Using MP3 500 as a courier
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Wed Jun 10, 2020 2:03 pm quote
Hello everybody. New poster here

I have a 2016 MP3 that Iíve started using for my work as a Courier. I have been delivering food for the last six weeks about 40 hours a week of driving. The last six weeks Iíve probably logged in close to 2500 miles. Iíve been making good money being able to avoid traffic and always parking in front of the restaurants, also the cheap gas but Iím finding that at this pace Iím going to be spending a ton on maintenance. Maybe every six weeks major maintenance in the $800 range for my Bay Area. Is there anybody in this form that uses the MP3 for work
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Wed Jun 10, 2020 2:27 pm quote
You should bite the bullet and do the maintenance yourself. About the only time you might want the shop to do something for you is to change the tyres - but if you take the wheels off and take them in they may well do them while you wait rather than make an appointment for lift time, and it'll be a darn sight cheaper.

Belt, rollers, oil change are all easily done - the first time is always a bit intimidating, but watch the videos, read the manuals, buy the few tools needed and you'll save tons compared to shop time and shop parts mark-up.

You'll get loads of encouragement from members here. and there may well be someone near to you who can help out at first.

I always thought of the MP3 as an ideal courier bike.

Manuals here:
https://manuals.wotmeworry.org.uk/Piaggio/Piaggio%20MP3/
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Wed Jun 10, 2020 2:36 pm quote
+1

What he said.

Everyone does everything they ever do for the first time, once.
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Thu Jun 11, 2020 2:03 am quote
The hardest thing will be replacing the steering bearings.
Up to 6 hours work every 10k miles from my experience.
If you not technical could be an impossible job.
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Thu Jun 11, 2020 3:02 am quote
Brasseye wrote:
The hardest thing will be replacing the steering bearings.
Up to 6 hours work every 10k miles from my experience.
If you not technical could be an impossible job.
I guess I"m lucky. Never replaced my steering bearings in ~46,000 miles.
Though you bring a good point; I grease mine every 10,000 miles or so..

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Piaggio MP3 ie 400
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Fri Jun 12, 2020 4:03 am quote
Re: Using MP3 500 as a courier
Changokid wrote:
Hello everybody. New poster here

I have a 2016 MP3 that Iíve started using for my work as a Courier. I have been delivering food for the last six weeks about 40 hours a week of driving. The last six weeks Iíve probably logged in close to 2500 miles. Iíve been making good money being able to avoid traffic and always parking in front of the restaurants, also the cheap gas but Iím finding that at this pace Iím going to be spending a ton on maintenance. Maybe every six weeks major maintenance in the $800 range for my Bay Area. Is there anybody in this form that uses the MP3 for work
These scooters are high maintenance (changing two wheels instead of one at the front, so same for brakes - double), so you can consider them as luxury scooters, the maintenance is costly, but as jimc stated you can do some things yourself, what I suggest is to do the simple things as you don't have experience and then start doing more as you become more competent and some things even if you know how, make sure there is someone professional with you or leave it to them, I do the changing of oil, oil filter, spark plug and air filter, then when changing the brake pads, there is someone professional with me when I do it, but for the steering bearings I will give it to the dealer, just remember one point, saving money is good but not on the expense of your life, you are riding this scooter and your life depends on it. I am sure you were not planning to use it as courier but on the other hand, this is a temp situation so it will not be for long so you can afford to pay during this time, if you think you will be doing this for longer time, maybe consider to get a Yamaha Majesty or similar set of wheels, good luck.
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Fri Jun 12, 2020 3:42 pm quote
Having done many years as a courier I can tell you now you need a cheaper to maintain bike and you need to do as much maintenance yourself.

A big wheeled scoot or mc is best. You don't need to change tyres as often.
Something very common with cheap plentiful spares and used parts readily available.
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2008 MP3 500
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Thu Jun 18, 2020 4:22 am quote
Re: Using MP3 500 as a courier
Changokid wrote:
Hello everybody. New poster here

I have a 2016 MP3 that Iíve started using for my work as a Courier. I have been delivering food for the last six weeks about 40 hours a week of driving. The last six weeks Iíve probably logged in close to 2500 miles. Iíve been making good money being able to avoid traffic and always parking in front of the restaurants, also the cheap gas but Iím finding that at this pace Iím going to be spending a ton on maintenance. Maybe every six weeks major maintenance in the $800 range for my Bay Area. Is there anybody in this form that uses the MP3 for work
Hey ChangoKid! I'm up in the north bay area. Don't use the MP3 much for work, but the first things I did when I got it used was replace the oil/oil filter/air filter/hub oil, etc. Had to replace a leaky tire valve (interesting experience), and next will probably be either brakes or spark plugs. I've worked on cars quite a bit, and these are easier. I could show you how to do your own maintenance if you'd like! Save $$$
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Tue Jul 14, 2020 2:08 am quote
All of these Gentlemen are correct about how easy it is to do Service and maintenance on these Beasts,but keep in mind that you will need certain tools to do said Services and maintnance. The tools are not too expensive and you find a whole lot of help on this Forum.We will all be glad to help
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Piaggio MP3 500LT
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Tue Jul 14, 2020 4:17 am quote
Would only use the 500 for short journeys. Was using mine for a 60 mile round trip for work t days a week so approx 15000 miles a year.and it took it's toll.

Used to do brakes, tyres and belts myself but when the regulator (think that's what it's called) packed up meaning the battery wouldn't charge things started getting expensive.
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Tue Jul 14, 2020 9:19 am quote
why a regulater isn't that expensive

25 bucks on Aliexpress and OEM about 65.- its plug and play
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2009 MP3 500 Sport (Gilera Fuoco)
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Tue Jul 14, 2020 1:16 pm quote
I use my MP3 for deliveries too! Sorry I have nothing to add to the discussion but it's definitely a lot of fun and super profitable. Glad to see someone else doing this!
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2016 MP3 500 Sport
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Fri Jul 31, 2020 12:44 pm quote
Be aware of the clutch overheating issue
I found out the hard way MP3s really don't like getting stuck in stop and go traffic and really, really don't like getting stuck in stop and go traffic going up any kind of hill. I smoked the clutch pads and bell housing after just two 20 minute stop and go episodes. (It also put the equivalent of about 2000 miles of wear on my belt.) Now I just pull over or change routes when I can see the traffic is severely backed up. As long as you can keep moving even a little you will not have a problem. As was pointed out to me on the forum at the time, there is a caution about this issue in the owner's manual.
Otherwise, I agree with the other posts that an MP3 should be great for courier/delivery use as long as you can do most scheduled maintenance yourself.
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Sat Aug 01, 2020 5:10 pm quote
Re: Be aware of the clutch overheating issue
SteveB77 wrote:
I found out the hard way MP3s really don't like getting stuck in stop and go traffic and really, really don't like getting stuck in stop and go traffic going up any kind of hill. I smoked the clutch pads and bell housing after just two 20 minute stop and go episodes. (It also put the equivalent of about 2000 miles of wear on my belt.) Now I just pull over or change routes when I can see the traffic is severely backed up. As long as you can keep moving even a little you will not have a problem. As was pointed out to me on the forum at the time, there is a caution about this issue in the owner's manual.
Otherwise, I agree with the other posts that an MP3 should be great for courier/delivery use as long as you can do most scheduled maintenance yourself.
That's another reason why filtering (or lane splitting) should be legal in the rest of the 49 states where it currently isn't.
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