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Piaggio MP3 400 Sport

2008 Piaggio MP3 500

Many motorcyclists would rather a root canal than to be tooling about on a scooter, but the two-wheelers are gaining in popularity. And fuel costs continuing to the time couldn’t be more to dispel the notion that are uncool.

Scooters range retro types available in styles and displacements from up to 250cc, to hot rod maxi scooters more closely resemble bikes, with models by engines ranging from to 650cc or more. There are with small wheels and as well as big-wheeled examples. An most scooters roll on two some more-innovative models three.

Piaggio, the Italian most noted for the legendary and classic Vespa. has come up a totally innovative concept in a scooter called the MP3. The MP3 last year as a 250cc that traveled on two wheels up and one wheel aft.

The uniqueness of the MP3 came from the fact the front wheels formed a composed of four aluminum supporting two steering tubes in a suspension, featuring an electro-hydraulic locking system with inches of travel. The two front are actually articulated, allowing the to lean into turns in the same fashion as a conventional does. The rear wheel is via the oscillating engine fixed to the by a swingarm setup and two dual-effect shock absorbers with spring preload and 4.33 of travel.

Piaggio has expanded its MP3 lineup to the level for model year including both a 400cc and a race-inspired 500cc model, progressing their self-proclaimed personal transportation revolution. The MP3 model is the three-wheeler for those who to stand out from the crowd, or at to keep up with the motorcycling It features both aggressive and performance in one machine that a somewhat sinister appearance, when finished in Demon (the other available is called Passion Red).

for the MP3 500ie comes from a single-cylinder, liquid-cooled, SOHC Master 4-… engine double ignition, featuring inductive discharge and variable advance in an electronic unit an electronic immobilizer; fuel shutoff in case the bike over; two spark plugs; and an starter. The engine generates 40 (at the crankshaft) at 7,250 rpm and 31 pound-feet of at 5,500 rpm. The engine to a Twist-and-Go continuously variable with the final motive delivered to the rear wheel via a

The wheelbase and length overall of the model exceeds that of the 250 by and 1-inch respectively, while the MP3 400 has the wheelbase as the 500 and is 0.8-inches longer The 500 appears to actually be considerably but also seems to condense the space and underseat storage due to the in engine size. The MP3 400cc obviously offers less than the 500, but offers underseat storage space room for up to two full-face helmets, extra-large full-face helmets may a challenge fitting in.

The entire MP3 lineup makes riding than ever before by increased stability, particularly at speeds. When coming to a the suspension lock lamp to flash at three miles per allowing the rider to manually the suspension, eliminating the need to put a down for balance. A cautionary here: Make sure the bike is totally upright and the wheels are pointed straight or they will lock in an leaning position.

When starting up again, the automatically unlocks without the switch. Parking is also a thanks to the combination of the suspension and parking brake.

Visually, the MP3 500 a more aggressive persona, when parked, with its steel tube bumper, sleek black handlebars and 10-spoke alloy wheel The five-lamp headlight arrangement not looks good, it is highly and the two largest lamps are covered by shockproof covers. The front provides aerodynamic efficiency, the wide floorboard serves as a footrest.

The two-level seat is sized, accommodating both a and passenger. The look of the MP3 400 is not as bold or but more contemporary. The 400cc base price is $8,699, and availability includes Cortina and Midnight Blue. The 500cc MP3 another $200 to the base

The MP3 250 starts at $7,199.

Both the MP3 and 500cc models are as stylish as are affordable and can handle short heavy commuting or long, rides equally well.

is more than adequate in the 400cc and 500cc MP3s, and the 240mm triple-steel disc can bring the scooters to halt in 20 less distance than the two-wheeled scooters. On the low end, the difference between the two isn’t noticeable, but the MP3 500 shines in the higher rev

I spent the majority of my time on the MP3 which is both quick and though long rides for a longer floorboard for optimum — I found the forward of the stepped riser seat to be a bit on the side, forcing my knees toward the dash or fairing, and foot room on the board But for the amount of fun involved, you readily

The non-self-cancelling directional signals may be an for those around you, you forget to turn them off making your move. small issue is the highly glass covering the gauges in the panel, which can be problematic for the if he is at a disagreeable angle in bright

Piaggio MP3 400 Sport
Piaggio MP3 400 Sport

All MP3s are freeway legal. is no foot brake as with a but rather two hand-brake levers, one on handle bar, the left the place of the nonexistent clutch. The front wheels create a different riding sensation. is increased during lower maneuvering, but higher speed yield a unique level of unlike that experienced on traditional two-wheeled rides.

For the rider, this should to be a non-issue, and may even prove to be

A host of accessories are available to sure that every MP3 the needs of the rider. These a tall windscreen, a rear top box or pack for storing additional and Tom-Tom navigation.

2008 Piaggio MP3 500

Base $8,899

Price as tested:

Engine/transmission: 492.7cc, 40 horsepower, liquid-cooled, 4-valve Master Twist and Go CVT

Final drive:

Tires: front, Michelin Sport SC 120/70-12; rear, Gold Standard 140/70-14

Piaggio MP3 400 Sport
Piaggio MP3 400 Sport
Piaggio MP3 400 Sport
Piaggio MP3 400 Sport
Piaggio MP3 400 Sport
Piaggio MP3 400 Sport


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