How many Piaggio MP3 have you bumped into by chance?
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Piaggio MP3 500 2016
Joined: 20 Jun 2017
Posts: 90
Location: Chicago
Tue Jul 25, 2017 9:10 am quote
I am talking about chance meeting during a ride, not scheduled meeting. So far, I haven't managed to bump into anyone riding a Piaggio MP3 yet, and I have done close to 1700 miles, mostly around Chicago
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2016 MP3 500cc Sport ABS
Joined: 01 Dec 2009
Posts: 279
Location: Lombard, Il
Tue Jul 25, 2017 11:10 am quote
3 years of riding in the west Chicago area and I've seen only one so far. I can't wait to bump into my old one (250 cc) that has been sold by my dealer in Downers grove.

5 years in Nashville TN and I've seen 2 different ones...
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1974 Vespa Primavera 125, beater TnG
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Location: Boston, MA
Tue Jul 25, 2017 11:36 am quote
I've never seen one!
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Piaggio MP3 500 2016
Joined: 20 Jun 2017
Posts: 90
Location: Chicago
Tue Jul 25, 2017 12:20 pm quote
reticulum wrote:
3 years of riding in the west Chicago area and I've seen only one so far. I can't wait to bump into my old one (250 cc) that has been sold by my dealer in Downers grove.

5 years in Nashville TN and I've seen 2 different ones...
I rode by south end of Lombard a few times on my way to Morton Arboretum and St Charles. Morton Arboretum is quite a nice ride if you haven't done so already. I am a member.
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Piaggio MP3 500LT
Joined: 20 Mar 2014
Posts: 188
Location: South Wales
Tue Jul 25, 2017 12:46 pm quote
Been to Paris France and bumped in to dozens.

Nearer to home and maybe a dozen around London and 8 between Bristol and Newport UK.
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2009 Piaggio mp3 500ie "Ephie"
Joined: 18 Apr 2012
Posts: 240
Location: Denver CO
Tue Jul 25, 2017 1:38 pm quote
5 odd years in lubbock, zero.
7 months in denver, 2. a 400 and a 250
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MP3 500
Joined: 20 May 2008
Posts: 468
Location: Chicago
Tue Jul 25, 2017 6:33 pm quote
One year in and no MP3 contact at all.
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2017 Ducati Supersport S, 2014 Kawasaki Concours
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Posts: 998
Location: Murrieta, California
Wed Jul 26, 2017 6:24 am quote
I've seen a few here in San Diego County.
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MP3 250 (sold) MP3 500 (current)
Joined: 11 Jul 2008
Posts: 21326
Location: welaka, florida
Wed Jul 26, 2017 7:09 am quote
Back in around 2009 shortly after I got my 250 I was in my driveway working on it and another 250 road right by my house. The house I lived in at the time was in a remote area so it was very odd to see this guy. Then a few years later I saw a 400 in the same neighborhood. Around that same time I was riding home one day and saw another 500 and managed to chase him down. I remember him because he claimed to have over 20,000 miles on his original belt! LOL never saw him again after.

And that's it in 9 years.
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2007 Vespa 250 gts / 1961 Vespa VBA
Joined: 02 Sep 2010
Posts: 958
Location: Chandler, Arizona
Wed Jul 26, 2017 5:09 pm quote
I see one almost everyday on my commute home for over a year now.
We wave if traffic permits.
I do notice the rider decorates the bike for every holiday i.e. - green sparkle garland and a leprechaun cutout on the front grill.
The rider also has a GoPro helmet mounted.
I wonder if they ever think about meeting.
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MP3 250
Joined: 15 Sep 2006
Posts: 139
Location: Boca Raton Fl
Wed Jul 26, 2017 5:28 pm quote
Back in Boston saw 4 or 5 over the years moved to sunny Fl and have only seen 1 in 5 years and that was in a dealership in Fort Lauderdale. It was a special model, a hybrid going to be sent to Isreal to be used as an ambulance
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2009 Piaggio MP3 400
Joined: 22 Jan 2016
Posts: 342
Location: Chandler, AZ
Wed Jul 26, 2017 5:29 pm quote
Haole wrote:
I see one almost everyday on my commute home for over a year now.
We wave if traffic permits.
I do notice the rider decorates the bike for every holiday i.e. - green sparkle garland and a leprechaun cutout on the front grill.
The rider also has a GoPro helmet mounted.
I wonder if they ever think about meeting.
I also live in Chandler, AZ but I haven't come across any MP3 rider yet in the year and a half that I own mine. Maybe one of these days.
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Gilera Fuoco, 1973 Norton Commando 850
Joined: 24 Jan 2014
Posts: 101
Location: Australia
Wed Jul 26, 2017 6:06 pm quote
I've had my Fuoco for almost 9 years and have only seen a handful of MP3's around Melbourne. Our Mobile Intensive Care Ambulance (MICA) paramedics had a few kitted out for use in the congested traffic around the CBD for a couple of years, but they all seem to be retired now; haven't seen one in a few years. Otherwise I've seen two in the last 6 months, but none for a couple of years before that.
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2016 MP3/500 Sport ABS, 2009 MP3/250, 2012 GTS Super 300ie
Joined: 08 Jul 2011
Posts: 4114
Location: Marietta, GA
Thu Jul 27, 2017 4:18 am quote
It's rare these days...
I know about 5 New Ones were sold here in the Atlanta Area.
2 of them left when the purchaser moved.
When I go for a Ride, typically up to the North Georgia Mountains
or do the Telico Corners / Tail of the Dragon Loop.
I have not ran into any for a while.
I still get attacked at Gas Stations both by other Bikers or Cagers to ask "What the Hell is this thing?".

