2018 Piaggio MP3 500 Sport LT ABS/ASR Review

2018 Piaggio MP3 500 Sport LT

2018 Piaggio MP3 500 Sport LT 2018 Piaggio MP3 500 Sport LT 2018 Piaggio MP3 500 Sport LT

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2018 Piaggio MP3 500 Sport LT ABS/ASR Review on Total Motorcycle:

The Piaggio MP3 500 ABS, 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 and pair it with a lean angle of 40-degrees, you get a perfect machine for impeccable road holding in all riding conditions. New for 2018 this impressive vehicle gets a foot operated brake pedal that actuates both the front and rear brakes. Also new for 2018 is an improved optional multimedia platform kit, and a wider front track.

Freedom: All the riding pleasure of a motorcycle. The wind protection, carrying ability and comfort of a Tourer, with the practicality of a scooter.

Agile: Fast and nimble with high grip levels. The two front wheels offer road holding abilities on either wet or dry roads that a single front wheel cannot match.

Fun: City or mountain road, the MP3 is designed for every riding situation to deliver maximum riding fun and exhilaration.

Smart: ABS and ASR fitted as standard, USB & 12v charging, Smartphone connectivity, LED lighting, large seat storage and option top cases for additional carrying capacity.

 

The Sport version of Piaggio MP3 is distinguished by the “Sport” plate on the rear of the tail and the numerous items with matt grey finish, such as the diamond edge wheel rims the passenger handles and moulding of the central tunnel. The black saddle of the Sport version is covered in two different materials and red stitching.

There are four dedicated colour schemes for the Sport version: Nero Opaco, Grigio Opaco, Bianco Pastello and Verde Opaco.

 

The versions: different styles, same safety

The Piaggio MP3 is available in the entry level Piaggio MP3 300/500 LT and the Business and Sport versions, with dedicated equipment and colour schemes. The new Piaggio MP3 500 Special Edition LT is also available.

 

THE PIAGGIO MP3 RANGE GROWS AND IS COMPLETED STABILITY AND EASE OF RIDING COMBINED WITH AGILITY, BRILLIANT PERFORMANCE AND REDUCED CONSUMPTION. TOP SHELF SAFETY AND COMFORT AS ALWAYS FOR THE THREE-WHEELED PATRIARCH OF THE CATEGORY AND BEST SELLER FOR MORE THAN 10 YEARS

YOURBAN ALSO UPDATED TO COMPLY WITH EURO 4 EMISSIONS STANDARDS, THE MOST COMPACT AND CITY PIAGGIO MP3 MODEL

Piaggio MP3 is the world’s first 3-wheel scooter, the concrete response to the demand for easy-to-handle, extremely safe city vehicles to get about in the city or reach the city centre from the ever growing suburbs. The two front wheels and the exclusive patented suspension system, conceived and developed by Piaggio before any other global manufacturer, combine the safety of a car with the simplicity and practicality of a scooter and the fun of a motorcycle with dynamic riding on corners. This is why Piaggio MP3 is able to satisfy a truly global demand: from drivers looking for a more practical yet safe alternative to the experienced motorcyclist able to appreciate the advantages and technical features of a vehicle that has, on its own, created a new market segment of which it is the undisputed leader.

“Two wheels ahead of the rest”: a definition which not only indicates the peculiar characteristic of Piaggio MP3, but also suggests technological superiority that the revolutionary Piaggio Group “three wheeler” has managed to affirm. Two front wheels to travel in total safety in any weather or road surface conditions and at the same time have fun riding just as on a conventional two-wheeled vehicle. For the first time, with Piaggio MP3, automotive safety meets motorcycle riding pleasure. In the wake of the great public success achieved since 2006, the year the first model was introduced, Piaggio has developed and implemented several versions and engine capacities to meet all daily mobility requirements: from the Yourban version, the most sleek and urban Piaggio MP3 model, to the LT (acronym for Large Tread) models that stand out for a number of characteristics such as the front track widened to 465 mm, motorcycle-type turn indicators, an LED daylight running light inserted in the upper part of the leg shield and the pedal on the footrest that activates the integral braking. Characteristics which allow the Piaggio MP3 LT, in the 300 and 500 cc engine capacities, to be ridden at any age as long as the rider is a normal car driver’s licence holder (Class B)*.

