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Piaggio MP3 300 Yourban

Piaggio X10 500, BV 350 and Yourban 300

ups the ante with three new scooter models, across the suburban and maxi applications and a fresh design influence

The market as a whole may be slowly its way out of the GFC abyss but the scooter segment is doing it tough: sales of new were down 13.2 per over the first six months of year and that figure off a total drop of 8.7 per cent for

The mood at Piaggio Australia, is upbeat. The marque essentially steady over the first of 2013, posting a marginal of 1.3 per cent, and it was up a whopping 28.1 per in 2012. In a sea of 24 brands, Piaggio the way with a 25.7 per cent of the market, also holding the one and number three slots on the chart with its Fly 150 and Zip 50.

Add to that a of smart new 2013 models unveiled to the nation’s press and the distributor has every reason to be

The three new machines were at a media launch at Kingscliff on Far North Coast, the models urban, suburban and maxi-scooter The Yourban 300 is the updated MP3 300 three-wheeler; the BV 350 is an big-wheel scoot with a new engine; and the X10 500 is the marque’s new flagship a maxi with all the trimmings.

The are the first of a new breed of Piaggios to something of a fresh design The new models feature striking colour combos, plenty of LED and any number of small but thoughtful to put them ahead of the competition.

fresh approach is also in the ultra-stylish Vespa 946, of 52 — all spoken for — be coming to Australia later year. Initially launched as a model, Piaggio (Vespa’s company) received such an response to the 946 that it’s to do a limited run of the model each After all, there’s to be gained from turning eager buyers!

While we only had a few hours to the trio — look for in-depth reviews on each in the near future — the took in freeway, winding and potholed backroads, and regional It was a diverse ride that on anything a scooter owner likely encounter.


First I threw a leg over or through — the BV 350. known as the Beverly 350 in Europe (a to the high life of LA’s Hills, apparently), but thankfully moniker — a carry-over the Beverly 250 that disappeared Aussie streets in 2009 has been dropped here. expect to see the Piaggio Beryl, or Shirl anytime soon,

Essentially a clean-sheet design, the BV 350 is the Piaggio to sport an all-new for some time. The 330cc powerplant has a dry sump and, in a break with scooter a wet clutch, which is integrated the gearbox. Don’t let that point throw you — it has a classic ‘twist ’n’ go’ CVT automatic

A new torque server is said to engine braking while shims (rather than adjustors) mean the BV 350 is easier and to service come valve-check

A lot of effort has been placed on internal engine friction, The end result, says Piaggio, are fuel economy and extended intervals (10,000km for minor and an impressive 40,000km for major including valve clearances the latter double that of the Quasar engine). The engine is 62cc larger than the engine but it produces significantly output — Piaggio it’s equal in performance to a engine while weighing less.

The BV 350 is also fitted ABS and ASR, the latter standing for Slip Reduction’ (or traction The ASR can be switched off, while the ABS

On the road, the BV packs some scooter performance. With a 24.5kW pushing 177kg, it away from a standing and accelerates hard (by scooter to three-figure speeds. Even at there’s still a reasonable of urge available for overtakes.

to see this new engine cropping up in Piaggio/Vespa models — no bad

The handling is light and lively and the City Grip tyres the confidence to explore the scoot’s ground clearance. The large (16in at the front, 14in at the deliver motorcycle-like handling, bumps and dips in their while the brakes wipe off in an impressive manner. The safety of ABS and ASR will seal the deal for a prospective buyer, we think.

I it looks really smart, and I couldn’t find fault its finish. The small screen deflect the wind’s blast and you get like a 12V accessories socket, underseat storage, a glove an engine immobiliser, flush pillion ’pegs, and informative the latter offering up info battery voltage, ambient fuel and time.


The Yourban 300 continues as Piaggio’s three-wheeler (although it’s categorised as a two-wheeler, not a trike). The MP3 500 was from the line-up last and so the Yourban is an update of the MP3 300. As it’s powered by the outgoing 278cc Quasar engine a four-valve, four-…, single-cylinder

While the new styling immediately the eye, the revision goes than skin deep. The old ride-by-wire setup has gone in of a mechanical Marelli EFI system, the output has been boosted to 16.6kW at 7500rpm (up from at 7500rpm) and 24Nm at 6000rpm (up 23.3Nm at 6500rpm). Yes, a poofteenth, but it’s appreciable you consider the model has also 20kg — mainly its frame.

The front wheels are now slightly too — 13in items, up 12in— and, finally, work has gone into up the model’s electrics, simplifying and service tasks.

