First ride: Piaggio’s MP3 three-wheeled carver

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Piaggio MP3 250

First ride: Piaggio’s MP3 carver

Piaggio MP3 three

October 30, 2007 What a Piaggio’s new carving three-wheeler. two independently suspended front opens up yet another whole new of motorcycle – a category that surely explode once get a glimpse of the ability of these bikes. The MP3’s triangle produces some sensational characteristics, making it an exceptionally learner/commuter bike – as well as a hooligan tool for more riders.

Loz Blain and Noel spend an afternoon with the that just won’t let you things up.

Let me get this right out of the way – never understood three-wheeler I can’t see why you’d want to the worst traits of cars and into one giant annoying Can’t lean into can’t lane split, to the elements, dangerous and slow into one.

But that’s just the whopping big twin jobs. The Piaggio MP3 is a different altogether. It’s a 250cc injected CVT scooter with a top over 110kmh and two independently tilting front wheels.

Why you build such a thing? scooter riders aren’t known as the most capable and riders – presumably the theory was Piaggio might snare a few wavering buyers if they a scoot that didn’t like it would fall so easily.

Thanks to Zagame KTM and Vespa. we spent three in the company of an MP3, and I’m here to you that whatever the motivation them, these bikes are brilliant in the flesh – they’re the most foolproof little bike I can imagine, delivering and confidence in spades as the superb end quietly rights all the wrongs you at it. What’s more, for more riders they offer an belter of a riding experience you can’t get anywhere else.

The MP3 features all the practicalities of any other scooter – a remote button on the key up loads of underseat storage for shopping… Heck, even racquets would fit in this Fuel economy is fantastic, the pleasantly grunty for a 250cc, and the variable transmission lets you the revs right up to peak from takeoff and watch as the stays still while speed rises. Effectively, able to use all the bike’s power through your acceleration.

But the front end we’re interested in, so the I trundled out of the showroom I started the bike back and forth, to get a feel for this odd-looking handling. I needn’t have it feels almost identical to a set-up motorcycle on the go. I expected the to be quite heavy due to the odd-looking wheel setup, but I couldn’t been more wrong.

the MP3 like a normal motorcycle, it quickly and willingly into achieving big lean angles very light steering

And it’s here, in the turns, the magic of the twin front system becomes instantly With twice the normal of rubber on the road, the traction is enormous – and the wider front gives a feeling of supreme It just doesn’t matter you throw at the little MP3 in a turn, amazing front end just with it.

I aimed for ruts, and corrugations at good speeds and centrestand-scraping lean angles and into my lid as whatever wheel was over them simply through with the slightest of

Until you experience it, you wouldn’t what a feeling of confidence gives you – you can stuff this scoot into tight on wet, poorly surfaced much quicker than average roadbike. And the slow-speed is another revelation.

And if this you overconfident, and you find yourself way hot into a corner, never just jump on the brakes! The front wheels mean you can the golden rule of motorcycling and the front brake even at lean. If you’re really you can make it slide a bit, but in cases it just pulls the up, quickly, safely and very, fast.

Speaking of the brakes, pretty amazing in their own They grab quickly and and while you’ve got to give the a bit of a squeeze to get the two-piston calipers biting, when you do, it pulls up hard without diving. at the rear end by the engine, and with two lovely fat contact patches at the the MP3 lets some pretty front lever abuse – the that would get most into serious trouble – go unpunished.

It’s hard to imagine a bike to get started on – it simply it very hard for you to stuff up. Cobblestones, gravel, grass, tram tracks, potholes – the MP3 eats them up. I even some time riding at 70kmh running the right front wheel up over the gutter and back down – it didn’t even push me off


As you’re rolling to a a light starts flashing to let you you’ve reached walking One it’s flashing, you can flick a switch on the right-hand switchgear, and the suspension is locked in place – that you can coast to a stop and your feet up at the traffic or simply park the bike with no need for a centrestand. the switch off releases the tilt – or you can just hit the gas, which it too.

Just as well – the MP3 like a shopping trolley the front end tilt is locked.

The front suspension unit extremely well made – and the proven itself in previous scooters to be exceptionally strong. just don’t come for warranty items,” says Richmond’s service manager, there’s very little to do on the too – a major costs only and a minor costs AU$140. extremely reliable.”

Looking at the engineering, effort and that’s gone into fantastic bike, it’s to believe Piaggio have to keep the price down to just a couple of thousand than a regular two-wheeler for all extra confidence and capability, not to a whiplash-inducing effect on astonished We were accosted by several during our road test, by the possibilities of this three-wheeled

Zagame’s sales manager Small has bright expectations for the MP3 – now, what we’ve got is are a bit puzzled by it – but sportsbike owners are And every sportsbike rider takes one out for a spin comes saying ‘I want one!’ But the want to wait for when the and 500cc versions come out the next few months. For an extra for the 400 and $2000 for the sporty 500 Fuoco, it sense.

We’re going to loads of the bigger versions – if got a Ducati 1098 in your for the weekend, that’s the perfect tool. An MP3 is the perfect commuting

Once the larger versions to become a little more perhaps the 250 will become a more attractive to learners – as it should be, there’s very out there that’s so easy to and to enjoy.

Downsides? Well, the MP3 is about 6 wider than the average – which does become when you’re filtering lanes to get to the front at the traffic But since your hand’s not from slipping a clutch, is less of a frustration – and it gives you a to smile at all the car drivers gawking at unique ride.

It also has its if you thrash it in the twisties – once really motoring along start to feel the softish suspension wallowing around, and the starts grinding on the road if you a hairpin at sportsbike pace – than the pretty fairings, I Both these issues are with a pillion on board, and some squat as you accelerate out of too – and it can run wide in long corners you overwhelm the suspension and clearance but the bike still turns in the same quick responsiveness, and the end continues to handle everything you at it, so you start worrying less and about what the back doing. The sportier 500cc will probably sort issues out for us more aggressive

The tilt-lock feature has apparently a few MP3 pilots out, and there’s a of stories out there of people who they had to flick the switch and toppled over forgetting to put foot down at the lights. I can see how – to a stop with your up is quite a comforting feeling. Be

In all, I had no idea what to from this new style of – but like most who ride I’ve come away a big It combines the fun and corner-carving giggles of a motorcycle with an exceptional of traction, stability and …-proof to produce a ride unlike I’ve been on before.

For a run at this three-wheel caper, have done an exceptional job the MP3. I’d recommend it to learners and aggressive riders alike and if the 250 can make such a dribbling out of me, I just can’t wait to get my on the upcoming 500cc Fuoco. going to be plain crazy.

it on!

Huge thanks to Trevor and at Zagame Ducati, KTM and Vespa in for talking us through the MP3 and the use of their bike. Contact them their website to arrange rides in Melbourne, Australia.


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