Well, I think the time has come to say goodbye to the MP3 and hello to the Yamaha Niken.
Several reasons really, I use the MP3 as my daily commuter racking up just a tad over 50 clicks a day every day. Fueling up every other day has gotten very old. This thing with its miniscule tank consumes more than my car, as 2/3 of the ride I am riding on the freeway between 6-7K rpm. I know Piaggio claims a "estimated" fuel range of 230km. I am getting about half that. Again, the freeway cruise at 130km/h makes this thing a gashog for what it is. No surprise really as the MP3 is really meant to be a city machine and not a tourer. Done several tours with the MP3, and the short range is such a huge handicap especially compared to my friend with his BMW GS Adventure and 30Liter tank. He gives me sh!t over the pitiful fuel range of the MP3 every single time since his bike can do a 500km ride without ever refueling.
The maintenance costs per mile is not attractive with the MP3. At least 2 oil changes per year, at least 1 belt service sometimes 2 per year is adding up to substantial numbers.
She is 6 years old (2015), current body style, so I figure probably best to let it go now before the value plummets through the floor and the really big service repairs rear their ugly head.
Also, she is a Euro2 bike and being with Europe having gone apeshit crazy on anything older with a combustion engine it is probably only a matter of time before they start banning older bikes as well out of the cities.
I just found a 2020 Niken GT dealer demo bike that I am going to check out this coming weekend. Fully optioned, full factory warranty, just under 1K on the clock, and with a good discount. It is priced the same as a brand new Yamaha T-Max 560 TechMax, but the insurance is cheaper on the Niken since the T-Max carries a insurance penalty being the most stolen maxi scooter. If I buy, the only thing that I will probably transfer over is the Piaggio top box.
I wish it had a DCT, but only Honda does bike DCTs and those are at a higher price level (i.e. Africa Twin) and Honda does not offer anything with 3 wheels.
Reliability wise, I honestly have nothing but praise for the MP3. Despite my initial misgivings on the bike (it is Italian after all and I have had several Italian cars), and a wiring harness that was sloppily installed at the factory, it has proved to be a perfectly reliable machine requiring nothing unusual except one time when the factory battery died without warning in the midst of winter but it was nearly 4 years old at that point.
The thing that makes the move a bit hard is that I love the utility of the MP3, especially its underseat storage capacity and wind protection. This has proven to be something that is not offered on any other bike, although the Suzuki Burgman 650 comes close but it rides like a trashcan. Kinda like the stock MP3 before I put the Piaggio labeled Bitubo fully adjustable shocks on mine.
If anybody has any valid reasons to keep the MP3, I am all ears.
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