a pain as there is a need to be gentle until the bike runs in.

    Definitely not as smooth as the Tmax, expected, as the Tmax's a parallel twin and the Fuoco is a single. cannot compare power as the bike is still new, but pulls very well even at small throttle opening.

    I love the front end instantly, but find the rear end inferior to the Tmax. Again this is expected as the Fuoco has a swinging engine whereas the Tmax engine is frame mounted, much like a real motorcycle.

    Cruising the highway up to 120kmh is great and feels rock stable, and the front end feels planted on the three occasions i took off highway ramp looping type of corners.

    The lights are great, giving a good spread. Fuel tank is small though, only managed to fill up 11 litres before brimming out. Transitions seems to be lighter than the Tmax despite giving away 30 kilos in extra weight.

    More to come.....




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    As posted in the Tmax thread;

    Bad news for TMax owners. The Fuoco will whip the Tmax in the corners. I rode the Fuoco up to Genting this morning with my sportbiker friends. On Karak highway sweepers no contest as the corners can be taken at top speed and the Tmax will walk away easily. But as the corners tighten up, the Fuoco will definitely pass the Tmax. The Tmax has significantly better power from 120km/h upwards.

    The Tmax has better ground clearance but a bit of hanging off will allow the Fuoco to get around the problem. I was able to scrape the mainstand of the Fuoco with confidence and keep the bike pegged low all the way through the corners. Clearly with the mainstand removed, the Fuoco will be able to match the Tmax's lean angle.

    The front end grip for the Fuoco is much better than the Tmax and although the Tmax offers better front end feel, its not enough to overcome the Fuoco's extra grip.

    Going uphill the Fuoco will not be able to keep up with a well ridden Tmax given the power deficit. Going downhill the Fuoco is just unbelievable. It is fast without feeling hairy, and the braking power is really good; for two reasons, three contact patches instead of two and the lack of front end dive.

    I rode down with a couple of MSS riders on their Ducatis and the usual gaggle of Japanese sportsbikes. The Fuoco was able to really play wth them in the corners without me having work too hard.

    I'm in love with my Fuoco....and wish there is another 5 - 10 HP that can be extracted from the motor. With that the Tmax will be fodder for the Fuoco....

    This morning; the usual suspects at the RV point




    At Awana




    The Sportsbikers who were laughing at the Fuoco were laughing no more.....


    The Fuoco with some seriously fast company


    The Fuoco Mainstand, all ground down......after only 300km on the odometer


    Parking on uneven ground is of no issue


    Side view



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    Nice pictures bro!

    Does the extra weight over the T-Max make a difference??
    Even the smallest spark can start a massive forest fire...

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    Quote Originally Posted by william_liu View Post
    Nice pictures bro!

    Does the extra weight over the T-Max make a difference??
    Not really. The Fuoco seems to steer better and the extra weight is made up by having the extra front tyre when braking. A bit heavy when pushing around but its ok cos yo do not have to balance the bike on two wheels.

    I took it up to Awana Genting again this morning and hade even more fun with the regular sportsriders on their crotch rockets.

    Weather was really great, roads twisty, clean, dry and grippy and the coffee never tasted better in the cool and misty mountain air.

    The Sportsriders wondering 'how come'.....





    I filled it to the brim and got 22.75 km per litre.




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    NICE!!!!

    Great pics!!

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    sorry...wrong posting...
    Last edited by paithorn; 24-05-2008 at 11:55 AM.

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    mrmagoo

    great pics and i'm sure you and your Fuoco 500 got all the attention during the trip

    as for gaining more bhp,
    other than aftermarket exhuast
    perhaps rollers/belt mods, or a spark optimizer ?

    by the way any plans to remove the main stand ?
    as i heard that with the main stand , the bike can still be parked via locking the suspension



    i'll order one as soon as i pass class 2
    hopefully by then it's for sale in singapore

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    mingsect,

    FYI, Fuoco 500 is on sale now!!! Check with Paggio (John)

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    Any idea how much it's costing in Singapore?

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    mybigshow,

    Quoted On the road 15K plus depending on your age and COE......

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bambambigalo View Post
    mingsect,

    FYI, Fuoco 500 is on sale now!!! Check with Paggio (John)
    yes on sale. have passed the homologation. but got to order. the black one have been sold. left the red one. but its at the customs. can't get to view it. Piaggio will only bring it in if that someones confirm wants to buy it.
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    mingsect, good choice. i believe the Fuoco will be in demand. imagine a 500cc scooter, brand new at $15k OTR. not to mention its an evolution of biking, a 3 wheeler!
    No more regrets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bambambigalo View Post
    mybigshow,

    Quoted On the road 15K plus depending on your age and COE......
    $15K a very good price, as compare to $13K for MP3 400. So now currently only got one OTR?

