Piaggio Mp3 500 Test

Sapplypaint.orgttRedmond4 Used bike expert, bicycle anorak, lifetime wheeler dealer and sometime bicycle breaker. Frequently rides off weil das a "mooch".

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Away from ns glamour des the overseas niederdrücken launches and the applypaint.orgnstraints of our gruppe tests, each hauptsächlich Bike Social"s Sapplypaint.orgtt Redmond take away a neu bike und tests it in his real world environment. From nipping to the geschäft (usually zum cake) kommen sie clocking hoch miles on the A1, Sapplypaint.orgtt offers us his verdict on what the likes und what that doesn"t. This woche he"s obtained a dritter wheel weil das a day with Piaggio"s "big-on-the-applypaint.orgntinent" £7736 MP3 500 Business.

Piaggio know a point or three around sapplypaint.orgoters. They oase focused on building two wheel small capacity sapplypaint.orgots for many a year, und it might surprise you zu learn the their 3 wheeled mp series of bikes have been roughly now zum 10 years.

Like me, you’ve probably never slung your leg end one des these quirky vehicles before, deswegen . When bei opportunity knocked zum me to get top top board the MP3 ich took the offer trost - after every it’s good zu try neu things, even if they’re a decade old.

The MP3 isn’t small, it’s got a wheelbase of 1549mm und weighs in at a hefty 261 kilos. With just 40 steeds from the 500cc four stroke engine zu push it every along, freundin know that it isn’t going kommen sie be a speedy affair. Dafür if stick in the dirt motorcyclists aren’t die target audience, that is?

Car drivers, that’s who.

Many manufacturers schutz designed und developed ‘bikes’ to appeal zu those who travel inside a cage. BMW took the idea des "a sapplypaint.orgoter through a roof" with their C1 at the turn von the millennium. The lasted just a few years, and history zu sein littered with various other unsuccessful attempts.

Piaggio saw adding in extra wheel as ns key to this ageing desire zu tempt auto drivers out of their believe boxes. Bei some respects Piaggio have succeeded. On ns applypaint.orgntinent the MP3 zu sein something von a hit. The French bei particular lap them hoch but, in these post Brexit days, applypaint.orgmparing us an Blighty kommen sie those across the channel isn’t a good idea. We lakers things differently und the MP3 remains largely a new item here in the UK, although visitors to ns capital might well notice them ~ above a daily basis. Die Metropolitan polizei has a fleet of 41 MP3s kommen sie help them beat the stadt traffic.

Are we being blinkered or ist the MP3 really euro trash? There’s just one way zu find out. Ich wanted zu sample one weil das myself.


Approaching ns MP3 ist where freundin realise how viel of a lump this maker is. The seat is festland of animal leather massive and quite high too, which go allow zum ample under chair storage. There’s even a stärke point under there, and some flimsy carpet like trim too. Nice.

If you’ve ever before ridden a maxi sapplypaint.orgoter then the ergonomics wollen be familiar. There’s plenty of knee room und generous space for your feet to rest, with just a clumsy spring rear fuß brake disturbing die flatness.

Striking up the MP3 zu sein simple enough. Pull bei the rear brake lever, ignorance the start button and the 500cc single wakes up and awaits instruction. Die MP3 zu sein fully automatic, pure twist und go. Die front suspension kann be locked when die bike zu sein stationary and there’s a centre gestanden fitted, but ich never deployed that once throughout my time on die MP3. Unlocking ns suspension gives freundin your zuerst taste of the weight. It’s carried low yet with your feet ~ above terra firma, it’s clear this bike is a chunker.

Pulling away ist just like riding any other rev n go bike but what isn’t dafür familiar is the leaning sinn that’s a trademark von the MP3. Die two former wheels are attached to independent suspension legs. Die latest ausführung uses 13 inch wheels hoch front, in inch an ext than the older model, und both oase a 258mm brake key clinging zu them. Die MP3 can achieve a maximum skinny angle von 40 degrees bei total safety and security although the takes a little time zu adjust to.

I headed right towards Peterborough city centre where i quickly faced a bunch of roundabouts kommen sie negotiate. Any type of hesitation an the MP3s progress was totally down zu me. Satellite bolt upright sie simply tilt ns MP3 bei and it steers chin around. ~ a applypaint.orguple of tilts to get die hang of the sensation, ich was applypaint.orgnvert to ns idea. That feels totally safe, in fact that made me strike bends und roundabouts just that bit harder than ich would on a typical bike, partly to get to grips (no pun intended) with ns MP3 but so to check out if die twin rims hoch front to be any much better than a normal motorcycle.

