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Piaggio Ape 50 to be available in Australia

Last post 01-09-2015 09:06 AM by howling wolf. 16 replies.
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  • 02-27-2014 09:56 PM

    Piaggio Ape 50 to be available in Australia

    I thought people might be interested in this:

    Apelino Pty Ltd is proud to present for the first time in Australia the Piaggio Ape (pronounced Ah-Peh), the iconic three-wheeler from Italy. The manufacturer of the Ape (Italian for Bee), Piaggio is also well known for their Vespa (Italian for Wasp) scooters. For over sixty years, the Ape has been the world’s most versatile commercial vehicle. Its three wheels have plied the world’s roads since the end of the Second World War, carrying all sorts of cargo. The Ape represents one of the most significant chapters in the history of urban mobility and commercial transport. A one of a kind vehicle with its unmistakable silhouette, it has become a transport icon. The Ape is a part of Italian history.
    The Ape 50 attracts attention wherever it is spotted, powered by a 50cc 2 stroke engine with a 4 speed gear box and a top speed of approximately 40kmph, the performance is suited to the job, with good torque for hills, but a low top speed. The rear loading area is a large flat 120×120 cm, which gives space for a number of possible setups, such as coffee machines, juice bar, hot dog stand or even a pizza oven.
    One thing is for sure, wherever the Ape is spotted it will attract attention. In the 1950’s Piaggio coined the slogan “ Ape, the vehicle that helps you make money”; and this is still true 60 years later.

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    cheers

    Howling Wolf

  • 02-27-2014 10:42 PM In reply to

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    Has it passed ADRs to be street legal ?

  • 02-27-2014 11:50 PM In reply to

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    I wonder if one could get a 68cc Polini kit from SIP for it....Imagine doing wheelies with that thing!! Stick out tongue

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  • 02-28-2014 06:43 AM In reply to

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    My understanding is that it will be compliance plated for use on Australian roads.

     

  • 02-28-2014 08:14 PM In reply to

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    Re: Piaggio Ape 50 to be available in Australia

    Any mention of what licence will be required? Riders/Drivers/LA?

  • 02-28-2014 08:32 PM In reply to

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    It is classified as a 3 wheeler moped. So I guess it will be whatever you need in your state to drive a moped.

     

  • 02-28-2014 11:29 PM In reply to

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    Yep it will most likely fall into the LB class moped licence in the enlightened states otherwise a motorcycle licence will be required

  • 03-01-2014 11:49 AM In reply to

    • allen
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    Re: Piaggio Ape 50 to be available in Australia

    Looks cool. Interesting though that the Australian importer has not had something to say about using the Piaggio logo. Is this an official Piaggio import or just a customised Ape out of Italy for coffee purposes only?

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  • 03-01-2014 05:16 PM In reply to

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    Any idea on the price belive rossi and his mates raced them as kids Big Smile

  • 03-01-2014 08:36 PM In reply to

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    around $11k.

  • 03-02-2014 04:46 PM In reply to

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    Specification of the ones sold in UK

    Piaggio LTV - Specifications

     

    TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

    ENGINE two stroke single-cylinder 

    DISPLACEMENT 49.8 cc

    IGNITION electronic 

    START-UP electric

    ELECTRIC SYSTEM 12V-80W flywheel alternator, 12V battery 

    FRAME bearing body steel plate single frame 

    TRANSMISSION GEAR 4 gears plus reverse

    FRONT SUSPENSIONS swinging arm with coil spring and shock absorber 

    REAR SUSPENSIONS independent with coil spring and hydraulic shock absorber on each wheel 

    BRAKES rear, hydraulic with foot control; front, mechanical lever operated on handlebar; 

    rear-wheel emergency brake 

    MAX. SPEED according to the law 

    NO-LOAD 

    CONSUMPTION at 25 

    Kmph

    35 Km/lt

    TANK CAPACITY 10 litres 

    MAX. SLOPE 

    GRADIENT 

    (no load)

    18%

    TURNING CIRCLE 6 m

    PAYLOAD pick-up 200 Kg 

    panel van 170 Kg 

    TYRES 100 - 90 - 10"

  • 03-02-2014 05:22 PM In reply to

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    some duplicate but here are the specs from the source:

    Engine: 50 cc 2 stroke

    Fuel system: petrol

    Max power: 1.8 kW at 5,500 rpm

    Max torque: 3.3 Nm at 4,250 rpm

    Cooling system: air

    Max speed: 38 Km/h

    Drive wheels:  Rear

    Tyres: 100/90-10 61J

    Total kerb weight (Kg): 510

    Length (mm): 2,500

    Width (mm): 1,260

    Height (mm): 1,590

    Wheelbase (mm): 1,590

    Load capacity volume (m3) - - - 1.5

    Internal load deck dimensions (mm): 1,190 x 1,140

    Load capacity (Kg): 175

     

    The above are for the van version, pick up are slightly different.

  • 03-03-2014 10:34 AM In reply to

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    that is going to be seriously slow.

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  • 03-06-2014 12:01 AM In reply to

    • vortexau
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    Re: Piaggio Ape 50 to be available in Australia

    Models with larger engines have a little bit m-o-r-e speed.

    In late 1965 I bought a s/h doorless Piaggio Ape (pronounced: Ah-Pay) with a 175cc two-stroke under the seat.  Due to the reverse gear incorporated in the differential housing it effectively had Four Forwards and Four Reverse gears.  With larger tyres fitted at the rear; the top speed was a nominal 45mph (72.42 km/h). A one off trip from Brisbane-to-Toowoomba (and return) was 3 hours each way.

    The fuel tank was in the left side dash, and the screen wiper was hand-powered!  Rear suspension was independant torsion bar.  The headlamp was on the front mudguard, and there was no instrument illumination at night (meaning when no streetlights hit the speedo; rate of progress after dark was just quesswork.

    60s Piaggio Ape

    Similar, though mine had no doors and a van rear body.

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  • 07-30-2014 11:29 PM In reply to

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    We have recently commissioned a shipment from Italy with an ETA of mid Sept. 
    The units are brand new from Piaggio in Italy and once arrived in Australia, will be modified to comply with Australian Design Rules. We offer three versions, Base, Gazebo and Gull Wing. 
    The use of these iconic vehicles is endless, coffee, hot dogs, Gelato and much more.

    4 available for delivery in mid september. 
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