     

     
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bambambigalo View Post
    mingsect,

    FYI, Fuoco 500 is on sale now!!! Check with Paggio (John)
    thanks, got chance maybe can check out the mp3-125 first.
    now only have class 2b

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    Quote Originally Posted by mingsect View Post
    thanks, got chance maybe can check out the mp3-125 first.
    now only have class 2b

    Yeah hi5 man! I finally found a kaki who's looking at MP3 125! Ha ha...

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    you managed to test the mp3 125 yet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mingsect View Post


    you managed to test the mp3 125 yet?
    Nope, no time, u? I only went around asking the price, and I also need to trade in my GTS too, so most mototiam dun eat back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mybigshow
    $15K a very good price, as compare to $13K for MP3 400. So now currently only got one OTR?

    so far haven see any on the road.

    believed chrishir is waiting for his..

    http://www.singaporebikes.com/forums...111319&page=21

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    By e way, which shop sell e 1st Fuoco?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mingsect View Post
    so far haven see any on the road.

    believed chrishir is waiting for his..

    http://www.singaporebikes.com/forums...111319&page=21
    OIC. So meaning chrishir still haven got it yet lah? I thought Piaggio said make no plan to bring it in?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mybigshow
    Nope, no time, u? I only went around asking the price, and I also need to trade in my GTS too, so most mototiam dun eat back.

    same thing .
    no chance.
    still considering if to wait until class 2 to get the fuoco 500 one time,
    or get the 125 mp3 first.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mybigshow View Post
    By e way, which shop sell e 1st Fuoco?
    just read the mp3 thread he said mentioned Asphoon 15k otr.
    so far only one OTR, so his should be the 2nd..

    last week he said have to wait for 8 more week.
    guess by july he should get his .

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    Quote Originally Posted by mingsect View Post
    same thing .
    no chance.
    still considering if to wait until class 2 to get the fuoco 500 one time,
    or get the 125 mp3 first.

    Fuoco 500 a good choice, unless u intend to upgrade to Class 2. I only want to maintain my class 2B, so a MP3 125 will be good enough for me. So far I saw a few MP3 on the road, but difficult to differenciate the cc. But saw a 400ie parked at a MSCP in the East, looks quite cool.

    3 Wheelers will be the most cool and in thing on the road in the future, thats why got the intention to change to a 125.

     

     
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    Quote Originally Posted by mingsect View Post
    just read the mp3 thread he said mentioned Asphoon 15k otr.
    so far only one OTR, so his should be the 2nd..

    last week he said have to wait for 8 more week.
    guess by july he should get his .
    ASP, I got bad experience with them, so they never crossed my mind when I looking for MP3. But since he manage to get it for 15K, that will be quite a good bargain.

    So who got the 1st one since chrishir got the 2nd?

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    i believe other than the badge..
    looking at the size and width of the rear wheel is another way.
    read that ,the 125 & 250 have a smaller rear wheel compared to the 400
    or was it the 250 and 400 have the bigger rear wheel



    read abt it at the forum below
    http://www.modernvespa.com/forum/for...days=0&start=0

    mostly american mp3 owners. sharing their experience with the mp3
    and the mp3, 500 is also available few month back in the US
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    Hi guys...

    The red unit is confirmed for sale.
    It is initially intending for Indonesia but they are not ready to take, so it would be sold to Singapore market 1st.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brembo View Post
    Hi guys...

    The red unit is confirmed for sale.
    It is initially intending for Indonesia but they are not ready to take, so it would be sold to Singapore market 1st.
    Hmm...no black units coming in?


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    Quote Originally Posted by specialc View Post
    Hmm...no black units coming in?
    you can always place an order for it. till now, there are already 2 persons who have place their order for the black ones.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mingsect View Post
    i believe other than the badge..
    looking at the size and width of the rear wheel is another way.
    read that ,the 125 & 250 have a smaller rear wheel compared to the 400
    or was it the 250 and 400 have the bigger rear wheel



    read abt it at the forum below
    http://www.modernvespa.com/forum/for...days=0&start=0

    mostly american mp3 owners. sharing their experience with the mp3
    and the mp3, 500 is also available few month back in the US
    Wow, since US got MP3 500, will Singapore gonna get it? So meaning they dun hv 125 over at US?

