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Old 06-13-2006, 11:13 AM   #1
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Cool2 I've really got the hots for one of these



A 250cc one. Not sure whether red or grey (black looks nasty and the light blue, well, I think it just doesn't suit it). Now if I could only part with my greatly beloved money (round these parts it costs about as much as a Bev/X9 250, which is to say quite a bit)... Oh, and yes, I live in Europe.
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Old 06-13-2006, 11:18 AM   #2
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WTF is that?

And why does it have two wheels in the front?
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Old 06-13-2006, 11:24 AM   #3
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That, my bemused friend, is the newest addition to the Piaggio stable. It's called an MP3 (Don't. All the bad jokes/puns have been made already. Thrice.) and, as you quite astutely have pointed out, it has two wheels in the front for added general riding safety.

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Old 06-13-2006, 11:49 AM   #4
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Oh.



So, it's a reversed trike?

Like training wheels for the balance-less?
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Old 06-13-2006, 11:56 AM   #5
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It's more like Italy's definitive answer to wet cobblestones (we have quite a good deal of those in Europe), wet tram tracks (again, a good deal of those over here) and wet 'embossed' road markings (like the slippery/rubbery zebra crossing markings; a lot of people I know have spilled on those). Add to that the usual sand/oil/fuel/miscellaneous liquids.

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Old 06-13-2006, 08:56 PM   #6
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There is some good video of it in action here.....

http://www.mp3.piaggio.com/index_eng.html

I hear they have a 125 and 250 versions. For now only the 125 will be sold in the US.

Would like to try one for sure just because it is so different.
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Old 06-14-2006, 10:43 AM   #7
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It's more like Italy's definitive answer to wet cobblestones (we have quite a good deal of those in Europe), wet tram tracks (again, a good deal of those over here) and wet 'embossed' road markings (like the slippery/rubbery zebra crossing markings; a lot of people I know have spilled on those). Add to that the usual sand/oil/fuel/miscellaneous liquids.
Cool--I hadn't thought of all the cobblestone stuff (it's been a while since I was in Europe) and the other obstacles you mentioned.

I've had the front end wash out on the Super 9 once on a painted crosswalk and it got my attention in a memorable way.

Neat. I'd like to hear more about this scoot.
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Old 06-14-2006, 10:55 AM   #8
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Watched the first video-That's it, I'm gettin' one. Just for the WTF factor from the spectators.
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Watched the first video-That's it, I'm gettin' one. Just for the WTF factor from the spectators.
this would be really cool for folks like me and DaleB



Wow...I was impressed after watching the video.

Way cool.
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Old 06-14-2006, 03:21 PM   #10
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From what I understand, a 'winterizing' package will be available at some point in Autumn. It will contain an extra-large windscreen (exceptionally ugly but efective, apparently), a set of winter tires with a special rubber formula (for better grip in the wet/cold) and a set of heated leg covers and (matching) heated waistcoat.
Also available later-on this year will be a few other extras like the flip-down topcase rack (so you can use the rear boot with a topcase installed), a 48-litre topcase and various miscellanea.

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Old 06-14-2006, 04:26 PM   #11
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excuse the n00b question but do you steer or countersteer that sob?
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Old 06-15-2006, 01:31 AM   #12
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You steer it like a car. If you tried to countersteer it, the thing would (most likely) whip around and dump you out of the seat.
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Old 09-12-2006, 04:23 AM   #13
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Wow.

The cool thing is that you don't need a kickstand.

I'd seriously get one to run around on. It's be a cool commuter and a real sweet winter ride.

I think that you'd still have to countersteer the thing though, because it leans into the turns. You use the countersteer to initiate the lean.
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Old 09-12-2006, 05:48 AM   #14
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So this is already selling in yurop? What is the price range on these babies?

Still holding out for the DN-01 but this could work for my tiny wife who is having trouble with her burgman 400...
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Old 09-12-2006, 10:08 AM   #15
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The current issue of Cycle World has a short article about it.
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