It’s a few years since I’ve an MP3 but it took no time to get back the swing of things. It’s no than a standard maxi and the system that locks the wheels at a standstill is super to operate. On the go, I hardly noticed the front wheel — is, until I hit a patch of gravel turning onto a quiet road at an intersection. There was a amount of slip before the gripped and the Yourban continued on its

That’s the beauty of these — hitting a patch of oil or won’t spell disaster and for riders they provide a lot of reassurance, especially in wet weather.

the weight loss, the acceleration is if not exactly scintillating — I’d to see that new 350 donk found in the BV 350 into the Yourban. Still, enough punch for plenty of fun and the will have no trouble its own at highway speeds.

The handling is our speeds on this press were somewhat sedate but I fondly remember hammering the generation of MP3 through the hills on model’s release and being amazed by what it was capable of. really are remarkable machines and I my hat off to Piaggio for bringing a model this to production. It took and it’s created a unique all its own.

There’s no ABS or ASR but you do get a disc on all three wheels; when you need to jump on the anchors the will pull up quickly and impressive stability. The electro-hydraulic end can be locked for parking (or even at a red so you can freak out the driver behind you your ‘perfect’ balance as you your feet up on the footboards!) via a switch. The system disengages as as you give it any throttle.

There’s also a park an engine immobiliser, masses of storage and clear and legible the latter with a clock, temperature, battery voltage and


leaves the X10 500, which over from the outgoing MP3 500 and 400, both now discontinued, as new flagship model. A luxury scooter, the X10 is powered by the 493cc single-cylinder engine previously in the MP3 500, but that aside essentially a new-from-the-ground-up design.

no shortage of primo goodies on here, including linked integrated ABS and ASR, a 12V socket in one compartment and a USB socket in another, a central glove compartment, rear preload, a shopping bag a sidestand with integrated brake, an engine immobiliser, and a carpet-lined underseat storage with light.

Via Bluetooth the X10 (like the Vespa 946) is compatible with Piaggio’s new PMP Multimedia Platform) system simply download the free app to your smartphone (Apple or place it in the dash-mounted bracket, and a of ’net-integrated info is yours for the

Piaggio MP3 300 Yourban
Piaggio MP3 300 Yourban

The associated GPS fixing kit is $110.65 the PMP mount is $236.30. Unfortunately a unit wasn’t available on the launch so I couldn’t take a look, but among its many is one that automatically brings up a of the nearest petrol stations the scoot’s fuel gets the GPS then navigating you to your It also ‘remembers’ where parked your X10, you get back to it after a furious shopping, and, via helmet-mounted and mic, allows you to take and phone calls or listen to on the move.

The Master engine feels a lumpy at idle but the vibes out at about 4000rpm and at open-road it’s a big magic carpet. a claimed dry weight of 198kg on the hefty side but the weight is low and it’s actually far more than that figure may With its good steering smooth take-up and excellent it’s no drama to perform or other tight manoeuvres in spaces.

Seating is superb and the are designed for all-day comfort, adjustable lumbar support for the The screen isn’t adjustable, and at 188cm (6ft 2in) I have done with it five or so centimetres taller to put me in quiet, cosy cocoon of Even so, there was no undue and there will be no issues for of average height or below.

I had good legroom and I liked the of two positions for my feet — on the footboards or forward, the latter my preferred choice. You really easily lap the continent on an X10, that comfy and the low-stress would simply eat up the miles.

The underseat storage bay will one full-face and one open-face lid, but not two ones. It will, however, swallow enough gear for an multi-day trip. Invest in a for even more luggage

The linked brakes bring up the X10 confidence and, as with the BV you get ABS and switchable ASR. Do you really them? Put it this way, you do, you really, really do… In any case, on the X10 as with the BV 350 — these are standard fitment.

The electronic adjustment is a handy thing. It can be via two buttons (one to increase tension, the other to reduce it) next to the ignition — a icon on the LCD display shows the spring setting. The mix of digital/analogue is well thought out and includes a computer with a handy to empty’ feature, among others.

The X10 rolls on Sava MC28 S tyres (Sava is a European maker based in Slovenia) a 15in rim up front and a 13in rim the back. With a cruiser-like wheelbase, it’s super at speed and generally soaks up the well.

The finish can only be as beautiful. From the flowing to the lightweight cast alloy it’s clear this is a product of Latin passion and artisans.


models such as these and sublime 946, it’s Piaggio is entering a new era of design and Priced at $9990, $7990, and respectively (plus on-roads) for the 300, BV 350 and X10 500, these are products but the quality is there in along with a heap of features and some cutting-edge Scooter sales in general be falling but it’s easy to see why is bucking the trend — and three newcomers should see that momentum build.



Type: SOHC, four-…, four-valve, single-cylinder

Capacity: 493cc

x …: 94mm x 71mm

ratio: 10.5:1


Piaggio MP3 300 Yourban
Piaggio MP3 300 Yourban
Piaggio MP3 300 Yourban
Piaggio MP3 300 Yourban
Piaggio MP3 300 Yourban
Piaggio MP3 300 Yourban
Piaggio MP3 300 Yourban
Piaggio MP3 300 Yourban

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