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Piaggio MP3 250

Review of the Piaggio MP3

June — YES! At long I got to spend some time the Piaggio MP3. If you want to the review and just get to the conclusion, it is: This scooter is amazing .

was a lot of industry ( and media ) buzz this scooter. The Piaggio MP3 is really new in scooters — a machine that gives new to stability and control in the scooter I have been ( not so patiently ) for my opportunity to spend some on one. Thanks to MotoPrimo and Wheelock ( the sales manager at Central ) I got my chance to get a fair of time on one.

I did a mix of riding highway, city, and ( ahem ) time with the MP3. I am to getting some looks and when reviewing new scooters but the MP3 drew onlookers like else I’ve ever Fuel stops took at 20 minutes — 2 minutes to get gas and the of the time to answer questions. a doubt, the MP3 causes a crowd to

My wife Beverly ( that’s her in the ) also rode the MP3 and was very

The Technology

The Piaggio MP3 has a fuel liquid-cooled four-… 250cc oh wait, you wanted to hear that front end. TWO wheels up front, as well as TWO disc brakes. The parallelogram is an original Piaggio design. The mechanism is composed of four control arms with hinges fixed to the central and two guide tubes on either It is connected to the arms via suspension and ball bearings.

The tubes on the and left enclose the steering The result is a scooter that incredible stability when braking, riding on wet pavement, you it.

To get an idea of the real-world impact of all look at the picture of Bev again. She is NOT a rider by any stretch of the imagination. She is VERY cautious about out new scooters and only participates in reviews to shut me up.

At parking lot after just a little she was able to comfortably run figure with the MP3.


In of my scooter reviews, this is the comparison chart would be. For the Piaggio MP3, it would be a of one so I’ll just run through the

The MSRP is $6,999. The standard is one year and includes roadside There is an extended factory available. The engine is a 244cc four-… with liquid and fuel injection. Transmission is an CVT.

The front suspension was above and the rear suspension is a shock set-up with for spring preload. Brakes are all around ( two in front, one in the back ). The tires are tubeless 120/70-12 and the is 130/70-12. Wheelbase is 58.6 seat height is 30.7 and dry weight is 440 pounds.

The fuel holds 3.2 gallons.


The layout of the Piaggio MP3 is a little than other scooters it includes a front end lock. On the side control there is a to lock the front end when at a The mechanism only engages at low speeds ( near to stopping ) and the butterfly valve is closed and the is running below 3000

With the mechanism engaged, one can sit at a with out having one’s on the ground. The mechanism can be disengaged the switch OR it will automatically once the scooter is moving at low The factory specifications say that the kicks in at 9 MPH, but it seemed to me to at even lower speeds.

Beyond the VERY sweet end, the Piaggio MP3 has some nice features. The seat is and has good passenger accommodations. is a parking brake ( highly — one tends to forget rolling on a hill with the end locked ) and luggage hook in the front/center below the dash.

The filler is on the floorboard and there is a rain cover built in the seat.

Storage space is good. There is a truck passes through to the underseat area. As you can see in the picture, my XXL 3/4 helmet fit in the trunk or under the seat ease. There is a bit of a back-rest for the and even comfortable grab

Any passenger with likely these grab rails as virtually impossible to NOT enjoy twisty, leaning turns on scooter.

Sorry about the quality dash pictures, I couldn’t find a spot was free from reflection. The windscreen provides limited but is adequate. The speedometer is on the left and the on the right with a nice digital display in the center with a myriad of warning

These warning lights a front-end lock indicator.


Piaggio MP3 250

OK, here are the basics. my test, fuel consumption was 73 MPG I consider to be quite good that this was a new scooter and was not yet in. The speedometer reads pretty being only 4% optimistic.

the indicated speed was 60 MPH the actual was 57.5 MPH. The factory list the maximum speed as 77 Again, this was a new scooter and I really push it to the top end, but my 200+ pound body on I only managed an indicated 75 MPH or an speed of 72 MPH.

This is much my only complaint the Piaggio MP3 so I might as well get it out because the rest of this is going to be pretty glowing. The was disappointing. Acceleration throughout was but not exciting.

The top end is lacking and this may adversely the MP3’s ability as a touring for some riders.

Handling is like no other scooter I ridden. Braking and control outstanding in all circumstances. I did not have the to try the MP3 on wet pavement, but I have no doubts it would prove to be more than any two-wheeled scooter out The factory specs indicate angles of up to 40 degrees and I do not doubt one bit.

After about an of around-town riding I felt comfortable with the MP3 and found looking for excuses to push it a bit on I found the MP3 to be one of the most ergonomically scooters I have ridden. position, controls, everything quite nice to me.

I suspect is you are outside of 5′ 7 to 6′ 2 you may some issues but the only way to for sure is to try one out for yourself.

My wife and I rode the MP3 two-up for about 30 some around town but on highways. It was comfortable and again ( I I keep saying the say thing and over ) the handling and control phenomenal.


If it’s not obvious by now just say it again — is one impressive scooter. The fit and finish is exactly what one would from Piaggio. The paint was gorgeous and I find the overall very pleasant. In my opinion, the MP3 represents the state-of-the-art in scooter as far as stability and handling go.

I do wish was a little more oomph in the department.

Do yourself a favour and with your local dealer to see when they be offering test rides.

L. Harrington — June

Piaggio MP3 250
Piaggio MP3 250
Piaggio MP3 250
Piaggio MP3 250

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