*Piaggio MP3 LT can be ridden in numerous countries with a car driver’s license. For example, in Italy, France, Great Britain, Spain and some other European Union countries, this is possible pursuant to European Directive 2006/126/EC, as long as the rider is at least 21 years of age, rides in the national territory and complies with any additional national regulations.

 

PIAGGIO MP3: A COMPLETE RANGE

Piaggio MP3 is available in two different engine sizes (300 and 500 cc, Euro 4), each of which is available in two different versions – Sport and Business – to complete a true family three-wheeled vehicle that is capable of meeting any and all daily mobility needs. In this already wide range, now you can find the Piaggio MP3 300/500 Sport LT, an entry level version both for the 300 and 500 engine size which – simplified in its features – is available at an extremely competitive price for an even wider range of customers who want to benefit from all the safety content offered by three-wheeled technology.

Piaggio MP3 500 (in its three versions: Piaggio MP3 500 Sport LT, Piaggio MP3 500 Sport LT ABS/ASR e Piaggio MP3 500 Business LT ABS/ASR) is now the flagship of the 3-wheel vehicle range supplied by the Piaggio Group. With power of 28.5 kW at 7250 rpm and torque of 45.5 Nm at 5000 rpm, it is fully capable of meeting any town, city or country mobility needs.

Piaggio MP3 300 (available in the Piaggio MP3 300 Sport LT, Piaggio MP3 300 Sport LT ABS/ASR and Piaggio MP3 300 Business LT ABS/ASR versions) maintains all the aesthetic and technical characteristics that place Piaggio MP3 a step ahead of the competition, combining it with a high performance engine and reduced consumption. The 300 cc 4-stroke, 4-valve, liquid-cooled engine with electronic injection delivers maximum power of 15.5 kW at 7250 rpm, with a torque output of 22.5 Nm at 6000 rpm. These are figures that translate, on one side, into excellent response in acceleration during constant city stop-and-go riding and on the other into a top speed which is more than capable of handling motorway riding, guaranteeing the possibility of long range travel in total comfort.

 

 

 

2018 Piaggio MP3 500 Sport LT ABS/ASR Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features

Comfort and functionality

The Piaggio MP3 frame was been designed with the dual objective of providing, on the one hand, excellent riding stability and precision and, on the other, a wider range of uses. The project meets these two important requirements, creating the best Piaggio MP3 ever built in terms of dynamic qualities, safety standards and comfort for rider and passenger.

The saddle boasts sumptuous characteristics: flat and comfortable for two people to sit on, an improvement on the earlier generation of the Piaggio MP3. The ergonomics benefit from this, starting from the position of the legs, extended and relaxed. In particular the perfect triangulation handlebars-saddle-footplate is sized to make riding easier and provide total vehicle control. And it’s not only the rider who benefits. Designed as a true alternative to the car, the latest generation of Piaggio Mp3 provides the passenger with even high comfort: there is plenty of available space, whereas the seating position is relaxed, in addition to benefiting from the advantages of the retractable footpegs. The large compartment under the seat, fitted with courtesy light and mat, has additional uses, due to the regular, almost rectangular shape, without indentations or partitions, so every square centimetre can be used, for example to store two full-face helmets or a laptop holder. The saddle, which can also be opened using the Bike Finder remote control (making the turn indicators flash), opens electrically, as usual, and it is assisted by a convenient shock absorber strut that accompanies the seat opening movement in a practical and safe way. The flat streamlined tail for an easily assembled box (just one of the many accessories available), further increasing the already exceptional load capacity of the Piaggio MP3.

 

Even more safety. The first 3-wheeler with ABS and ASR

The Piaggio MP3 is the first three-wheeler in the world equipped with an ABS antilock braking system, integrated with ASR (Acceleration Slip Regulation) traction control.

The ASR system is an electronic traction control device regulating the driving wheel slippage. The ASR can be switched off simply and it guarantees safety by preventing the slippage of the rear wheel on slippery or wet roads and uneven surfaces, for excellent rear tyre grip and road holding in all conditions. The Piaggio Group is the first manufacturer to use traction control for a scooter, a technological first developed in-house, based on racing experience and subsequently adapted and built into street vehicles.

