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Piaggio X9 Evolution - 2005

Piaggio X9 Evolution Introduction

The X9 EVOLUTION is the Piaggio 'maxi' GT tourer intended to meet the most advanced mobility standards. With exemplary performance and comfort, the Evolution is extremely manoeuvrable and handles both town and longer runs in absolute safety.

Elegantly styled, with attention paid to every detail, this vehicle has exclusive equipment and top technology and cycle parts. Its powerful, ecological engines already meet Euro 2 standards.

Three years from its launch, with over 100,000 units sold overall, the PIAGGIO X9 EVOLUTION range, which recently grew to include a sparkling new 250cc, now has a wide range of models in the top displacement as well.

In fact, the 500cc EVOLUTION category has no fewer than three models available: *The X9 EVOLUTION 500 STREET is the base model available in Italy and selected European markets, with an exceptional price-quality-performance ratio for a wide range of standard equipment.

*The X9 EVOLUTION 500 is an extremely comfortable vehicle on which top-of-the-line standard equipment includes an automatic stand and the PICS communication system.

*The X9 EVOLUTION 500 ABS, the top-of-the-range Piaggio ‘maxi’ scooter with an integral brake system featuring servo assist and an ABS, combines superb standard equipment with greater safety.

Hence, three different versions of the X9 Evolution 500 now feature within the Piaggio ‘maxi’ GT range, which was recently also given a new 250cc with very snappy performance.

The ‘classic’ X9 Evolution 500, a comfortable and high-prestige vehicle with exceptional standard equipment including an automatic stand and PICS (Piaggio Integrated Communication System) featuring RDS radio, interphone and hands-free mobile phone, is now backed up by two new models.

The new top-of-the-range model is the X9 Evolution 500 ABS, with an integral braking system featuring servo assist and ABS to take the vehicle to even higher safety standards, while the new base version, the X9 Evolution 500 Street, is available at a very competitive price for a 500cc that features the same standard equipment as the largest-displacement X9 Evolution, with the exception of the automatic stand and PICS.

The Piaggio X9 offers the easiest handling in the line-up of medium and large displacement tourer scooters. Its Evolution version includes a series of design and technical changes, starting with the sophisticated new front shield design that enhances the X9's elegant, distinctive image. The sharp lines of the new front shield feature large headlights and taper into new painted rear-view mirrors with built-in indicators, making the X9 Evolution even more aerodynamic.

Improved design and function are evident in the excellent finish and details on all the Piaggio X9 Evolution versions -– there are new chrome lamps, a double-stitched saddle and a two-level windscreen adjustable to three positions, this last already available on the 500cc and now standard on the lower displacements as well.

The sides have been redesigned to give the X9 Evolution a new shape, with white transparents and an elegant, car-style prism effect within the front and rear indicators.

The X9 Evolution’s visual impact suggests comfortable and pleasurable long-distance riding as well as the technological evolution on the new versions.

PIAGGIO X9 EVOLUTION 500 ABS

With the same excellent standard equipment as the X9 Evolution 500, which makes it one of the most comfortable, complete and upmarket products available, the Piaggio X9 Evolution 500 ABS is a benchmark in running safety and will satisfy a client profile that is increasingly demanding in terms of comfort and technical equipment.

With a powerful integral brake system composed of large-diameter disks and Brembo callipers, the entire X9 Evolution range has extremely efficient braking in the most limited spaces. Adding an ABS and a brake servo on the front brake to the X9 Evolution 500’s integral braking was a natural progression for a system meant to be efficient and safe in daily commuting as well as on long-distance rides.

Experienced riders and those riding a two wheeler for the first time will both appreciate the comfort and sense of safety that the combination of these two additional elements offers due to their ability to deal with various levels of road grip.

On the Piaggio X9 Evolution 500 ABS, the integral braking system has the left lever - the most commonly used on a scooter - simultaneously actioning the front and rear brakes for optimal distribution of braking power, while reducing stopping space through the use of the ABS and brake servo. The right lever also uses the brake servo and ABS to stop the front disk.

