2008 Piagio MP3 500 — Test Drives — 2008 Piaggio MP3 — Cycle Canada

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Piaggio MP3 500

2008 Piagio MP3 500

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It has been a year since we Piaggio’s MP3, an innovative 250 cc that dared to add a third and upset the balance of traditionalists in the New for 2008, Piaggio has expanded the MP3 to include 400 and 500 cc variants, transforming an crawler into an urban

It’s impossible to overlook the restyling of the 250’s bodywork as on the MP3 500 we test here. This MP3 is marketed in Canada under the nameplate, but is in fact a rebadged Fuoco 500iethe reason the masquerade being that the nameplate is more familiar here. The MP3’s tough dares anyone to step its path; with a glaring of headlights and a tubular steel bar, it’s more assault vehicle than transport.

The list of anomalies in every MP3 is impressive. The parallelogram suspension’s four -aluminium with supporting steering keeps the stationary machine when the hydraulic system is but don’t forget the switch, as it topple over just any other two wheeler if you do or if you’re not of the switch’s location.

We barely catastrophe while switching when the departing rider bumped the handlebar switch and the suspension. It was only by chance the other rider managed to the falling scooter when he the warning beeping of an unlocking

While there is some to be found in locking the system while stopping for a traffic it quickly becomes tiresome, as you carefully time its engagement. The only becomes available at low speeds and a slow reaction will result in an embarrassing in a partial lean. In the end we preferred to use the foot down approach, as you on a normal two-wheeler, and ultimately it is the choice.

Pressing the starter immediately the liquid-cooled, four-valve, fuel-injected 493 cc But idle is rough for several before the ECU can settle the warm-up to a idle. Once underway, levels, even at full were never a concern.

The of a rear-mounted engine and low-mounted with large capacity allowed the distinctive sound of a to be heard without it becoming

An additional 18 hp over the 250 (Cycle June 2007) boosts power up to 40 hp at 7,250 rpm. The CV transmission displayed none of the hesitation that was a complaint of the and its power cleanly pulls the 244 kg (538 lb) scooter from lights with authority. We however, find an optimistic At an indicated 50 km/h the MP3 was measured by GPS to be 45.6 km/h, while 100 proved to be a real world 92

Like the old trick of setting the on your alarm clock to make sure you get up in time, the inaccuracy, if forgotten, may prevent tickets.

Top speed was a deficiency of the as highway speeds could be maintained. While the increased of the 500 has adequately addressed this there isn’t a lot left for passing. Overtaking from a over 100 km/h requires and cautionthe 500 pulls progressively up to its top of an actual 130 km/h (149 indicated) but not fast enough to room for error.

Not that any speed would be useable. The large frontal surface of the MP3 little to divert windblast the rider’s upper body, and at speeds it’s similar to a … bike. Although the of the wind’s force hits (for a six foot rider), was clean and free from or helmet buffeting.

The same can’t be said for the area at the rider’s feet and where the turbulence was enough to shred a plastic grocery bag used to test the legitimacy of the bag

Piaggio justifies its radical layout as a safety feature, and a 40-degree lean angle for the With those twin wheels were we dutifully to explore those limits, and left turns caused us to down the centre stand While the obvious benefit of a second front wheel is to add in aggressive leaning and extra when turning on less ideal road conditions, is also greatly helped.

The MP3 500 the dual front 240 mm floating with twin piston of the 250, but increases the rear diameter 40 mm to 280 mm. This means the MP3 will stop as hard as you can in the handlebar mounted levers.

trying to upset the scooter by up the rear or front wheels little damage; the rear hinted at a slight weave, the front continued to track One feature that we would liked to see standard was adjustable levers. Riders with hands will find the reach to the brake levers worse by a short engagement when they’re pulled.

those of us with larger found it difficult to precisely their use; the rear felt wooden, and though the was better, it also lacked a feel.

While we were with the 250’s ability to its composure over everything put in its the same can’t be said of the which hammered its way across in the road’s surface, in a few cases our heaviest tester from the The suspension strains under the of the heavier 500 (40 kg/88 lb over the By softening the rear suspension’s preload (the front is not lowering front tire from the as-delivered 32 psi to 26 psi and the rear 37 psi to 33 psi, as recommended in the owner’s made a noticeable improvement in the compliance, however the ride harsh.