Keith,
Marietta, GA
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2016 mp3 500 sport
Joined: 30 Mar 2012
Posts: 195
Location: San Diego California
Thu Jul 27, 2017 7:08 am quote
spartan1984 wrote:
I've seen a few here in San Diego County.
Here in San Diego, one of our scooter clubs has about 8 mp3s. I think about half of the motorcycles in the USA are here in Southern California. Also, one of the most active Piaggio dealers is here. It's a luxury to live 5 miles away from a dealer that really knows mp3s in and out and has the special tools for it...
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Joined: 27 Oct 2016
Posts: 165
Location: England
Thu Jul 27, 2017 7:35 am quote
Here in London I see mp3 every day.
Outside of London area they are much rarer.
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MP3 500
Joined: 01 Jun 2015
Posts: 65
Location: South Louisiana
Thu Jul 27, 2017 10:37 am quote
5 years @ 65000 miles
I saw one parked at a hospital parking lot and one in the back of a truck.
Not a single one on the road.
Most of the miles are in the Louisiana, Baton Rouge and Clinton area.
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2008 MP2 250 i.e.
Joined: 05 Aug 2014
Posts: 120
Location: Chippewa Lake, MI
Thu Jul 27, 2017 11:10 am quote
I've seen just one Piaggio MP3 in my many years/miles of touring. The owner was sitting on the MP3 overlooking the ocean at Topsail Beach, N.C.
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2016 MP3 500cc Sport ABS
Joined: 01 Dec 2009
Posts: 279
Location: Lombard, Il
Thu Jul 27, 2017 11:14 am quote
greenspam wrote:
reticulum wrote:
3 years of riding in the west Chicago area and I've seen only one so far. I can't wait to bump into my old one (250 cc) that has been sold by my dealer in Downers grove.

5 years in Nashville TN and I've seen 2 different ones...
I rode by south end of Lombard a few times on my way to Morton Arboretum and St Charles. Morton Arboretum is quite a nice ride if you haven't done so already. I am a member.
I'm not a member but I did it with my bicycle. Being a member is a plus when I see how much they charge you to get in .

Next time you are in the area, you should stop by to Lombard.
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2016 Piaggio MP3 500 ABS Sport
Joined: 01 Aug 2012
Posts: 37
Location: Toronto, ON
Thu Jul 27, 2017 6:31 pm quote
Next to zero fellow 2016 500 ABS/ASR's here in Toronto, Canada.

Maybe 20-30 250s and 2-3 early 500s, but very few modern 500s. These bikes are the "odd bunch" in Toronto.

We have lots of low 'cc' Vespas/Piaggios and even more sub-150 'cc' Euro/Chinese bikes, but the big trend is electric or sub 100 cc (50 cc).

