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2008 Piaggio MP3 500 i.e. Review
 

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2008 Piaggio MP3 500 i.e. Review

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vermicious 07-01-2008 04:53 PM

Interesting... I wonder what the fuel economy is like. It's not too pricey for a primary vehicle but a little high to be added to an existing stable (at least for what it is).

vermicious 07-01-2008 04:57 PM

Also, I think I'd feel better with a two year warranty on a vehicle with a relatively complex wheel and suspension system.

seruzawa 07-01-2008 05:15 PM

Ha!
 
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Originally Posted by vermicious (Post 188156)
Interesting... I wonder what the fuel economy is like. It's not too pricey for a primary vehicle but a little high to be added to an existing stable (at least for what it is).

$100 more will get you a VStrom1000. $600 less will get you a Bandit1250. $100 less will get you a Bandit1250ABS. The list goes on and on.

Get real, Piaggio.

mscuddy 07-01-2008 05:28 PM

Howzabout a good old fashioned spec sheet for us oldtimers...like weight, wheelbase, bore & stroke, valve config, etc...and since it can "lock" the front wheels, do you think a cripple can get velcroed to it and be able to ride it around without toppling over on Fairfax & 3rd in heavy traffic? Interesting....

vermicious 07-01-2008 07:06 PM

That's all on there scud... just gotta click the link at the end of the article.

vermicious 07-01-2008 07:10 PM

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Originally Posted by seruzawa (Post 188162)
$100 more will get you a VStrom1000. $600 less will get you a Bandit1250. $100 less will get you a Bandit1250ABS. The list goes on and on.

Get real, Piaggio.

Well I meant for someone who found this vehicle, in particular, appealing. Maybe someone who can't quite embrace riding on two wheels *shrug*

Personally, I can't imagine the honey moon lasting any longer than the novelty. Say.... 20 minutes? But I can imagine some timid soul seeing this as their way to stick their toe in the motorcycle pool.

fonzie 07-01-2008 09:22 PM

I was actually surprised that the novelty didn't wear off after the first 20 minutes. I rode this thing for over a month and chose it over a few other bikes during that time. Refreshing change and fun as well. I can see it lasting a typical ownership span for some new riders, but the jaded might tire of it after a year. But I'd bet they'd be tired of hearing their friends poking fun at them instead of tiring from the three-wheel joy.

As for seruzawa.... that more/less money doesn't get you the third wheel however. More contact patch can save you that much money right quick on the wrong day...

mscuddy, specs are now on a new page [if they're in the system] and no, I'm sorry but the Spyder is more your speed unless you were willing to take a few tip overs at the beginning. The toggle does take some practice. With perfect timing everytime however, you can get this to work for you. :)

seruzawa 07-02-2008 08:32 AM

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Originally Posted by fonzie (Post 188176)
I was actually surprised that the novelty didn't wear off after the first 20 minutes. I rode this thing for over a month and chose it over a few other bikes during that time. Refreshing change and fun as well. I can see it lasting a typical ownership span for some new riders, but the jaded might tire of it after a year. But I'd bet they'd be tired of hearing their friends poking fun at them instead of tiring from the three-wheel joy.

As for seruzawa.... that more/less money doesn't get you the third wheel however. More contact patch can save you that much money right quick on the wrong day...

mscuddy, specs are now on a new page [if they're in the system] and no, I'm sorry but the Spyder is more your speed unless you were willing to take a few tip overs at the beginning. The toggle does take some practice. With perfect timing everytime however, you can get this to work for you. :)

Point taken. Four wheels is even better!

Buzglyd 07-02-2008 08:45 AM

I wouldn't pay that kind of dough to cruise around the 'burbs, but on cobblestone Euro streets this thing would be worth it's weight in gold.


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