More disconcerting than the ride was the Piaggio’s seat. a height of 785 mm (31 in.) and a wide which forces legs to be apart to reach the ground, it a long pair of legs to both feet planted at a stop. The somewhat cramped forced taller riders to sit into the hump that the rider’s seat area the passenger’s seat area, pressure on the tailbone.

Those on commutes or stature might not this to be a sore point, but on rides, something that the MP3 seems to be designed for, it a great deal of discomfort for one When we raised the issue the MP3’s importer, Canadian Corporation, it was clear that was a common complaint. Piaggio has already addressed the seating and we were told that a comfort seat would be available.

In the interim, Canadian Corporation has found another Its in-house upholsterer removes the skin and shaves down the foam before inserting a of memory foam.

There is a practical appeal to the 500; a fob type button on the ignition key the seat and tipping it forward an under-seat storage compartment. It has a storage capacity than the a necessary concession to the larger motor, but to compensate, there’s a parcel rack behind the seat surrounded by robust handles. Between the rider’s is the traditional shopping bag hook on other Piaggios and Vespas.

One tester felt that a cup holder was missing from the which would allow him to sip his non-fat, no-foam latte waiting for the light to change.

Piaggio MP3 500
Piaggio MP3 500

out after dark will the MP3’s highly visible The high beams when displayed a strange photometric on a street void of supplementary they gave the appearance of a light through the opening of a projecting a circular path of far down the road.

Cleanly out instrumentation, with chromed around an analogue speedometer and with gas gauge, flank a display that can be manipulated a handlebar-mounted mode button cycles the display between meters and ambient temperature. The was clearly visible at night, the warning lights were to see in direct sunlight.

It took us a few to find the gas cap for the 12-litre fuel which is accessed by unlocking a between the rider’s feet the key is in the ignition. More difficult was the tank without creating a the opening for the tank is only wider than the gas-pump making it difficult to monitor the of rising fuel.

Many stopped to ask us the cost of the MP3 balked we quoted the $10,495 price. But you consider the price puts the 500 in the range as Suzuki’s Burgman 650 and Silver Wing, it begins to more sense. Arguably the maxi scooters offer displacement motors and bigger making their ride to that of a motorcycle, but they the uniqueness and additional safety of the third wheel.

The Piaggio distributor claims the MP3 500 is selling well, primarily to men with an appreciation for technology. We venture that those are also extroverted. The combination of an front end and in-your-face styling that it is impossible to escape especially in downtown Toronto, the 500 cut a wide swath through an field of gaping mouthed all for a price thousands less the exotic supercars that it upstages. Suddenly the price more appealing.

From the

Every unusual vehicle a different response. When I my yellow VW Bus people point and when my neighbour’s brother the hydraulics on his pimped-out Impala the Asian couple across the double-lock the front door and through the blinds. But neither the Bus nor the have nearly the effect on as the MP3.

A topless three-breasted skipping rope alongside the is the only scenario that top the MP3 for dumbfounding the public. From the in it is impossible to understand it, but from the it’s perfectly logical. the 250 cc model sucked wind at 100 this 500 cc variant easily pace with suicidal 130 Toronto commuters, who kept into my lane with agape.

It’s not cheap and the position is still like on a chair with legs a too short, but there is nothing makes such quick of traversing the city as this It floats over potholes and slippery corners that send a conventional two-wheeler on its and now that it has a hefty bash bar on the if it were mine I’d go out for Hummers to ram. Neil

While sitting on Piaggio’s MP3 500 and notes about my ride, I a man crossing the street towards me, but I could brace myself for the questions, he openly challenged me. the point of that?” he asked. As I to stammer something about the ability to lean, he cut me off, that’s a characteristic of it; I want to why it’s necessary to have wheels.” My mention of added left him unsatisfied, and with a up face he retreated back the night.

His argument was not without Does the innovative MP3 500 represent an in scooter design, or is it merely a meant to attract the look-at-me

I found my answer in riding it. normal, even spirited the additional wheel went yet it had effectively added a measure of and boosted my confidence in riding a scooter hard. As a bonus, manages this feat retaining the element most to enjoyment of a two-wheeled vehicle: its to lean.

Considering its versatility in an setting, and aptitude at dealing beaten road surfaces, the MP3 all the sense in the world. Uwe Wachtendorf

Piaggio MP3 500
Piaggio MP3 500
Piaggio MP3 500
Piaggio MP3 500
Piaggio MP3 500


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