• The MP3 300 brings all of the stability and safety of the larger models to the table in a compact package that's all about urban mobility.
  • The front end as a whole looks like a sports car that's been left in the dryer too long, but as the smallest Delta-trike model, it has a leaner build than that of the 400 and 500 models.
  • Dual round analog gauges display speed, rpm, engine temp, and fuel status with a double fistful of idiot lights and an LCD screen in between to handle the remaining metrics.
  • The real star of the show is the quadrilateral front suspension setup that allows the 300 to lean into the corners for that essential sensation of flight that we all love so much.
  • To keep the MP3 from sagging at lights or when parked, the front suspension comes with an electronic lockout device that holds it upright. Dual front 258 mm disc brakes and a 240 mm rear brake all fall under the protection of stock ABS.
  • A new saddle shape tops the dry-storage compartment beneath that comes with a courtesy light for your night-riding convenience. Unlike the larger MP3 models, the p-pad lacks the short buttstop to keep your riding partner mounted, so the beefy grab rails are all the more important to your passenger.
  • The liquid-cooled 278 cc engine delivers a skosh over 25 horsepower at 7,750 rpm with 19.25 pound-feet of torque that comes on fully at 6,250 rpm.
  • The standard-equipped ASR (traction control) is a rarity this far down in the displacement range, let alone on a scooter.
  • Available in black or silver, MSRP starts at €6.9k. Swipe up to read the full article.

Piaggio’s entry-level leaning-trike scooter

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Piaggio’s littlest MP3 – the 300 hpe Euro 5 – serves as the entry-level model for its groundbreaking leaning-trike scooter family. Able to be driven with a B license, the “300” brings all of the stability and safety of the larger models to the table in a compact package that’s all about urban mobility. Practical and relatively safe compared to two-wheeled machines, the MP3 carries itself with dignity and grace with a business-like mien that is sure to appeal to urban professionals and students alike.

  • 2021 Piaggio MP3 300 hpe
  • Year:
    2021
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    single cylinder
  • Displacement:
    278 cc
  • Top Speed:
    80 mph
  • Price:
    € 6890
  • Price:

2021 Piaggio MP3 300 hpe Design

  • LED lighting with DRL
  • Dual round instrumentation with LCD digital display
  • Automotive-style grille
  • Spacious underseat storage
2021 Piaggio MP3 300 hpe
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2021 Piaggio MP3 300 hpe
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The front end looks like a sports car that's been left in the dryer too long, but as the smallest Delta-trike model, it has a leaner build than that of the 400 and 500 models.

Like a four-wheeled roadster or kit-car, the MP3 300 leads the way with a small, automotive-style grille complete with the spade-shaped brand badge on the classic “tie” that separates the flush-mount headlights. Indeed, the front end as a whole looks like a sports car that’s been left in the dryer too long, but as the smallest Delta-trike model, it has a leaner build than that of the 400 and 500 models.

In spite of its diminutive size, it comes with bodywork and a smoked windscreen that punches a hole in the weather for your comfort. Plus, the screen is vented to relieve the vacuum behind the glass, thus mitigating the wearisome head-buffet effect at the top of the pocket where it meets the upper slipstream.

The headlights run with LED daytime running lights for positive two-way visibility with your surrounds. Dual round analog gauges display speed, rpm, engine temp, and fuel status with a double fistful of idiot lights and an LCD screen in between to handle the remaining metrics.

A new saddle shape tops the dry-storage compartment beneath that comes with a courtesy light for your night-riding convenience. While the pilot enjoys a full footwell, the passenger is stuck with the fold-up/flip-out footpegs. Unlike the larger MP3 models, the p-pad lacks the short buttstop that helps keep your riding partner mounted, so the beefy J.C. handles are made all the more important to your passenger and her confidence.

The rearward lighting all rides up on the tip of the tail, save for the taglight, which illuminates the license plate that mounts to the hang-down mudguard, completing the gear in the rear.

2021 Piaggio MP3 300 hpe Chassis

  • Dual independent, tilting front wheels
  • Sportbike-like handling
  • Three-channel ABS
  • Front suspension blocking mechanism
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The real star of the show is the quadrilateral front suspension setup that allows the 300 to lean into the corners for that essential sensation of flight that we all love so much.