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    after some reading, actually their 500 is the fuoco 500

    125 , have also .
    but not much sale i believe.

    since they do not have class 2A , 2B and class 2 over there

    plus fuel is cheap there
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    PART 1

    Here is my owner's report / riding impression. I originally posted this two weeks ago in a Malaysian Sportbiking forum.

    Make : Gilera
    Model : Fuoco ( Fire in Italian)
    Engine: 500cc SOHC Fuel Injected 4 Stroke Single
    Transmission : Belt CVT
    HP : 40HP Claimed
    Weight : 248 KG
    Top Speed: 150km/h
    Chassis : Underbone spar, swinging engine with 14inch Rear wheel and Two 12 inch Front wheels suspended by tilt/lockable parallelogram opposed swingarm system.

    Price OTR RM42,700



    My Scooter Affair

    Gilera is owned by Piaggio, a big Industrial Italian Conglomerate that has a long heritage in manufactering unique product. Well known for making the Vespa scooter range, it has also made airplane components and also complete airplanes. Their current Corporate aricraft is the futuristic looking Piaggio Avante, that is amongst the fastest twin engine turboprop aircraft on sale now.

    In recent years Piaggio acquired the Gilera brand name, and the Fuoco is one of the end result of the economies of scale achieved with the acquisition.

    Sharing the same design philosophy of the 2 year old MP3, the Fuoco via the Gilera brand name is a Piaggio proposition for a more sporting and aggresive face for its products.

    I have always had a soft spot for scooters, a taste i gradually developed as I got a little older. I bought my first scooter in 1995, after 21 years of Superbiking, a Suzuki VS100, then a Piaggio Hexagon, powered by a 180cc two stroke single. This was swiftly followed by the 250 Yamaha Majesty on which I fitted a Doken Roof, specially ordered from Japan.

    My three scooters with a Honda Helix belonging to a buddy.



    The Majesty was a great scooter, reliable and economical, and it was not too bad in the twisties as well as for slow speed touring. In fact i rode it all the way to Kota Baru, leaving my house at 8AM and arriving Kota Baru clock tower at 2pm, a total of 6 hours to cover 550 kms.

    The Majesty at Kota Baru Clocktower


    In 2002 I bought the XP500 Tmax, registered as the first of its kind in Malaysia.
    The Tmax certainly amazed me with its sprightly performance, and i regularly ride it up my favorite roads with my Superbike riding buddies, in the process surprising my friends as the Tmax refused to be left behind on the twisty bits.

    The grip was not great as the choice of tyres are limited, the brakes are prone to fading on prolonged hard use, and the ground clearance is poor and quite incompatible to my riding style.

    After a few months I transfered the roof from the Majesty to the Tmax and until today, the bike has been serving me well, sharing garage space with my Boxercup.

    The Tmax in current colors


    The Tmax can only go this low with the mainstand scraping


    This brings us to the Fuoco Story............

    The Fuoco

    The MP3 grabbed my attention ever since i read about it two years ago. However, with only a 250cc motor doing horsepower duty, I knew it was a matter of time before a bigger engine version will be released to the market.

    I found a common trait in all the scooters I have owned or ridden; a disconcerting lack of front end feel, a sensation that seems to isolate the rider from what the front wheel is actually doing, made even worse on wet or damp roads. The quick and light steering that works so well for slow speed town use makes the scooter twitchy at higher speeds, detracting from the enjoyment of leaning, the very reason why we all ride two wheelers. Although the Tmax to a large extent has made major improvement in this area, it is sill nowhere near the feel of a conventional motorcycle.

    Hence when the MP3 came out with the revolutionary twin wheel tilting front end, my interest was tickled, and I knew that this setup would be a good thing. However the 250cc motor was a major holdback factor stopping me from taking the plunge.

    Late last year the Fuoco was released, and i immediately decided that this is going to be in my garage as soon as it becomes available in Malaysia.

    Two Sundays ago i rode my Tmax up to Genting Coffee Bean and had a good time charging around the mountain roads with the usual Superbike boys. As always we gathered at the Gombak toll at the end of the ride to say goodbye and there I was informed that the Fuoco is sitting at Welly Batu caves, apparently waiting for an owner to take it home.

