2016 Piaggio MP3 500
Used 2016 Piaggio MP3 500 | Brookfield, WI
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$6,495
Stock #: 0019
Mileage: 4210
Transmission: Automatic
Exterior color: Black
Interior color: Black
VIN: ZAPM860X0G5000019
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2016 Piaggio MP3 500 ABS

Piaggio has produced more than 150000 MP3s since this revolutionary three-wheeler was first unveiled in 2006. Thats an impressive number for this machinewhich handles like a two-wheeler because of its leaning front end.

The success of the MP3 has varied dramatically from market to market. France is out front by a massive margin; some 50000 are in use there. When I was in Paris for the press introduction of this latest MP3 500I had to dodge flocks of very enthusiastic MP3 riders who fully exploit the superior safety margins of their vehicle and zap into any fast-running lane from a slower oneno prisoners taken.

When it comes to city commutingthe French are very practical. Theyd rather ride than drive to save time. And they do it year arounddry or wettarmac or cobblestones. And wet cobblestone challenges the stability of any two-wheeled vehicle much more than it does the Piaggio MP3. Thats why thousands of Parisians have chosen the MP3. This fact was noticed and Peugeot and Yamahawhich created similar models.

To counter the assaultsPiaggio keeps refining the model. In 2011the company created the compact and lightweight Yourban versionbut this new MP3 500 goes way beyond. Its a great leap forwardthanks foremost to the higher levels of active safety and dynamic dependability. As on the recently introduced Vespa GTSthe new MP3 500 has a new electronics suite centered on an advanced ABS/ASR packageplus its Piaggio Multimedia Platform turns your personal smartphone into digital instrumentation connected to the ECU via a USB connection.

 

The software is sophisticatedand PMP even provides readings for lean angle while the navigation system can help re-locate the vehicle lost in an overcrowded airport size parking lot. The ABS is a three-channel typeone sensor per wheel and now teamed with newlarger (258 millimeter vs. 240) brake rotors that were adopted in combination with new 13-inch wheels in place of the old 12s. This is responsible for an improvement in front-end feedback and steering responsethough it must be noted that the 13s were first adopted on the Yourban. The new front wheels are shod with 110/70-13 tireswhile at the rear the wheel and 140/70-14 tire remain unchanged.

As for stylethe MP3 500 has been made to look more functional and neater. The whole front section is better coordinatedfrom the new lower grille to the LED headlights and much more effective windshield. And the larger and sportier front wheels play a significant role in making the new MP3 500 look more muscular. The rear was completely re-designed to look more dynamic and have extra space for a larger and more comfortable seat for two. Underseat cargo volume is also betternow adequate to store two full-face helmets.

This is a consequence of the radically redesigned rear section of the framewhich bumps torsional rigidity by 35 percent. The new MP3 500 retains the same basic measurements of the previous 400/500 cc modelwith a 61-in. wheelbase and steering geometry that has been marginally altered. The new MP3 500 has 21.9 degrees of rake (+0.25 degrees) and 35.2mm of trailto take advantage of the larger wheels.

 

The engine has been significantly upgraded as well. It now features a ride-by-wire throttle that interfaces with the traction control through a more powerful and advanced ECU that offers the possibility to easily select (just touch the starter button) an ECO mode that cuts fuel consumption and emissions. From a mechanical point of viewthe liquid-cooled493cc sohc 4-valve/twin-spark single has remained unchanged apart from new roller-type cam followers and an optimized balance shaft. The engine now runs quieter and much smootherwith no perceived vibrationthanks to the balance shaft and better rubber mounts between the engine and the frame.

Peak power from the substantially oversquare (94.0mm x 71.0 mm) single remains unchanged at 40.1 hp at 7250 rpmwith 34 pound-feet of torque at 5250 RPM. The torque curvethough is bettertheres enhanced throttle response and flexibility because of a larger airboxa more efficient exhaustand a longer inlet manifold with slightly smaller diameter that contributes to superior cylinder filling at lower rpm by inducing a stronger ram effect in the aspirated charge. An upgraded continuously variable transmission (CVT) helps the big single perform its very best.

At 570 pounds with a full tankthe new Piaggio MP3 500 ABS is a big mountbut in motioneven at walking paceit feels very light and easy. The new seating position is very comfortable and offers ample space for adjustments. Controls are very accessibleincluding the hand brake leversleft for the rearright for front. Heywait a minute! Whats that pedal on the right footboard for? That actuates the linked braking systemcar style. Its mandatory if Piaggio want the vehicle to be homologated for use by people holding a car license only.

 

For extra safetythe MP3 500 ABS brake pedal operates a completely independent circuit for totally failsafe functionality. The pedal forces the right foot to be positioned rearward of the left oneand it takes a solid stomping on it to obtain the same level of deceleration delivered by squeezing both hand levers with medium force. I was told that this was to prevent the inexperienced car driver from locking wheels in panic stops if he chose to buy the MP3 500 without ABS.

On the cobblestone streets of Paristhe MP3 500 ABS provided a reassuring feeleven when leaning into corners on poor surfaces. The engine is highly responsivetorqueyvery smoothand very quiet. This scooter can beat just about any car away from a lightand the engine keeps progressing without hesitation until 90 mphwhere the newlarger windshield provides excellent comfort.

Piaggios new MP3 500 ABS is an agile and safe urban commuter that also has the solid pace and comfort of a long-distance GT scooter. Safety is at levels unknown because of those tilting front wheelsand its further improved now with the addition of ABS and traction control. Whats morethe ECO mode cuts fuel consumption by a claimed 15 percentwhich makes the new 500 more efficient than the discontinued 400. With a long list of options that includes heated gripsthe new MP3 500 ABS is an excellent year-round ridecomfortable and safe even in rainy and cold Milan. Look for the Piaggio MP3 500 ABS to come to the US as a 2015 model.


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