I've really got the hots for one of these

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  1. UnderNewOwnership

    UnderNewOwnership Thread Slayer

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    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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  2. Srbenda

    Srbenda Embassy of South Carolina

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    WTF is that?

    And why does it have two wheels in the front?:lol3
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  3. UnderNewOwnership

    UnderNewOwnership Thread Slayer

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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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  4. Srbenda

    Srbenda Embassy of South Carolina

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    Oh.

    :huh

    So, it's a reversed trike?

    Like training wheels for the balance-less?
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  5. UnderNewOwnership

    UnderNewOwnership Thread Slayer

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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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  6. Lochsa

    Lochsa Been here awhile

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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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  7. Photog

    Photog Charismatic Megafauna Administrator

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    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. :thumb

    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. :nod
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  8. ramjet

    ramjet Long timer

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    Watched the first video-That's it, I'm gettin' one. Just for the WTF factor from the spectators.:rofl
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  9. Photog

    Photog Charismatic Megafauna Administrator

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    this would be really cool for folks like me and DaleB :deal

    :thumb

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

    Way cool.
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  10. UnderNewOwnership

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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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  11. hutch451

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    excuse the n00b question but do you steer or countersteer that sob?
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  12. UnderNewOwnership

    UnderNewOwnership Thread Slayer

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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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  13. Jeffro115

    Jeffro115 Redemption.

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    Wow.

    The cool thing is that you don't need a kickstand.:lol3

    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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  14. bdearlove

    bdearlove Well Hung

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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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  15. SIKLR250

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    The current issue of Cycle World has a short article about it.
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  16. mercurial

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    I've seen that before on a UK scooter... around 2003 or so... Video was good. Stats were really good, it was superior in every way with regard to handling and cornering vs. a 2 wheel scooter. Countersteering worked the same way (although it has been suggested that countersteering never was in fact "counter-" anything) because of the double fork/wishbone joint thingy.
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    PegasoPat General Smart Ass

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    I love it just for the WTF reaction. It would be a great in town commuter, just wonder if they will come to America.
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    PassTheGravy Been here awhile

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    What fucking sense does that make? Why wouldn't we get the 250?
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  19. okieinu

    okieinu Brains Oozing Out My Ears

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    Wow! An upgrade from this:

    Attached Files:

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  20. JohnTM

    JohnTM I suck toes

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    That would suprise me too. The market here would accept a 250 version better than a 125.
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