Piaggio is opening a one-stop shop for its Italian two-wheelers in the city next week.
Talk history with any motorcycle enthusiast and youa��re assured an animated conversation. Ask them what sets an Italian superbike apart from its Japanese counterpart and youa��ll hear about how the Italian was originally made for the racetrackA� and then for commute, unlike the latter. Such conversations are only going to pick up, with news of Moto Plexa��s launch in the citya��in Ashok Nagar, this Tuesdaya��getting superbike lovers excited. Motoplex is Piaggioa��s premium store, through which the Italian automobile manufacturer will offer its most popular motorcycle brands, Aprilia and Moto Guzzi, along with its Vespa scooters.
The second store in the countrya��after its maiden launch in Pune in Novembera��Moto Plex will open with Apriliaa��s popular motorcycles like the Tuono V4 1100 Factory (`19.14 lakh ex-showroom Pune) in the naked bike segment, the RSV4 RF (`21.93 lakh ex-showroom Delhi) in the sports bikes segment and the adventure tourer, Dorsoduro 1200 (`17.87 lakh ex-showroom Mumbai). Carrying Apriliaa��s signature V4 engines, the Tuono and RSV4 RF can deliver powers over 175 bhp, with the RSV4 RF even capable of reaching a top speed of 300 kmph. a�?Italian motorcycles are what you call top-of-the-line, premium steeds in comparison with Japanese mass-produced vehicles. They carry superior electricals, traction controls and delivers a much higher torque,a�? says Dastur AR, a petroleum retailer in the city, who owns two Italian superbikesa��an Aprilia Tuono and Ducati Multistradaa��and believes that Moto Plexa��s launch will help fellow Aprilia owners find spare parts and better service.
In the Moto Guzzi line there is the street bike Griso 1200 8V SE (`16.50 lakh ex-showroom Mumbai), the tourer California Touring SE (`20.79 lakh ex-showroom Mumbai), and an all-classic bike complete with spoke wheels and chrome detailing, named the Eldorado (`21.77 lakhs ex-showroom Mumbai). Moto Guzzi, which is also the oldest European motorcycle still in production, carries its signature flat engines. a�?Guzzis are a rare breed in the citya��there are just a handful of Moto Guzzi motorcycles in the state. I personally know just one California Touring among the motorcycling fraternity,a�? says Sarosh Linathwala, from the Chennai Superbikers Club. Apart from the sale of motorcycles, Moto Plex will also serve as a point for repairs and sale of original spare parts, accessories and riding merchandises from Aprilia, Moto Guzzi and Vespa. If Piaggio CEO Stefano Pellea��s words are to be believed, Bengaluru and Hyderabad will soon get their very own Moto Plex too.
Store launches on May 24.
a�� P Peter