2009 Piaggio MP3 500 Scooter Review — Motorcycle USA

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2009 Piaggio MP3 500 Scooter

Has Piaggio Idiot-proofed the Motorcycle?

The MP3; a strange looking a very unique ride.

me to make a crass admission: I to surreptitiously glance at large-breasted ladies. They are pleasant to at, but I’ve never given thought to what it must be to be one of those ladies. At least, I until I started riding on a three-wheeled Piaggio MP3 500.

If not like being Gina it’s like being in a circus. Experienced motorcyclists to know what it’s to ride and prospective riders to know if it’s easier riding a standard two-wheeler. In you might be curious to know the MP3 as well. “Gabe, STFU and get to the point.”

Fine. Piaggio’s MP3 500 is new for the USA for 2009, but was introduced previously in as the Gilera Fuoco (it means in Italian, not something dirty, so stop it). It’s on the smaller 250 and 400cc models, the same front suspension a complex parallelogram design of four aluminum arms two steering tubes.

The mechanism the two 120/70-12 front Pirellis to in tandem, simulating a normal but putting twice the rubber on the A good idea, no?

The MP3’s system utilizes four arms supporting two steering

The rest of the bike is familiar to of us who like our scooters big and beautiful. A chassis connects that end to the motor/swingarm unit, which a 14-inch rear wheel. brakes all around: two 240mm up front and a 280mm job in back.

All three rotors get dual-piston and braided steel lines, but is no ABS option. Twin shocks in adjustable for preload, offer of travel. It’s covered in plastic bodywork, which with the tube-steel rollcage and headlamps, makes the MP3 500 look like a small armored car a scooter.

Order it in the matte-black and it’s ready to be strapped a pallet and air-dropped into Bora.

That tough is backed up by one of the beefiest single-cylinder engines on the market. It’s low-emissions LEADER engine, a four-valve, single overhead cam that’s good for about 40 hp at the It’s very clean-burning, to fuel-injection and a knuckle-burning catalytic (read the owner’s manual you adjust suspension!).

Good for any thumper, much less mill.

Too bad it has to move 557-plus of scooter along the Earth’s That’s the claimed wet weight, and I it. Yes, it may be just a scooter, but as long as a Smart For Two (just the Smart is a whole 19 inches and you feel the heft when time to roll it around.

there is no sidestand to lift it off of, and the centerstand is optional; just set the brake and the MP3 rests on the front

Once you get the hang of the MP3’s hydraulic long gone will be the of resting your feet on the at stop lights.

That is, if you remember to set the hydraulic mechanism. That’s triggered by a on the right handgrip that a caliper, which clamps a attached to the leaning mechanism. keeps the bike from to one side or another, and automatically at 2500 rpm or over 6 mph.

It some getting used to; try to set it too and it disengages, set it too late and the bike drunkenly to the side when you But when you get the hang of it, say goodbye to your feet down stopped, making the 30.9-inch height immaterial.

The 500 motor and are tuned for quick starts and midrange acceleration, making the MP3 of the urban scooter scene. 50 mph you can ride with authority, passing anything with than two wheels. Potholed and construction zones are no problem, sturdy suspension components up bumps.

The brakes are strong to howl both ends The fuel-injection works nicely, a brief period of balkiness it’s cold. Top speed?

95 indicated, at which speeds the starts to feel a little as scooters tend to do at high But 95 mph is breaking the law, and we’re scooter people.

Aren’t we?

the MP3 isn’t any where close to status you can gobble mid-speed corners ease.

But the magical part of the MP3 is front end. “Where you been all my life, my precious?” I to the complex system of whosits and It really is that good. stable and planted in low to mid-speed like you’re riding a pulled by two tiny motorcycles by shrunken versions of Jeff and Dave Aldena.

I don’t know if it’s psychological or what, but suddenly I had confidence in turns, elevating speeds to I’m-an-… levels I experienced for years. Gravel? Squirrel guts?

Hey, two tires up there you can afford to a little traction, and if you slide, be much more likely to it. Some nits to pick: in sweepers you can feel the two tires side-to-side a little, which can be It’s also more and heavy-steering than a conventional end, although not the numbest or I’ve experienced.

What I as remarkable as the front end was the MP3 500’s My first ride on it was the 400 miles Piaggio’s new tech center in Mesa, CA, to my home in Oakland. I in comfort, with decent noticeable) wind protection 75 mph, a comfortable saddle and position (until my legs and went numb after hours from the feet-forward riding posture), and ample room under the seat and on the luggage rack (a locking is available).

You can load it up with a of 465 lbs of luggage, passenger and rider, many touring bikes. is no towing option, so you’ll to leave your jet-ski at

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The long seat reveals of space for a single full helmet with room for extras.

Once back it became my go-to ride for transport and errands. In addition to the which is big enough to hold a helmet and other stuff, a little hook for your bags or man-purse mounted the steering head. Fuel is great; I recorded a low of 35 mpg in the 70-mile-long traffic jam from Orange to where the Land Of Mordor the L.A. Basin) ends, to 50 mpg in mixed urban/freeway commuting.

means almost 150 miles the 3.1-gallon tank if you baby it, 125 if you’re more aggressive.

the rear shocks set at full the bike does tend to but it also keeps you from any of the lower pieces of the scooter.

fun, but not perfect. The MP3 500 has some factors when you’re sportbikes. The first is cornering the sidestand tang on the left drags easily, followed by the puck guarding the transmission

What would happen if the end slid and came around, the front wheels lose Would I have a spin-out, out like Speed Racer as I over the cliff? I didn’t to find out. The rear were set to full stiff, perhaps gave me more height and cornering clearance, but it made the bike understeer, me wide in turns.

Clicking the preload down to the of four positions was best for me. The suspension works as well as any big I’ve experienced, but that big of drive unit is all unsprung and you’ll never have a like a motorcycle’s.

The most issue? Acceleration. There I chasing my supermoto-riding buddies on our swatch of bouncing, twisting tarmac, and I found that, for I had the confidence to carry similar speed, but curses! Forty hp 550 lbs of avant-garde metal is fine for dominance, but doesn’t let you exploit the corner speeds this can generate.

You stay ahead of the Supermotus drifting both through the turn behind but he blasts past you on the exit, with the MP3’s efficient, CVT shuddering to keep the big thumper at its peak.

The MP3 may lack acceleration out of corners but it has plenty of to make some smoke.

I’m missing the point. Piaggio has a agenda: make motorcycles and as safe, fun and easy to ride as so they’ll appeal to motorcyclists and alike. Some folks this …-proofing, and I may be one of them. We all the consequences of making an activity for idiots: idiots start to do it.

Our has been safe from the occupancy of morons for the last a moron on a motorcycle is a perfect situation. But imagine a vehicle the MP3 with the 80 hp, 839cc V-Twin the Mana. electronic traction ABS and maybe an extra back too. It would help a talentless buffoon with little skill or experience at elevated speeds, humiliating experienced riders on conventional

Luckily, although the MP3 chassis a vast amount of safety and to the riding experience, it’s not … proof. It takes and some skill to ride, as not exactly like riding a scooter. You can still screw up if you heed the dozens of warnings in the 172-page manual, so be properly experienced and equipped before you get on one of

The MP3 500 isn’t a magic carpet or a Shriner microcar that itself. You still have to be balancing, braking and riding a heavy scooter. But it is a fun, and practical commuting/weekend fun machine.

And at $8890 it’s just the most expensive scooter you can it’s still cheaper a good breast augmentation, and a healthier way to attract attention.

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