The scourge of our city is the electric bikes ("DUI wheels" for people who have had DUI and can't drive). They are everywhere and are very unsafe because they are unlicensed because they have "pedals" and are considered bikes. No license = very unsafe drivers.
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2007 Vespa 250 gts / 1961 Vespa VBA
Joined: 02 Sep 2010
Posts: 958
Location: Chandler, Arizona
Thu Jul 27, 2017 10:11 pm quote
Volusiano wrote:
Haole wrote:
I see one almost everyday on my commute home for over a year now.
We wave if traffic permits.
I do notice the rider decorates the bike for every holiday i.e. - green sparkle garland and a leprechaun cutout on the front grill.
The rider also has a GoPro helmet mounted.
I wonder if they ever think about meeting.
I also live in Chandler, AZ but I haven't come across any MP3 rider yet in the year and a half that I own mine. Maybe one of these days.
I'm at Ray & Cooper, I'll look out for you!
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MP3 500, GTS 250 (both 2008 MY), 2010 Can Am Spyder RT-S, 2012 Honda NC700 DCT
Joined: 02 Mar 2013
Posts: 4771
Location: Madison, Wisconsin
Sun Jul 30, 2017 4:39 am quote
Wow, I guess I feel fortunate to have seen one in the wild a couple of years back. It was funny how we both waved vigorously to each other, and the other guy wanted me to pull into a gas station but I was in a hurry at the time.


Oh well.
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2008 MP3 400
Joined: 16 Aug 2008
Posts: 73
Location: Glen Allan, Ontario
Thu Aug 03, 2017 2:03 pm quote
My son and I both have MP3's; his is a 2009 500, mine is a 2008 400.
He lives in Kitchener ON and I live in a rural hamlet 30 minutes further north.
I met a 400 owner by chance about 3 years ago in the nearby city of Cambridge, but aside from that, haven't seen any others in this area or on our tours farther out.

Our excellent service is with Toronto Vespa when needed.
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2017 Vespa GTV 300, 2017 BMW C650GT
Joined: 21 May 2017
Posts: 3052
Location: Downtown Toronto
Thu Aug 03, 2017 2:09 pm quote
DennisL wrote:
My son and I both have MP3's; his is a 2009 500, mine is a 2008 400.
He lives in Kitchener ON and I live in a rural hamlet 30 minutes further north.
I met a 400 owner by chance about 3 years ago in the nearby city of Cambridge, but aside from that, haven't seen any others in this area or on our tours farther out.

Our excellent service is with Toronto Vespa when needed.
Just want to say that yes, Lou is awesome and I hope he gets a chance to relax a bit in the winter!

I see a few MP3's in the downtown core where I live and they do look like a lot of fun to ride. Next year I'm going o step up to a higher CC bike for touring but will probably go with the BMW 650 scoot. But then again I may wind up buying something from Vespa Toronto West because of the service.
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2015 MP3 500 Lt Abs/Asr
Joined: 06 Oct 2012
Posts: 776
Location: Paris - France
Thu Aug 03, 2017 2:16 pm quote
To be sure to see a lot, Come to Paris
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Scarabeo 500GT(hers), `07 250 MP3, `09 400 MP3
Joined: 13 Oct 2008
Posts: 2592
Location: Kingman, Az.
Sat Aug 05, 2017 11:27 am quote
I've had MP3s for 9 years now and other than the 1 I bought from OAD can't remember seeing another 1(his 500) since in use. But 2 days ago on Rte. 66 where I live off of I saw 3 black Polaris Slingshots all in a row coming the other way. So 4 trikes passed each other. I waved and only 1 of them waved back. They were down low and I seemed up high compared to them.

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MP3 500, GTS 250 (both 2008 MY), 2010 Can Am Spyder RT-S, 2012 Honda NC700 DCT
Joined: 02 Mar 2013
Posts: 4771
Location: Madison, Wisconsin
Sat Aug 05, 2017 1:06 pm quote
On further reflection, I did see a second one in Rockford, Illinois. Pretty sure it was Luthorhuss. Sort of hard to miss that bright orange....
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Piaggio MP3 500 2016
Joined: 20 Jun 2017
Posts: 90
Location: Chicago
Sat Aug 05, 2017 3:13 pm quote
I saw 1 today!
In Lakeview neighborhood in Chicago, on Southport Ave 2 blocks north of Fullerton I think. It was parked. Same color as mine even! No rider in sight unfortunately!

I was on my way to get a haircut on my MP3.

