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2018 Piaggio MP3 500 HPE Business

2018 Piaggio MP3 500 HPE Business
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  • Piaggio MP3 500 HPE Business
  • Year:
    2018
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  • Engine:
    single cylinder
  • Displacement:
    493 cc
  • Price:
    9199
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The Suit-And-Tie Friendly Commuter

Piaggio’s MP3 scooters were a game-changer when they hit the markets back in 2003, and Italy’s premier scooter maker has hit a new pinnacle of refinement with its MP3 Business HPE ABS ASR. That alphabet soup of features adds to the yummy-goodness already under the hood to make this new variant particularly suitable for the office/student commuter, even if they’ve no previous riding experience. New details abound. Of course, the obvious selling point is the two-up-front trike arrangement that grants the MP3 the stability of a trike with the fluidity and sensation of flight normally reserved for two-wheeled machines. Power, performance and safety; what’s not to love?

Continue reading for my review of the Piaggio MP 500 HPE Business.

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2018 Piaggio MP3 500 HPE Business

2018 Piaggio MP3 500 HPE Business

The Suit-And-Tie Friendly Commuter

Piaggio’s MP3 scooters were a game-changer when they hit the markets back in 2003, and Italy’s premier scooter maker has hit a new pinnacle of refinement with its MP3 Business HPE ABS ASR. That alphabet soup of features adds to the yummy-goodness already under the hood to make this new variant particularly suitable for the office/student commuter, even if they’ve no previous riding experience. New details abound. Of course, the obvious selling point is the two-up-front trike arrangement that grants the MP3 the stability of a trike with the fluidity and sensation of flight normally reserved for two-wheeled machines. Power, performance and safety; what’s not to love?

Continue reading for my review of the Piaggio MP 500 HPE Business.

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2018 Piaggio MP3 350

2018 Piaggio MP3 350

New Engine, New Attitude

Piaggio steps up its backwards-leaning-trike game ahead of MY2018 with brushed up looks and a brand new 350 cc engine. The larger engine replaces the 300 and promises greater performance to go with its urbanite looks and unique front-suspension system that delivers a safe and stable ride without sacrificing the feeling of flight that makes leaning into the corners so much fun. Electronic safety features bolster the inherent stability of the Delta-trike design to make the MP3 as safe as possible, and Piaggio seems to have accomplished that with a trifecta of features that work together to provide overlapping safety nets. Think I’m overstating it? I don’t think that is possible with this ride.

Continue reading for my look at the Piaggio MP3 350.

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2016 - 2018 Piaggio MP3 500 Sport

2016 - 2018 Piaggio MP3 500 Sport

The Scooter That Handles Like a Motorcycle

Back in 2006, Piaggio introduced the world to its MP3 scooter, further expanding the backwards trike concept out of the “big bike” sector and into the scooter realm. This was an important step, and the factory has been hard at work to incorporate more features and performance normally only seen on bigger (and more expensive) bikes into this little ride. Powered by a 493 cc engine with the convenience of CVT transmission, the parallelogram front end gives the MP3 family more motorcycle-type cornering than other scooters. After a hiatus in 2017, the MP3 500 Sport returns to the U.S. market for 2018.

Continue reading for my review of the Piaggio MP3 500 ABS.

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Piaggio Files Legal Complaint Against Yamaha And Peugeot For Patent Infringement

Piaggio Files Legal Complaint Against Yamaha And Peugeot For Patent Infringement

Piaggio has filed legal complaint against Yamaha and Peugeot, alleging that the two motorcycle manufacturers infringed on the company’s designs and patents for leaning three-wheeled scooters. The Italian motorcycle manufacturer filed the complaints with Italian courts against its Japanese and French rivals, specifically pointing to the designs of their three-wheeled scooters - the Yamaha Tricity and Peugeot Metropolis - as having copied the patents it used in developing the MP3.

According to Italian newspaper La Repubblica, Piaggio is looking to put the shackles on Yamaha and Peugeot from selling Tricity and Metropolis scooters, respectively. The company is also seeking monetary damages.

It’s not uncommon in the motorcycle industry for one company to claim that another infringed on its patents, but Piaggio appears to be bent on putting down the hammer against Yamaha and Peugeot. The Italian brand is specifically pointing to its parallelogram suspension system as the root of the infringement, claiming that Yamaha and Peugeot took the idea and used it on their own versions.

Piaggio’s complaints were filed in the fall of last year, but a preliminary hearing isn’t expected to begin until the next few months. La Repubblica also reported that Piaggio’s case against Peugeot has been adjourned until June 16, 2015. Meanwhile, a preliminary hearing has been set between Piaggio and Yamaha on July 24, 2015.

