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Piaggio MP3 250

Piaggio MP3

The Piaggio MP3 (an acronym of Piaggio a 3 ruote . Italian for motorcycle with 3 wheels) is a three-wheeled scooter from the manufacturer Piaggio. It was first to market in 2006. It has two wheels in the and one at the rear.

Suspension mechanism [ ]

The MP3 suspension requires regular typically every 10,000km

of its unique three-wheel mechanism, it can be to a stop and parked like a without using a traditional or centre stand, and can be parked on irregular or sidewise-sloping ground. The suspension is similar to the single-sided arm of Vespa -style suspensions, by an alloy parallelogram and a central arm. When moving at speeds or stopped, the rider maintain balance through motion or with feet on the

The front suspension locks or with the flick of a switch, just below the throttle on the handlebar. The suspension lock can be only manually, and only at low or at a stop; it is disengaged when the speed exceeds 2,500 [ 1 ] A parking brake is used in with the locking mechanism to the bike. A traditional center also is provided, useful in where the suspension cannot be such as with a … (though the suspension will locked if the battery fails or is while the scooter is parked.)

Variants [ edit ]

Piaggio MP3 250

125cc, 250cc, 278cc, and 500cc versions are available.

In the 500cc version is marketed the sporty Gilera brand, the Gilera Fuoco 500ie. [ 2 ] In the States, the 125cc is not available, and the is marketed as the Piaggio MP3 500.

In 2009, the MP3 LT 400 was launched in the UK. This has a slightly wider front allowing it to be classified as a tricycle than as a motorcycle (as are the other This allows the LT400 to be driven on a standard UK car licence than the motorcycle licence for the original versions. [ 3 ]

In September 2009, a plug-in version of the MP3 was launched, [ 3 ] following in 2008 by the New York City Department. It has a 125cc engine and a 2.6kW (3.5hp) electric with a regenerative braking The vehicle has three user-selected of hybrid drive to create a capable of up to 141 miles per US gallon 169mpg -imp ) and 0–60mph in 5seconds when both of propulsion are used. [ 4 ] In electric-only the MP3 can travel a distance of 11 miles at a maximum speed of 20mph [ 3 ] When both power are used the MP3 can run for a maximum of 25minutes, performance equivalent to a 250cc [ 3 ] When powered solely by the engine the MP3 is slower than 125cc machines due to its weight: (549lb) compared with (459lb) for the

petrol-only model. [ 5 ]

Singapore Civil Defence Piaggio MP3 Firebike (Red

Piaggio MP3 250
Piaggio MP3 250

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