MP3 500 - owner experiences

Discussion in 'Battle Scooters' started by rhinoWERX, Nov 11, 2009.

  1. rhinoWERX

    rhinoWERX Crikey mate!

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    Rode it to work this morning - what a hoot! It was fine splitting lanes and kept up with 80+ mph traffic no problems.

    I went ahead and ordered the OEM windscreen for it. Will probably get a top box as well (either Givi or factory) at some point.

    Would love to take it up on Angeles Crest - I didn't think it was going to be open again for some time.

    Been at work for for only four hours and already had a bunch of coworkers approach me to ask about it. Funny as a motorcycle rider, some of these same folks consider me a hooligan, but as a scooter rider I'm suddenly more sensitive and approachable :D
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  2. Moto Mark

    Moto Mark Been here awhile

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    Funny how that works; there's this Harley guy that I see on the freeway every morning as I ride to work. When I'm on my GS or Ducati we'll wave at each other and he sometimes gives me the thumbs up but if I'm on my Fuoco he won't return my wave. It used to bug me but I'm kinda amused by it now.
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  3. soboy

    soboy Long timer

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    Congrats! That is the best looking MP3 500 I have seen, great color combo. It has the same rugged, post-apocalyptic look of the all black version, but with a better sense of style.
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  4. Rainmaster

    Rainmaster Been here awhile

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    Best I have seen (new) is $7,600.00 in SE US. How much did you pay out the door and delivered?


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  5. Rainmaster

    Rainmaster Been here awhile

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    Best I have seen (new) is $7,600.00 plus fees and dealer fees in SE US. How much did you pay out the door and delivered?


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  6. rhinoWERX

    rhinoWERX Crikey mate!

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    Not to far from my house is one of those Chinese tool importer warehouse cheap as chips stores. I drop in there every now and then to pick up a cheap throw-away something or other.

    Turns out they sell a motorcycle tent.

    I don't have any room left in the garage, and I needed some way to protect the scoot from the sun (and the ave. 12 days a year - rain), so I figured I'd give this thing a try.

    Surprisingly the construction, while minimum spec, is sufficient and not too shabby (everything fit together reasonably well). The instructions were clear. I had it up in about an hour and it works perfectly :clap:

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    It's 10'Lx5'Wx8'H and cost $135.

    For security, I use one of these attached to one of the center posts inside the tent - it's simple and I can run the cabe through my jacket and helmet as well - and if that doesn't work, well, that's what insurance is for I guess.

    Cheers,
    -Jack
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  7. Photog

    Photog Charismatic Megafauna Administrator

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    So what are your thoughts so far on the MP3? :ear
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  8. rhinoWERX

    rhinoWERX Crikey mate!

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    Only ridden it to work twice (about 100 miles), but so far so good. I need more seat time to get used to the unique features, but at this stage, it meets my expectations, and then some.

    The factory windscreen I ordered arrives on Tuesday, and a day later I'm expecting a top box. Both should add additional value and usefulness.

    Cheers,
    -Jack
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  9. KneeDrachen

    KneeDrachen MORE COWBELL!!!

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    I wish you the best of luck with your MP3 500. I had an 09 (black) back in May and got rid of it 2 weeks later for a TMax. The MP3's switchgear shorted out, the lock mechanism for the front end failed, and the hoses started to sheer (check out Modern Vespa for this problem that is fixed with a zip-tie). Interestingly enough, after exhaustive research, no one else has had this multitude of problems. The shop wouldn't work on it til Piaggio came through with the money so I traded it in on a new TMax. Funny though, everyone else that has them loves them and are usually problem free. Maybe mine was cobbled together at the end of the shift?

    The scoot looks great, enjoy it and be careful of cagers swerving when they stare at the 2 front wheels!

    Ride Safe!
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  10. Oilhed

    Oilhed MarkF

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    I love the looks of the 250 & 400 but wish I had a 500. Temptation
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  11. hb7

    hb7 moto-science

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    I can't wait to see what the traffic splitting is like.....on the MP3 400-500.
    I would replace the mirrors with KTM Folding mirrors.

    Since my last horrible tank slapper freeway accident, I 'm looking for a motorcycle/scooter which can't be provoked into a tank slapper.
    I'm wondering if the MP3 is immune to tank slappers.
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  12. rhinoWERX

    rhinoWERX Crikey mate!

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    So weather here in SoCal has been pretty crapy all week - cold and rainy - and I've been too wimpy to ride it (well, more to the point, I don't have good wet weather gear), but I did really want to ride it one day in the rain, so I rode to work last Friday. It wasn't exactly torrential downpours, but it was raining and road were wet.

    Well it didn't take long to recognize the additional traction and to feel comfortable enough to get out of the slow lane and move over with the big boys. Of course, one of my biggest concerns about riding in the rain - especially here in LA where we average 12 days of rain a year - is feeling like a bowling pin amongst other drivers that don't know how to drive in the wet :eek1

    For those of you that are local - I went from my office I Culver City, to a function downtown (via the 10). From there I headed back to Long Beach taking Alameda :eek1 - a road that scares me in dry conditions. The scoot handled great :clap I was cold, wet, but felt totally relaxed and in control.

    As for lane spitting; I approach it a little differently on this thing. The scoot is a tad wider than your average UJM or sport bike, and of course, it doesn't exactly have point and shoot capabilities. I use more of the 'frogger' approach to splitting, i.e. look for the gaps and weave through traffic.

    It's an adjustment that makes sense and is fairly natural, that allows me to still shave a bunch of time commuting to work. Of course I also need to be more conscious of keeping to the center/left when not splitting, and checking my mirrors before I do - for sport bike rides coming up from behind.

    In a comedy of errors, I received the windshield without the mounting bracket and the top box without the base plate :huh - both should be arriving sometime next week.

    Oh, and it looks like the weather is finally starting to clear up outside :clap

    Cheers,
    -Jack
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