How these cases end up is still anybody’s guess, but if the courts determine that Yamaha and Peugeot are guilty of infringing on Piaggio’s designs and patents, the two companies could find themselves in the unenviable position of withdrawing their three-wheeled scooters from all of their markets. That and the monetary payments could be damaging to their respective wallets.

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2014 Piaggio MP3 400

2014 Piaggio MP3 400

Ergonomic, stabile and agile, the Piaggio MP3 400 has all it needs to be considered a practical commuter for both the city and the long haul.

The Piaggio MP3 400 is equipped with a strong, 398.9 cc, single-cylinder, Master, liquid cooled, 4-stroke, 4-valve engine which is paired with an automatic CVT transmission. The unit puts out a maximum power of 34 hp and 37 Nm of torque at 5000 rpm. Fire it up and it will propel you to a maximum speed of 88 mph with a gas mileage of 57-59 mpg.

As far as suspensions are concerned, the Piaggio MP3 features a two-wheel tilting front suspension and two dual effect hydraulic shocks at the rear.

The MP3 400 rides on 120/70, 12" front and 140/70, 14" rear tires.

The Piaggio MP3 400 can be yours for no less than $8,699.

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2014 Piaggio MP3 500

2014 Piaggio MP3 500

The Piaggio MP3 500, features a special three wheel configuration which makes it significantly more stable than any other two wheel maxi-scooter. The MP3 500 also features an aggressive style, a comfortable seat and an ergonomically designed handlebar.

The MP3 500 is propelled by a single-cylinder, MASTER, 4-Stroke, 4-Valve, 492.7 Cc engine which delivers a gas mileage of 55-57 Mpg. The unit cranks out a maximum power of 40 Hp and 42.23 Nm of torque at 5,550 Rpm which propel the scooter to a maximum speed of 89 mph. All this power is kept in leash by a CVT automatic transmission.

The ride is kept in check by an innovative parallelogram front suspension and an electro-hydraulic suspension locking system which combine to offer a 40-degree lean angle.

As far as prices are concerned, the Piaggio MP3 500 can be yours for no less than $8,899.

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2014 Piaggio MP3 250

2014 Piaggio MP3 250

The Piaggio MP3 250 is an innovative three wheeler that can deal great with the city traffic, but also with longer journeys. The Piaggio MP3 250 is backed up by a revolutionary two-wheel tilting front suspension technology, which provides superior stability and agility. At the heart of the vehicle sits a 244.3 cc, single-cylinder quasar, 4-stroke, 4-valve, liquid cooled engine which generates a maximum power of 22.5 bhp and 21 Nm of torque at 6,750 rpm. The unit can propel the Piaggio MP3 250 to a maximum speed of 77 mph and delivers a mileage of 60-65 mpg.

The stopping power is handled by front and rear 240 Mm stainless steel brake discs. As far as wheels are concerned, they come with front 120/70, 12" and rear 130/70, 14" tires.

The Piaggio MP3 250 is offered with a starting price of $7,199.

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2013 Piaggio MP3 Business LT 300ie

2013 Piaggio MP3 Business LT 300ie

The 2013 Piaggio MP3 Business LT 300ie is an innovative three wheeler that was designed with comfort, agility and practicality in mind.

Thanks to its three wheel design, the 2013 MP3 Business LT 300 ie offers better road stability than any conventional scooter or motorcycle.

It is also worthy of being mentioned that the front wheel measure 12 inch, while the rear one is 14 inch. Both wheels are wrapped in tubeless tyres.

The 2013 Piaggio MP3 Business LT 300 ie is powered by a 278 cc, liquid cooled, 4-stroke single cylinder, 4 valves, SOHC engine with electronic fuel injection. The engine is linked to a CVT transmission and develops a maximum output of 22.5 hp at 7,500 rpm and 23,2 Nm at 6,500 rpm.

The 2013 Piaggio MP3 Business LT 300ie can be yours for £6,132.

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2013 Piaggio MP3 300 LT Yourban

2013 Piaggio MP3 300 LT Yourban

Meet the MP3300 LT Yourban, a sporty three-wheeler designed with fun and agility in mind. Thanks to its innovative construction the Piaggio MP3 300 LT Yourban has a great stability and can move through congested traffic situations with ease.

It is propelled by a pretty lively 278 cc, electronically injected, single cylinder, four-stroke unit that puts out a maximum power of 22.80 HP (16.6 kW) @ 7750 RPM and 24.00 Nm (2.4 kgf-m or 17.7 ft.lbs) of torque at 5750 RPM. The engine is paired with a modern CVT automatic transmission.

The three-wheeler’s backbone is represented by a closed double cradle in high strength tubular steel frame. The frame is combined with a set of innovative suspensions that include a front tilting parallelogram with 4 arms supporting 2 steering tubes and 2 double acting hydraulic shock absorbers at the back.

