Piaggio MP3 LT 500 Sport: An Owner's Review




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Nej I: Thanks a million for the review. I have a few questions... 1) Have been out on the Mway with scooter - what speeds does it get up to (with comfort). I ask as I am not a bike rider and never have been. I currently commute from Portsmouth to Hammersmith in London and the journey is getting worse with each day. I am thinking of investing in the scooter for the same reasons you did. BUT, need to know it can handle thoe speed, the duration as well and also how economical it would be on say 75mph - 80mph. 2) You say service is due at 5000miles - do you mean KM as I understand the Piaggio works in KPH? Does that also mean the speeds you refre to in video is actually km and NOT miles? What the MPS like to ride in open motorway at 80mph? Does it feel safe and ok in rain, wind etc? And finally thanks for posting the vid and (thanks in advance) for coming back to me 

Quickblood1: Weird watching someone take my exact route to work even starting in Abbey Wood. I've been thinking about getting a scooter for a while as that journey is hell in a car. I do night shifts and even then the traffic is terrible around 2 hours to get to Soho.

Fares: A really nice review...thanks :) Looking forward to watching your long term review, probably after another year or so.

Pieter Veldman: thank you for the video ! where can i buy that " fish eye mirror " PV

David Kosiba: Enjoyed the video mate! Thank you for posting. Learned quite a bit about the MP3 just from watching you navigate the London streets. Totally different driving style in the UK vs the US. Filtering, as you call it, is not something we are allowed to do here. I have a Honda motorcycle but am looking at the MP3 for something different and something my wife can learn to ride. I will check out the links you posted in the info box. Cheers! 

Frank Smirke: Thanks so much for all the great info. I live here in Arizona, in America. I've been looking into getting a scooter, and saw this Piaggio 2009 MP3 500CC bike. I really like it. I really enjoyed your trip to work also. It was fun. Thanks again, mate. Frank.

Steve E: Great video, I really enjoyed it very much. I plan on moving to the Philippines and wanted to buy a Piaggio MP3. I just didn't want to end up buying a cheap Chinese made scooter, but a quality brand that will last. I'm a beginner and i think i would feel more safe with a 3 wheel scooter bike than the regular 2 wheel type. I will also buy a rider scan mirror before I leave the United States because knowing the way things are in the Philippines, they will not have it available. I just wanted to ask you, do you use an adhesive to attach it on your screen or do you screw it in with a bolt? With my luck, someone in the Philippines will probably try to steal the mirror off the bike. 

Al GESBREK: Great Vid bud LOVE THE TRIKE--GO ING TO GET ONE. ,,! Really liked the middle mior

patrick coleman: Lot of them here in Australia. I have had a ride on on e some time ago and i like them.Had to sell my Z1 kawasaki because of a bad hip (can't now get my leg over it) so i will have to get a scooter or a MP3. Good video.

Rick Wisher: Love mine! I got it about a month ago. I have a 2009 500 model, the last year they imported them here in the states. I live in SF which is very hilly and haven't had any problems whatsoever getting up or down any inclines. I never rode before I got my MP3 and I feel pretty safe and confident now. Having lived in crowded cities for most of my adult life I wish I would have had a scooter ages ago. It really does make it easier to get around and there is parking everywhere. Like you, it's made the commute a fun part of my day. 

Eric Brown: Cheers from Canada!!! Great video. I'm going to see if they sell these in Canada as the ABS and Traction Control model is great. Again thanks for the video. It's been since 1972 or 1973 since I was in London last.

Tichrai2: Bought an MP3 abs/asr silent (2014 IE) :o) It's great to drive, but had alot of unfortunate issues with it :| up in Trollheimen (famous hills in norway), the charger circuit melted, also ravaging the main engine fuse which happened to be in that box as well. got it fixed at the dealer in oslo (I live in Trondheim), and drove it back (560km). about 60km out of trondheim, the engine lamp starts glaring at me. it vanishes when the engine is restarted, but reappears after some 20-30km. although I didnt notice anything strange while driving, something's probably wrong :p getting a little annoyed, and will have to call the dealer on monday :(

YPO6: Have you seen Toyota's iRoad 3-wheeler?

frankjustme20041: Hi ! love the video. I have had a MP3 500 for a year now and love it. I just had my drive belt changed and had to be without for a month during the riding season in eastern USA. That was a bummer. I do have it back now and love every minute of driving. I don't have the LT I have the one without a pedal.

Guy Downes: Great video. Really informative and as an ex London commuter now living in Phoenix Arizona I would have loved an MP3!

Steve Heinemann: nice, informative video. thanks. btw: i'vew owned half a dozen large-engined street bikes (BMW, Kawasaki, Honda) but the funnest bike I ever owned was my 250cc scooter! hahahaha.

