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Test Riding the Piaggio MP3 500 LT Sport

Test Riding the Piaggio MP3 500 LT Sport


Un ami m’a proposé d’essayer son scooter à 3 roues Le MP3 est le scooter le plus vendu en France depuis 2009 La moitié des 150 000 MP3 vendus dans le monde fut en fait vendue en France Ça peut se conduire avec un permis auto et une formation de 7 heures Même si ça a 3 roues, ça peut tomber comme un deux roues… … et celui-ci est déjà tombé Il y a aussi des rayures ici Il y a une béquille centrale, mais… … il est possible de verrouiller le roulis, si bien que la moto tient droit à l’arrêt Il y a aussi un frein de stationnement Le bouton pour verrouiller le roulis est ici Il y a beaucoup d’espace de rangement Les rétros sont parfaitement réglés… Comme on peut verrouiller le roulis à faible allure, on n’a pas besoin de poser ses pieds au sol quand on s’arrête Vérifions ça tout de suite… Raté ! C’est un système amusant, mais ça nécessite un peu d’entrainement… 2ème essai Raté ! 3ème essai Le verrouillage du roulis se désengage automatiquement à 2 500 tr/min Selle et suspensions douces… Le MP3 est très confortable Le monocylindre de 40 ch est agréablement puissant pour un scooter L’accélération et la vitesse maxi sont similaires à celles des motos 250 cm3 La question principale est : Qu’est-ce que ça change d’avoir une troisième roue ? Comme ça pèse 265 kg, on ressent son poids élevé à très faible vitesse De 10 à 40 km/h, c’est plus stable qu’un deux-roues On peut faire de l’interfile, mais… … ce n’est certainement pas le scooter le plus agile Au-dessus de 40 km/h, la 3ème roue est inutile L’effet gyroscopique rend les deux-roues stables Avec ses 3 petites roues, le MP3 n’est pas plus stable qu’un bon deux-roues Et les freins ne sont pas très puissants À mon avis, la 3ème roue n’apporte pas grand chose Ça rend le MP3 un peu plus stable… … mais aussi plus lourd et moins agile qu’un deux-roues Ça n’en reste pas moins un bon scooter, puissant, confortable et spacieux Mais il coûte 9 300 euros en France Ça peut être intéressant pour quelqu’un qui a seulement le permis auto Mais ça n’a pas d’intérêt pour quelqu’un qui a le permis moto Les scooters 400 cm3 à 2 roues sont plus rapides, plus agiles et nettement moins chers Personnellement, je pense qu’il y a de meilleures façons de dépenser 9 200 € 😉

30 comments on “Test Riding the Piaggio MP3 500 LT Sport

  1. I want the Quadro 4D but the prices of these :/
    Nice vid tho.. It deserves more likes and less dislikes

  2. Wel i bought one used for 5000 and it safes a lot in money then buying a motorcycle otherwise me and my girlfriend have to get a motorlicense and that wil cost me 3000 euro and now i buyed one and just drive with car license

  3. it doesn't make sense for someone with a motercycle licence? u think i feel confortable with a 2 wheel when driving at 120km/h in the rain?

  4. Lol le type qui a pas encore compris que d'avoir trois roue c"est surtout pour permettre à ceux qui ont que le permis auto de rouler avec se genre de machine mais lol c'est pour contourner une loi êt sa leurs Perret de toucher plus de monde 🤔😜🐴

  5. Help please ! Can i press and hold the shock lock button into lock position before i come on a full stop rather than clicking it once after the light comes on ?

  6. I'm looking at getting one of these for a few months. I've severed my right Achilles' tendon and can't drive. I am thinking of either a small, light, scooter or one of these. The weight is a concern (I've ridden gold wings etc) because of a lack of strength in my right leg. Not sure which is best. Locally used they all seem to be 8-10 years old so that's a concern too.

  7. …absolutely true… over-complicated with zillions of wear and tear bushes and joints…it’s just a comercial legal strategic adaption to vehicle laws making it possibly to use legally without proper motorcycle training and skill for a car license holder…

  8. Try an emergency brake in a turn or even straight but with a bit of sand in the street… or worst situation with rain.. if you have one wheel you fel down immediately with mp3 you never fel down. Obviusly if you go just 40kph is like the one wheel… try to bend in high speed and tell me if you feel safe with 2wheels or better with one wheel in front…. i bet you feel safe with 2 front wheels.

