Check your 500 for this hose issue-easy fix
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Moderatus Rana
MP3 250 (sold) MP3 500 (current)
Joined: 11 Jul 2008
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Location: welaka, florida
Thu Oct 27, 2011 9:21 am quote
Yep looks like my 500 has the same issue. Didn't feel any abrading but there is a slight dent in the hose. The bike has just over 4000 miles. Will be taking care of this tonight. Thanks for the heads up Rob to check this invisible sticky thread.

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Mp3 500
Joined: 14 Mar 2008
Posts: 2302
Location: Denver Colorado
Sun Oct 30, 2011 7:37 pm quote
mine still has the washer I stuck between the hise and the fan 18000 miles ago. Truly a simple fix.
Moderatus Rana
MP3 250 (sold) MP3 500 (current)
Joined: 11 Jul 2008
Posts: 21322
Location: welaka, florida
Mon Oct 31, 2011 5:00 am quote
I used a couple of tie wraps to pull the hose a little more than 1/4 in away from the fan housing. At least that is my temp fix until I can get more time to mess with it. Oh and there was abrading going on. The thin sleeve was worn through and a slight rub on the hose itself. Couldn't see it before.
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MP3 500 - Yamaha Vino
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Location: Houston
Wed Nov 23, 2011 8:29 am quote
Even with only 400 miles on my 500
I made the repair and with under 500 miles on my MP3 - I could already see signs that I would soon be riding an air cooled MP3... Happy Thanksgiving.

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MP3 500
Joined: 16 Aug 2011
Posts: 5
Location: Ooltewah, TN
Tue Jan 24, 2012 1:04 pm quote
Radiator Hose
Just checked mine and sure enough ... just has been said ... my 2008 with 9000 miles has the problem described. Now I'll have to decide whether just a fix or a replace and fix is required. THANKS SO MUCH for you guys and this forum. I'll definitely continue to lurk and learn!!!!!!!
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The Hornet (GT200, aka Love Bug) and 'Dimples' - a GTS 300
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Location: Pleasant Hill, CA
Tue Jan 24, 2012 4:24 pm quote
Just 'a fix' is fine.
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MP3 500
Joined: 16 Aug 2011
Posts: 5
Location: Ooltewah, TN
Wed Feb 01, 2012 12:16 pm quote
I used the Rob in Denver fix (large washer) and seems to be working well. Thanks!!!!
Hooked
09' MP3 500
Joined: 21 Apr 2012
Posts: 103
Location: SF Bay
Mon May 28, 2012 2:01 pm quote
done
two zip ties to pull 'er away from the offending/abrading piece
and reinforced the hose with some heavy rubber hose I had on hand
from a kayak cart project...
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Piaggio MP3 500
Joined: 15 Oct 2012
Posts: 8
Location: Marysville, Wa
Fri Nov 30, 2012 7:48 pm quote
Radiator hose fix
Well I appreciate the info on the radiator hose fix but unfortunately it wore half way through on mine at 7000 miles. $200 to get it replaced. Mostly man hours but I ride 110 miles and I can't afford a blown hose. My dealer was clueless on this and never inspected for it, now they do. Piaggio sucks in providing technical service bulletins.
Veni, Vidi, Posti
2008 MP3 500, 2013 BV350
Joined: 13 Oct 2012
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Location: Ashburn, Va. Home to the Internet
Sat Dec 01, 2012 4:20 am quote
Re: Radiator hose fix
fmalavolti wrote:
Well I appreciate the info on the radiator hose fix but unfortunately it wore half way through on mine at 7000 miles. $200 to get it replaced. Mostly man hours but I ride 110 miles and I can't afford a blown hose. My dealer was clueless on this and never inspected for it, now they do. Piaggio sucks in providing technical service bulletins.
Tech bulletin was sent out on this issue. If your dealer didn't read it, that's not Piaggio's fault.
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Piaggio MP3 500
Joined: 15 Oct 2012
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Location: Marysville, Wa
Sat Dec 01, 2012 6:57 am quote
Re: Radiator hose fix
WEB-Tech wrote:
fmalavolti wrote:
Well I appreciate the info on the radiator hose fix but unfortunately it wore half way through on mine at 7000 miles. $200 to get it replaced. Mostly man hours but I ride 110 miles and I can't afford a blown hose. My dealer was clueless on this and never inspected for it, now they do. Piaggio sucks in providing technical service bulletins.
Tech bulletin was sent out on this issue. If your dealer didn't read it, that's not Piaggio's fault.
Well I guess that narrows it down. My Dealership Mechanics don't know how to read or get the Tech Bulletins. LOL! I got to fix it because it bugs the crap out of me being worn half way through.

