Getting rid of the mp3 today
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MP 3
Joined: 07 Sep 2018
Posts: 11
Location: St. Paul, IN
Sat May 11, 2019 5:21 am quote
Little background... Bought the mp3 back in September of '18.
After hours socializing with some buddies at the local Vespa dealership.We were just tire kickin' and bs-ing ... talked mp3, we asked "how much?", he threw out a number, I said "sure, I'll take it". I got a bunch of bikes, 1 more wont hurt.
Took it home, rode it 1 Sunday afternoon for maybe 100mi.Seemed ok. Put it under a tarp in the garage and forgot about it.
Fast Forward to a couple weeks ago- buddies are getting a trip together for Thunder Beach( Panama City Beach, FL.) So I think it'd be a good chance to wring it out. Trailered bikes down, rode about 600mi in 3 days in FL.
It kept up fine, had plenty of zip. Was a dream in town(not having to shift).
About 60mpg. But!!! That was my problem...my butt! That last day I was raw-even with an air-hawk.
It just doesn't fit me. It'd be fine for jazzin' around on short runs- but for me and 12 hours in the saddle- nope.
Things that bugged me- well this is America, MPH please not Km. That dashboard! Harder than Chinese arithmatic to navigate. ECO mode-whats that for? Nursing Home Parking Lots? A nanny minder that tells you how fast it's been?
Then theres the "notch, airbox oil, fuzzy washers, super sliders and on and on and on.... to much for this old guy. It's a great machine, NOT sorry I bought it- but it's going to a new home and I'm going to a GTS300 for scooter stuff. I guess I learned scooters AIN'T motorcycles- but BOTH are sure as heck fun!
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Modded Vespa 2017 GTV 300, BMW 2017 C650GT, Ural 2019 Gear Up
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Location: Downtown Toronto
Sat May 11, 2019 5:44 am quote
Sorry it didn't work out for you but they aren't for everyone. About your last line. If you ever do want a scooter that is more motorcycle than scooter try the BMW C650GT. It's a step through and a CVT tranny but the scooter part stops there. I bought it because I wanted a touring bike for the freeway and something with lots of storage but did want to have to change gears as I live in the city. It's a comfortable ride and will hold 80 MPH all day long with about 40 MPH left on the throttle.

I do think the MP3 would be a fun bike to have in the stable. If I ever come across when for a great deal when I retire I may pick one up just for fun.
Hooked
Piaggio MP3 500 2016
Joined: 20 Jun 2017
Posts: 104
Location: Chicago
Sat May 11, 2019 7:49 pm quote
Sounds like you need a gel seat if your bud hurts.
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MP 3
Joined: 07 Sep 2018
Posts: 11
Location: St. Paul, IN
Sun May 12, 2019 8:45 am quote
Down at thunder beach they had vendors that would do gel-seats . Thought about it, but I think I'd already decided it was gonna get a new home.
Molto Verboso
2009 GTS 250, 2013 Buddy 125, 2014 Triumph Bonneville
Joined: 23 Apr 2016
Posts: 1692
Location: North Jersey
Sun May 12, 2019 9:43 am quote
I can understand your decision. I too got fed up with the MP3's "quirks".
But I have to say, it's impossible to find a seat you can sit on for 12 hours and still feel great. And if you're older, er, of a certain age, 12 hours ain't fun. Other things will start to hurt besides your butt.
Hooked
2016 mp3 500 sport
Joined: 30 Mar 2012
Posts: 207
Location: San Diego California
Mon May 13, 2019 2:36 pm quote
Nobody can deny that the mp3 is full of quirks. It can't match the Japanese for reliability and performance. Why would anyone want one?

I've wondered this over the years and all I can say is that there is nothing like it.....
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MP 3
Joined: 07 Sep 2018
Posts: 11
Location: St. Paul, IN
Mon May 13, 2019 5:40 pm quote
I'm not sorry at all that I bought it.
It's a great ride just not for me.
Which reminds me of a joke...
What's a fat girl and a scooter have in common?
You don't want your friends to see you ridin' one. Bada bing!
Ossessionato
2016 MP3/500 Sport ABS, 2009 MP3/250, 2012 GTS Super 300ie
Joined: 08 Jul 2011
Posts: 4193
Location: Marietta, GA
Tue May 14, 2019 6:17 am quote
I have a few...
The GTS/300 is a good choice. Love mine, but don't use on Long Trips.