    Last week, on Wednesday, i went to see the bike, sat on it, liked it, and paid a deposit to book the bike. After paying the remaining balance on thursday, i told Welly to prepare the bike for collection on Friday, swapping my favorite number from my Tmax, having registered it in a day.

    Friday evening, at 4pm i collected my Fuoco

    My Fuoco awaiting collection.




    On leaving the shop my first stop was the nearest petrol station, and 11 litres went into the small 12 litre fuel tank filling it to the brim. The first route I took on leaving the shop was the middle ring road, from Batu Caves towards LDP, a road I take every time I return from Awana for home. I immediately fell in love with the front end, confirming my initial feelings about the bike the first time i laid eyes on it.

    Riding through heavy traffic is similar to riding a big bike, the extra front wheel doesn't make the bike feel any wider. In fact, the bike is just a little wider than the Tmax. Although heavy, it has a low centre of gravity so it does not feel top heavy. The seat height is not that high, but being wide, riders with shorter inseams may have to stretch their legs to touch the ground.

    Feet up stops requires some practice and can be easily mastered in short order. Just engage the tilt-lock mechanism before coming to a stop, and watch the car drivers look in amazement ( or ridicule ).

    And now, a little more detail in the story.....

    The Gilera Fuoco.

    Design, Styling and Features.

    In the few days I have had the bike the reaction from onlookers is between extremeties; ugly and WoW. My wife thought that I have lost my mind, as if having a scooter with a roof was not enough I had to get another with three wheels and a face as if DarthVader ran head-on into a brick wall, twice. She told me she'd rather walk than ride pillion, but I know eventually when she finds out about the feet-up riding feature she'll give it a try. By the way, she said the same thing when i bought the Smart Brabus, but now she hides the keys whenever I want to use it because she wants it for herself.

    The "Face" you love to hate


    Whatever the case, the look is provocative, almost aggresive. The 'bumpers' or 'bullbars' looks like it came off a small SUV that's pretending to be a jungle basher. Five (!) lights adorns the 'face' the one in the middle being the running lights, the top two as the main beam and two projector lights providing high beam. Looking on towards the rear, the seat, a fairly short affair allows for significant overhang which can be used to mount an additional top box. The rear lights are like two underseat tailpipes. Twin absobers liink the rear axle to the frame. The swingarm is a conventional scooter design, the left side dominated by the belt transmission unit, the right a huge muffler.

    The Rear View


    Another angle showing the huge muffler


    The turn indicators looks like an afterthought, as if the designer forgot that the bike needs to have a set, and seems like a last minute add-on.

    I like the way it looks, kinda like a squashed up ATV. Thankfully the bike (brike??) is blessed by a fairly long wheelbase making the side profile a little sleeker.

    The Underseat space is acceptably big, long and wide but not exceptionally deep. A Full face helmet must be aligned properly for it to fit, leaving not much space for much else. i managed to shoehorn my son's RC Heli which is an odd sized object. Opening the seat is via the ignition key, twisting the opposite direction from the 'on' setting. Remote actuation is also available after programming the key.

    The Seat


    The build quality is about equal to the Japanese, all parts fitting well. The paintwork is good, although lacking in lustre a bit of polishing will bring out the sparke.

    Some of the nuts, screws and bolts will rust in time ( it is after all Italian ) and i intend to swap it for better quality replacement.

    The switchgear feel is better than the Japanese bikes but still a notch below the benchmark BMW switchgear. All the switchgera are positioned at common place so there's not much to adapt and ex Japanese Bike riders will feel at home in a hurry. There is no light switch 'On-Off' button as the lights comes on as soon as the bike moves. A rocker switch controls the High Beam



    The right side switch cluster has two extra switches, one a push in type Mode switch to control a few mode displays at the meter binnacle, the other a rocker switch to lock or free the tilting mechanism of the front steering system.

    The front brake lever is at the usual position and the rear brake lever occupies the position normally meant for the clutch lever.

    There is also a handbrake handle under the steering head between the riders legs. This isused to secure the bike when the bike is parkes without using the mainstand, to stop inadvertent rolling of the vehicle.

    The small 12 liter fuel tank is in the middle of the centre portion of the footwell, and access is by turning the ignition key inwards and clockwise. The fuel tank opening is well recessed minimising the chances of overflow when filling up to the brim.

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    PART 2

    Gilera Fuoco Ride Report.

