Piaggio MP3 500 – Three-Wheeled Madness!
Scooters…yes, they are the main mode of transportation for most PBR loving, underground music crazed, moo-stash wearing hipsters, but they do also serve another purpose. Given today’s outrageous gas prices and the need to save a penny here and there, scooters are sort of a life saver. They get awesome gas mileage, can be filled up for less then a supersized #1 at McDonna’s, and best of all, they’re relatively cheap to buy. You could pick up a plain-jane 150cc for a round 2 grand or less!
However, if you’re like me, then the slow-paced world of scooters doesn’t really float your boat. Well that was until a little company called Piaggio, went all Dr. Frakenstein, and combined the performance of a street bike with a not two, but three wheeled beast, and deemed it none other than the…
Piaggio MP3 500
The MP3, is a whole lot of bike, in a very small package. But don’t take my word for it, just take a look at the numbers.
ENGINE: 492.7 cc, Single-cylinder, MASTER, 4-stroke, 4-valve
HP: 40 hp
TORQUE: 31 ft lbs at 5,550 rpm
MAX SPEED: 89 mph
FUEL TANK CAPACITY: 3.2
GAS MILEAGE: 55-57 mpg
IGNITION: Electronic inductive discharge
GEARS: Automatic CVT
CHASSIS: Double cradle trellis made of high strength steel
FRONT SUSPENSION: Parallelogram supporting two steering tubes
REAR SUSPENSION: Oscillating engine fixed to frame with swingarm
FRONT BRAKE: Stainless steel double disc, 240 mm
REAR BRAKE: Stainless steel disc, 280 mm
FRONT TIRE: 120/70, 12″
REAR TIRE: 140/70, 14″
DRY WEIGHT: 577
I don’t know about you, but I want one! I can’t wait to throw on my Arai, and carve some corners with this bad boy. Safe Riding!
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