Piaggio MP3 Yourban LT hands-on — Pocket-lint

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Piaggio MP3 300 Yourban

Piaggio MP3 Yourban LT hands-on

It the informative briefing from or the video accompanying it, that us realise the Yourban LT was ultra It was the reaction of people when we in Battersea Park.

“These scooters are so cool”, was overheard as a load of school kids past. Then we were by a shady looking character a video camera, asking if he film his “model” on it (in 7-inch and showing more flesh commonly acceptable).

Despite the name — Yourban is a of You and Urban — there is joyful about the Piaggio wheeler. It looks like fun and it is fun to

Piaggio tell us that pitched at those looking for an method of urban transport, to the displeasure of public transport and the costs (both cash and associated with driving car.

Interestingly some of the design has made to make it more to women, slimming down the and making it less chunky the original MP3. The front protection has been trimmed and some bulk has been off the back end, so it looks dynamic than the previous

There are two versions of the MP3 Yourban the 125cc and the 300cc, known as the LT, the we tested. As this is classed as a tricycle, you don’t need a licence to ride it — standard driving licence have you covered.

Achieving as a motor tricycle has lead of the design, for example the rear indicator lights and the foot but otherwise your regular controls work: twist and go, automatic, with brake

Jumping onto the saddle of the MP3 Yourban LT offers up a nice seating positions, with falling logically into on the handlebars. The foot brake is a in the way of the right foot, but we didn’t it to be a problem — you don’t to use it either.

Riding the Yourban LT is easy, light feathering of the and smooth throttle action get you going gently, but the 300cc means there is power on tap you need to eat up those miles. It has a max of 70mph, but in our test ride London we never hit those of speeds. We had the bike on the road for an hour and a half.

The front end is where the difference from a scooter lies. The two front mean greater cornering and more grip, resulting in wet weather performance and reduced distances when braking.

Having two front wheels leave you feeling like you are a chunky machine, as steering is as as ever. You can gently nudge the one way or another by rocking your and shifting your weight with handlebar turning for or sharper turns, just any other bike. The official video (below) likens to skiing and when shifting weight slightly to carve up the you do get that sort of feeling.

is an additional control that you to lock the front wheels to the bike upright. The front have a clever articulated suspension mechanism that the body of the bike to lean keeping both wheels in with the ground.

Piaggio MP3 300 Yourban
Piaggio MP3 300 Yourban

At low speeds you’ll have to put into balancing the bike, your foot as you would on a scooter. But then engaging the allows the suspension to then the weight of the bike so you don’t to support it yourself. This that when you stop at the to make a turn, you don’t to hold the bike up.

This is the only part of the Piaggio MP3 LT that takes any learning, but is enough to master and within 20mins it became second The lock disengages when you away so it soon all starts to without you thinking. A handbrake is present to engage when the bike and you don’t need to use the kickstand.

The Piaggio MP3 Yourban LT is huge of fun to ride, it’s easy to and comfortable. It is still narrow to weave through stationary and gives you enough power to pace in traffic. It also responsive enough to deal busy commuter traffic, to stop and start, so you can react to the conditions.

Giving you 87mpg, as as being exempt from charging, on low £15-a-year road tax and free parking, it starts to like a more compelling to your crowded train. The fuel tank should you a range of up to 190 miles, although limited storage (two helmets will fit within the you might not be able to take with you.

The MP3 Yourban LT set you back £5699 (exc If you’re travelling in from the suburbs you might be facing of £2000+ a year for the trains, so speaking you’ll cover the in 3 years and you get to enjoy the freedom of the road.

We certainly did, even if our photos suggest otherwise.

by Andy Robinson.

Piaggio MP3 LT hands-on gallery

Piaggio MP3 300 Yourban
Piaggio MP3 300 Yourban


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