  9. Since there seems to be a question about the credentials in terms of bikes ridden of people commenting on this review let me state mine before I comment. I live in Australia so some of the bikes I talk about may not be available where you live. The first bike I ever rode belonged to my brother. It was a Russian made thing called a Voshkod – it was a pretty awful bike – that was about 1970. In 1971 I owned and Honda CB 250 which was a much better bike. Moving forward to the 21st century in the last 10 years I have owned a Yamaha XV1100 – a big bore cruiser. I used to commute to work a round trip of 200kms on open roads and highways. After putting 100,000kms on it I traded it for a Kawasaki Voyager 1700 – another big bore cruiser which I also used for commuting the same distance. In the last 2 years of work I put close to 70,000kms on it and since retiring 5 years ago have added almost another 20,000kms. Just before I retired I bought for my wife, in the hope that she would get the bug and we could go motorcycling together in retirement, a Piaggio MP3 400 (the slightly smaller version of what is being reviewed here). She took some mandatory pre-rider training and became convinced she wouldn't pass and the instructors made some disparaging comments about the safety of the 400 so after a few months of it not being used I gave it to my son. He soon mastered the bike having never ridden a motorbike before got his permit, rode the Piaggio a few times a decided he wanted a bigger cruiser so it was sold. I will return to the Piaggio in a moment but I need to explain that I also own a Suzuki Burgman 650 Executive – a large bore scooter. I feel I have some credentials in terms of bikes I have ridden and kilometres I have travelled on them. As I explained above I bought the Piaggio 400 for my wife to learn on – the extra wheel and the locking front wheels were the attractions. Big size scooters are made with the option of touring as well as the daily commute. The Yamaha TriCity is great for the city commute or even the pizza delivery but would be impractical for the open road. I felt the 400 would have enough grunt to keep up on the open road (in Australia the national speed limit is 110km/h) and would also serve for a quick trip to the shops. I thought the 400 would not be too heavy (for my wife) whereas the 500 might. when I bought the bike I rode home from the dealer, a trip of 200kms, on a two lane main highway used by many large trucks. I found it had plenty of power to hold its own at the national speed limit and if you didn't keep an eye on the speedo your speed could easily creep up well beyond that. The twist and go transmission made it easy to get off the mark and get going – I'm not overly concerned about 0-60km/h times but I recognise that this is a measure of how quickly you can accelerate out of danger. The brakes worked well a disc on each front wheel and a single disc at the back all operated by levers on the handle bars. The Piaggio was a 2004 model, I can't recall whether it had ABS or not but the Burgman I own does and it makes a difference. I never had a concern about the stability yof the bike at high or low speed. There were times on uneven road surfaces when I was grateful for the extra wheel with its contact patch it meant I didn't have to change direction as I knew the other wheel up front would hold the road. The locking mechanism took a few goes to get used to but in truth I rarely used it except to show off at lights or stop signs. There was plenty of under seat storage but none in the dash areas whereas the Suzuki has 3 storage compartments in the dash. Instrumentation and warning lights covered everything the rider needed including a fuel gauge. One criticism was of the useless sports bike screen – it provided no wind protection at high speed on the open road where you need it. I would recommend the Piaggio MP3 400 but in truth if you were planning to do lots of open road riding the 500 might be a better option if you seek the 3 wheels. I don't think many were sold in Australia. I recall seeing lots of them in Paris both Piaggio and other brands. They were thought to be good for cobbled inner city streets.

  10. I just got my motorcycle license and I was considering this option, but in light of the comments I will reconsider. Thanks for the thoughtful focus on the three wheel advantage, or non-advantage.

  11. You have not achieved any fun with the mp3 because you have not driven it fast on roads like climbing a mountain with 180 degrees turn for instance.. There you would be whitness of no need of decreasing speed to less than 20km to drive in that turn..there you would be whitness of driving on those turns with speeds up to 60 km/h drifting from the middle of your lane to the side of your lane almost off the road..other than that nice video.

  12. Coge rotondas con asfalto mojado,alcantarillas,pintura y baches y después opina…A velocidades legales es lo mejor en seguridad y confort,ojalá haya algún vídeo de alguien que la ponga al límite,así sabríamos todos de lo que es capaz un triciclo de éste tipo…

  13. Im planning to buy 250cc piaggio mp3.ia it possible to ride piaggio 250cc on autostrada(highway)? From france to italy??

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