PIAGGIO MP3 250 (2007 - on) Review

At a glance

Owners' reliability rating: 3 out of 5 (3/5)
Annual servicing cost: £100
Power: 22 bhp
Seat height: Low (30.7 in / 780 mm)
Weight: Medium (472 lbs / 214 kg)

Prices

New £4,199
Used N/A

Overall rating

Next up: Ride & brakes
4 out of 5 (4/5)

The Piaggio MP3 is mind-bending – not because of its speed, but because of how much confidence an extra front wheel affords. It opens motorcycling up to a new, safety-conscious commuter audience who wouldn’t ride a motorcycle.

Ride quality & brakes

Next up: Engine
4 out of 5 (4/5)

Adding a second wheel hasn’t given the Piaggio MP3 amazing corner speed, but the feeling of security is unparalleled. Even in the wet, the MP3 hangs in there without feeling like the wheels are skating, and the brakes can be used to their full – lockups are rare but easy to control. You can even lock the tilting front end below 5mph if the throttle is closed, so you can stop without putting your feet down. The only black mark is the crude suspension – it tends to clatter through potholes.

Engine

Next up: Reliability
2 out of 5 (2/5)

The Paggio MP3’s 250cc four-stroke motor is typical of scooters – the power is flat and unexciting due to the auto transmission, and the extra weight compared with a conventional scooter takes a toll on acceleration and top speed. But the MP3 is intended only as a means of transport rather than a leisure bike – so the frugal fuel economy is more important than providing thrills. 

Reliability & build quality

Next up: Value
2 out of 5 (2/5)

Build quality isn’t great if you’re used to cars – they can’t be left unwashed and covered in salt and water, other wise the suspension and engine corrode horribly. Unless you’re a loving owner, it won’t take long for it to start looking shabby. No major reliability issues reported.

Value vs rivals

Next up: Equipment
3 out of 5 (3/5)

It’s easy to call the Piaggio MP3 overpriced, but for commuters in big cities there’s few better options. The added safety over a normal scooter, the equipment level and the ease of filtering (at it’s widest point it’s around the same as any other luxury scooter) should make it a serious consideration for anyone looking to escape the horrors of public transport. Find a Piaggio MP3 250 for sale.

Equipment

5 out of 5 (5/5)

A massive underseat storage compartment can swallow two open-faced helmets or one full-face and a significant amount of luggage. The dash provides fuel level, time, twin trip meters and ambient temperature information. A centre stand is fitted, but rarely needed due to the locking steering, and a handbrake stops it rolling down hills. The bodywork is protective too. Compare and buy products for the Piaggio MP3 in the MCN Shop.

Specs

Engine size 244cc
Engine type Four-valve, four-stroke liquid-cooled single. CVT transmission
Frame type Tubular steel twin-cradle
Fuel capacity 12 litres
Seat height 780mm
Bike weight 214kg
Front suspension None
Rear suspension Preload only
Front brake Twin-piston sliding calipers, 2x 240mm discs
Rear brake 240mm disc with two-piston caliper plus parking brake
Front tyre size 120/70-12
Rear tyre size 130/70-12

Mpg, costs & insurance

Average fuel consumption 60 mpg
Annual road tax £44
Annual service cost £100
New price £4,199
Used price -
Insurance group 7 of 17
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Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage

Top speed & performance

Max power 22 bhp
Max torque 15 ft-lb
Top speed 80 mph
1/4 mile acceleration -
Tank range 150 miles

Model history & versions

Model history

2007-current
Unchanged since launch.

Other versions

MP3 125ie – much the same, but with a 125cc engine that opens the MP3 up to learner riders.
MP3 400ie – Like the 250, but with a much puncher 400cc single. Capable of nearly 100mph with respectable acceleration, but the priciest in the range.

Owners' reviews for the PIAGGIO MP3 250 (2007 - on)

1 owner has reviewed their PIAGGIO MP3 250 (2007 - on) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

Review your PIAGGIO MP3 250 (2007 - on)

Summary of owners' reviews

Overall rating: 4 out of 5 (4/5)
Ride quality & brakes: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Engine: 4 out of 5 (4/5)
Reliability & build quality: 3 out of 5 (3/5)
Value vs rivals: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Equipment: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Annual servicing cost: £100
4 out of 5 2007 PIAGGIO MP3 250
31 December 2015 by Maggie

Version: IE

Year: 2007

Annual servicing cost: £100

Bit heavy in town. braking and handling superb. Feels really stable even on very wet road. Leans like a bike on twisty roads and corners. Upright position is great for my problematic back. Seat is comfortable.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

It's joy to ride at around 55 - 60 on twisty A roads. I can ride for 2 hours without a break. I haven't taken a pillion yet. Is keeping me on longer rides as my back prevents me from riding my Ninja 300 too far these days. Decent enough in London traffic although I find it a little front end heavy. I'm a 5ft 4ins female, size 10 though. Guys would probably not find it so heavy.

Engine 4 out of 5

starts to struggle after 60.

Reliability & build quality 3 out of 5

Exhaust and suspension corrode if left out unattended for a long time. For a scooter with just over 2000 on the clock when I bought it, I had to change the belt and the clutch bell. it had been standing for over a year I was told.

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

Had it serviced when i bought it just to be on the safe side. Cost £100 for the usual oil, brake pads and check over etc.

Equipment 5 out of 5

Great underseat storage. Took enough clothing for a 2 day stay away. Takes a full face helmet, all my rain gear as standard. Big comfy seat

Buying experience: Bought from a very nice guy off EBay. Private. Advertised at £1700. I paid £1500.

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