2012 Piaggio Fly Review


Piaggio, also makers of the Vespa, Aprilia, Derbi, and Gilera brands, is known worldwide as a maker of quality scooters. The stylish 2012 Piaggio Fly combines safety, dependability, and practicality in one fun-to-ride scooter. The 2012 Fly model is lightweight and nimble, easy to use, simple to park, and has an outstanding power-to-weight ratio for unrivaled city driving. The wheels and tubeless tires create stability and are easily maneuverable in traffic. Piaggio’s Fly scooters are contemporary and sporty, making them some of the most popular models on the road, which isn't hard to understand. What's not to like? It is practicable, enjoyable, affordable, which are three things that just about everyone looks for in a scooter.

The Fly has been quite successful as a mainstream scooter option, although it lacks the aggressiveness of a sports scooter and the high-end design of the Vespa. However, it ticks all the right boxes for the average customer. The Fly is available in 50-cc and 150-cc models. The first model introduced in the United States was the Fly 150 in 2005. Two years later, the Fly 50 debuted with a two-stroke engine that was replaced by the current four-stroke engine the next year. Both models share their engines with Vespa models. The Fly 50 uses a four-stroke, Hi-PER4 motor from Piaggio that is also used in the Vespa S 50 an LX 50. This year, the engine is updated to the latest version that offers a slightly better fuel economy than before. With this new engine, the Fly 50 can go up to a speed of 40 miles per hour.

The more powerful 2012 Piaggio Fly 150 gets same engine used in the Vespa ET Series, and 150cc S and LX scooters; although the Vespa models have a better fuel injection system. Nevertheless, the Fly 150’s motor still offers good power and reliability with slightly below-average fuel economy. The engine can take the Fly 150 to a top speed of 60-62 miles per hour, which is average for a 150cc scooter. What sets the 2012 Piaggio Fly apart from its closely related Vespa competitors is the use of larger 12-inch wheels. These wheels keep the scooter stable even at higher speeds, which is not that significant for 50-cc models but very useful for the 150-cc ones. In fact, the 150-cc Vespa scooters can become a little unstable at high speeds because of their light weight and small wheels, but the Fly 150 does not suffer this problem.

The 2012 Piaggio Fly is a good option for people who want a modern-looking transport at a great value.

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2012 Piaggio Fly Specs

  • Model: Piaggio Fly
  • Engine Type: 49.9-cc single-cylinder
  • Bore and Stroke: 1.5 inches and 1.6 inches
  • Compression ratio: 10.3:1
  • Valve Train: Single overhead cam
  • Induction: Air-cooled
  • Ignition: Electric
  • Transmission: Continuously variable (CVT)
  • Final Drive: Belt
  • Fuel Capacity: 1.9 gallons
  • Estimated Fuel Economy: 70 miles per gallon (mpg)
  • Brakes (Front): 7.9-inch disc
  • Brakes (Rear): 5.5 inch drum
  • Suspension (Front): 1.3-inch, non-adjustable, telescopic fork
  • Suspension (Rear): Steel single-sided swing arm adjustable for shock/spring preload
  • Wheelbase: 52.4 inches
  • Rake: N/A
  • Trail: N/A
  • Seat Height: 30.9 inches
  • Curb Weight: 250 pounds
  • Tires (Front): 120/70 R12
  • Tires (Rear): 120/70 R12


  • Available in White, Midnight Blue, Gray
  • E-1 electric alarm
  • 33-liter top case
  • Windscreen

Key Competitors For The 2012 Piaggio Fly

  • Vespa LX 150
  • Yamaha Zuma
  • Kymco Sting
  • Peirspeed Laser