Tubular-steel members on the MP3 300 make up the double-cradle underpinnings for the strength they add to the overall structure. Out back, the swingarm setup is typical of the genre with both engine and transmission used as stressed members to form the expected swingmount drive unit.

The real star of the show is found up front in the quadrilateral suspension setup that allows the 300 to lean into the corners for that essential sensation of flight that we all love so much. Suspension travel measures in at 3.74 inches up front with 4.8 inches of travel out back for a plush enough ride on city streets. The rear end rides on dual coil-over shocks with a quartet of preload settings that let you dial in for changing passenger and cargo loads.

To keep the MP3 from sagging at lights or when parked, the front suspension comes with an electronic lockout device that holds it upright. Each of the two front wheels sport their own 258 mm discs to handle the heavy lifting while the 240 mm disc out back keeps your rear end behind you where it belongs, all under the protection of a stock ABS feature that represents but the first layer of safety features. Aluminum wheels round out the rolling chassis with tubeless hoops in a 110/70-13 up front and 140/60 behind.

Frame: Double cradle in high resistance steel tubes
Front Suspension: Articulated quadrilateral. Electro-hydraulic locking system of the
suspensions
Rear Suspension: Double hydraulic shock absorber adjustable in spring preload on 4
locations
Front Tires: Tubeless 110 / 70-13"
Rear Tire: Tubeless 140 / 60-14’’
Front Brakes: Dual Ø 258 mm
Rear Brake: Disc Ø 240 mm
Braking System: ABS with braking combined with the pedal
Front Wheels: Aluminum alloy 13 "x 3.00
Rear Wheel: Aluminum alloy 14" x 3.75

2021 Piaggio MP3 300 hpe Drivetrain

  • Liquid-cooled 278 cc single-cylinder engine
  • 25 hp and 19 lb-ft of torque
  • Smooth power delivery
  • ASR traction control
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Traction control is a rarity this far down in the displacement range, let alone on a scooter.

As its name implies, the 300 is powered by a 300 cc-ish thumper that actually displaces 278 cc. Oversquare, the bore mics out at 75 mm with a 63 mm stroke with a four-valve head and a single over-head cam to time the poppets. A CPU manages the fuel injector and relies on info from the Lambda probe in the exhaust to dynamically tune the mill so it can qualify for that coveted Euro-5 emissions rating.

Here we find the next electronic safety element in the ASR — a proprietary name for what we all call traction control. It’s a rarity this far down in the displacement range, let alone on a scooter.

Liquid cooling carries off the waste heat to reduce the heat wash felt by pilot and pillion. A dry centrifugal clutch couples engine power to the Continuously Variable Transmission that delivers twist-and-go operation.

The factory claims a skosh over 25 horsepower at 7,750 rpm with 19.25 pound-feet of torque that comes on fully at 6,250 rpm. Top speed is a claimed 80 mph, which is fast enough for interstate work if you have the nerve for it.

Engine: Liquid-cooled, single-cylinder 4-stroke Piaggio hpe, SOHC with 4 valves with roller tappets
Displacement: 278 cc
Bore x Stroke: 75 mm x 63 mm
Power: 25.5 hp (19 kW) @ 7,750 rpm
Torque: 19.3 lb-ft (26.1 Nm) @ 6,250 rpm
Power Supply: Electronic injection
Starting: Electric
Lubrication: Wet sump
Ignition: Electronic with inductive discharge and variable advance integrated in the control unit
injection. Closed loop system with Lambda probe at the exhaust. Electronic immobilizer, injection pump block with vehicle inclined. Traction control (ASR)
Gearbox: Automatic CVT variator with torque server
Clutch: Automatic dry centrifuge

2021 Piaggio MP3 300 hpe Price

2021 Piaggio MP3 300 hpe
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Available in black or silver, MSRP starts at €6.9k.

Base-model MSRP is listed at €6,890 in Italy. You can choose between Nero Cosmo (Black Cosmo) and Argento Cometa (Comet Silver).

Homologation: Euro 5
Color: Black Cosmo, Comet Silver
Price: €6,890

2021 Piaggio MP3 300 hpe Competitors

2021 Yamaha Tricity 300
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All things being more or less equal, the choice may come down to price.

