MP3 250 14" rear tire??
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2010 MP3 250, 2009 BV250
Joined: 26 Nov 2019
Posts: 16
Location: Michigan, USA
Sun Aug 02, 2020 7:40 pm quote
Hi all, I have a 2010 MP3 250. Much to my surprise, it has a 140/60-14 rear tire. From the owners manual and the shop manual I was expecting a 12" rear tire. Is the manual wrong? Or did the Dreaded Previous Owner do something strange? Or...?

More details if it matters: It has 12" front tires.
The rear is a Pirelli Demon which is squared off after about 30,000km. Plus the DPO over-filled the rear drive oil and it has puked all over the tire. So the tire is clearly in need of replacement -- worn square, 10 years old, and oiled up. But before I order a new one I'd like to understand why the size is so different from what I expected.

Thanks!
Hooked
2009 MP3 400, 2004 Honda ST1300
Joined: 11 Jun 2007
Posts: 254
Location: Sayre, PA
Mon Aug 03, 2020 2:23 am quote
May have been upgraded to the 14". Same as the 400's and 500's That's not a bad thing. The MP3's are hard on rear tires and the 14" will last longer.
Hooked
2010 MP3 250 (sold), CTX700D
Joined: 30 Apr 2011
Posts: 128
Location: Lake Wylie, SC
Mon Aug 03, 2020 3:33 am quote
the Lovely Wife and I owned two 2010 mp3s. They had the 14 inch rears. What you have is stock.

I forget what year they went from 12 to 14, but I'm glad we had the 14s.

Kilo
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Piaggio MP3 ie 400
Joined: 01 Jul 2017
Posts: 94
Location: Sydney
Mon Aug 03, 2020 4:41 am quote
Re: MP3 250 14" rear tire??
ErikK wrote:
Hi all, I have a 2010 MP3 250. Much to my surprise, it has a 140/60-14 rear tire. From the owners manual and the shop manual I was expecting a 12" rear tire. Is the manual wrong? Or did the Dreaded Previous Owner do something strange? Or...?

More details if it matters: It has 12" front tires.
The rear is a Pirelli Demon which is squared off after about 30,000km. Plus the DPO over-filled the rear drive oil and it has puked all over the tire. So the tire is clearly in need of replacement -- worn square, 10 years old, and oiled up. But before I order a new one I'd like to understand why the size is so different from what I expected.

Thanks!
You got your answers, but what I can add is that check what year the manual relates to, that way you may be reading the wrong manual if you obtained separately than the MP3.
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MP3 250 & T Max
Joined: 27 Feb 2014
Posts: 58
Location: Auckland,New Zealand
Mon Aug 03, 2020 2:27 pm quote
Going to a 14' on the rear. More comfort,more speed per rpm,extra grip, probably a bit more mpg-not that you'd notice. Been very pleased with Michelin City Grip 140/60-14.
A+ all round
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2010 MP3 250, 2009 BV250
Joined: 26 Nov 2019
Posts: 16
Location: Michigan, USA
Mon Aug 03, 2020 7:00 pm quote
Thanks all! Yes the bike did not come with manuals, I got them online, so they may be for different years. I didn't know it mattered...
And yes if I had the choice I would prefer the larger rear wheel and tire, so all is good.
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MP3 250 & T Max
Joined: 27 Feb 2014
Posts: 58
Location: Auckland,New Zealand
Mon Aug 03, 2020 10:03 pm quote
I converted mine from 12" after reading how here on MV.
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