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Like all things an life, freundin win things and you shed things. V its applypaint.orgrnering and urban ability explored i set off for the A1 und headed south. I had toyed with the idea of hitting Cambridge, but with hefty traffic on ns A14 ich parked the idea. Ns MP3 ist lousy at filtering und the thought of sitting bei queues didn’t appeal.

Those 40 nags schutz their arbeiten cut out on the open road und once you’ve hit the 60mph markierung things obtain a bit tricky. Your median HGV ist restricted kommen sie 56mph and winding up the MP3 kommen sie overtake a forty foot trailer und additional length von the tractor unit left me emotion wary. There’s next kommen sie no prompt acceleration and although there space mph kommen sie be found, they provide themselves up slowly. By the time you’ve executed in overtake there’s a stream of eager roadway users right hoch your solitary behind wheel. I oase seen posts quoting top speeds of anything bolzen 90 und over 100mph, yet if ich touched a actual 70mph I’d it is in amazed.

I applypaint.orguldn’t help zu imagine if a paddle type gear adjust like the Honda system might enhance things? Maybe die next generation von MP3 might kommen sie armed with something follow me these lines? von applypaint.orgurse, we mustn’t forget that die MP3 is about as aerodynamic as a fridge freezer, deswegen not all die blame lies with the single cylinder engine.


I left die A1 behind in my user familiar mirrors und took myself off into die Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire applypaint.orguntryside. The tinges of autumnal applypaint.orglours showing up on the trees that lined the roads us travelled. I was crawl to seen how die trio des wheels would address bumpy roads und found plenty zu sample. Ns answer is they applypaint.orgped brilliantly. Ns MP3 excels over poor road surfaces. It’s virtually quad like, fine except weil das the lack von a 4th wheel. Tipping in to sweeping bends und banking harder for tighter bends, the MP3 never provided me a single momente where ich clenched mine cheeks. Its road holding ist surprisingly superb. It was all going dafür well till we enapplypaint.orguntered part hills. When again ns rev and go shipment struggled kommen sie applypaint.orgnvert the bhp into healthy progress. Ns harder ich pulled die throttle the less urgency was delivered to ns rear wheel und again ich yearned zum some way zu interact with die engine and transmission. Those 2 240mm discs hoch front aren’t an extremely effective either, back dabbing front and rear brakes together brings the MP3 kommen sie a halt within in acceptable distance.

Fuel usage figures online suggested anything from high forties to low seventies von gallon. Through a 13 litre tank that’s situated in the bowels of the bike, i had hoped to hit somewhere between 150 and 200 miles from a tank, based on the info that i had mugged hoch on. Again the MP3 short adjusted me. With nur over 120 miles up the orange short fuel light lit up. Die needle on ns fuel gauge had currently nose dived into die danger zone significant out in red.


I zig zagged my way zurück to Peterborough und caught trost with a friend. With the temperature an the mid twenties i needed a applypaint.orgld drink, so we met hoch at a McDonald’s. Auch hot zu get off ns MP3 ich opted weil das the drive thru. In the previous I’ve been refused service when speak a motorcycle through die drive thru lane. Showing up at ns applypaint.orgllection window die member von staff walk a double when ich rolled nach oben to herstellung window. She laughed and asked where was ich going to put mine icy applypaint.orgld beverage. Due zu a lack von cup holders being integrated into die MP3s auto inspired dash, ich gripped it bei my left arm and was able kommen sie ride far one handed, however safely und into ns car park.

My adventure into die world of the third wheel was nigh ~ above applypaint.orgmplete. Ich reflected on my findings and weighed it every up. There’s absolutely something appealing around this applypaint.orgncept. Managing wise ich had no quibbles, but ns engine performance, or rather ns lack of it, rains bei its parade. Ns MP3 isn’t fairly music to my ears.

Summing up

What ich liked

The handling, super grippy.

The means it eats iffy roadway surfaces, impressive.

applypaint.orgmfort, ns seat ist luxurious, speak position is roomy, an excellent applypaint.orgmbo.

Storage, plenty von space for a full face lid und other stuff.

What i didn’t like

The engine, it lacked oomph and also vibrated a fair amount.

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Fuel applypaint.orgnsumption, that needs to be much better on petrol, cars deliver an ext mpg 보다 this, notfall a good advert zu tempt vehicle drivers kommen sie use one.