On the X9 Evolution 500 ABS, the front left brake disk has been replaced by a speed sensor, the entire system having been simplified without braking efficacy being affected in any way. The brake servo acts on the front brake calliper and assists by multiplying the rider's physical effort, which results in modulable, fluid braking.

The ABS is an extremely important element in safe riding and is particularly useful in critical situations such as emergency braking on low-friction surfaces (water, gravel, snow) or when surface grip is variable, for instance on wet ground. In fact the ABS stops the front wheel locking up and skidding - the real reason why the rider loses control of the vehicle.

Besides, the combined brake servo and ABS makes it possible to avoid the irritating right brake lever vibration on a traditional ABS.

PIAGGIO X9 EVOLUTION RANGE

The engines

The evolution of the Piaggio X9 range concerns the very heart of the vehicle.

The engines on the 500, 250 and 125cc versions are all extremely environment-friendly. They have markedly reduced fuel consumption, offer fluid running and manoeuvrability at any speed and top performance in their categories.

The electronic injection control and two-way catalyst on the Piaggio MASTER X9 Evolution 500cc engine and the secondary air system on the Piaggio QUASAR X9 Evolution 250 and Piaggio LEADER 125 engines, both also equipped with two-way catalytic converters, ensure that the entire X9 Evolution range meets Euro 2 emissions standards. This is further proof of Piaggio's commitment to environmental issues.

The new-generation Piaggio MASTER on the X9 500 Evolution differs from the earlier version starting from its design — it has a new transmission cover and new muffler. Both elements further reduce running noise and thereby increase comfort, which is guaranteed in any case by an almost total lack of vibration due to the use of a counter-rotating balancer shaft.

The new exhaust with a two-way catalytic converter is an efficient back up for a more evolved injection system. It enhances power and lowers consumption but also ensures comfortable, enjoyable riding in any conditions. New engine mapping ensures more fluid power output, better handling at slow running and a smoother progression to high rpm, making this vehicle an extremely pleasant ride. The new CVT pulleys optimise pick-up and smooth running.

The X9 Evolution engines

  • X9 Evolution 500, X9 Evolution 500 Street and X9 Evolution 500 ABS: single-cylinder 4 stroke 460cc, 4 valves, liquid cooled, electronically controlled injection, counter-rotating balancer shaft and two-way catalytic exhaust. Maximum power is 39 hp (29 Kw) at 7,500 rpm; torque is 43 Nm at 5,500 rpm.
  • X9 Evolution 250: single-cylinder 4 stroke 244.3cc, 4 valves, liquid cooled, with secondary air system and two-way catalytic exhaust. Power output is 22 hp (16.4 Kw) at 8,250 rpm; torque is 20.2 Nm at 6,500 rpm.
  • X9 Evolution 125: single-cylinder 4 stroke 124cc, 4 valves, liquid cooled, with secondary air system and two-way catalytic exhaust. Power output is 15 hp (11 Kw) at 10,000 rpm; torque is 12 Nm at 8,000 rpm.
  • Cycle parts

    The creation of the new X9 Evolution versions led to further cycle parts refinements on a vehicle that was in any case extremely safe and pleasant to ride.

    On the X9 Evolution 500, X9 Evolution 500 Street and X9 Evolution 500 ABS, these changes include a new rear wheel with a five-spoke rim and a new, wide-section sport tread tyre measuring 150/70x14” for improved handling on rough road surfaces and more comfortable riding. There is a new stronger, larger-diameter (41 mm) fork for precision at high-speed running.

    Ride safety on the X9 Evolution 500 gets a fillip with new Brembo 'Serie Oro' floating callipers for exceptional braking in any conditions. The brakes on the X9 Evolution 500 and X9 Evolution 500 Street consist of a stainless steel double disk, 260 mm in diameter, in front and a 240 mm stainless steel disk at the rear.

