Monthly Archives: October 2017

Winter Warmers from Piaggio

British Summer Time ends on 29th October, when the clocks ‘fall’ back, heralding the start of chillier and damper journeys.

Fortunately, help is at hand for owners of Piaggio scooters who plan to continue riding through autumn/winter, with a range of weatherproof accessories tailor-made for their vehicles.

Leg covers are popular in Piaggio’s native Italy, providing protection from wind and wet for riders who prefer to wear casual trousers. Designed with a quick and easy mounting system, tailored for each model of scooter, they will not affect stability, even at high speed. Access to ignition and the under-seat storage compartment are built in, along with an integrated waterproof seat cover and anti-theft system. Reflective stripes offer additional passive safety in the dark.

Handlebar muffs shield exposed hands from inclement weather. Made from waterproof material with a thermo-padded polyamide inner lining, they keep hands warm and dry, without needing to invest in special gloves for winter riding.

Scooters also need protection from the elements! Piaggio’s outdoor scooter cover is produced using black waterproof fabric with thermo-taped joints, reflective inserts, a transparent window so the licence plate can be seen without lifting the cover, and PVC coated chain ring, so the cover can be locked at the same time as the bike. Designed with pockets for accessories (e.g. top box, windscreen) and with an adjustable elastic hem, a perfect fit is guaranteed. As a deterrent against thieves, security experts also recommend using bike covers for any scooter parked in a public place.

Prices vary according to the model of scooter – the following are retail prices (including VAT) for the Beverly; bike cover = £78, leg cover = £100 and muffs = £41.

For a complete list of original accessories for Piaggio and Vespa scooters, call 0117 972 5552 or visit

Fowlers Bike Mechanic in Euro Top Two

Dave Ball – Master Motorcycle Technician at Fowlers of Bristol – has claimed the runner-up crown at the 2017 Suzuki European Motorcycle Skills Competition, held in Germany on the 20th September.

Dave Ball (left) receiving his prize from Suzuki’s Yasuhiro Kawai. (right)

Dave, who was chosen to represent Britain after winning the UK Championships earlier this year, beat off tough competition to scoop second place.

He pitted his considerable skills against strong opposition from Suzuki winners representing other European countries, working his way through three gruelling practical tasks and an hour-long written examination.

Dave Ball has been with Fowlers for 20 years and his talent has been recognised in several other competitions: he won the Yamaha UK Tech Grand Prix last year, the Suzuki UK Motorcycle Technician of the Year in 2013 and the Yamaha UK Technician of the Year award in 2007.

When asked to comment on Dave’s success, Stephanie Fowler said, “Dave’s achievement is simply outstanding and is the result of his many years of dedication to his chosen career. Fowlers’ policy is to recognise, support and develop talent both in the workshop and throughout the rest of the organisation. The recruitment and training of apprentices has been the lifeblood of our workshop for much of the lifespan of the company, which ensures a constant supply of highly-trained, budding master technicians working their way up through the ranks.”

Fowlers is conveniently located at 2-12 Bath Road, Bristol BS4 3DR, on Bristol’s A38 inner ring road and within a 5-minute walk of Temple Meads mainline railway station.

Layer your Scooter Security with Piaggio

With scooter theft on the rise and in the headlines, both the Metropolitan Police and MotorCycle Industry Association (MCIA) are advising riders to layer security, using more than one device to maximise protection.

Scooter theft isn’t restricted to London – West Midlands police surveyed parking bays in Birmingham’s Cathedral Quarter and discovered that only 40% of bikes and scooters were protected with a chain, disc lock or similar device.

Specifically designed for modern and retro scooters, Piaggio produce alarms, handlebar locks, chain and disc Locks, offering multiple ways to secure vehicles and giving owners peace of mind that their machine will be safe and sound when they return to it. The range includes:

DISK LOCK TOP – a compact brake lock with a 5mm diameter locking pin and reversible key, with drill-proof and pick-proof casing. Supplied in a carry bag with reminder cable. RRP: £33.00.

PIAGGIO ® MULTILINK LOCK TOP – cable lock, protected by steel tubes with pipe-ball joints, for increased flexibility, and extra drill protection on cylinder. Available in 100-170 cm lengths, RRP starts at: £29.00.

CHAIN LOCK – 110-140 cm long chain, with 10 mm square steel links, secured with a 12 mm diameter shackle in a hardened steel lock body, with drill-proof and pick-proof keyway. RRP from £45.00

HANDLEBAR LOCKS – Permanently attached to the scooter for convenience, they can be secured to the handlebar in seconds to immobilise the vehicle. When not in use they fit discreetly between the seat and footrest, keeping underseat storage free. Extension cables are also available, allowing owners to secure their scooter to an item of road furniture. RRP from £59.00.

Piaggio produces a range of electronic alarm systems too, including the E-POWER. This plug & play is system designed for scooters equipped with a pre-installation connection. It comes with an electronic key and two button remote control. RRP £146.00.

For a complete list of Piaggio’s genuine Alarms, Handlebar Locks, Chain Locks and Disc Locks, for Piaggio and Vespa scooters, call 0117 972 5552 or visit


Hundreds join Bristol Bike Theft Awareness Ride

Hundreds of motorcyclists took to the streets of Bristol on Saturday to show solidarity with the police in their efforts to tackle the rising tide of bike crime in the city.

Organisers of the Bristol Bike Theft Awareness Ride estimate that 700 motorcyclists participated, setting out from Cribbs Causeway, on the northern outskirts of the city, at noon.

Accompanied by a pair of police motorcyclists, the procession wound its way peacefully through several known hot-spots for bike theft, where many local residents clapped and waved as the cavalcade rumbled through.

Saturday shoppers and tourists stopped and stared as hundreds of bikes passed them on Park street – rated as one of the most fashionable high streets in the country – before passing City Hall and rolling into Fowlers Motorcycles in the city centre at 1.30 pm.

Bristol has witnessed an increase in bike crime recently, particularly in the north of the city, where gangs are stealing bikes to joy-ride and posting pictures on social media. Local motorcyclists organised the Bristol Bike Theft Awareness Ride with four main aims:

  1. To raise awareness of the problem and remind motorcycle owners how they can aid the Police in their work.
  2. To share tips with riders on keeping their pride and joy safe and secure.
  3. To show solidarity with the law-abiding community in Bristol and demonstrate that they are all working together to tackle this issue.
  4. To demonstrate support for Avon and Somerset Police and their tireless work in tackling motorcycle thefts and related crime.

Fowlers Motorcycles, which has been serving Bristol’s bikers since 1926, was happy to host the cavalcade as the final destination for the first ever Bike Theft Awareness Ride, and has pledged its support for future events.