Hi everybody, it's Peter. And in this video we're gonna do a complete in-depth review of the Piaggio Liberty S and the Piaggio Liberty, just the classic version. Now these are the 50 CC scooters. We've already done the, I've already done a review on the one 50 cc, which I will definitely be getting back to. And if you have questions that I don't answer in this video, make sure you subscribe and let me know in the comments below what you want to know because I'm filming here at Jim Gilbert's Power Sports here in Fredericton, New Brunswick, and they allow me complete access to their entire vehicle and power sports lineup. So if you have questions, I get to bring these back on camera and make future videos to make sure that you get all the answers you need. So let's get going with the review.
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It's gonna be pretty in depth just to show you the differences between the two and the details of these uh, vehicles. And at the end we're gonna talk about who they're for. So let's start digging into some of the details and the differences between the liberty and Liberty S it's about a hundred dollars price difference between the two and it's really just styling and it can depend on which type of styling you like on which one you might buy. So the liberty S is on my right here, the liberty is on my left, and most of the styling differences can be summed up with this shot where this one is chrome and metal. This one is essentially black or piano black or different types of black. So that's really a difference. You can notice the different color wheels here and there. And again Chrome through the center where you have black through here, some piano, black trim around the edges where this one is piano black with chrome.
This one is piano black with the black as well. And basically where you see Chrome on the Liberty, it's been replaced with black over here. Personally, I'm a fan of this, but if you like the classic style, you'll save a hundred bucks over this and you've got your scooter. So before we go too far, let's talk about the mechanicals of these scooters and let's talk about the elephant in the room because a Vespa scooter wears a Pi Gio badge on the front and these are also Pi Gios. So what are the differences and why are these less expensive than a Vespa? Well, the Vespa like a Porsche nine 11 and a Jeep Wrangler is tied to a certain look. It has to kind of look the same way. These ones are allowed to innovate. Now the Vespa has a frame which is part of the body work.
It's uh, that Vespa look is really part of that body that you see is the structure of the vehicle where these ones, they're allowed to innovate and because they're allowed to innovate, it saves you some money and it also gives you more things that might be of value to you. So the body of this is a lot like a modern sport bike. You have body panels on top of an inside frame, so you don't really see the frame on this, you just see the body panels and that allows you to have some different styling benefits. And the styling benefits can give some ergonomic benefits as well, which we'll talk about as we move through the vehicle. The other thing you have is 16 inch wheels here. Now Vespa needs to have smaller wheels and they have upsized over the years, but these ones are allowed to be essentially motorcycle wheels.
A typical sport bike right now is gonna have a 17 inch diameter rim. These have 16 inch diameters. So you have the benefit of a much larger tire. And as you can see in the motorcycling world, nobody uses scooter size tires anymore. There are some benefits to having a larger wheel area. Now one thing that is the same as the Vespa, again, these vehicles cost less, but you do share the drivetrain. So the 50 cc drivetrain out of these vehicles is exactly the same as the Vespa. So you're getting pretty good value here in a different type, more modern style. And again, you can pick which one you like. So let's dig into some of the specifics of this right now to see if it's the right scooter for you. So let's talk ergonomics or how it's like to sit and use this thing, sit on this thing and use this thing. First of all, I'm about six feet tall. Scooters are often fairly tall. This is on its center stand which raises it up, but you can see I can sit on the seat flat feet. If you are
Now I have size 11 feet and on a Vespa the floorboard runs in with the foot pegs and I find like my heels are just a little bit out, it's a little bit less comfortable, but you could sit someone back here to do all your running around town with plenty of space for the rider out front. And I think that works really well. Again, the innovation that they allow here is kind of nice. Another little ergonomic detail is that the floorboard here is flat. Let's put these back in so I don't walk into them. Well the floorboards flat on a Vespa, it will pop up a little bit and again that's part of that frame and body construction, they need some strength through there. But this flat area allows you to move your feet around a little bit more. And it also allows you to use this clip, which we're gonna show you in a second, to hold a backpack and have a flat floor in there for a little bit more stability to whatever you're putting in here.
So scooters are known for their luggage carrying cap capabilities compared to regular motorcycles. And we talked about this little clip here, which we're gonna show you now. There's also storage in here and storage under the seat, which we'll show you in a second. But I grab my backpack here to show you sort of the benefits of this clip in here. I'll walk around the back here. When you fold that clip out, you can take a backpack like mine, you can set it on the floorboards and then you can clip this in here and it's gonna stay there. You can put your feet to the side. Now I would tie up some of those little straps to make sure they don't fall down, but you can see this is just a perfect little place to hold what you need. And I'll just jump on here as well.
Throw my feet on the sides and I've got good control of that backpack right where it is using just that clip. So that clip and the flat floorboard give you a lot of security to your luggage. Now let's look at the look at the built-in, uh, storage compartments on this scooter as well. So the storage area you're gonna use most often probably is right here. You're gonna gonna turn the key one notch, you're gonna press it in and this releases here. Now hopefully you can see a little bit there. Let's just move the camera a little bit forward there to get in. This is a nice little storage container. You've got lots of s space in here. Uh, not all scooters have as much space as this. It doesn't look like a ton, but it's only meant to hold maybe your sunglasses, certainly your phone and your wallet.
