PIAGGIO MP3 250 (2007 - on) Review
At a glance
|Owners' reliability rating:|
|Annual servicing cost:||£100|
Overall ratingNext up: Ride & brakes
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 & brakesNext up: Engine
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.
EngineNext up: Reliability
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 qualityNext up: Value
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 rivalsNext up: Equipment
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.
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.
|Engine type||Four-valve, four-stroke liquid-cooled single. CVT transmission|
|Frame type||Tubular steel twin-cradle|
|Fuel capacity||12 litres|
|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|
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How much to insure?
|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
Unchanged since launch.
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.
Summary of owners' reviews
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|Reliability & build quality:|
|Value vs rivals:|
|Annual servicing cost:||£100|
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.
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.
starts to struggle after 60.
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.
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.
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.