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yossef 08-17-2006 01:46 PM

Re: Piaggo MP3 Model Introduction
mp3 merited a review in MO due to its innovative content, but dont expect to see here the flood of scooter test that you can find in Italian mags.

Stiil, I think Gabe is planning another one....

Can asure you that Piaggio's PR will be looking at the mp3's reader feedback in MO.

Do you live in Italy?

Ci vediamo!


Citizen_Mike 08-18-2006 08:20 AM

Re: Piaggo MP3 Model Introduction
I vaguely recall a similar concept tested by Car & Driver circa 1983. I think it was called the Firehawk. It was a two-seat, front-drive automobile (for lack of a better term) with steering up front and the rear wheel trailing along to keep the back end off the ground. C&D reported exceptional roadholding ability on the skidpad without the tendency of conventional three-wheelers to dump the riders on their faces in turns.

It struck as an idea with considerable merit then. If anything, for a scooter or motorcycle, the application is even more practical.

Bucardo 09-04-2006 03:01 PM

Re: Piaggo MP3 Model Introduction
I'm embarrased to admit that the USA is replete with "riders" who fail to distinguish the substance of riding from the image of riding. We do have a surplus of "posers".

However, this is a big market and there's a lot of riders ready for an design evolution that delivers another dimension of substantive fun riding. Ignoring the image-conscious, I'd be too busy grinning than to be looking at who's looking at me.

This design could pierce the market across the riding spectrum. For the less experienced scooter candidate crowd, this could be the ticket to take a leap. For the "g force" crowd that admires a "gator-bike", this could provide an irressistable allure.

Bring it on Piaggio, there's a market in this goofy country.

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