EICMA 2011 is supposed to be the big time event for motorbike manufacturers, and while Piaggio may of made many go “Meh”, LML (the manufacturer of the Star scooter better known as the “Stella” from Genuine Scooters in the US) has come out swinging! They released not one new bike but a HALF DOZEN new models with tech that wouldn’t seem possible on a bike based off of the steel Vespa P-series scooter. They include:
The new “Star Light” 4T with CVT. Yes, they have released a fuel injected 50cc version of the venerable Star scooter… and it’s an AUTOMATIC?!?! Say what you will about non-shifty bikes, this is said to be a steel bodied scooter that offers modern convenience with full style.
(Could this be the supposed “smallframe” Star we’ve been hearing about?)
Next are the new Stars in 50cc, 125cc and the inclusion of fuel injection on their bikes. A cooperation with Polini has also produced a performance kit for the 4T Star/Stella that includes an exhaust, cylinder kit and Mikuni 22mm carb, but it wasn’t mentioned for what displacement of engine. but, if it’s for the 1504T, the 22mm carb would be a nice upgrade from the 2o currently used.
Also included were several new “special editions”: The Corsa, the Off-Road and the Bicolor (meant to invoke the two tone P’-series scooters of the 80’s)
Lastly, LML released a factory version of a sidecar for their new bikes that actually looks quite stunning. It’s less on the chrome, but still retains the vintage-esque character. No word on pricing or availability yet
Of course, most of these innovations will probably NOT make it to the US, since the bike market here is a joke to the rest of the world. But, there is at least one importer here who is serious about Steel bodied scooters from LML and hopefully they’ll take a chance on a few of these bikes. We may see some of these as re-branded Stella scooters, but only time will tell.
A special thanks to Eric at ModernBuddy for giving us the scoop on all of the hot new bikes coming out of EICMA 2011!!!