The field isn’t exactly what you would call crowded in this leany-Delta-trike market, but there is at least one direct competitor for the MP3 300, the Tricity from Yamaha.

Yamaha Tricity

2021 Yamaha Tricity 300
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Dual front hoops come with a pair of telescopic juice forks each to articulate the front wheels and let the whole machine lean into the curves – same as the MP3, only different. Urban professional looks grace the Yammie to break even with Piaggio in this department. A standing-assist feature does the same work as the Piaggio’s suspension lockout to help you hold it up at stops and break even with the Italian stallion. ABS and traction control also make the jump to the Tuning Fork Company’s entry to further match the brilliance of the MP3. Yamaha powers its entry with a 292 cc engine that churns out 27 ponies for €8,490, a sticker that will definitely send some business Piaggio’s way.

Read our full review of the Yamaha Tricity.

He Said

“Gotta’ say I was a bit surprised by the top speed of the MP3 300. I mean, my personal bike only goes a little bit faster than that, and it’s a proper motorcycle with a much larger engine. This makes the MP3 a viable vehicle for riding on the superslab, and is just the thing for someone looking for economical basic transportation. Maybe even a little more than basic since it carries electronics that can make bikes of a much larger displacement blush from embarrassment.”

She Said

My wife and fellow motorcycle writer, Allyn Hinton, says, “The leany-trike scooters are a blast to ride. You have the stability of three-wheels, and you also have the convenience of twist-and-go operation as well as the sportbike-like performance in the corners. What you lose is the narrow width of a two-wheeled scooter that makes filtering traffic effortless. If commuting in heavy urban traffic is a reality for you, decide if giving up filtering is worth it. On the flip side, if you are down-sizing from a car or a proper motorcycle, you’ll like the better fuel economy of the scooter.”

2021 Piaggio MP3 300 hpe Specifications

Engine & Drivetrain:
Engine: Liquid-cooled, single-cylinder 4-stroke Piaggio hpe, SOHC with 4 valves with roller tappets
Displacement: 278 cc
Bore x Stroke: 75 mm x 63 mm
Power: 25.5 hp (19 kW) @ 7,750 rpm
Torque: 19.3 lb-ft (26.1 Nm) @ 6,250 rpm
Power Supply: Electronic injection
Starting: Electric
Lubrication: Wet sump
Ignition: Electronic with inductive discharge and variable advance integrated in the control unit
injection. Closed loop system with Lambda probe at the exhaust. Electronic immobilizer, injection pump block with vehicle inclined. Traction control (ASR)
Gearbox: Automatic CVT variator with torque server
Clutch: Automatic dry centrifuge
Chassis:
Frame: Double cradle in high resistance steel tubes
Front Suspension: Articulated quadrilateral. Electro-hydraulic locking system of the
suspensions
Rear Suspension: Double hydraulic shock absorber adjustable in spring preload on 4
locations
Front Tires: Tubeless 110 / 70-13"
Rear Tire: Tubeless 140 / 60-14’’
Front Brakes: Dual Ø 258 mm
Rear Brake: Disc Ø 240 mm
Braking System: ABS with braking combined with the pedal
Front Wheels: Aluminum alloy 13 "x 3.00
Rear Wheel: Aluminum alloy 14" x 3.75
Dimensions & Capacities:
Length: 78.7 inches (2,000 mm)
Width: 31.5 inches (800 mm)
Wheelbase: 57.1 inches (1,450 mm)
Seat Height: 30.7 inches (780 mm)
Fuel Tank Capacity: 2.9 gals (11 liters)
Details:
Homologation: Euro 5
Color: Black Cosmo, Comet Silver
Price: €6,890

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TJ Hinton
TJ Hinton
T.J got an early start from his father and other family members who owned and rode motorcycles, and by helping with various mechanical repairs throughout childhood. That planted a seed that grew into a well-rounded appreciation of all things mechanical, and eventually, into a formal education of same. Though primarily a Harley rider, he has an appreciation for all sorts of bikes and doesn't discriminate against any particular brand or region of origin. He currently holds an Associate's degree in applied mechanical science from his time at the M.M.I.  Read full bio
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