    Early Sunday morning found me fidddling with my compressor eargerly filling
    up air into the three wheels of the Fuoco. The manual say 1.6 bar for the
    front and 1.8 bar for the rear and i followed the recommendation. My
    favorite pressures were 2.1 and 2.3 for my Tmax and my BMW Boxercup but
    nevertheless, this time i chose to fill as per the manual.

    Turning on the ignition key, i observed the instruments doing self check
    sweep and an amber light indicated that the tilt system was in the locked
    position.
    Starting the bike required the obligatory engagement of either brakes, and the bike burbled to its idle RPM of 1300 with just a mere touch of the
    starter button. The crisp morning air and the blue skies holds promise of
    good weather, although there was some overcast towards the western side, it was of no concern to me as Awana lies east from where i was.

    The Awana Genting road is God's gift to Malaysian motorheads, and every weekend cars ranging from STIs to Ferraris and all sorts of Superbikes will make a point to run their machines there. There's no GATSO in Malaysia and the Police are generally very sporting and friendly to Sportsbikers on this stretch of mountain heaven. The roads have a good combination of long fast sweepers and twisty bits, the surface offering great grip when good rubber is used. Its about a 120km round trip, rising from sea level to 5000 ft up, offering fresh cool air after 60 minutes of hardcore motoring fun. I've been driving my cars, bikes and scooters up and down the roads regularly over the past 20 years, and as such know each turn intimately. The beautifully cambered road cuts through virgin Equatoril jungle and traffic is generally light, more so on the weekend.

    The twisty bits




    Hardcore riding company


    Exotic Italian framed by Exotic 4 wheelers on Awana Road


    I pushed the bike off the mainstand and held it steady out of habit, only to
    realise it will stay upright as the two front wheels held it firmly
    vertical with the tilt mechanism locked.

    The tilt mechanism can be engaged anytime the bike is below 10km/h. It can be disengaged with a twist of the throttle or by switching the tilt switch.

    However, the safety system will not allow the engine rev to rise nor the
    tilt system to unlock unless it senses a rider is on board. This is indeed very clever of Gilera.

    With my riding gear secure, helmet fastened I sat on the bike and twist to
    go. Immediately the bike stopped being a trike and behaved just like a
    normal two wheeler.
    The steering is very light without being twitchy. The front end does not
    dive with the front brakes applied a characteristic I am familiar with as my Boxercup behaves the same way, being telelever equipped at the front end. The power is smooth although i can
    clearly feel that 40hp feels like just 30hp, and is not enough to push the 248kg bike at a rate
    Superbikers are accustomed to. Additionally, the bike had only 200km on the
    clock and thus the engine feels tight. I did not want to stress the new
    engine and adhered to the limitations set by the process of running in.

    Into the LDP highway the speed gently crept up to 110km/h, the bike rock steady even
    on uneven surface.

    I soon arrived at Mobil, a gas station that is the rendezvous point for regular Awana riders.

    The jokes from my Superbike riding buddies came fast and furious. Many there looked at the bike
    disbelievingly with more than one telling me not to waste my time going up the ,mountain road to
    Awana.

    The Mobil Crowd





    I left Mobil with an 08 ZX10R on my tail and he escorted me throughout Karak
    Highway, a section of sweeping curves allowing speeds of 200km/h on the faster bikes, patiently keeping his speed below 130km/h. The Fuoco was smooth at
    that speed but the lack of a windscreen and the upright riding position made
    me aware of the wind factor hitting my upper body. A windscreen will be
    ordered soon.

    Going uphill from the guardhouse wher the road starts the mountain station reveals a dire lack of power, especially
    coming out of corners, and the only way to make progress was to keep entry
    speed high.
    The two front wheels are clearly great, gripping the road the way its meant
    to be, and after a few corners the mainstand were grinding away at full
    lean. The bike has lots to give but clearly the ground clearance is a
    limiting factor.

    The rear however was another story altogether. With so much unsprung weight
    due to the gearbox, muffler and engine layout, the back end seems to judder all
    over the place, and this trait, while mildly irritating, did not endanger
    progress, but will rob confidence from less experienced riders. The ZX10r
    was stuck to my tail throught, unable to overtake in the corners, and not
    wanting to do so on the more open area.

    There is a downhill section as midway between the Giardhouse and Awana and
    here i pushed the Fuoco pretty hard, and after three turns, the ZX10R was
    nowhere in sight. As the road opened up again the ZX10R caught up easily.
    We reached Awana for some Teh Tarik, a traditiona and popular Malaysian concoction of hot tea with evaporated milk.