    The X9 Evolution 250 also has an exceptional brake system composed of three 240 mm stainless steel disks.

    On all the versions of the X9 Evolution (except the X9 Evolution 500 ABS — see 500cc ABS section), the complete braking system (the left brake lever simultaneously actions the left front and rear disks, while the right lever actions the front right disk) permits braking in very limited space and absolute safety in all riding conditions.

    Equipment

    The equipment on this maxi scooter is exceptional and even more complete than on the earlier version of the X9. It has analogue/digital instrumentation with an on-board computer and standard accessories including an automatic stand and new PICS communication system on the X9 Evolution 500 and X9 Evolution 500 ABS. The PICS system is optional on the 125 and 250cc versions.

    In line with new EU legislation, all the displacements of the X9 Evolution have their lights always on. In order to meet the standard specifying that lights be switched on even during the day, the X9 Evolution has a mechanism that automatically switches on the low beam when the scooter is started. The X9 500 Evolution also has an automatic engine-stop switch operated by a motorcycle-type position sensor in case the rider falls off the bike.

    Finally, there is a new seat unlocking system (besides the usual flip-up lever inside the front shield) on all the versions. An electric-command button on the inside front shield operates the system. The 500cc X9 Evolution also has exclusive remote-controlled electronic seat opening. One click suffices to open the seat, which an electro-hydraulic piston then raises automatically.

    Under-seat storage is a generous 45 litres. It is fitted with a courtesy light and a 12V socket to recharge a mobile phone battery. There are another two storage flaps on the inside of the shield. The X9 Evolution has a pull-out seat cover which comes in handy when parking in the rain. Security equipment includes an electronic immobiliser anti-theft system with a coded key as well as a steel ring under the footrest to fix a chain.

    Colours

    The Piaggio X9 Evolution comes in four stylish metallic colours: Graphite Black, Smoky Grey, Excalibur Grey and Imperial Blue.

    Optional accessories

    Winter Screen, a large windshield with built-in hand covers (for the 125 and 250cc); Rear rack with a 48-litre rear top box in the same colour as the vehicle; Chrome rack with passenger backrest; Touring passenger backrest; Soft bag to place inside top case; Heated handlebars (for the 500cc versions); E-Lux electronic alarm with electronic key; PICS full-face and Maxi Jet helmets; Maxi Jet helmet; PICS (optional accessory on the 125/250cc versions); Leg cover; Canvas vehicle cover.

    PIAGGIO X9 EVOLUTION 500 / PIAGGIO X9 EVOLUTION 500 STREET: TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

  • Engine - Single cylinder, 4-stroke 4 valve Piaggio MASTER with counter-rotating balancer shaft and two-way catalytic exhaust
  • Displacement - 460 cc
  • Bore - 92 mm
  • Stroke - 69 mm
  • Fuel - Unleaded
  • Compression ratio - 10.5:1
  • Power - 39 hp/29 Kw at 7,500 rpm
  • Torque - 43 Nm at 5,500 rpm
  • Fuel supply - Electronic injection system
  • Cooling - Liquid
  • Gearbox - Automatic CVT and torque server
  • Frame - Double cradle of high-tensile steel pipes
  • Front suspension - Telehydraulic fork, shafts Ø 41 mm, 90 mm travel
  • Rear suspension - Two hydraulic dampers, pre-loaded coil spring adjustable to four positions, 90 mm travel
  • Braking system - Left lever actions rear and the left front disks. Right lever actions right front disk
  • Front brake - Stainless steel double disk, dia. 260 mm, floating Brembo Serie Oro calliper with two pistons Ø 28 mm (right) / Ø 26 mm (left)
  • Rear brake - Stainless steel disk, dia. 240 mm, Brembo Serie Oro calliper with opposed pistons Ø 34 mm
  • Front tyre - Tubeless 120/70 - 14"
  • Rear tyre - Tubeless 150/70 – 14”
  • Length/Width - 2,130 mm/910 mm
  • Wheelbase - 1,530 mm
  • Seat height - 780 mm
  • Dry weight - 206 kg / 201 kg
  • Fuel tank - 15 litres (of which 2.8 litres reserve)
  • Top speed - 160 km/h
  • Consumption - ECE 40 cycle: 18 km/l
  • Emissions - Euro 2
  • PIAGGIO X9 EVOLUTION 500 ABS: TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