I still have my MP3/500 Sport, but don't use it as much as the MP3/250 (My GoTo Bike) or GTS/300 for around town.
Keeping the Miles Low on the MP3/500 to possibly trade at some point, just don't know.. I have bought every accessory you can get for it.

The Oil Blow has always bothered me prior to purchase, then when my Dealer told me...
Oh, that was fixed on the New 2016 ABS, and found out later...
It's still a Problem; that sort of Pissed me Off...
I have multiple friends Dump their 500's because of it.

Did you look at the BV/350?
That may have been a better choice for a better Highway Ride.

Good Luck,
Keith
Marietta, GA
Hooked
2016 mp3 500 sport
Joined: 30 Mar 2012
Posts: 207
Location: San Diego California
Tue May 14, 2019 7:35 am quote
Klaborde: It's been 2 years now that I have been doing your rule of fives on my 2016 500. It used very little oil and none out the airbox in all that time, mileage now is approx. 7,500. I can live with that quirk.....
Ossessionato
2016 MP3/500 Sport ABS, 2009 MP3/250, 2012 GTS Super 300ie
Joined: 08 Jul 2011
Posts: 4193
Location: Marietta, GA
Tue May 14, 2019 10:12 am quote
jfolander wrote:
Klaborde: It's been 2 years now that I have been doing your rule of fives on my 2016 500. It used very little oil and none out the airbox in all that time, mileage now is approx. 7,500. I can live with that quirk.....
Glad to hear its working out for you.
Same for me, but I use my 500 more of a commuter around town.

Keith
Marietta, GA
Member
MP 3
Joined: 07 Sep 2018
Posts: 11
Location: St. Paul, IN
Tue May 14, 2019 11:03 am quote
Here's the new one!
Predictably fun to ride!

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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: 5229
Location: Madison, Wisconsin
Tue May 14, 2019 1:14 pm quote
G192127 wrote:
What's a fat girl and a scooter have in common?
You don't want your friends to see you ridin' one. Bada bing!
I don't get it.
Hooked
Piaggio MP3 500
Joined: 21 Nov 2017
Posts: 176
Location: Austin, TX
Tue May 14, 2019 2:45 pm quote
I usually close the blinds so my "friends" don't see, just sayin'.

Anyway, I've been using two of the rules of 5's since my engine rebuild, and USING 93+ OCTANE FUEL FROM TOP TIER STATIONS!!! and I also have no oil blow at all. I have had many 100 mile stretches of 70+ mph runs at >5000 RPM. The cracked piston lands that cause the oil blow are primarily from detonation, which often comes from using too low octane or a buildup of carbon, according to many sources on the interweb.
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63 GS160 / GT60 (X2)/ ET4 (X2)/ ET2/ 78 P200/ 67 Sprint/ 09 GTS/ 03 Ruckus/ 13 946/ 16 Prima 70/ 15 Sprint
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Tue May 14, 2019 3:47 pm quote
Madison Sully wrote:
G192127 wrote:
What's a fat girl and a scooter have in common?
You don't want your friends to see you ridin' one. Bada bing!
I don't get it.
Itís actually not funny, thatís why. Itís 2019 and weíve had plenty of time to evolve enough as humans to know body shaming is no longer a punch line.

SDG
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GTS 300ABS, Buddy 125, Typhoon 125
Joined: 29 Dec 2007
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Location: Oregon City, OR
Thu May 16, 2019 9:16 am quote
SDG wrote:
Madison Sully wrote:
I don't get it.
Itís actually not funny, thatís why. Itís 2019 and weíve had plenty of time to evolve enough as humans to know body shaming is no longer a punch line.
Not to mention "scooter shaming".
Hooked
MP3 hpe 500 sport Advanced " Missy "
Joined: 21 Dec 2018
Posts: 172
Location: west Germany
Thu May 23, 2019 2:22 pm quote
This I beleave is a descussion that is beginning to go way beyond normal.
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