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2011 Piaggio MP3 500 - COOL WALL VOTE: COOL

Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Fri Jun 17, 2011 2:02 am

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2011 Piaggio MP3 500

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2011 Piaggio MP3 500

MP3 500 The jaw-dropping adventure.

Innovation goes extreme in this MP3, with it’s 500cc, electronic injection Master engine. The MP3’s revolutionary parallelogram front suspension ensures impeccable road holding in all riding conditions.

The 2011 Piaggio MP3 500, with aggressive styling and performance, is the three-wheeler for people who want to stand out. Riding has never been this easy, enjoyable, secure and fast. When you take 20% less braking distance required, pair it with a lean angle of 40 degrees, you get a perfect machine for impeccable road holding in all road conditions.



Key 2011 Piaggio MP3 500 Key Features

• Single cylinder, four-stroke Piaggio Master engine
• Innovative parallelogram front suspension technology
• Double steel tube bumper with metal mesh inserts
• Steel disk brakes requires 20% less braking distance
• Rear rack with handle

Max Speed - 89 mph

Gas Milage - 55 - 57 mpg / 23 - 24 kpl

Gas Tank: 3.2 gallons

Seat Height: 30.9"






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2011 Piaggio MP3 500 - American Specifications
USA MSRP - $8,899 USD, Canada MSRP - $10,495 CDN

ENGINE TYPE Single-cylinder MASTER, four-stroke, four-valve, electronic injection catalysed DISPLACEMENT 492.7cc
BORE x STROKE 94 mm / 71 mm
MAX POWER AT SHAFT 40 hp (29.4 kW) @ 7,250 rpm
MAX TORQUE 42.23 Nm at 5,550 rpm
MAX SPEED 89 mph (143 km/h)
FUEL / TANK CAPACITY Unleaded 3.2 gallons (12 litres)
GAS MILEAGE 55-57 mpg
DISTRIBUTION N/A
COOLING SYSTEM Liquid
LUBRICATION N/A
INGINTION Electronic inductive discharge and variable spark advance in electronic unit with electronic immobilizer
GEARS CVT 'Twist and go' automatic CVT with torque server
CLUTCH N/A
CHASSIS Double cradle trellis made of high strength steel tubes
FRONT SUSPENSION Parallelogram composed of four aluminum arms supporting two steering tubes, cantilevered suspension – Travel: 85 mm. Electro-hydraulic suspension locking system.
REAR SUSPENSION Oscillating engine fixed to frame with swingarm and two dual effect hydraulic shock absorbers with four-position spring preload. Travel: 110 mm
FRONT BRAKE Stainless steel double disk, 240 mm, two-piston caliper
REAR BRAKE Stainless steel disk, 280 mm, floating two-piston caliper
FRONT TIRE Tubeless 120 / 70 - 12"
REAR TIRE Tubeless 140 / 70 - 14"
LENGTH 85" (2159 mm)
WIDTH 30.5" (775 mm)
WHEELBASE 61" (1550 mm)
SEAT HEIGHT 30.9" (785 mm)
DRY WEIGHT 538 lbs lbs (244 kg)
AVAILABLE COLORS Demon Black, Dragon Red

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Re: 2011 Piaggio MP3 500 - COOL WALL VOTE: VOTE NOW!

Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Fri Jun 17, 2011 2:04 am

There you go guys and girls. I am SURE this one is going to be controversial!

Have fun with it, talk about it's design, specifications, if you think it should exist, would you ride or buy it, have you ever seen or rode one, in fact, anything you want.
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Unread post by jstark47 » Fri Jun 17, 2011 8:00 am

Fail. Motorcycles have two wheels.

(I keed, I keed!!) :mrgreen:


Sure is ugly though. And I thought V-stroms were awful.... Seriously, I think it has to be either Awesome or Fail. There is no middle ground with this one! :humm:
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Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Fri Jun 17, 2011 8:46 am

jstark47 wrote:Fail. Motorcycles have two wheels.

(I keed, I keed!!) :mrgreen:


Sure is ugly though. And I thought V-stroms were awful.... Seriously, I think it has to be either Awesome or Fail. There is no middle ground with this one! :humm:
LOL, yes I know what you mean, motorcycles have 2 wheels, but there were calls for this one up. It's interesting as it is quite different than a normal scooter.

Yes, I think it's not as good looking as the V-Strom either, but does it serve a purpose? Would you buy it?

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Unread post by jstark47 » Fri Jun 17, 2011 11:05 am

totalmotorcycle wrote:...... does it serve a purpose? Would you buy it?
Me? Moi? :whome:

Hell, NO!!



