What is the Piaggio Ciao?
- The first Ciao mopeds had circular headlights. After 1974, Piaggio replaced them with rectangular-shaped ones.
- There’s a cargo trike version of the Ciao called the “Ciao Porter” (featured in the video below:)
Piaggio or Vespa Ciao?
Piaggio/Vespa Ciao Specs
2006 Model:Engine: Single-cylinder, two-stroke Displacement: 49 cc Gearbox: CVT or 3-speed manual transmission Drivetrain: Belt-drive Ignition: Magneto flywheel or CDI Fuel system: Carburettor Fuel tank capacity: 2.8 liters/0,74 gallons Starter: Pedals Front brake: 103 mm drum brake Rear brake: 136 mm frum brake Wheelbase: 1040 mm/ 40.9 inches Wheel size: 17″ Total weight (dry): 40 kg/88 lbs Source: bikez.com, 2006 Italian Ciao Sales Brochure
Derivatives of the Ciao
Piaggio Si (Piaggio Vespa Si)
Made between 1979 and 2011, the Si model mostly kept the same engine as the standard Ciao.
However, there were a few noteworthy changes – the biggest one being a circular headlight in place of the rectangular-shaped one the standard Ciao had at the time.
Furthermore, it also had a rear shock absorber.
And although the engine is the same in terms of power, the cooling fins on a Ciao Si are much longer.
Although the Kinetic Luna was made by India-based Kinetic Engineering, it’s essentially a licensed copy of the Ciao underneath.
First introduced in 1972, the Kuna became a popular moped in India, largely because of the successful “Chal Meri Luna” ad campaign.
If you’d like to discover more about this ad campaign and the Kinetic Luna itself, check out the Specs & Stats post for it here.