PIAGGIO MP3 LT 300 YOURBAN (2011 - on) Review

At a glance

Owners' reliability rating: 3 out of 5 (3/5)
Power: 23 bhp
Seat height: Low (30.7 in / 780 mm)
Weight: Medium (465 lbs / 211 kg)

Prices

New £5,699
Used £4,000 - £5,500

Overall rating

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

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 & brakes

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

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.

Engine

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

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 quality

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

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 rivals

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

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.

Equipment

4 out of 5 (4/5)

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.

Specs

Engine size 278cc
Engine type Liquid-cooled, single cylinder, 4 stroke, 4 valve, SOHC
Frame type Steel double cradle
Fuel capacity 10.8 litres
Seat height 780mm
Bike weight 211kg
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 -
New price £5,699
Used price £4,000 - £5,500
Insurance group -
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

Model history

2009 Piaggio MP3 LT

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.

Review your PIAGGIO MP3 LT 300 (2011 - on)

Summary of owners' reviews

Overall rating: 3 out of 5 (3/5)
Ride quality & brakes: 4 out of 5 (4/5)
Engine: 4 out of 5 (4/5)
Reliability & build quality: 3 out of 5 (3/5)
Value vs rivals: 4 out of 5 (4/5)
Equipment: 4 out of 5 (4/5)
5 out of 5
08 December 2018 by Mark

Version: Yourban Sport

Year: 2014

A great bike you can ride with a driver’s licence

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5

Absorbs potholes very well

Engine 5 out of 5

Good performance and acceleration

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5

No heater grips

Buying experience: 2nd hand from dealer

1 out of 5 Wish I had a good one!!
21 March 2016 by AndyR

Version: Yourban LT300ie Brought and ridden in Spain

Year: 2015

Best - stability Worst - heavy, reliability

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5

Good for journeys up to 1-2 hours

Engine 3 out of 5

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!!

Reliability & build quality 1 out of 5

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!!

Value vs rivals 3 out of 5

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.

Equipment 4 out of 5

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

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