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MCN overall verdict rating is 4

The Yourban is not cheap, but it is aimed at those with either no desire or experience of two wheels as it can be ridden on a car licence, so the sure-footed, reassuring and unintimidating Yourban may well be worth the premium over conventional scooters.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 0

The 278cc engine is well proven, used in the Vespa 300 GTS amongst other Piaggio group scooters, and has enough power to pick up quickly away from the lights and pass traffic, although performance is dulled by the extra weight of the MP3. The unthreatening, linear power won’t intimidate.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 0

The extra mass of the clever front suspension and additional wheel makes the Yourban slightly nose heavy, but provides great confidence. The resulting increased contact force means that it is more stable in all conditions, untroubled by pot holes and rough surfaces, and has a claimed 20% shorter stopping distance than the regular MP3. The suspension is solid yet compliant and you can lock the Yourban upright when coming to a halt, so you don’t need to put a foot down when stopping.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 0

With a useful fuel gauge, trip computer providing an array of information including outside temperature and a voltmeter, and indicator-button style switch to lock the front upright, the Yourban has plenty to keep riders amused. The seat will easily accommodate two adults, there’s plenty of storage space underneath – enough for at least two open face helmets, and the fairing provides decent weather protection.

Piaggio MP3 Yourban 300ie LT (2011 - current)

Detail Value
New price £5,699
Dealer used prices
£4,700 (2012) - £5,350 (2012)
Private used prices
£4,230 (2012) - £4,820 (2012)
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Engine size 278 cc
Power 22.8 bhp
Top speed 70 mph
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
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Engine rating is 4 rating is 0
Ride & Handling rating is 4 rating is 0
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Value rating is 3 rating is 0

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 0

The Yourban seems well screwed together, with levels of fit and finish in line with its premium price. Only time will tell how it fares through a British winter.

Value

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 0

The price is hard to ignore - £5699 is not cheap for a three-wheeled scooter. But if you don’t have a bike licence and are looking for a safe, practical way to experience the benefits of two wheels without being confined to the city on a low capacity scooter the Yourban is ideal.

Insurance

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Model History

Specifications

Top speed 70 mph
1/4-mile acceleration secs
Max power 22.8 bhp
Max torque 24 ft-lb
Weight 211 kg
Seat height 780 mm
Fuel capacity 10.8 litres
Average fuel consumption 80 mpg
Tank range miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group of 17
Engine size 278 cc
Engine specification Liquid-cooled, single cylinder, 4 stroke, 4 valve, SOHC
Frame Steel double cradle
Front suspension adjustment Articulated quadrilateral with independent shock absorbers
Rear suspension adjustment Twin rear shocks with preload adjustment
Front brakes Twin 240mm discs with twin-piston fixed calipers
Rear brake 240mm disc
Front tyre size 110/70/13 x 2
Rear tyre size 140/60/13

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