Does any one have the Technical service bulletin or kow where to get it. I wrote Piaggio a email on this. Anyway thanks for the pics and info guys, peace out and safe riding.
Veni, Vidi, Posti
Neutrino MP3 492.7 AK, 2013 Moto Guzzi Norge
Joined: 29 Mar 2008
Posts: 20973
Location: Kingston, Tennessee, Tn
Sat Dec 01, 2012 11:53 am quote
Re: Radiator hose fix
fmalavolti wrote:
WEB-Tech wrote:
fmalavolti wrote:
Well I appreciate the info on the radiator hose fix but unfortunately it wore half way through on mine at 7000 miles. $200 to get it replaced. Mostly man hours but I ride 110 miles and I can't afford a blown hose. My dealer was clueless on this and never inspected for it, now they do. Piaggio sucks in providing technical service bulletins.
Tech bulletin was sent out on this issue. If your dealer didn't read it, that's not Piaggio's fault.
Well I guess that narrows it down. My Dealership Mechanics don't know how to read or get the Tech Bulletins. LOL! I got to fix it because it bugs the crap out of me being worn half way through.

Does any one have the Technical service bulletin or kow where to get it. I wrote Piaggio a email on this. Anyway thanks for the pics and info guys, peace out and safe riding.
ead the thread from the first page you can see the various fixes folks have done.
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mp3 lt 400
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Tue Jan 22, 2013 9:44 am quote
happy birthday rob

friendship has no boundary, she no language . rob, you are a perfect example for me.
thank you for being my best friend, young man.






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Mp3 500
Joined: 26 Oct 2012
Posts: 762
Location: Sunnyvale, CA
Sun Feb 24, 2013 5:34 pm quote
This is how my hose was. I used 2 zip-ties to hold it back and black Sugru to repair the damage.

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Before repair

after.jpg
After, Sugru applied

Hooked
2009 piaggio mp3 500 2013 Kawasaki Versys
Joined: 17 Aug 2013
Posts: 224
Location: NJ
Fri Aug 30, 2013 1:46 am quote
About a quarter of an inch away
I checked mine last night and saw that it wasn't touching at all, while the wheels are locked... will take photos to post later. Thanks for the warning post.
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2010 Piaggio MP3 500
Joined: 08 Dec 2013
Posts: 3
Location: California
Sun Dec 08, 2013 4:34 pm quote
Still a problem on 2010 models
Just picked up a used (barely: 250 miles) 2010 and after reading this forum thread (while looking for information on a more serious problem ) I checked and found the hose had a shrink wrap sleeve (not very substantial) but was definitely making contact with the fan housing. Some marking, but no indentation that I could feel.

Zip-ties to the rescue.

By the way, for those having trouble getting the zip-ties around the frame: Bend the tie almost into a loop, then thread it under the hose, up behind it, over the frame tube and out. Quite easy if you get the right curve on the zip-tie.
Hooked
MP3 500
Joined: 14 Dec 2013
Posts: 139
Location: Laguna Beach, CA
Tue Dec 17, 2013 6:46 am quote
Rob in Denver washer fix
Rob, would you post a pic of exactly where you place the washer. In one of your posts, you stated "between the tire......."
Thanks
Hooked
MP3 500
Joined: 14 Dec 2013
Posts: 139
Location: Laguna Beach, CA
Fri Dec 20, 2013 4:44 am quote
my '09 MP3 500 has the shrink wrap protection and someone had zip-tied around the frame and both hoses with a zip-tie with a sleeve around it, but had not tightened it enough and the tie had slipped down. This scoot has only 79 miles on it and there was already a wear mark in the protective sleeve. Tightened it up and will monitor
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'09 Red MP3 500
Joined: 29 Nov 2013
Posts: 34
Location: Houston, Tx
Wed Dec 25, 2013 8:02 pm quote
My 09 500 has significant space between the fan and the hose. I will however place a zip-tie around the hose as a precautionary measure.
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MP3 500 LT Sport
Joined: 12 Feb 2014
Posts: 23
Location: South East UK & Paris, FR
Mon Feb 24, 2014 2:20 am quote
European MP3 500?
hey all,

I'm in the UK with an MP3 500 (the European spec, not the US Fuoco-esque version) and I checked to see if I had this problem.

But the fan housing on my bike is considerably different to the photos (see my photo).

Can anyone say whether the hose rubbing is an issue on the Euro spec version anyway? If it is, then I guess I'm going to have to dismantle the fan housing to enable the OP's fix, but any input before I do this would be happly received!