Hit the jump for more information on the Piaggio MP3 300 LT Yourban.

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2012 Piaggio MP3 400

2012 Piaggio MP3 400

Piaggio’s MP3 models are without a doubt the most interesting scooters from the road. They attract instant attention thanks to their innovative three wheels design which not only gives them a unique appearance but also makes them safer and more stable than any regular two wheel scooter.

The Piaggio MP3 400 is powered by a 400 cc, liquid cooled four-stroke, four-valve engine with fuel injection. The motor puts out 34 hp at 7,500 rpm, while the maximum torque is rated at 38 Nm at 5,500 rpm. The stopping power is assured by front and rear disc brakes combined with twin piston calipers.

One of the unique functions offered by the Piaggio MP3 400 is a locking mechanism that allows you to lock the font suspension while parked or at a stop light. Needless to say, it’s also pretty comfortable thanks to its spacious seat, the ergonomic handlebar and the comfort-tuned suspensions.

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2012 Piaggio MP3 250

2012 Piaggio MP3 250

The Piaggio MP3 250 is the smallest scooter in the MP3 lineup. Like its bigger siblings the MP3 250 has a three wheels configuration with two wheels up front and one at the rear. The front wheels are combined with an electro-hydraulic tilt system which allows each of them to act independently based on how much the scooter leans, which result in higher levels of grip and a decreased braking distance.

The scooter is powered by a four-stroke, four-valve liquid-cooled engine from the Aprillia Scarabeo 250 i.e which meets the Euro3 emission standards. The company says that its four stroke engine delivers a fuel economy of approximately 4.3L per 100 km.

The MP3 250 sits on 12 inch front and 14 inch rear wheels which are combined with 240 mm stainless steel disc brakes.

Piaggio’s engineers have spent a lot of time to give the MP3 250 faultless ergonomics. Thereby, the saddle and handle bar were carefully designed to offer a comfortable riding position and you also get a pretty spacious under seat storage.

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2012 Piaggio MP3 500

2012 Piaggio MP3 500

The Piaggio MP3 500 is a pretty unique vehicle mostly due to its three wheel configuration. Apart from its innovative configuration, Piaggio MP3 500 has also the capability to swing or tilt in bends which makes it very stable and is equipped with a pretty capable 500 cc engine.

The MP3 500 is also offered with a rider sensor mounted in the saddle which beeps if you are not wearing the safety seatbelts.

This unique street bike uses an automobile-like double-wishbone aluminum suspension system supporting two independent steering columns. In addition, the suspension travel from the front electro-hydraulic suspension is 3.35 inches. The rear swingarm is sprung with two hydraulic shock absorbers that provide 4.3 inches of wheel travel.

The front wheels measure 12 inch, while the rear one is slightly bigger measuring 14 inch. All three wheels are wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport SC tires.

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Video explaining Piaggio MP3 Hybrid

Video explaining Piaggio MP3 Hybrid

Piaggio has released a video explaining how the technology behind the MP3 Hybrid works. The revolutionary Italian scooter has a claimed 140mpg and it is the world’s first plug-in, lithium ion, hybrid leaning three-wheeler. So now you know why there is so much fuss about it.

Hit the jump to see the official video.

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Senior riders see no limits to fulfilling their passion for the open road with unique Piaggio MP3 scooter

Senior riders see no limits to fulfilling their passion for the open road with unique Piaggio MP3 scooter

Innovative three wheel technology fuels the spirit of adventure for two 70+ year old world travelers.

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Piaggio MP3 HYS

Piaggio MP3 HYS

Always considering environmental problems, Piaggio presented a inovative solution destinated to change for ever the way we comute in crowded cities.

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Piaggio MP3 demo bike in Norwich

Did you know that Piaggio is producing a similar 500cc machine under the sporty Gilera brand, known as the Fuoco 500?
Here you see a Piaggio MP3 125 cc demo bike from Moonrakers (scooter dealer) in Norwich, UK.
Enjoy!

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2007 Piaggio MP3

2007 Piaggio MP3

Two front wheels — a revolutionary concept.

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Piaggio to unveil at the IMS the First-Ever Three Wheel Scooter

Piaggio to unveil at the IMS the First-Ever Three Wheel Scooter

Piaggio launched the first Vespa model - and with it the scooter phenomenon - in the spring of 1946. The scooter revolutionised personal transport, giving Europeans a sense of utter freedom.
Sixty years on, Piaggio has come up with another revolutionary product: the PIAGGIO MP3, a totally innovative three-wheeler with two front wheels. The PIAGGIO MP3 provides safety, road grip and stability levels that no two-wheeler can match. Power, performance and ease of use make for a very (...)

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