Review Gilera Fuoco 500

Review Gilera Fuoco 500

Review Gilera Fuoco 500


"It’s better on three wheels", thought Piaggio’s engineers and gave the Fuoco 500 a second front wheel. What good is the double front suspension?

Incredible amazement all around: there is the Gilera F.uoco 500 with its two front wheels bolt upright at the traffic lights, while the driver calmly keeps his feet on the running boards.

Wasn’t this scooter still driving around the curve in full lean angle? As a matter of fact. What remained hidden from the observers: A small push of a switch was enough for the pilot to lock the parallel axis of the two short swing arms via an electrohydraulic actuator when stationary.

This locking mechanism works up to an incline of 40 degrees. If the driver has not yet pressed the switch or has set foot, the scooter will tip over. On the other hand, the vehicle can be parked sideways on sloping streets without having to use the main stand. You quickly get used to pressing a button; when you start driving, the blockage is released automatically. But be careful, this also happens if you just play with the gas.


The Gilera could bridge the gap between driving a car and motorcycling.

When driving, the Fuoco behaves as easily as an ordinary scooter. It just looks a little unwieldy. If you didn’t know that there were two wheels in front, you wouldn’t believe it. What is striking, however, is how comfortably the front suspension works, especially on poor roads. Even manhole covers and potholes can hardly be felt? for one simple reason: hitting them with both wheels at the same time is rare.

The Fuoco also reacts calmly to ruts, and its sensitivity to crosswinds is more like that of a car than that of a motorcycle. After all, the Fuoco runs easily 140 km / h with its full tank of 262 kilograms and 28 hp on the rear wheel. Even on wet roads, the tricycle feels right at home and pushes easily over the front duo at the detention limit. Even locking front wheels when braking lose their fright.

The Fuoco ?? a beginner-friendly two-wheeler? In any case. And interest in him could increase when his successor is presented at the Intermot in Cologne in autumn. With just a few technical changes it will be possible to drive with the car driver’s license.

Technical data – Gilera Fuoco 500


Water-cooled single-cylinder four-stroke engine, an overhead, chain-driven camshaft, four valves, rocker arm, wet sump lubrication, injection, Ø 38 mm, regulated catalytic converter, alternator 380 W, battery 12 V / 14 Ah, centrifugal clutch, stepless automatic belt.
Bore x stroke 94.0 x 71.0 mm
Cubic capacity 493 cc
Compression ratio 10.5: 1 rated power
30.0 kW (41 hp) at 7250 rpm

Max. Torque 46.5 Nm at 5250 rpm

landing gear

Tubular frame made of steel, parallelogram aluminum wishbones and two pushed short swing arms, drive unit swing arm, two spring struts, adjustable spring base, double disc brake at the front, Ø 240 mm, two-piston fixed calipers, disc brake at the rear, Ø 280 mm, double-piston floating caliper.

Cast aluminum wheels 3.00 x 12; 4.50 x 14 tires 120 / 70-2; 140 / 70-14

Tires in the test Pirelli GTS 23/24

Dimensions + weights

Wheelbase 1550 mm, spring travel f / r 85/110 mm, seat height * 800 mm, weight with a full tank of 262 kg, load 183 kg, tank capacity / reserve 12.0 / 1.8 liters. Two-year warranty

Service intervals every 5000 km

Colors: red, blue, gray, black

Price including additional costs 7600 euros


Top speed 142 km / h

0-100 km / h 9.8 sec
0-140 km / h 27.5 sec

60-100 km / h 5.7 sec
100-140 km / h 16.4 sec

Speedometer deviation
Effective (display 50/100) 45/92 km / h


Country road 4.2 l / 100 km
Theor. Range of the country road 286 km

Fuel type super

Plus minus

+Chassis with high suspension comfort
+Good grip on wet roads
+Good light, lots of storage space

-More unwieldy than a two-wheeler
-Noticeably high vehicle weight
-Wind protection could be better

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