Piaggio MP3: the hooligan scooter?

Piaggio MP3

A couple of things we didn’t get around to mentioning in our Gizmag review of the Piaggio MP3 three-wheel 250cc scooter - that may be of some interest to the more… ahem, spirited owner. Firstly, while we praised the plucky little carver’s huge braking power, we didn’t tell you that the twin front contact patches offer more than enough grip to lift the heavy weight-biased rear of the bike off the ground in a rather jovial manner when provoked.

What’s more, the front-end cornering confidence has to be felt to be believed - allowing cheerful riders to grind the centrestand down even at carpark-slalom speeds:

Piaggio MP3

And finally it’s worth noting that the triangular wheelbase makes feet-up rolling burnouts a joy, the bike balancing unflappably beneath you as it smokes up a charm.

Piaggio MP3

There’s a 400cc MP3 and a 500cc to be released as the Gilera Fuoco coming soon. I wonder if they’ll wheelie to complete the hooligan trifecta?

It’s not the sort of bike I expected to have such a good time with, but the three-wheel carver concept holds as much fun for experienced riders as it does security and confidence for newbies. Grab a test ride, you’ll see what I mean! We’re looking at chopping a video together of our MP3 test, more as it comes to hand.

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9 Responses to “Piaggio MP3: the hooligan scooter?”

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  7. Andrew Says:

    My wife and i looked at the mp3 but they were to expensive for our budget so we went with a cool new trike called the auto moto for only $3,800 check out this link http://www.theautomoto.com/ .
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  9. Dennis Says:

    Hi, has anyone found out yet when the mp3 will be in the U.S.A.. I am very interested in the MP3 Scooter, could anyone tell me the cost in US dollars?

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