May be it's someone here?
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Gilera Fuoco 500ie
Joined: 11 Oct 2009
Posts: 3970
Location: Netherlands Zwolle
Sun Aug 06, 2017 4:01 am quote
100 add once ad the anual piaggio benelux ride
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Scarabeo 500GT(hers), `07 250 MP3, `09 400 MP3
Joined: 13 Oct 2008
Posts: 2592
Location: Kingman, Az.
Sun Aug 06, 2017 10:05 pm quote
Maksor wrote:
100 add once ad the anual piaggio benelux ride
I've heard France has more MP3 riders than any other country. What say you?
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Gilera Fuoco 500ie
Joined: 11 Oct 2009
Posts: 3970
Location: Netherlands Zwolle
Wed Aug 09, 2017 3:11 am quote
well the netherlands isn't that big but in france you see them only in the bigger cities Paris bordeaux lyon and zo on

in ther netherlands you see them everywhere

and i think if you look at the population there are more in the netherlands with 17.000.000 against 66.900.000 inhabitants
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MP3 500 Sport ASR/ABS, Honda PCX, Lambretta LI 150
Joined: 15 May 2008
Posts: 101
Location: West Yorkshire, GB
Thu Aug 10, 2017 9:19 am quote
I nice guy was waiting for me returning to my MP3 in a small town in North Yorks today.
We spoke for about 20 minutes.
He was on an identical bike just one year newer.
It's taken nearly 9 years of riding two MP3's to make a contact.
Hope to see him on this site soon!
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Midnight Blue MP3 400
Joined: 25 Aug 2007
Posts: 3685
Location: El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora Reina de los Ángeles sobre el Río Porciúncula
Wed Aug 16, 2017 11:10 am quote
This morning I saw a 250 at the corner of Wilshire and Doheny in Beverly Hills. I had just parked mine down the street. I wanted to jump up and down and wave, but that would just have been silly.

To give you an idea of what this corner is like, I just saw two Bentleys in a row followed by a Porsche Carrera. Maseratis are too common to be remarkable, and every other car is a BMW or an Audi.
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2016 MP3/500 Sport ABS, 2009 MP3/250, 2012 GTS Super 300ie
Joined: 08 Jul 2011
Posts: 4114
Location: Marietta, GA
Wed Aug 16, 2017 11:16 am quote
mpfrank wrote:
This morning I saw a 250 at the corner of Wilshire and Doheny in Beverly Hills. I had just parked mine down the street. I wanted to jump up and down and wave, but that would just have been silly.

To give you an idea of what this corner is like, I just saw two Bentleys in a row followed by a Porsche Carrera. Maseratis are too common to be remarkable, and every other car is a BMW or an Audi.
Buy a Lottery Ticket...

Keith,
Marietta, GA
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MP3 500, GTS 250 (both 2008 MY), 2010 Can Am Spyder RT-S, 2012 Honda NC700 DCT
Joined: 02 Mar 2013
Posts: 4771
Location: Madison, Wisconsin
Wed Aug 16, 2017 11:50 am quote
Just saw my third in the wild, close to home.
Looked to be an auburn/burgundy sort of color MP3 400.
Riding up Marsh Road in McFarland WI.


You out there?

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2016 MP3 500cc Sport ABS
Joined: 01 Dec 2009
Posts: 279
Location: Lombard, Il
Fri Sep 22, 2017 5:52 am quote
Just saw this one in Chicago this morning

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Piaggio MP3 500LT
Joined: 20 Mar 2014
Posts: 188
Location: South Wales
Fri Sep 22, 2017 11:18 am quote
They must be multiplying.

I work in Bristol United Kingdom. Popped out for lunch yesterday day and saw two within 5 minutes.
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Piaggio MP3 500 2016
Joined: 20 Jun 2017
Posts: 90
Location: Chicago
Fri Sep 22, 2017 3:09 pm quote
reticulum wrote:
Just saw this one in Chicago this morning
Don't recognize the neighborhood. Wonder if he's on here.
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piaggio mp3
Joined: 30 Sep 2017
Posts: 2
Location: Texas, USA
Sat Sep 30, 2017 1:26 pm quote
I have a piaggio mp3
Olestra wrote:
5 odd years in lubbock, zero.
7 months in denver, 2. a 400 and a 250
I am in Lubbock and I just got one on 09/25/2017, so they are out there
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2016 Piaggio MP3 500, 2018 Piaggio Liberty 150s
Joined: 25 May 2012
Posts: 74
Location: Wisconsin
Wed Oct 04, 2017 9:09 am quote
Two in the last 3 years. A black and a silver.
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