The ABS system takes safety to the highest possible levels, preventing the wheels from locking up in braking, a phenomenon which has in any case been vastly reduced by the presence of the double front wheel that ensures much better grip than a traditional scooter. Developed specifically for the Piaggio MP3, it uses a Continental control unit and three channels controlling the three wheels individually modulating only the braking force to prevent grip loss. Piaggio MP3 employs an all-disc braking system on the three wheels, with a disc diameter of no less than 258 mm. Greater safety and an even smoother ride are provided by large larger 13 inch diameter front wheels.

This is the resounding success due to the MP3 exclusive Piaggio dual independent tilting front wheel technology, thanks to the four bar linkage suspension which the leading Group in Europe designed and developed before any other manufacturer in the world to ensure maximum riding pleasure in complete safety. This is the original project patented by Piaggio, with a roll mechanism comprising four aluminium alloy arms, fitted on four hinges on the central sleeve and two side sleeves connected to the arms by pins and ball bearings. Inside the side sleeves, the right-hand and left-hand steering tube rotates in a classic single-arm set-up.

The blocking mechanism of the front suspension, a distinguishing feature of the 3-wheel Italian scooter, transforms the balance of the Piaggio MP3 from dynamic to static. Start up the Piaggio MP3 and it stays in balance on the three wheels without the need for a stand (fitted nonetheless). To resume normal operation, accelerate or use the dedicated push button. This means you never need to put your foot in the ground and you can park the Piaggio MP3 anywhere, easily and without effort.

 

A unique style

The Piaggio MP3 has a modern and elegant look with evident hints of a motor car and a car-style refined finish and high perceived quality. In designing Piaggio MP3, the Piaggio Group Style Centre favoured modern and distinctive traits. The front shield recalls the original model but has a new form. The smoke-grey windshield provides protection and can be adjusted to three different heights. The headlights and indicators have high efficiency daytime lights with 7 high efficiency LEDs, adapted from the auto industry and modernizing the look of the front of the scooter. The wheel rims boast a new and elegant 5 split spoke design: reminiscent of saloon cars and luxury autos.

The dashboard includes the set of modern instruments in two conventional round panels and a multi-purpose digital panel with data on fuel consumption (average and current), average and maximum speed, fuel gauge, travel time, ambient temperature and ice alarm. The instrument panel also includes a clock, total and trip counter and battery voltage reader. The 11 lights on the instrument panel display the functioning of the headlights, dipped headlights, indicators, reserve fuel, oil pressure, warning (injection), immobilizer, ABS, ASR (where present) and four emergency lights. In the centre part, just beneath the display, a series of 4 warning lights are placed which indicate: roll lock warning, engine shut-down, no roll and hand brake. Push buttons under the handlebars are to open the saddle and switch off the ASR (where present).

The leg shield back plate has two anti-impact pads the colour of the saddle in front of the rider’s knees. There is also a convenient, retractable bag hook. The compartment above the instruments has a drawer and USB connection, ideal for recharging a smartphone and any other enabled device.

The line of the Piaggio MP3’s tail is very streamlined and dynamic, elegantly truncated, highlighting the sports character of the Piaggio MP3, reflected in its exceptional road holding and tilt while turning. The surface finish is smooth, reinforcing the streamlined look of the vehicle, which has a highly dynamic appearance. The tail stop and position lights also benefit from LED technology. The parcel holder and passenger handle, in aluminium, complete the line of the comfortable saddle.

 

Piaggio Multimedia Platform: always connected to your smartphone

The sophisticated Piaggio Multimedia Platform, available from among the many dedicated accessories for the Piaggio MP3, illustrated in the catalogue, connects your smartphone to the on-board electronic system, turning it into a multi-purpose instrument, a computer able to display simultaneously data such as speed, revs, engine power and torque in real time, as well as acceleration in a straight line, tilt in cornering, average and current fuel consumption, average speed and battery voltage among a host of other functions. A smartphone connected with the Piaggio Multimedia Platform can also be used to display maps and routes or to find the location, for example, of petrol stations or support services. The tyre condition monitoring feature takes synergistic advantage of the vehicle and smartphone sensors to monitor tyre wear and inflation, immediately alerting the rider of any potentially critical situations. The general analysis feature monitors vehicle condition.

