Yamaha Niken...why?
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Thu Feb 13, 2020 8:48 am quote
old as dirt wrote:
Bill Dog wrote:
I think one of the few downsides of this bike is that when the owner comes to sell it I doubt there will be many takers.

It's also going to be really hard to value.

Bill x
can't hardly find used ones, I have been looking. The few that do come up are priced as high as a new one.
Rode my MP3 400 for 4 years. Sold it for about $200.00 less than I purchased it. It left, complete with the autographced back seat cover I received from Old as Dirt.

It was sold to a Doctor in Oak Park Il, who wanted it to ride back and forth to the hospital.

Not bad in my book. the MP3 400s, faster than the 250s and more nimble than the 500s.

Again, as I state about all my rides, "I wish I had kept it".
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Thu Feb 13, 2020 9:41 am quote
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Belkwinith wrote:
old as dirt wrote:
Bill Dog wrote:
I think one of the few downsides of this bike is that when the owner comes to sell it I doubt there will be many takers.

It's also going to be really hard to value.

Bill x
can't hardly find used ones, I have been looking. The few that do come up are priced as high as a new one.
Rode my MP3 400 for 4 years. Sold it for about $200.00 less than I purchased it. It left, complete with the autographced back seat cover I received from Old as Dirt.

It was sold to a Doctor in Oak Park Il, who wanted it to ride back and forth to the hospital.

Not bad in my book. the MP3 400s, faster than the 250s and more nimble than the 500s.

Again, as I state about all my rides, "I wish I had kept it".
How is that? The motor is the same block as the 500, so they are the same weight. Only difference is the 500 has more HP and different plastic depending on the year.
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Thu Feb 13, 2020 9:50 am quote
This popped up yesterday on my email feed.

https://www.motorcycleclassics.com/classic-japanese-motorcycles/classic-yamaha-motorcycles/1993-yamaha-gts1000-zmwz20mazhur?utm_source=wcemail&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=MCC%20eNews%2002.13.20&utm_term=MCC_eNewsAll%20Subscribers&_wcsid=CE0FA5757DB0774F3C88832E05382265F30C349F54D16408

“Who wants to work for a company that doesn’t push the limits?”

As I recall Bimota also built one that didn't sell. Maybe new partner Kawasaki will have it back in production.
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Thu Feb 13, 2020 9:52 am quote
Different case here in Italy, there are too many used MP3s in the dealer and the prices are low ... think that some still new but with the old 250 engine and also some hybrids are unsold...
The prices of private used vehicles are higher but because they want to recover more than the estimated value, and they are too long advertised

The Yamaha GTS 1000 was a splendid Gran Turismo motorcycle but it was too expensive and did not like the response of the indirect steering.
Today in Italy it is included in the list of motorcycles of "historical interest".

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Thu Feb 13, 2020 9:56 am quote
Muscle
They are available here in the UK so I'm just looking at prices.

Smiles.

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Thu Feb 13, 2020 10:47 am quote
Web-Tech:

I tried a 250, a 400 and a 500. I selected the 400, specifically for power and maunverabilty as well as ease of resale and resale value.

Being a 130 lb female, I can safely say, there is a difference between the handling and weight of all the MP3's that I tried. IMHO
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Thu Feb 13, 2020 11:39 am quote
Belkwinith wrote:
Web-Tech:

I tried a 250, a 400 and a 500. I selected the 400, specifically for power and maunverabilty as well as ease of resale and resale value.

Being a 130 lb female, I can safely say, there is a difference between the handling and weight of all the MP3's that I tried. IMHO
Might have been tire pressure, because the only difference between the 400 and 500 is plastic and the top end motor parts.
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Thu Feb 13, 2020 11:45 am quote
... uhm ... thin woman but having good muscles is enough to dominate the vehicle. The beauty of my little three-wheeler is the weight of 360 pounds (160 kg) against the approximately 260 kg of MP3.
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Thu Feb 13, 2020 12:14 pm quote
WEB-Tech wrote:
Belkwinith wrote:
Web-Tech:

I tried a 250, a 400 and a 500. I selected the 400, specifically for power and maunverabilty as well as ease of resale and resale value.

Being a 130 lb female, I can safely say, there is a difference between the handling and weight of all the MP3's that I tried. IMHO
Might have been tire pressure, because the only difference between the 400 and 500 is plastic and the top end motor parts.
Uh oh, my own assement of my actual life experience must be off. I probably need to go into the Shop and be recalibrated. I'll get right on that.
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Thu Feb 13, 2020 1:47 pm quote
Belkwinith wrote:
WEB-Tech wrote:
Belkwinith wrote:
Web-Tech:

I tried a 250, a 400 and a 500. I selected the 400, specifically for power and maunverabilty as well as ease of resale and resale value.

Being a 130 lb female, I can safely say, there is a difference between the handling and weight of all the MP3's that I tried. IMHO
Might have been tire pressure, because the only difference between the 400 and 500 is plastic and the top end motor parts.
Uh oh, my own assement of my actual life experience must be off. I probably need to go into the Shop and be recalibrated. I'll get right on that.
I have a 500 and it handles totally different depending on tire pressure.
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Thu Feb 13, 2020 2:07 pm quote
They were used in the Tour de France to carry cameramen, photographers and even I believe paramedics. One report I saw said they were more stable for the camera toting passengers than the BMWs previously used.
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Sun Feb 16, 2020 12:00 pm quote
Attila wrote:
NZscoot wrote:
I saw one filling up with fuel a couple of weeks ago on a country ride. An ugly meanass looking beast in the flesh but sure a head turner. Not my cuppa tea.
You have to try little Tricity ... like drinking your tea in a glass.
Attila don't get me wrong, I get it, especially a MP3 or your 3-legged scoot, extra peace of mind on a trip adds to the pleasure of the ride. Long past caring what others think. Hey I even agonised a long time about a 2008 MP400 vs the "new to me" 2009 GTS300 I'm picking up next month. About NZ$200 difference between them and in the same part of the country. In the end my heart won me over.
A MP3 250 parks just around the corner from my work every day and on frosty mornings I do somehow envy him.
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Sun Feb 16, 2020 1:24 pm quote
Here I have to specify an important difference, the distance between the two front wheels of the MP3 and much greater than that of the Tricity 155 and this means that it behaves dynamically like a two wheel; because of this it is approved as a motorcycle and not as a tricycle which is recognized in MP3. This difference makes the little Tricity it is drive and is as easy to handle as and perhaps more than a traditional scooter. You have to guide it to understand the difference ... but trust me if I say it is so.
In Italy Tricity is also for bike sharing:

https://www.zigzagsharing.com/it/come-funziona/
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