PIAGGIO MP3 LT 300 YOURBAN (2011 - on) Review
At a glance
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Overall ratingNext up: Ride & brakes
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.
Ride quality & brakesNext up: Engine
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.
EngineNext up: Reliability
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.
Reliability & build qualityNext up: Value
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 vs rivalsNext up: Equipment
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.
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.
|Engine type||Liquid-cooled, single cylinder, 4 stroke, 4 valve, SOHC|
|Frame type||Steel double cradle|
|Fuel capacity||10.8 litres|
|Front suspension||Articulated quadrilateral with independent shock absorbers|
|Rear suspension||Twin rear shocks with preload adjustment|
|Front brake||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|
Mpg, costs & insurance
|Average fuel consumption||80 mpg|
|Annual road tax||£44|
|Annual service cost||-|
|Used price||£4,000 - £5,500|
How much to insure?
|Warranty term||Two year unlimited mileage|
Top speed & performance
|Max power||23 bhp|
|Max torque||24 ft-lb|
|Top speed||70 mph|
|1/4 mile acceleration||-|
|Tank range||195 miles|
Model history & versions
Owners' reviews for the PIAGGIO MP3 LT 300 (2011 - on)
2 owners have reviewed their PIAGGIO MP3 LT 300 (2011 - 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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Version: Yourban Sport
A great bike you can ride with a driver’s licence
Absorbs potholes very well
Good performance and acceleration
No heater grips
Buying experience: 2nd hand from dealer
Version: Yourban LT300ie Brought and ridden in Spain
Best - stability Worst - heavy, reliability
Good for journeys up to 1-2 hours
When working,good performance. However it has had new - spark plug, pipe plug, petrol pump, electronic step by step unit, lambda probe, injector. The electronics have been remapped. Despite all this it still cuts out!!
Since new the engine has a habit of cutting out. Can be very dangerous if travelling at speed in traffic. Bought in April 2015 and still no fix. Had numerous new parts but nothing works. Piaggio HQ in Italy are a waste of time just make you even more angry!!
Only covered 1200km due to breakdowns and time spent in the garage, so don't know costs yet. Hope I never do as I can't wait to get rid of it. I never want anything to do with Piaggio again.
Locking suspension is excellent especially when pushing around. Headlights are also good
Buying experience: Bought new from a shop in Spain. Buying experience was very good and was very pleased for about a week. Then the problems began.Price paid 6,400 euro