So to get into the storage underneath the seat, unlike the 50 cc vest, which has a keyhole there, this one you're gonna grab into your little uh, storage compartment here and have a little release at the bottom there where you can lift the seat up and then you can close this. I'm just gonna get the key chain outta the way close it. So I have lots of space to show you everything in here. So we'll flip that forward like that. Let's move the camera a little bit forward and show you what you've got for storage. So underneath the seat on a 50 cc scooter, you could fit usually a three quarter size helmet. Now there's quite a bit of space in here to me. I don't think a full size helmet would fit just because the little bit of BULs right here, if that's open, you can fit your, uh, pretty much full face helmet in there, but you have a lot of space.
Now if you want a full face helmet or if you want to keep whatever you have locked in your scooter when you're going somewhere, there's a little tab right there and there's also one on the other side. I wanna show you that up close right now. So a lot of time that little tab goes unnoticed, but what that is useful for is if you have a D-ring style helmet, which is the way they would connect on the straps, you can flip your D-ring over that, shut down the seat and you can hold your helmet outside of the um, you know, still locked underneath the seat but outside of the scooter so you can hang it off the side of the scooter left and right side. So you could do two helmets that way and that would allow you to keep whatever you have inside the scooter inside and locked while also securing your helmet through the D loop there and having it hang on the side of the scooter there.
So when you have not just a fender but this entire area here, which keeps you drier in wet conditions. So if you go to work and it's nice and clear but you have to come home in the pouring rain, you have a a better weather protection because you can drive through the rain and your knees are protected, but also the spray off the tire and all that dirty stuff off the road is gonna stay away from you, unlike when you have your feet out on foot pegs where they can get soaking wet and very dirty on a motorcycle. But you still have motorcycle components here. So unlike a Vespa scooter which has a single side and the open wheel on the other side, this one has uh, tubes on both sides. So you've got suspension on both sides here, not just on one side, which is more traditionally motorcycle like to go along with these more traditionally motorcycle style and size tires.
All right, looking at the left side of the the uh, scooter here you have controls and I realized I made a mistake. The release that I showed you in the glove compartment is also electrically available right here on the handle and that's something I should have caught but I missed. So if you're watching earlier, just tap that when the keys in and uh, we'll shut that trunk again and that will release the trunk. But there's also a good noisy horn beep, which is quite loud, especially inside here. You've got your signal lights here so you can uh, signal left, signal right and you can cancel by pressing it in the center and of course your headlights are always on. So you're gonna go down like that for flash to pass. You can see the um, high beam light just coming on as I tap it and if you wanna leave your high beams on, you just tap it forward.
So we'll ha take a look at that. The other thing here is there is a lever over here, but this has no gearing for you to worry about on a motorcycle. This would be a clutch in the scooter. It's exactly like a bicycle that is your extra brake, your rear brake. So uh, handle brakes for both sides on the right side the angle and filming out hides the brake lever but it's right there as well. So that's your front brake. You've got the kill switch which basically turns the vehicle off and makes it unable to start. So you turn the key and press the start button here to start it and you can kill it with uh, that right there or you can turn it off with the key. The mode button over here is just what cycles through your, uh, odometer, which was the, again, regular odometer trip a trip B.
The other thing is Vespa sells itself very much as a fashion brand, but a lot of people forget that these PI liberties are also pretty fashionable. This bronze paint color has had a number of compliments just as I'm sitting here filming. It's a matte finish here so it looks pretty cool in person. But who else are they for? If you are looking for something that is very efficient to do a lot of your daily errands and daily, daily running around, these are excellent options. If you're 14 year old, it'd be helpful if they could drive themselves some places here in New Brunswick they can do that. If you don't wanna have to get a motorcycle license but need an extra vehicle just for those odd times to get around town, these are excellent for that. Why Piaggio over something like a Vespa? Well, some people prefer the more modern look, some people prefer the more modern wheels and they are less expensive with the same powertrain.
These are really fun vehicles and a really good value. There are bicycles that cost more than these and this is gonna take you a lot further and in my opinion, it's gonna be more fun than a lot of bicycles as well. So lots of people can benefit from something like this. The other thing is they are very compact. If you have a garage of any kind, they will tend, tend to fit in with your vehicle just like a regular bicycle will. And you can park them just about anywhere. It can save you on parking costs. A lot of people will allow these to park up near their shops and park because they're fashionable, uh, but they're outta the way. You can bring 'em up onto sidewalks sometimes and park them with bicycles. So a lot of options for who this might be for. But again, sometimes the fun is just in having something that is this fun to ride.
Like I said at the start of this video, I started off on a small CC scooter that was only in town capable and I used to spend afternoons just finding fun ways to get to places I used to go to without taking some of those major roads. The things you see in here, they're very quiet as well. It's just a lot of fun to ride these. So is there something I left out that you want to know more about? I probably should have pointed out that this has red stitching here and that has white stitching there. There's lots still to talk about with these scooters. And if you have questions, let me know when the comments below and I will answer those comments and I will come back to them in future videos. I wanna thank Jim Gilbert's Power Sports for giving me complete access to this lineup. And thank you everybody for watching. Make sure you subscribe if you're interested in more scooter content.