Ben Middleton: Great video and information Motortriker. Am in a similar decision process where I have a commute which can be troublesome and I am going through a "male mid life crisis" so bought the V8 convertible I have always been after! To counteract the fuel costs I have been considering much more frugal alternatives for my commute, but to be honest anything with 4 wheels that's cheap to run/insure/tax is not enjoyable (which I worry will mean I use the V8 more than I should!) and still leaves me with the commute trouble of traffic etc. I stumbled across an MP3 the other day (didn't know what it was!) but I thought it looked brilliant and could answer all my needs. seeing your video has all but convinced me. I have a good local Piaggio dealer so have emailed them tonight for further info and a test ride. I am like you in that I have never had a motorbike, (cycling yes but not motorcycling) but been driving 30 years.. One question though - How is riding the MP3 in rain and cold? not so much the MP3 in terms of handling etc but does it afford you any protection to getting soaked or freezing, even with the wet weather gear on? Thanks again for a brilliant video.. Ben

505197: I dig how you said it completely changed your life. Bikes can be like that. Now you're an urban commando, filtering traffic and roaring off in the lead. Now little side lanes require exploring. And you'll have to take longer aimless trips, with some camping gear. I have four bikes, one is a Honda Helix Scooter, and I really enjoy riding the Helix. I have a couple of BMW boxers, and since it's time to call it a day, I'm going for a ride, it's beautiful out today. Oh, get a cup holder, sipping coffee on the way to work is just too nice. Welcome to the world on a bike....it may be three wheels, but it's still a bike. 

ricardo small: ha ha ha. i know the route you were riding.. 

fusteria: Thanks mate for the video. Live in the French Alps, might be getting one to commute to Geneva (now that I know for sure that I can also legally drive it in Switzerland with my car driving license). I would be doing about 55 miles a day - do you think this is too much for an MP3? Mainly in a motorway limited to 110km/h (69 mph) and some country roads... Cheers, and hope you're still enjoying the non-scooter scooter! :)

sunelven: Nice video dude! Thanks for the info! Do you know if there's any other manufacturers that makes bikes like this, ones you can ride with car license? BTW What cam are u using?

bigissue: i enjoyed the trip

llewellyn lewis: Piaggio MP3 LT 500 Sport: an owner's review: http://youtu.be/CiUgTxPzL6E

gemma stone: I've been looking into getting one of these as a side step to taking a bike test ..I have a full UK car licence since 1992...the only drawback is the cost. ..They do seem a bit expensive. .

I TechHelpLtd: Nice ride, generally very safe, considered, considerate. I did spot one overtake next to a right-turn junction - the blue car, just after the bollard, there was a right turn arrow painted on the road. Very risky that, cars have a habit of realising at the last minute that this is the junction they want and just turning in without looking or indicating - and then you get crumpled into the side of their vehicle. Had a Transit do that to me once, luckily we were both moving at low speed. Hurt my leg though.

staninjapan07: thanks very much i would argue that you could not actually drop the bike in the conventional sense of the word glad to find an mp3 review that is not French, German, Italian or Portuguese thanks btw did you know there's a hybrid petrol-elec version?

goofyfoot2001: YOUR ON THE WRONG SIDE OF THE ROAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Katherine Carnegie: what kind of petrol do you put in it, regular or premium?

magic2506: This scooter has a high center of gravity. When you unlock the wheels standing still, the scooter wants to tip. At 5' 8" for me I was almost on my toes. The seat is high compared to a motorcycle. I feel safer on a Gold Wing at twice the weight having my feet planted on the ground.

microkid36: Hi there motortriker iv'e just bought one of these on a 14 plate,can i ask if i may how did you mount your sat nav,because i have a tom tom rider and you have to pay extra for a bracket which mounts the sat nav where the 2 buttons are for the seat and boot release and to be honest it looks much nicer where you have yours. safe riding cheers in advance Ray.

Rammer Gramps: thank you I found it really interesting as eventually I want to get a three wheeler

Peter Abbott: Great Review! I'm currently looking at the possibility of buying one of these as a weekend toy to get me back into biking. Unfortunately a few years ago I went for my full bike test more than once and didn't pass, but due to money troubles couldn't continue trying to pass, so went and passed my car test instead. I did however ride a few different bikes on my CBT over 2 years and loved every minute. Its great to have an honest review of this bike based from a car drivers POV aswell.

sunairjet: I hate this lame ass version of a bike. But laws are laws. You could ride a 125 cc (like a proper supermoto) only a few years ago over here. Sorry if I offended any MP3 owners

felix25ize: OMG!Stop riding at left!Don't you see the truck coming in front?

