Piaggio MP3 LT 500 Sport: An Owner's Review




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Blahdeblah52: Mate, if you see a nutter waving on a Red CBR it will be me :-) I shall look out for you as (like you said in PM) we are on the same roads! First vid I ever watched on a 3 Wheel, it looks like a GREAT option if you don't (yet) have a full license, you are getting a License one day, aint ya :p Rog, loved the vid and appreciate the shout. Subbed! One thing, is it classed as OK to go through Bus Lanes that are marked as only Motorcycles or buses? Grey area maybe :-)

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.

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 

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!!

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. 

Marlon: Excellent review and a great insight into what it's like riding and living with a motorcycle (or motor...trike?) in London. These were used for a while on a trial basis here in Melbourne Australia by paramedics. On a different level you're pretty much the ideal new mature rider. You've clearly done your research and developed a healthy interest in all things motorcycling. Your roadcraft is excellent mate - without sounding like I'm being condescending but you should be really proud of yourself.

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. :)

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

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.

bigissue: i enjoyed the trip

robin yates: nice steady commute,interesting review on the 3 wheeler,thanks

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

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

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. .

Mihai Dragomir: i like the part where you say "someone that isn't me has had this bike up to an indicated 100 :)" very usefull review!

Bruno Pereira: Oh man, you just made me want to go out and buy one RIGHT NOW. Screw it, once I can, I will. Stay safe. :)

Rodney Murray: Great review. I have an MP3 500, actually a Gilera Fuoco rebadged as MP3 for the US market. Love it! In the US, you can only ride a scooter without a motorcycle license if its 50cc or lower. I have the same wide angle mirror too. What camera/mic do you use? Thanks!

Chris Fyros: Can you travel long distances with the MP3? What do you think? Nice review. Thanks.

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

Melvin Bartolome: Your review was really good. I was wondering if you need to stick L Plates on?

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?

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

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

taiwarrior1: Great video, really informative! I've been looking at scooters recently because it's getting increasingly more challenging and frustrating owning a car in the city I live in (Bristol). A question, if I may? Can you park this for free in solo motorcycle/scooter parking bays or do you have to get a pay and display ticket for it? Many thanks and ride safe. :-)

ombra306: fuoco, f u o c o!

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...

Mashud Ali: Dude. Thoroughly interesting!

TheKnightsShield: Since the MP3 has 2 wheels up front, how does it steer at higher than 15mph? Does it still require counter steering or does it act more like a reverse trike and/or a car?

theboywholived2: Thank you for your reply, did you say there was another make of the piaggio that was made under their name, or under a different company that's also importing the same kind of bike into the UK now? Many thanks 

A Hut: Tanks for your story About the bike. I ride a Vespa, but wants a MP3. Greets from Holland.

Gary Cramp: this, is by far, the best review video I have ever seen from a normal bloke with no ties to the manufacturer or even riding experience. I have been lucky enough to try every single Piaggio/Gilera on the market as I work for a dealership. you my friend should review anything on this planet, and I would watch it and take notes. 9.8/10. only bad thing was watching you undertake that lorry after spending to much time in his blind spot! otherwise that was a perfect ride and review.

SentMe: Hey mate, Nice video! I do have a question. Does the scooter drive with countersterring or like a car?

Encantador: Hi, How is your RAM mount attached? Steve

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.

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

Βίντεος Βιντεάκης: Hello from Greece...I can see that you love the MP3 as we all...I like the sport's model mirrors. Only someone who rides the MP3 can feel the superiority of its kind. ...Thank you for the video. Have nice rides...

james sullivan: watch for car doors mate those roads are pretty narrow

theboywholived2: Fantastic review thank you so much for all the info mad taking the time to do the video. I think you have answered every question I had about the bike. I too am a car driver and dare I mention a bus driver (not London) and hate sitting in traffic. After a day at work all I want to do is get home. I have a 125cc scooter but would like more power however I lack to enthusiasm to ride anything more powerful on 2 wheels. I love the MP3 and now the mirror as well, a real must have. Thank you so much for this insight. I'll be buying one very very soon. 

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

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/ 

stefan brown: I want gears i feel abit safer

Sue Hall: Hello there, Sue from Australia here. Thank you for the video, loved it . I have an MP3 250cc 2007 and yes "the wrong model "lol an ie but I love it. You were spot on with your description of everything (except the wrong model lol). Bought mine in Aug 13, second hand like you off a fellow who bought a Can Am Spider , only 600k on it when I got it.. Have you seen the new model Yourban. Looks a bit more macho, bit more Gilera Fuocoish. 

holidaythailand2010: Great video, thanks for sharing your experiences, if other bikers dont nod, take both hands off and give them a wave, finger, etc.

profmartin1967: Want one.

deandigger: Just wanted to congratulate you on a very good informative and enjoyable video, i looked at the gilera fuoco as im in the same position as you were hating the commute into london. I was told you can get a conversion kit for the two front wheels so you can then ride it on a car licence but it seems to be a grey area whether its true or not and then i came across the same bike as what you have yourself and now im sold on it so once again thanks.

cheehsiong83: Is that a gps unit under the riderscan?

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?

Mike Conroy: I have one too, and it is great.

richard682e: Nice video, i have owned a converted 500cc Gilera Fuoco from new since 2011, agree with everything you said about the bike and the freedom it brings. Check out http://modernvespa.com/forum/ for great tips for MP3's and the British site http://mp3scooterclub.co.uk/cgi-bin/topic_show.pl?tid=1751 ( That's mine in the thread). The best single add on for the bike is Dr Pulley 17gram rollers/sliders transforms off the line acceleration, i think yours may already have them on from new if not get them done at the next belt change. I have had a true 85mph (satnav) with the clock at about a indicated 135kph but i am a big LAD. I am halfway through DAS just mod 1&2 to do, got the theory out of the way. Safe riding remember everyone else on the road is a loony and you wont go wrong. Again a great review*****

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 .
Rating:
Piaggio MP3 LT 500 Sport: an owner's review 4.8 out of 5

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