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Motorcycle insurance bargains: Piaggio MP3 250

Motorcycle insurance costs are an important consideration for any bike buyer. That's why MCN is highlighting some of the best cheap-to-insure motorcycles out there. This time it's the Piaggio MP3 250.                                   

Insurance group: 7
Engine: 244cc 4v single
Power: 22.5bhp
Top speed: 80mph 
Weight: 214kg                  

The Piaggio MP3 is mind-bending – not because of its speed, but because of how much confidence an extra front wheel affords. The MP3 series opened motorcycling up to a new, safety-conscious commuter audience who wouldn’t ride a conventional bike. Plus it's only group 7 to insure. 

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. 

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.

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.

MCN verdict

Handling

4/5

Engine

2/5

Reliability

2/5

Value

3/5

OVERALL

4/5

 

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