Dhruva Rai: I am wondering about the foot brake. How does it work? Is it a combination of the front and back brakes? Is it better to use foot brake than hand brakes?

Tichrai2: apparently you cant ride it in buslanes in norway because its ridden on a B-class car license :(

Tichrai2: if you ever decide to drive to norway on vacation, i'd love to ride with you :p although there are some nice roads around where i live, there's not alot to see, so I'd recommend vesterålen (same sights as lofoten, less tourist traffic), møre og romsdal (trollheimen and dramatic nature), and sogn og fjordane :)

Joseph Deally: Think I might get one of those ridescan mirrors, looks super handy! Hopefully it will affix nicely to my x9 wind shield.

Stuart Moore: Great video. Impressed by how relaxed you sound. I have the same model. I am also same age and height. I have a full bike licence though and used to ride some pretty large bikes but had taken a break whilst raising kids. My discovery of these was a bit random, didn't even know about such machines. Had been thinking about getting a bike again for a while but thought it might be worth trying a scooter as no longer had the need for the same power kick I had in my youth and 30s. Spotted an MP3 in a scooter magazine and immediately went off to find a dealer. Fell in love and bought a recent used model within a couple of weeks. My nearest dealers in and around Birmingham didn't have anything suitable so I ended up buying one from Scootercrazy in Huddersfield. My first ride on it was mostly motorway including the highest motorway in England (M62) in very bad weather (gales and rain). Loved it. I am stunned that someone without bike experience can get on one of these and thought it a really bad idea until seeing your video. I do find it very similar to ride to two wheelers but with the extra stability you mentioned. I do more country and motorway riding than you so replaced the screen with the tall variant as I was getting buffeted far too much. Now have to apply rain repellent as I can't see over it. Much calmer ride though. Must get a better lid. Thank goodness for ear plugs. I also fitted a large third party top box on an adapter plate. Sadly it is impractical for me to commute with my current contract. (Live in Shropshire, working near Heathrow.) and bad weather has meant not felt desire to ride for pleasure much at weekends. I hope to get some commutable work sometime as well as have fun when weather is a bit nicer. I think I would like a two wheeler again at some point but, like you, I would be tempted to keep this well. 

DumbDuck44: I hear it feels a bit top heavy compared to most scoots. BTW, in most states in the US (except california) you will need a motorcycle license to ride one.

1964douglas1: Hi , can you tell me what insurance company you use for the LT please ? I'm with MCE but they don't insure them & I'm changing over in June , thanks .

andyteethyea: this bike has always intreged me im on a cbt but i love my small bikes litraly only gunna do my lisence so i dont have to keep doing a cbt but ive always liked the look if these and wouldent mind getting one in the future great vid mate 

Alistair Lang: *A bike you can ride with a car licence* For anyone interested in leaving the car at home, this video of a short London commute is worth watching for this guy's buying decision and impression. *On the downside, his lane positioning is mostly poor (too close to parked vehicles; need to be much further out for forward observation and planning) - easily sorted after investing in some 'advanced' training.* Another cheaper, lighter, lower powered option might be Yamaha's new 125cc Tricity: http://www.motorcyclenews.com/mcn/news/newsresults/new-bikes/2014/march/mar2513-yamaha-tricity-revealed/ 

mrmatias42: Hey Mate. Much thanks to your great vid and owners review i just bought my own MP3 500 sport. Glad to see your still posting vids :-) Thanks again mate and ill keep watching. BR Matias 

Dan C: Fantastic review, really gave us a good feel of how it is like to ride a trike in a city. Your video might have actually convinced me to buy a trike in Singapore (as you may know car is ridiculously expensive here). Well right now I'll stick to taking the tube in London whilst I'm here. :)

De Ganzedijker Knoop: Great vid, I enjoyed your ride an the way you 3Wheel drive. And yes, the mirror man in the middle, brilliant!

TheSpyChecker: These things do look odd, but i bet they're fun to ride. And like you said, in your case it's very practical to have one. Good on ya mate, enjoy it!

CalmBiker: Great review. Interesting that you don't need a bike license or CBT (though this might have changed / be changing). Completely with you that the commute becomes more fun than the job.

Blahdeblah52: Ahh typed that before ya said about the Bus Lanes :-) Nicely done!! Congestion charge is almost irrelevant as the cams do not use forward facing cameras anyway...like ya said. I think it's a fact!!

Nico Velter: Well, I own a sport touring 350. A disater from a reliability perpective. Still under warranty, the copmpany refuses to assume its legal obligations and doesntt bother to anwer yourv complaints. Good to know...
Rating:
Piaggio MP3 LT 500 Sport: an owner's review 4.7 out of 5

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