Piaggio Mp3 Options Please

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  1. Tosan

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    Hi hubby looking at a scooter but I fancy a Piaggio MP3
    So who's got one ? Who thinks there better than a small cc scooter ?
    What about a trailer to put one on
    Also I'm thinking I would drive one home from the pub rather than a scooter !
    Been on a scooter once don't really want to repeat that experience
    Pro's and Cons please
    Many thanks !
    Sandra
     
  2. Popeye

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    Hi Sandra, I just purchased a brand new Piaggio mp3 300 yourban. The reason I bought it is my good lady child bride cook and housekeeper never felt safe on the scooter. Plus I drive it on a car license. I have just sold my old 125 on ebay and driving it to the local dealer for MOT felt bloody unsafe compared to the new one.

    Of course you have half as many tyres again in contact with the road and 150% brake calipers too, plus no need to put your feet down at junctions, plus of course the handbrake, useful when loading as it stands up all on it's own in fact I'm well pleased with mine. Encantador also has one but he has the large 500cc which was too big for my garage.

    I looked at tail lifts but at 250 kg it is really too heavy and would reduce my payload to almost zero on it's own.


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    I can see your point about the scooters feeling unsafe, we just sold our 125cc as it felt very unsafe and with 2 of us it struggled to get above 45mph. This 3 wheel concept does appeal but would need to test drive one as always had the 2 wheel variety. I have replaced our scooter with a larger 300cc one which is a lot bigger and sturdier (larger wheels, disk breaks all round etc). Be interesting to see how these handle though. Trailer would need to be big enough to take both wheels but i am sure there will be plenty to choose from
     
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    Has anyone tried the Yamaha mw 125 Trike?
     
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    99.9% of the risks on a scooter are there on these new trikes. That 0.1% is little chance of a front end slide which is quite rare.

    The trikes are bigger and heavier.

    The point is, don't for a second take the attitude "It's got three wheels I'm safe".
     
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    I totally agree Brian, the feeling safer bit I believe comes from the larger wheels and the extra performance of the larger engine, especially two up.

    I have found one or two peeps who think that as it has three wheels then it is the same as a trike where you just sit on it and steer round corners; not so, you lean just the same as any other bike, but it is heavy and getting the timing right with the suspension brake so as to not need to put your feet down takes some getting used to.
     
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  7. awg

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    Popeye,

    What height is your garage? I've been looking for something (anything) bigger than 125cc to fit in mine. I'm limited to 1180cm height but can take up to 350kg, so at least weight is not a problem. Top of my list at the moment is a Honda NC750S but I'd rather have a scooter with move luggage space.

    Surprisingly both my sportsbike's fit but my wife wants a pillion seat lager than a mobile phone :)

    Allan
     
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    Several years ago I was invited to a Piaggio trade day for the launch of the MP3
    Guy told everyone to try and fall off !!

    Basically it was in to a bend ( wet as as a wet thing ) and pull it on its ear as far as we could
    A few bottled it but several of us really went for it.
    Yup, the front end would sometimes slide out in a forced understeer but no way was it possible to loose it so bad the bike would fall

    Only thing to watch for is in very patchy conditions
    It is easy to control even when the front end is sliding but god forbid it suddenly grips !!!!
    Massive high side ensues which is a collar bone breaker !!
     
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    @Popeye Many thanks for your info.
    Hubby would also be using it on his car licence and its me that wants one as I'm not convinced I have lost my confidence as well !
    What MH do you have as we didn't think it would fit in a garage !!
     
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    Interesting ! Many thanks
     
  11. Encantador

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    Not quite sure what you mean, it is a scooter, rides like a scooter just has more front end grip.

    Some people seem to think you ride them like a quad bike and it can't fall over.
     
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    So it rides just like a 2 wheeled scooter then ?
    If so might need to count it out then :(
     
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    It does. Below about 3mph you can flick a switch to lock the front wheels, but if you don't and don't put your feet down it will fall over. As soon as you accelerate the front wheels unlock automatically so it banks over like a normal scooter.

    Put Piaggio MP3 into YouTube.
     
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    I would like one myself but I don't think you yo can ride a 125 MP3 on a car licence only the bigger MP3 LT model.
     
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    You are quite correct, the 125 can't be ridden on a car license only the larger 300 or 500 (also the old 250 and 400 which are still available elsewhere in Europe).

    My Frankia Platin Plus Garage is 1250 mm in fact it only fits into the two Carthago models with the twin single rear beds as they are also 1250mm. I reckon it would go into 1200 mm but nothing less (mirrors and screen removed). Your Carthago would take the width with ease and space to spare but it is tight on the length and the height.
     
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    Popeye, Thanks. My Carthago is a 149 C-Tourer which has the twin single rear beds but with only 1180cm height garage. I would need to let the mp3's front tyres down :D

    Allan
     
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    Hi, we've got a Piaggio LT500, previously had a Piaggio Beverly 350, both purely to take on a trailer behind our motorhome. I always felt safe as the pilion of the Beverly but my hubby wanted something more stable when carrying a passenger and the MP3 doesn't disappoint. Basically, previously he had to hold the Beverly for me to get on and then continue to hold it safe whilst he also got on. With the MP3, the bike is 'locked' and I climb up with it rock solid on its own. It is also much more solid riding along, also very roomy and comfy for both riders, yet still 'corners' like a 2-wheeler.

    Re the trailer, we have a side-loading trailer, made by the excellent Phil of CMF Trailers in Ross-on-Wye. He makes every trailer himself so will customise yours as you want, ours is made for an MP3. The advantages of a side-loading trailer of course are that a) the total outfit is that much smaller, therefore more chance of fitting on a pitch (or aire, especially the latter), and b) ferries are cheaper!
     
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    Ive got 1180mm as well, NB Arto

    The largest scooter I could get to fit was a Aprilia sport city 300, but I do have to remove the mirror and the little screen thing ( which originally came with 6 screws and I just use 2 for ease of removal)

    Its good for a scooter - reasonable power with 16 inch wheels, telescopic forks and 3 discs but it aint a motorbike

    The MP3's are very heavy, surely has to dull performance a little.

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    Sorry Allan, the one I was about to buy was the chic e-line I 51 linerclass, the yachting also has 1200mm. You really should try this mp3 in yours, will you be going to Malvern?
     
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    Am sure it does. Mine is about 240kg with fuel, but will cruise at 80mph two up and leaves most things well behind at traffic lights if I want it too, so plenty for me.

    There are a couple of mods you can do to improve the acceleration, but best wait till out of guarantee.
     
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