Demystifying the Piaggio MP3 – Scooter within the Sticks


Piaggio MP3 250 scooterCraig Kissell recommended I take the Piaggio MP3-250 for the weekend. He should sense what I’m able to experience. Or prepared to simply accept. To date every motorbike or scooter has been a form of minor revelation. The one drawback I see having developed is that the following time I go to Kissell Motorsports I’m going to need to strive the MP3-400 and 500. (Notice to Craig: Please reserve a kind of massive MP3’s for me please)

From the primary time I learn in regards to the Piaggio MP3 I started amassing a collection of misperceptions. Till I lastly had an opportunity to take it for a protracted experience final weekend I didn’t understand how fully I misunderstood this machine. I used to be fallacious about the way it labored, about why somebody would possibly select one, and most of all in regards to the stability of the MP3.

Front end of Piaggio MP3 scooterStability. Wanting on the further entrance wheel I assumed the MP3 would have superior stability. It does. On the highway the factor feels glued to the highway. On tough pavement or gravel you virtually don’t discover any change with each wheels independently navigating what comes alongside. In turns the MP3 leans easily like a two-wheeled car however has the benefit of an additional wheel and suspension system to maintain issues surprisingly surefooted. Using alongside PA Route 45 at 60mph the MP3 didn’t flinch within the air blast of passing vans. Two-wheeled bikes and scooters might be buffeted about badly in conditions like that however the MP3 was strong and didn’t appear inclined to be blown off it’s chosen course. Good. Very good.

So the place was I fallacious about stability? I used to be fallacious in my expectations of how secure the MP3 could be at gradual speeds–I believed it will not simply fall over. I really feel silly admitting this however in my head the MP3 was going to be my experience of alternative in previous age when my legs had been weak and stability fading as a result of the MP3 would rise up by itself. In any case you’ll be able to lock the entrance wheels within the upright place and it received’t fall over. To bolster my perceptions I look to a visit by two gentleman of their 70s throughout America on MP3s sponsored by Piaggio.

This concept of stability went up to now in my head that I even thought of the MP3 an acceptable first experience for my spouse fairly than having her study the tougher technique of driving on two wheels. What can I say? I used to be fallacious. I’m an fool. Simply comply with alongside a bit and I’ll clarify.

Piaggio MP3 250 scooter in an alleyI deliberate to satisfy my pal Paul on the town and experience to some unique breakfast location as a part of a ritualistic driving behavior. Arising Calder Alley on a Saturday morning means you’ll be confronted with vans blocking your progress as they unload their wares. The MP3 travels unimpeded previous them and permits me to cease in the course of the highway for an image. If you cease you’ll be able to lock the entrance wheels with a contact of a button. A blinking yellow gentle turns into a continuing yellow informing you that the wheels are actually locked and the MP3 will rise up all by itself. As you decelerate to cease the blinking gentle comes on the second you’re touring gradual sufficient to lock the wheels. With a little bit of follow and coordination you’ll be able to interact the lock with out ever placing your toes down.

Steve Williams standing on Piaggio MP3 250 scooterFor an skilled rider used to balancing at gradual speeds and manipulating a wide range of controls it’s a fairly easy course of. However for a brand new or inexperienced rider it simply will get complicated. Do it fallacious and you’re sitting there pondering the wheels are locked and so they aren’t and down you go. And even for those who do have them locked don’t contact the throttle. Slightly inadvertent twist robotically disengages the lock and in case you are shifting—down you go. I’ve examine lot’s of recent MP3 homeowners dropping their new machines. I may by no means perceive this till I took one for a experience.

My recommendation–don’t contact the wheel locking button in any respect till your are fully comfy driving the MP3 with out it. Then introduce the wheel lock.

Piaggio MP3 250 scooter on foggy roadPaul and I left and after a little bit of waffling on my half by way of route we headed south out of city with plans to journey over Pine Grove Mountain. Fog was heavy in a part of the valley and one of many much less traveled routes out of city was closed for building. As I ended on the Highway Closed signal Paul swung previous me on his BMW and disappeared within the fog on the opposite aspect of the signal. So I twisted the throttle on the MP3 and launched it to life as a scofflaw. Thankfully there have been no pits to fall into. Only a easily graded mattress of gravel awaiting truckloads of asphalt. The MP3 was unfazed by the gravel.

Piaggio MP3 250 scooter along rural roadBy the point we had been over the mountain and touring alongside the backroads I used to be fully enamoured by the MP3. The 249cc engine had loads of energy for these roads. Selecting one of many larger MP3s, the 400 or 500, would develop efficiency and make freeway driving easy.

PIaggio MP3 250 scooter at Side Street CafePaul and I ended for breakfast simply east of Huntingdon alongside US Route 22 on the Facet Road Cafe and Deli. It’s hidden off the highway and never straightforward to see. I caught it out of the nook of my eye as we rode by and made some extent to show round and see what fare the native eatery supplied.

breakfastNo surprises at breakfast aside from the costs. Low. Paul questioned aloud how they may keep in enterprise. I didn’t care to have that query answered and targeted on having fun with the bounty supplied.

Piaggio MP3 250 scooterFor me an enormous a part of the enjoyment of driving is discovery. Typically issues about myself however extra usually new locations I’ve not visited earlier than. We managed to discover a slender highway operating via gaps within the mountains that supplied little site visitors, principally contemporary pavement, and an opportunity to see quite a lot of pure surroundings. The type of issues that may recharge my battery.

Piaggio MP3 250 scooter on road through woodsI suppose the search isn’t the identical for everybody. Whereas I appeared for brand spanking new views and surroundings Paul looked for a cell sign for his iPhone. Completely different strokes.

Piaggio MP3 250 scooter on forest roadWanting on the image above I’m unsure what I miss extra as I write. Being out on the earth or driving the MP3. Regardless of having quite a lot of concepts dispelled when it got here to this Piaggio product I shortly turned comfy with this scooter and located myself imagining life with this being the one experience out there. Whereas I like quite a lot of issues I wasn’t discovering myself upset on the prospect. There’s a lot to love in regards to the MP3 as a machine to assist leisure rides and as a every day commuting and transportation experience. It’s superior stability on the highway is an enormous benefit in my thoughts as I take into consideration gravel, manure, rain, snow and different parts working towards traction on the highway. And the locking entrance wheels I at first regarded as a security hazard after which a novelty now appears helpful in a wide range of methods, not the least of which is the way it affords fast dismounts for taking footage.

Piaggio MP3 250 scooterThe Piaggio MP3 is a very useful machine. The instrument cluster exhibits quite a lot of data together with a wide range of digital shows out there at a contact of a button. Add to that the beneficiant inbuilt storage capability and my scooter hauling talents out of the blue appear anemic.

Piaggio MP3 250 scooterAnd it’s styling and appears has began to develop on me. Whereas it doesn’t appear to be a bike or scooter it embodies the very best dealing with of them each. And it’s positively value a glance particularly in case you are searching for an all function machine.