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MCN overall verdict rating is 3

The Yourban 125 is certainly not cheap, but you can't put a price on confidenc, which is exactly what the extra front wheel gives. The 300cc version is less than £1000 more expensive, has more power and can be ridden on a car licence.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 0

The four-valve, 124cc engine is a well proven engine which works well in other Piaggio group scooters, but the added weight of an extra front wheel means it struggles to pull this particular model along at a decent pace. Even getting up to 30mph, there is a noticable difference against conventional scooters. The 300cc engine of the Yourban 300ie copes better with the added weight.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 0

The heavy front end doesn't give much feedback, but you know it will grip, and it does. The extra contact patch means more stability over pot holes and in poor conditions. You can lock the front suspension when coming to a stop, so you don't need to put your feet down or use the stand when you park it up, which takes a while to get used to and to trust fully!

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 0

Trip computer, fuel gauge, voltmeter and temperature gauge are all available on the dash. The handbrake and the front suspension lock buttono are well placed and simple to use. The little screen does little to keep the weather and wind off the rider, but you'll struggle to reach speeds where these are a problem. A cavernous boot and carrier bag hook take care of storage duties.

Piaggio MP3 Yourban 125 (2011-current)

Detail Value
New price £4,820
Dealer used prices
£3,720 (2012) - £4,020 (2012)
Private used prices
£3,350 (2012) - £3,620 (2012)
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Engine size 124 cc
Power 15 bhp
Top speed 70 mph
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 3 rating is 0
Engine rating is 3 rating is 0
Ride & Handling rating is 4 rating is 0
Equipment rating is 5 rating is 0
Quality & Reliability rating is 3 rating is 0
Value rating is 2 rating is 0

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 0

The Yourban feels well put together, but only time will tell if it can cope well with a British winter.

Value

MCN rating rating is 2
Owners' rating rating is 0

£4,820 OTR is a lot of money for a scooter, even if it does have an extra wheel. For over £1000 less you could have a Honda CBR250R or a BMW G650GS for just over £300 more.

Insurance

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Model History

2011: Model introduced

Other Versions

Piaggio MP3 Hybrid

Piaggio MP3 400

Piaggio MP3 250

Piaggio MP3 Yourban 300ie LT

Specifications

Top speed 70 mph
1/4-mile acceleration secs
Max power 15 bhp
Max torque 12 ft-lb
Weight 206 kg
Seat height 790 mm
Fuel capacity 10.8 litres
Average fuel consumption 72 mpg
Tank range 195 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group of 17
Engine size 124 cc
Engine specification four-valve single cylinder, four-stroke
Frame Steel double cradle
Front suspension adjustment Articulated quadrilateral with independent shock absorbers
Rear suspension adjustment Double dual-action hydraulic shock absorber
Front brakes Hydraulically operated double 240mm disc
Rear brake 240mm disc, hydraulically operated
Front tyre size 110/70/13 x 2
Rear tyre size 140/60/14

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