 

 

 

2018 Piaggio MP3 500 Sport LT ABS/ASR Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits

A wide range of accessories dedicated to the Piaggio MP3 models

The range of accessories for Piaggio MP3 is based on a precise design philosophy: to provide the maximum on-board comfort and maximum functionality in daily use, to make the life of the commuter easier with the Piaggio three-wheel scooter.

Rear top box: with quick release and a 50-litre capacity, it is spacious enough for two helmets. The upper shield is painted the same colour as the vehicle and has a comfortable backrest to make the passenger’s ride more enjoyable. The top box is also available in the 37-litre version.

Heat-shaped panniers kit: sturdy and lightweight, they are fitted with a quick-release mechanism.

Tunnel bag: is positioned conveniently behind the front leg shield. It has a 16-litre capacity and side pockets.

The Style windshield: made in high quality anti-chip material, guarantees optimum protection from the air and foul weather.

Leg cover: made specifically to guarantee maximum protection from the cold and rain on the Piaggio MP3. In the spirit of safety, the leg cover, thanks to being designed along with the vehicle, provides maximum stability even at high speeds.

Heating module for leg cover: an element to be inserted in the cover and connected to the electrical system through a control unit. Adjustable to four different temperature levels.

Heated handgrips: also controlled by a dedicated unit, they provide four temperature levels.

Waterproof padded hand warmers: these complete rider protection and increase the functionality of Piaggio MP3,

Comfort-gel saddle: improved riding comfort, both for the rider and passenger, thanks to the gel inserts in the seating area.

Piaggio Multimedia Platform: device that allows you to connect your smartphone to the scooter, transforming it into a true multimedia platform.

TomTom Vio Piaggio Group Edition: The satnav for scooters with a waterproof screen and smartphone functions, driving directions at a glance, anti-traffic system and incoming call display. All this to let you move around more quickly and explore more easily, keeping your telephone stowed conveniently in your pocket.

Bitubo shock absorbers: these increase comfort and vehicle stability in any riding conditions and on any road surface. Hydraulically adjustable in compression and spring preload.

Aluminium footpegs: a touch of sportiness for every Piaggio MP3, made in lightweight and refined aluminium.

Electronic anti-theft device: comes with remote control and siren to provide secure protection against theft.

Mechanical anti-theft device: connects the saddle to the handlebar for even greater protection.

Outdoor vehicle cover: protects Piaggio MP3 from foul weather.

Multimedia support: useful for installing a smartphone or satnav bracket.

 

 

 

 

2018 Piaggio MP3 500 Sport LT ABS/ASR – Totalmotorcycle.com USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $9199 USD

ENGINE TYPE
Single cylinder, 4-stroke, 4-valve
CYLINDER CAPACITY
492.7 cc
BORE x STROKE
94 mm x 71 mm
MAX POWER AT SHAFT
38.2 hp (29.5 kW) @ 7,250 rpm
MAX TORQUE
33.6 ft lbs (45.5 Nm) @ 5,250 rpm
Max speed
89 mph
Fuel tank capacity
3.2 Gallons (12 L) including .48 Gallons (1,8 L) reserve
Gas mileage
55 mpg
Distribution
Electronic Fuel Injection
Cooling System
Liquid Cooled
Lubrication
Wet sump
Ignition
Electronic
Gears
‘Twist ‘n go’ automatic CVT
Clutch
Automatic centrifugal dry
Chassis
Double cradle in high strength steel tubes
Front Suspension
Articulated quadrilateral consisting of four aluminum arms sustaining two steering tubes, and leading arm suspension geometry with offset wheel axle. Stroke: 95mm. Electro-hydraulic suspension locking system.
Rear Suspension
Two dual effect hydraulic shock absorbers, preload adjustable to four positions. Stroke: 108 mm
Front Brake
Dual 258 mm diameter discs
Rear Brake
Stainless steel disc, 280 mm
Front Tire
Tubeless 110/70-13”
Rear Tire
140/70, 14″
Length
87.6 in (2.225 mm)
Width
31.5 in (800 mm)
Wheelbase
60.6 in (1540 mm)
Seat Height
30.9″
Dry Weight
575 lbs (261 kg)
Type Approval
EPA and CARB
ABS
YES
Colors
Military, Matte Silver, Nero Opaco Carbonio

