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Written by Del Fuego    Monday, 07 April 2008 17:10     E-mail
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I am not really sure what job the MP3 is best suited for. It would be a gem for regular motorway commuting,especially in high precipitation areas, so long as you didn’t have to do too much urban traffic warfare and had a good sized parking area available. Then again if you want to make some new friends the MP3 400ie may just be the perfect machine. One final distinct similarity between these two unusual Italians is that they attract very polar opinion; people either love or loath this futuristic looking alien/bug styled contraption. Unfortunately it would seem that the females seem to be opposed to it as a rule which didn’t help me too much… although one wonderful young lady (who I think I will marry) thought it was terribly “cute”. Perhaps that is where the Ferrari will work in your favor?

If you would like a more detailed description click here for the MP3 250 review, the bikes are very similar bar the changes noted above.

Price: United Kingdom £5,049.00: USA $8,699.00:, Europe €7,100.00:, NZ $13,990.00

0-50km/h4.8 Seconds
0-100km/h13.1 Seconds
50-80km/h4.8 Seconds
Fuel Economy 5.2L/100kms - 45MPG
Speedo Accuracy

50kph displayed = 45kph actual - 100kph diplayed = 90kph actual


Very stable, fantastic confidence in the wet, comfortable, excellent stopping, loads of storage space, remote unlocking of storage areas, gets tons of attention, totally unique

Cons:Heavy, hesitation off the line, gets tons of attention, expensive

Fuel Consumption
Value for money
Ease of use
Build quality

Overall Score


Manufacturer Specifications

Max power at shaft 34 bhp (25 Kw) at 7,500 rpm
Max torque37 Nm at 5000 rpm
Engine TypeSingle-cylinder, liquid-cooled fuel-injected four-valve 4-stroke
Cylinder Capacity398.9 cc
Seat height785mm
Dry weight ---
Kerb weight 244KG
Fuel tank capacity12 litres
Transmission‘Twist and go’ automatic CVT, torque server
Storage volumen/a
CoolingWater cooled
Bore X stroke85.8 x 69 mm
Compression ratio10.5 :1
ChassisTwin cradle: Tubes in high tensile steel
Front suspensionParallelogram composed of four aluminium arms supporting two steering tubes, cantilevered suspension – Travel: 85 (mm)
Rear SuspensionTwo dual effect hydraulic shock absorbers and adjustable spring preload – Travel: 110 (mm)
Front brakeTwo stainless steel disks, Ø 240 mm and floating calliper with two pistons, Ø 30 mmn
Rear brakeStainless steel disk, Ø 240 mm and calliper with opposite pistons, Ø 30 mm
Front tyreTubeless 120/70-12” 51P
Rear tyreTubeless 140/70-14” 62P
Length2180 mm
Width745 mm
Wheelbase1550 mm
Max speed (km/hr) 142 km/h
Type approvalEuro3
Consumption (ECE applicable text cycle)(ECE applicable text cycle) 18 km/l
Consumption @km/h - km/l---
Audible Indicatorno
Full helmet storageyes
Glove boxno
Fuel Guageyes
Trip Meteryes
Seat release (via remote control)yes
Seat release (remote, ignition/switch) yes
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written by Warren Litsinger , June 30, 2009
I'm an experienced motorcyclist, but ten years ago I suffered a severe low back injury. Now I'm a sixty year old hobbled-up kid, who just bought a motorhome that has a heavy-duty scooter platform attached, and as I'm about to hit the road, I'd love to haul a two-wheeler piggyback, rather than tow a car. However, therein lies a conundrum; I would shun any smaller bike or scooter, because I'll need to do at least some occasional freeway riding, but I'm not physically capable of wrestling a bike weighing more than 400 lbs.

Enter the MP3. Here, finally, is a machine that can give me the fun of a mid-size motorcycle (OK, without blinding speed, but sure-footed and perfectly safe on the freeway) plus the comfort of a relatively smooth ride and the convenience of fairly copious locked storage. Better yet, the front wheel locking mechanism means I'll be able to park the trike without having to push off with my feet while trying to balance. I can just set the wheel lock and ease the beast into its space (since the wheel lock was thoughtfully designed so that the trike can still be steered while it keeps itself upright.) Best of all, I'll be able simply to ride the trike up onto the RV platform, and ride it back down, without worrying about it falling over, and without stressing my back.

Piaggio has a solid market here, considering the numbers of boomergeezers like me, and many others, who would love to ride but desire an extra measure of safety. The MP3 is more agile than a cruiser, as peppy as most any mid-size scooter, and as capable of touring as any bike in its class. The MP3 400 hits the sweet spot- fun, extremely stable yet not monstrous in size- it still weighs in at under 500 lbs and is shorter but no wider than a small cruiser. As a bonus, it will get around 60 mpg. And it has panache. What's not to love?
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