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Unread post by Thumper » Fri Jun 17, 2011 1:35 pm

Having ridden an MP3 for nearly 3 years, I know they're awesome. Every bit as much fun as a motorcycle, leans like a motorcycle, can go faster than you need to go, and that ugliness is part of its charm. I figure its cool factor jacked up a couple points when I came out of a local Wendy's and found a couple of Hell's Angels scoping it out, pronounced it "kicky" and one said, "I gotta get one of these for my old lady." Glad they liked it, because I was about 10 seconds from peeing myself in fear :lol:

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Unread post by Grey Thumper » Fri Jun 17, 2011 5:32 pm

I haven't actually ridden one, but from the vids (like this one http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xj1irO5UY68), it seems to handle incredibly well. I actually wish some motorcycle had this kind of front suspension technology. Imagine the grip and sense of security you can get from having two front contact patches (but still be able to lean, unlike the Can Ams). The MP3 would've gotten an awesome vote, if it wasn't so expensive, heavy, and ugly. But for all that ballsy innovation, it's got to be at least cool.
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Unread post by HYPERR » Fri Jun 17, 2011 8:44 pm

Grey Thumper wrote:The MP3 would've gotten an awesome vote, if it wasn't so expensive, heavy, and ugly. But for all that ballsy innovation, it's got to be at least cool.
^ this
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Unread post by Wrider » Sat Jun 18, 2011 3:23 am

HYPERR wrote:
Grey Thumper wrote:The MP3 would've gotten an awesome vote, if it wasn't so expensive, heavy, and ugly. But for all that ballsy innovation, it's got to be at least cool.
^ this
I agree

But at the same time for this one I wish there was an "interesting" option. Not sure where it falls on the cool wall, but I'd definitely give it an interesting vote.
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Unread post by rayian » Sat Jun 18, 2011 11:26 am

Nice machine for the physically impaired.

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Unread post by Thumper » Sat Jun 18, 2011 11:44 am

Grey Thumper wrote:The MP3 would've gotten an awesome vote, if it wasn't so expensive, heavy, and ugly. But for all that ballsy innovation, it's got to be at least cool.
It actually doesn't feel heavy when you're on it. I worried about the weight, but you can flick that thing around almost like a light sport bike. It's wicked fun on twisty roads, and is very forgiving of newby-like mistakes. Great gas mileage, it'll go fast... but yeah, ugly and needs to be a couple grand less...

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Unread post by HYPERR » Sat Jun 18, 2011 7:58 pm

Thumper wrote:
Grey Thumper wrote:The MP3 would've gotten an awesome vote, if it wasn't so expensive, heavy, and ugly. But for all that ballsy innovation, it's got to be at least cool.
It actually doesn't feel heavy when you're on it. I worried about the weight, but you can flick that thing around almost like a light sport bike. It's wicked fun on twisty roads, and is very forgiving of newby-like mistakes. Great gas mileage, it'll go fast... but yeah, ugly and needs to be a couple grand less...
I would have never guessed that! Thanks for the input from an actual owner. :exactly:
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Unread post by zeligman » Sun Jun 19, 2011 1:25 am

rayian wrote:Nice machine for the physically impaired.
WHOAH - fail dude - your comment is in really bad taste.
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Unread post by rayian » Sun Jun 19, 2011 12:14 pm

zeligman wrote:
rayian wrote:Nice machine for the physically impaired.
WHOAH - fail dude - your comment is in really bad taste.

Yeah, I guess that was a bit cold but it just has the look of one of those carts that impaired folks use. No offense.

I could be getting mixed up. It might be be old folks that use the carts I'm thinking of.

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Unread post by rayian » Sun Jun 19, 2011 1:03 pm

Made for the elderly with a top speed of about 9 mph.
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Unread post by rayian » Sun Jun 19, 2011 1:08 pm

This one goes 12 mph. It's the sport model.
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Unread post by Thumper » Sun Jun 19, 2011 1:11 pm

rayian wrote:Nice machine for the physically impaired.
Actually...not really. In spite of the ability to lock the front wheels at lights and stop signs, being able to lock them is an acquired skill and initially you have to be able to put your feet down.

Even after you get the hang of it, at off-cambered stops if you lock the wheels and don't put your feet down, you have to be seriously quick on the throttle...as soon as you give it gas the wheels unlock, and if you can't get it moving fast, over you go. There's a slight hesitation on initial acceleration--you don't whip off the line terribly fast though you can get up to speed pretty quick--and it's just enough that if you're sitting there at a slight lean and don't hit it just right...over it goes.

I know a lot of people assume the same thing--here's a ride for those with limited mobility--but the truth is that if you can't get your feet down as you would on any bike, you'll probably have issues (though I have seen one MP3 with "training wheels" on back...still leaned a little, but not completely. Did its job, though...)

Someone with physical issues would probably be better off on a standard trike or a Can Am Spyder... the MP3 is like riding a "real" motorcycle, just without shifting.

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Unread post by rayian » Sun Jun 19, 2011 3:41 pm

So, what's the point of the extra wheel?

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