Wednesday, July 29, 2009

LML STAR for Europe

April 29th, 2009 - 2Strokebuzz reported yesterday that the new LML Star (known as the Genuine Stella in the USA) was finally announced to European markets. One could only assume that a US version isn't very far behind. Most interesting about the Star are its specs. Emissions requirements seemed to have taken quite a toll on the modernized engine as its only able to put out 7.7bhp. Many Chinese 150s put out at least this most power. While 7.7bhp isn't a bad starting point, the new motor is going to be much harder and more expensive to extract extra power out of the bike.
TECHNICAL SPECS Star Deluxe 150 3
Length 69 inches
Width 26 inches
Wheelbase 46 inches
Seat height 31 inches
Weight 229 lbs

Engineering two-stroke configuration, Euro 3, air-cooled
Displacement 150 cc
Bore 57.8 mm
9:1 compression
Maximum power 5.8 kW (7.7 bhp) at 5500 rpm
Injection system cdi
Starting Electric and Mechanical
Catalyzed muffler
Fuel tank capacity 2.5 gallons including 1.06 quart reserve
1.06 quart oil tank
Manual Gearbox 4-speed transmission

Steel shell configuration
A front suspension swinging arm, coil spring and hydraulic shock double
Carter engine rear suspension according to the oscillating hydraulic shock double

Configuring Front: disc in stainless steel 200 mm - Rear: 150 mm drum
Tires 3.50 - 10
Beacon lamp 12 volt - 35/35 watt
Arrows lamp 12 volt - 5 volt watt/12 - 10 watts
12 volt battery - 9 Ah
Fuse 8 amp
Top speed 85 + / -5 in fourth gear

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Piaggio to make a come-back with its Iconic Scooters

Scooters, which almost disappeared into the dark alleys of nostalgia, are making a grand comeback. Piaggio Group, which has recently inaugurated its first manufacturing facility in Vietnam, where it will produce 125cc and 150cc Vespa LX scooters, has said that it will also be rolling out scooters in India in due course of time.

Italian auto company Piaggio, manufacturer of the iconic Vespa scooter, is to start production in India as part of plans to expand its operations. Piaggio has roughly 40% of the Indian market share for three wheelers, whereas it lags behind giant Tata Motors (TTM) with a 6% share in four-wheel light commercial vehicles market.

Piaggio Group now operates manufacturing facilities in Italy, Spain, India, China and Vietnam. In India, after calling off its joint venture with the Kanpur-based LML, Piaggio has restricted its operations in the country to light commercial vehicles. However, the Italian group is said to be considering re-launching Vespa scooters in India by 2011-12. The group said it planned to increase its turnover by 20 per cent by 2012.

Piaggio Vehicles Private Ltd. (PVPL)- is headquartered at Pune and has a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility at Baramati, Maharashtra, where three-wheelers are currently being made. Though the company has not announced it officially, industry sources reckon that its proposed scooters would be manufactured in the premises of its existing plant.

Piaggio has already established its numero-uno position in India's 3 wheeler market in cargo as well as passenger segments. Right from the time of its launch in 1999, Piaggio has consistently delivered exceptional standards and commitment to its customers across India. The service orientation of the company has resulted in Piaggio garnering a customer base of over 700,000 satisfied customers across India.

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