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The Hornet (GT200, aka Love Bug) and 'Dimples' - a GTS 300
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Mon Feb 24, 2014 8:11 am quote
This is just a Fuoco issue.
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MP3 500 LT Sport
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Location: South East UK & Paris, FR
Mon Feb 24, 2014 9:05 am quote
thanks Jim
Veni, Vidi, Posti
Neutrino MP3 492.7 AK, 2013 Moto Guzzi Norge
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Posts: 20973
Location: Kingston, Tennessee, Tn
Mon Feb 24, 2014 10:33 am quote
pbw wrote:
thanks Jim
please size your pics so they fit on the thread and we don't have to scroll side to side and up and down to get what your showing.
Moderatus Rana
MP3 250 (sold) MP3 500 (current)
Joined: 11 Jul 2008
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Location: welaka, florida
Mon Feb 24, 2014 10:45 am quote
old as dirt wrote:
pbw wrote:
thanks Jim
please size your pics so they fit on the thread and we don't have to scroll side to side and up and down to get what your showing.
Yeah that is a good note. Linked pictures like yours are not re-sized automatically like pictures uploaded directly to MV. 800X600 pix is a good max size to shoot for. Just for future reference.

Welcome to MV.
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MP3 500 LT Sport
Joined: 12 Feb 2014
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Location: South East UK & Paris, FR
Mon Feb 24, 2014 10:47 am quote
apologies folks... resized accordingly...
Veni, Vidi, Posti
Neutrino MP3 492.7 AK, 2013 Moto Guzzi Norge
Joined: 29 Mar 2008
Posts: 20973
Location: Kingston, Tennessee, Tn
Mon Feb 24, 2014 10:52 am quote
pbw wrote:
apologies folks... resized accordingly...
looks great , thanks
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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: 4756
Location: Madison, Wisconsin
Sat Mar 29, 2014 1:05 pm quote
Another big thanks
Bought a new-old-stock MP3 500 last weekend, and just checked for this issue. Sure enough, coolant hose dented by fan housing. Seems either factory or dealer had attempted repair with hose-wrapped zip tie, but unfortunately was not tight enough. Simples.

Props to the forum, and all who contribute.
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Piaggio mp3 300lt
Joined: 17 Apr 2014
Posts: 23
Location: London
Tue Apr 22, 2014 12:14 pm quote
Piaggio 300LT MP3 fan
Hi Guy, I have the 300LT with the foot brake (European version)
I don't seam to have the problem as the fan is encased in the front coachwork. I have also posted the workshop manuals picture[img][/img]
hopes this helps the 300cc European guys.

colling system.jpg

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MP3 500ie
Joined: 17 May 2014
Posts: 6
Location: Atlanta
Mon May 19, 2014 10:38 am quote
Thank you for the special check note on this forum
Greetings!
Wow! This pipe issued I founded in forum is awesome! Yes now I have 1000 on OD mater and yes there is dimple on the pipe sleeve.
I went to The Home Depot and got Gray Flex Tubing 1'x5ft(-40-276f) $2.98 + Tax and Military Spec 8" Zip tie $6.47 (100pk) + Tax
I covered both cooling pipe left and right since pipe were touching sharpy edge plastic flange so now look sleek and clean.
Thanks again you all are superve! Cheers!

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The left side pipe. Cover all the way since the cooling pipe was touching sharpy plastic flange.

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Since Flex Tubing has ditch, easy to bite by Zip tie. And importantly now there is adequate space between the motor body and the cooling pipe.

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The right side cooling pipe before attach the Zip tight on the left side cooling pipe.

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New 300 GTS
Joined: 21 Aug 2015
Posts: 573
Location: S. Texas
Fri Aug 21, 2015 4:37 pm quote
I am assuming this has been fixed on the 2016 model. Anyone checked. I am about to purchase an MP-3
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2016 Piaggio MP3 500ie Sport
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Location: Port Hueneme, CA
Fri Dec 04, 2015 11:17 pm quote
Great info in this thread, thank you for sharing it.
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bv350 (sold) and now,'14 honda ctx700 dct
Joined: 03 Aug 2014
Posts: 455
Location: spokane, wa
Sat Dec 05, 2015 8:34 pm quote
howdy, i'm gonna get in this with a suggestion that the same problem exists with the bv500. I had the same wear and clearance issue with mine and solved it with the added protector like shown in several of those pics.

ken
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Piaggio MP3 500 LT Sport ABS
Joined: 30 May 2016
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Location: UK
Tue Jun 07, 2016 1:59 pm quote
Thanks for this thread. I get my 2016 MP3 very soon and I will try to check for this once I have it.
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MP3 ie500
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Location: Iowa City
Mon Sep 18, 2017 5:35 pm quote
ok, but look at the bottom of that tunnel too. Both hoses make a sharp turn to go around the tank and frame in the trip back to the engine.
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