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Last post 11-19-2009 04:31 PM by Dakoda. 15 replies.
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  • 11-19-2009 08:55 AM

    • dozer.
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    Derbi Boulevard

    Ok, It took me a little while to get the Boulevard registered and insured, but I've been riding it around this morning for its first real road test, and here's my initial thoughts: • Scooter is really well built. I've had other 125's, and even a few BeeWee's, but this thing takes out the prizes for build quality. • It looks cool. The horn cover in black on the front really makes it look smart on the white scooter. • At first, I thought "Wow, 125's are gutless eh?" but that was after jumping off the 250, and it had only 1km on the dial. Now, I'm surprised at how capable a 125 engine is. It's already getting me to 90km/h, and its not even hit 20km. • The instruments are clear, easy to read, and the indicators are in my opinion nicer to use than the Vespa. Perhaps its the clunk/click of the indicator switch that gives it credibility. The Vespa ones are soft, and smooth, and sometimes your not sure you've really clicked it. • Braking feels different, especially with the fork setup different to the Vespa, but Twin discs on the Vespa win hands down, but the Brakes on the Boulevard are solid, and you know you can trust them to do what they do when you need them. Agility on the Boulevard is the greatest thing I've found. Perhaps its the heavy GTS250 that I'm comparing it too, but the scooter is very lightweight, but still feels solid. Being tall, I sit a little further back on the seat, and the convex shape for your *** feels a little too forward for me, but I've found a comfortable medium on where to sit. So, thats all I can really report at the moment, other than its a heap of fun to ride. Those of you with Piaggio Fly's must be really happy with them, as they are exactly the same. Another thing I've noticed, and this is very 'vespa' of me to comment, is the instrument panel layour is identicle to the older Vespa ET range, and also the mirrors are the same. It has that Vespa characteristic. I'd suggest anyone whos looking at a Vespa Clone, stear clear of the emulations/copies/look alikes, and get something that is pedigree of the Piaggio bloodline.
    DOZER.
  • 11-19-2009 09:14 AM In reply to

    Re: Derbi Boulevard

     Sounds good Dozer in that price range the Fly & Boulevard must take some beating

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  • 11-19-2009 09:37 AM In reply to

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    Re: Derbi Boulevard

    pyrah:

     Sounds good Dozer in that price range the Fly & Boulevard must take some beating

    Well in that price range, ballpark - $3k, there's not a heap of stuff thats really that good. You'd see a heap of Chinese garbage a bit cheaper, but other than the Aprilia ONE, Derbi Boulevard and the Piaggio Fly... What else is there that has the quality? The VS125 from SYM is now more expensice isnt it? Plus, another feature that no one will care much about, is the Bould/Fly have oil filters, so the longevity of the engine is helped with that.
    DOZER.
  • 11-19-2009 11:52 AM In reply to

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    I'm glad you like the Boulevard. They are so well finished. The Boulevard is a bit dearer than the Fly, only because PSI are discounting the Fly's to keep them moving. So it's not quite level-pegging with those two. And the VS still has it's place- better front brake, bigger storage, longer wheelbase, fold out pillion pegs, rear rack for a box etc. But you're right, the Boulevard (or Fly) is a cracker!

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  • 11-19-2009 11:54 AM In reply to

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    Re: Derbi Boulevard

    Mention this thread at your local Derbi Dealer for a Boulevard at Fly price yeah? HEHEHEHEH. Run into your shop and yell "I WANT THE SPANISH FLEA, NOT THE ITALIAN FLY"
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  • 11-19-2009 12:02 PM In reply to

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    Re: Derbi Boulevard

    I've named the Boulevard "*** española". hehehe
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  • 11-19-2009 01:49 PM In reply to

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    Good to hear a bit of a comparo between the GTS250 and Fly/Boulevard.

    Glad you like it. I can't see myself upgrading for a while. the 125 is doing just fine. Cool

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  • 11-19-2009 01:53 PM In reply to

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    Re: Derbi Boulevard

    Yeah, the 125 is gutsy. I had a cheap chinese 125 about 20 months ago, and its power was nothing on the Boulevard. I'd dare say there's only a few diferences (albeit stickers and plastic) between the two. One of the factors on getting it was the Piaggio Fly Video on scootersales, it has nice road presence. You jump onto the GTS after a fang on the Boulevard, and the GTS feels like a heavy landrover for a bit. hehehe
    DOZER.
  • 11-19-2009 02:18 PM In reply to

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    Re: Derbi Boulevard

    dozer.:
    Yeah, the 125 is gutsy. I had a cheap chinese 125 about 20 months ago, and its power was nothing on the Boulevard. I'd dare say there's only a few diferences (albeit stickers and plastic) between the two. One of the factors on getting it was the Piaggio Fly Video on scootersales, it has nice road presence. You jump onto the GTS after a fang on the Boulevard, and the GTS feels like a heavy landrover for a bit. hehehe
     

    That's the difference between a cheap scooter, and a good quality cheap scooter :)

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  • 11-19-2009 02:23 PM In reply to

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    Re: Derbi Boulevard

    Dakoda:
    That's the difference between a cheap scooter, and a good quality cheap scooter :)
    Yeah, I agree Daks, Your SC125 was yet again another step above these, but yeah, you get what you pay for eh?
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  • 11-19-2009 02:27 PM In reply to

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    Re: Derbi Boulevard

    dozer.:
    Dakoda:
    That's the difference between a cheap scooter, and a good quality cheap scooter :)
    Yeah, I agree Daks, Your SC125 was yet again another step above these, but yeah, you get what you pay for eh?
     

    Yep it was a step above again. With the Beo 125, and S1.  But that is a whole different price bracket.  The Bouli is a hoot to ride

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  • 11-19-2009 02:29 PM In reply to

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    Re: Derbi Boulevard

    Dakoda:
    The Bouli is a hoot to ride
    Ah, yeah, you've riden one at HQ yeah? Have you seen the posters up yet at HQ I did?
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  • 11-19-2009 02:49 PM In reply to

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    Re: Derbi Boulevard

    dozer.:
    Dakoda:
    The Bouli is a hoot to ride
    Ah, yeah, you've riden one at HQ yeah? Have you seen the posters up yet at HQ I did?
     

    Bouli and SC are on the wall, I think Beo was about to go up..  They seemed to have your touch :) Vety nice

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  • 11-19-2009 02:54 PM In reply to

    Re: Derbi Boulevard

    dozer.:
    Dakoda:
    That's the difference between a cheap scooter, and a good quality cheap scooter :)
    Yeah, I agree Daks, Your SC125 was yet again another step above these, but yeah, you get what you pay for eh?
     

    So the SC125 is a step above the Fly/Boulevard? I always wondered about not having riden the SC125.

    I am actually eyeing the Derbi Rambla 250 as a possible next scoot for the distant future.

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    2011-Present: Giallo Lime Vespa GTS 250ie

  • 11-19-2009 03:05 PM In reply to

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    Re: Derbi Boulevard

    Ah, the rambla. Thats a cool bike, I like it.
    DOZER.
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