 

 

 

2018 Piaggio MP3 500 Sport LT ABS/ASR – Totalmotorcycle.com Canadian Specifications/Technical Details
Canada MSRP Price: $9595 CDN

ENGINE TYPE
Single cylinder, 4-stroke, 4-valve
CYLINDER CAPACITY
493 cc
BORE x STROKE
94 mm x 71 mm
MAX POWER AT SHAFT
39.6 hp (29.5 kW) @ 7,250 rpm
MAX TORQUE
33.6 ft lbs (45.5 Nm) @ 5,250 rpm
Max speed
89 mph km/h
Fuel tank capacity
3.2 Gallons (12 L) including .48 Gallons (1,8 L) reserve
Kilometers per liter
55 kilometers per liter
Distribution

Cooling System
Liquid Cooled
Lubrication
Wet Sump
Ignition
Electric
Gears
CVT automatic transmission
Clutch
Automatic centrifugal dry
Chassis
Closed double cradle in high strength tubular steel
Front Suspension
Articulated quadrilateral – stroke: 85 mm. Electro-hydraulic suspension locking system.
Rear Suspension
Two dual effect hydraulic shock absorbers, preload adjustable to four positions – stroke: 108 mm
Front Brake
Dual 258 mm diameter discs
Rear Brake
Single 240 mm diameter disc
Front Tire
Tubeless 110/70-13”
Rear Tire
Tubeless 140/70-14’’
Length
89.8 in (2.205 mm)
Width
775 mm
Wheelbase
61.0 in (1.550 mm)
Seat Height
31.1 in (790 mm)
Dry Weight
577 lbs (262 kg)
Type Approval
EPA / CARB
ABS
Standard ABS/ASR
Colors
Graphite Black, Cult White

 

 

 

2018 Piaggio MP3 500 Sport LT ABS/ASR – Totalmotorcycle.com European Specifications/Technical Details
Europe/UK MSRP Price: £ GBP (On The Road inc 20% Vat)

Engine  MASTER 4-stroke single cylinder

Displacement    493 cm3

Bore x Stroke     94 mm x 71 mm

Power   28.5 kW @ 7250 rpm

Torque 45.5 Nm @ 5000 rpm

Timing system   Single overhead cam shaft (SOHC) with 4 valves and roller tappets

Fuel system        Electronic injection

Ignition Electronic with inductive exhaust and variable advance integrated in the injection CPU. Closed loop system with Lambda probe for the exhaust. Electronic immobilizer, block of injection pump when the vehicle is tilted. Twin spark ignition. Dual map for butterfly valve management (STD and ECO). Traction control ASR (only on Piaggio MP3 500 LT Business/Sport/SE)

Cooling system Liquid

Lubrication          Wet sump

Starter  Electric

Gearbox              Twist-and-go CVT with torque server

Clutch   Automatic, centrifugal dry clutch

Frame   Double cradle in high strength tubular steel

Front suspension             Articulated quadrilateral – Stroke: 85 mm. Electro-hydraulic suspension blocking system.

Rear suspension               Dual hydraulic shock absorber with pre-adjusted spring in one of 4 positions – Stroke: 108 mm

Front brake        Two 258 mm discs

Rear Brake          Ø 240 mm disc

Front wheel rims              Aluminium alloy 13″ x 3.00

Rear wheel rim  Aluminium alloy 14″ x 4.50

Braking system Combined braking at the pedal and ABS (only on Piaggio MP3 500 LT Business/Sport/SE)

Front tyres          Tubeless 110/70-13″

Rear tyre             Tubeless 140/70-14”

Length/Width    2225 mm / 800 mm

Wheelbase         1540 mm

Saddle height     790 mm

Fuel tank capacity            12 litres (including 1.8 litre reserve)

Fuel consumption on WMTC cycle            22.7 km/l

C02 emissions   102 g/km

Kerb weight        270 kg

Approval              Euro 4

 

 

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