Good day! Is this the place to introduce myself?
Anyway, I am a recent convert to the joy of an MP3 after riding motorbikes of all descriptions for 65+ years. As I am approaching 'mature age' at 78, I feel something a little more 'sedate' may be appropriate.
I found a lovely 2008 vintage MP3 with just 6700km ridden. After standing for many years this machine was a little 'sluggish'. First thing I did was give it a good service, paying attention to the usual 'filters and fluids'. A new rear tyre was also called for, which introduced me to the concept of 'Italian design' that seems to conspire to make things as complicated as possible! Don't MP3's get rear wheel punctures? Maybe slip over the border to Munich and get some tips on good design!
My scoot also had difficulty with maintaining idle speed, which appears to be a common problem. (That is how I found this forum). I tried the easy fix first, namely replace the stale petrol with fresh 95 octane, with a dash of injector nozzle cleaner, and wash the air filter. The filter pad was heavily impregnated with some sticky goo not unlike syrup that had fouled the air intake tube with black tar-like gunk that was difficult and messy to clean out.
Now the motor runs sweetly and consistently (a bit clattery though - valve clearance too wide perhaps?) and no longer cuts out every time I stop. The yellow engine icon still keeps winking at me. Why?
Overall I find the MP3 fun to ride, although not as well balanced as a regular motorcycle, probably because of all that heavy hardware up front which tends to make it feel somewhat top heavy. I do love that 'look ma, no feet on the ground' feature that tends to flummox people in their cars. Happy riding!