  • Engine - Single cylinder 4-stroke Piaggio MASTER
  • Displacement - 460 cc
  • Bore - 92 mm
  • Stroke - 69 mm
  • Fuel - Unleaded
  • Compression ratio - 10.5:1
  • Power - 39 hp at 7,500 rpm
  • Torque - 43 Nm at 5,500 rpm
  • Fuel - Unleaded
  • Cooling - Liquid
  • Distribution - 4 valve SOHC, electronic injection
  • Lubrication - Wet sump
  • Gearbox - Automatic CVT and torque server
  • Clutch - Dry automatic centrifugal type with torque server
  • Frame - Double cradle of high-tensile steel pipes
  • Front suspension - Telehydraulic fork, shafts Ø 41 mm, 95 mm travel
  • Rear suspension - Two hydraulic dampers, pre-loaded coil spring adjustable to four positions, 90 mm travel
  • Braking system - Integral, servo-assisted with ABS. Left lever actions rear and the left front disks. Right lever actions right front disk
  • Front brake - Disk, dia. 260 mm, floating Brembo Serie Oro calliper with two pistons
  • Rear brake - Disk, dia. 240 mm, Brembo Serie Oro calliper with opposed pistons
  • Front tyre - Tubeless 120/70 - 14"
  • Rear tyre - Tubeless 150/70 - 14"
  • Length/Width - 2,130 mm/ 910 mm
  • Wheelbase - 1,530 mm
  • Seat height - 780 mm
  • Dry weight - 206 kg
  • Fuel tank - 15 litres (of which 2.8 litres reserve)
  • Top speed - 160 km/h
  • Consumption - 18 km/l
  • Emissions - Euro 2
  • PIAGGIO X9 EVOLUTION 250 (125): TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

  • Engine - Single-cylinder 4-stroke 4 valve Piaggio QUASAR 250 (LEADER 125) with secondary air system, two-way catalytic exhaust
  • Displacement - 244.3 (124) cc
  • Bore - 72 (57) mm
  • Stroke - 60 (48.6) mm
  • Fuel - Unleaded
  • Compression ratio - 11.5:1 (12.0:1)
  • Power - 22 hp/16.4 Kw at 8,250 rpm (15 hp / 10.7 Kw at 10,000 rpm)
  • Torque - 20.2 Nm at 6,500 rpm (12 Nm at 8,000 rpm)
  • Fuel supply - Carburettor
  • Distribution - SOHC, 4 valve
  • Cooling - Liquid
  • Gearbox - Automatic CVT, torque server
  • Start - Electric
  • Frame - Double cradle of high-tensile steel pipes
  • Front suspension - Telehydraulic fork, shafts Ø 35 mm, 90 mm travel
  • Rear suspension - Two hydraulic dampers, pre-loaded coil spring adjustable to four positions, 90 mm travel
  • Integral braking system - Left lever actions rear and left front disks. Right lever actions right front disk
  • Front brake Stainless steel double disk, dia. 240 mm, two-piston floating calliper
  • Rear brake - Disk, dia. 240 mm, calliper with two opposed pistons
  • Front tyre - Tubeless 120/70 - 14"
  • Rear tyre - Tubeless 140/60 - 14"
  • Length/Width - 2,130 mm/910 mm
  • Wheel base - 1,500 mm
  • Seat height - 790 mm
  • Dry weight - 168 (166) kg
  • Fuel tank - 14.5 litres (of which 2.5 reserve)
  • Speed 125 (105) km/h
  • Consumption - ECE 40 cycle: 21 (24) km/l
  • Emissions - Euro 2
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