    After about 30 minutes I followed about 10 Superbikes up to Genting Coffee
    Bean and had a good scrap with three of them with the rest left behind.


    As the road got steeper, the three suit clad track day riders put some
    distance between their bike and my scooter, and when we reached on top, they
    were about one or two corners ahead.

    We reached Coffee bean and the surprised bikers examined the bike they
    thought was a joke.....

    Coffee Bean






    It was a fairly big crowd with lots of bikes. After an hour or so I saw a
    group of Track day riders and their buddies suiting up to leave and i
    followed them down. The group comprised of about 20 bikes, a couple of GS,
    RTs and also the F800 with a good number of Japanese Sportsbikes ridden by
    full racingsuit clag riders, all capable of knee dragging.

    As the speed built up I found myself with two Sportsbikes ahead and proceeded to accompany them downhill. The Fuoco, with gravity aiding progress was nipping at the back of the sportsbikes, the mainstand scraping the ground impeding fast progress. I can feel that the Fuoco was more than a match on the brakes, even though the other two bikes were with Akrapovics, Brembos and Ohlins. We reached the guardhouse together and waited for the others to catch up.

    From the roundabout down i was overtaken by about 12 bikes in the faster sections but eventually managed to catch up to the leading pack of three bikes, with them being ahead by one corner.
    At the bottom of the hill, the others caught up again, and we split, with them proceeding to BukitT Tinggi road for more of the same, while i made my way home via karak Highway, never exceeding 130km/h.

    I stopped at Karak Toll for a breather and checked my bike and saw the mainstand was ground away significantly.

    Karak Toll


    Mainstand


    I must say i had a lot of fun rding the Fuoco up and down Awana Genting for the first time, and despite having the bike for just 300km, I was able to ride it quite hard with confidence. The front tyres, a pair of Michelin Pilots, gave good grip, the brakes are the best I've had the privilege of using on any scooter and some bikes. Oddly, the rear was shod with what can be best described as mundane tyres, with a thread pattern that looks more at home on a pushcart.

    The lack of front end dive is also something I like very much. The ground clearance however is not so good, and the only way to avoid ground contact is to hang off while cornering, something I thought that apart from making me look silly, it also makes me feel like a prat.

    I was stopped by a Road Transport Dept roadblock on the way home and the officer called HQ to ascertain if its OK for the Fuoco to be ridden with a 'B' license. When he mentioned its a Gilera, he waved me away with a smile.



    I did think of the GP 800, but after looking at the pictures, I felt the bike did not give me the right vibe, and no matter how good the scooter is, it cannot beat a proper bike like my Boxercup, or even a Japanese middleweight. Heck, I'd think the even the BMW F800 will run rings around the GP800 given equal rider skill. The Fuoco, with its two front wheels has a novelty factor that's functional as well. The look on the Sportsriders faces after a scrap on a twisty road that's below 120km/h is priceless.

    An R 1 rider asked me before the run downhill " Hey Nik, you think this bike can race mine downhill? " I just told him, " The fact that you'll be ahead is a foregone conclusion, the question is how far can you leave me on my 40HP/248KG contraption......" He was pretty shaken when he left me just three corners behind after a 30 minute ride.

    The Fuoco had one last surprise for me when I stopped for petrol. It a very economical bike.
    Check out how many litres and how many kilometers covered....... ( By the way, fuel is cheap over here, at just 32p a litre )




    Here you have a fun machine that can carry my Laptop and SLR camera, play with Superbikes, comfortable and safe to ride, looks (ahem) great and yet does not cost a bomb to run....

    My Fuoco has no problem parking on uneven ground


    I guess for now this ends my riding impression. In time I will post some on the move photos.


    The Gilera Fuoco 500ie.



    Before I end, i want to tell you all this story;

    At the Petrol station a boy came to talk to me...

    "Bang, in moto tayar tiga bang?" ( Bro, this a three wheel bike no? )

    " Ya" I said ( Yes )

    " Moto Orang Cacat ke Bang " he said ( For the disabled ?)

    " Ya " I said. ( Yes ) He looked at me and asked,

    " Abang tak nampak cacat Bang?" he said ( You don't look disabled ?)

    " Abang Cacat kat sini " I said while pointing to my head. ( Disabled up here )

    He laughed. So did I.

    Hope you all find this simple review useful. I think I'll have more fun after the bike is fully run-in.....

    Bye for now and regards.

    Nik Huzlan
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