What is your best mod?
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mp3 400
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Wed Jun 30, 2010 6:25 pm quote
Was recently asked what I felt was the best changes I made to improve my 400. I believe. it is the addition of: Foot Pegs (Thanks Jeff), Kuryakyn Grips, Utopia Back Rest and the Mirror extentions.
Would be interesting to hear what mods you made that improved your ride.

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Foot Pegs

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Grips

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Grips

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Utopia Back Rest

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Note Bag included with the Back Rest

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Wed Jun 30, 2010 6:52 pm quote
For [MP3 500] A must, in my opinion.
LED taillights, and I mean it!

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mp3 400
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Wed Jun 30, 2010 7:15 pm quote
Re: For [MP3 500] A must, in my opinion.
Yeah I sure agree, would like to have brighter back Lights on the 400, but am told there is no replacement LED bulbs for the OEM bulbs.
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Mp3 500
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Wed Jun 30, 2010 8:47 pm quote
No doubt, Saeng mirrors--they give you a full spectrum view with no blind spots when you angle them along with the stock mirrors. I literally hate to ride a bike without them. Once you use them you realize there is a huge blind spot in the stock mirrors.

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Gilera Fuoco 500ie
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Thu Jul 01, 2010 1:11 am quote
For me i think its the Rapid Bike and at the second place the front-end

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Thu Jul 01, 2010 4:11 am quote
Hands down, replacement horn. In my case, my lazy-ass horn that didn't require rewiring or a relay, but is only as loud as a typical motorcycle horn - in other words, still much louder than the Piaggio stock horn, which is downright dangerous and quite possibly illegal in some jurisdictions. You can wuss out and go with a 4 amp replacement that merely increases your safety, or do a more significant upgrade to the electrical system and install a 10 amp air horn that will vaporize Mini Coopers cutting you off, but either way: horn, horn, horn.

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As per my "Louder + No Relay = Winner" thread.

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'09 Mp3-500 - Gone Now
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Thu Jul 01, 2010 5:51 am quote
Tough Call
Best mod is a really tough call! I have performed many (see link in my signature) and find value in all of them.

If I had to narrow it down a little I'd have to say the UFPs and footpegs from rjeffb, along with just added passenger footpad heel stops I made, are a great addition for two-up riding and the best comfort mod; the J Costa variator is absolutely the best performance mod; the major electrical and lighting rework (all LED tail and turn signals, added lights, horn, fuseblock, outlet, etc.) best operational mod; modulated headlights and brakelight best safety mod; adding dielectric grease and sealing all connections best long-term maintenance mod (OK, not really a mod, but a mod-like effort...)l and those awesome LED taillights (like sushi shows above) are the best visual mod.

Thanks to this great forum and all its members for all the input and idea sharing that have allowed me to better enjoy my scooter, both in riding and improving her through mods and enhancements!
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Thu Jul 01, 2010 4:24 pm quote
Richard @ High-Gain Tuning just added those LED taillights as a regular item, so now y'all could order directly off his site!

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Thu Jul 01, 2010 6:16 pm quote
sushiman007 wrote:
Richard @ High-Gain Tuning just added those LED taillights as a regular item, so now y'all could order directly off his site!
They are ~~too cool!!~~ I get great comments on 'em a lot, but I like that they are so much easier to see by those behind me, adding to my conspicuity / safety factor. Thanks for helping blaze that trail!
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Neutrino MP3 492.7 AK, 2013 Moto Guzzi Norge
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Thu Jul 01, 2010 7:30 pm quote
sushiman007 wrote:
Richard @ High-Gain Tuning just added those LED taillights as a regular item, so now y'all could order directly off his site
just placed my order thanks for posting this.
Molto Verboso
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Thu Jul 01, 2010 8:48 pm quote
Sometimes I wish Piaggio would just make'em like this...
Glad to help, guys!
(*wiring hint)
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Thu Jul 01, 2010 10:38 pm quote
Hi people, nice to write you.

Nice mods all of them.
I have a question to John g, I like very much your grips but I do not realize what is the end part for. I mean, it has "something" at the end, like a flat part and I do not know if it has any special function or just decorative.

I hope you understand me. Sorry for my poor english.
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Piaggio MP3 250
Joined: 21 Jun 2008
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Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Thu Jul 01, 2010 11:00 pm quote
The "paddle" on the end of the throttle grip helps you maintain higher speeds without the hand cramps/fatigue associated with gripping the throttle tightly to keep it turned continuously to the higher speed you want. You just rest your outside palm (under the pinky) on that paddle and let your hand's natural weight and placement keep you at the speed you want. The left grip paddle doesn't do any thing and is merely there to provide a balanced look to the handlebars, both right and left.
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MP3 500, Honda PCX
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Location: Dallas, TX
Fri Jul 02, 2010 2:22 am quote
J Costa and HIT clutch.

Stebel horn.

Throttlemeister on long trips.

Amp and speakers when riding around town. (I use them with a Zen.)

Seat cut down.

Replaced amber reflectors on side with amber running/turn signal LED bars (3 wire).

Hardwired the GPS.

Added electrical panel for sound system, front 12v plug, GPS.
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MP3 LT 400
Joined: 04 Jun 2010
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Fri Jul 02, 2010 2:38 am quote
Maksor wrote:
For me i think its the Rapid Bike and at the second place the front-end

id would like to do this to my mp3 400 lt. must be Very costly. as i have no idea how to do such thing
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Gilera Fuoco 500ie
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Fri Jul 02, 2010 2:53 am quote
+/- 800 euro incl paint i made a topic where you can find the parts that you need

and it is a bolt off bolt on job you only needs basic tools
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Fri Jul 02, 2010 3:25 am quote
jerryw,

"Best", usually means one, the most, the greatest.
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Gilera Fuoco
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Fri Jul 02, 2010 4:59 am quote
lighter rollers, replacing stock 500cc ones
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Fri Jul 02, 2010 5:30 am quote
Installed Blue Sea Fuse box in center hood...I call this one my best, because it made all my other mods plug n' play

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mp3 400
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Fri Jul 02, 2010 7:27 pm quote
sisachosudo wrote:
Hi people, nice to write you.

Nice mods all of them.
I have a question to John g, I like very much your grips but I do not realize what is the end part for. I mean, it has "something" at the end, like a flat part and I do not know if it has any special function or just decorative.

I hope you understand me. Sorry for my poor english.
Maxi Rose is right on. The paddles do a great job suporting your hands. The left side is there strictly for supoort. Note that the paddles on both sides can be adjusted to give the most comfortable position. These grips and paddles are a little costly but I think they well worth for the comfort they provide.
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Piaggio Mp3250
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Location: London
Sat Jul 03, 2010 6:44 pm quote
I've posted this elsewhere but it is my favourite

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My Mod2.jpg

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Molto Verboso
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Sun Jul 04, 2010 2:44 pm quote
Fay Presto wrote:
I've posted this elsewhere but it is my favourite
I like that! Pretty ingenious!
I will use that to keep my backpack from coming loose from that unreliable plastic split-ring-clip-thingie in the middle. Thanks!
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Sun Jul 04, 2010 3:14 pm quote
Okay, that's it! I DEMAND that either somebody post a thread about those LED taillights, including installation instructions and photos, or somebody immediately tell me what an idiot I am and point out that I recently missed the thread where somebody already did it!

I want those lights! (Um, if they're not too much trouble to install...)

P.S. Love those nails, Fay
Molto Verboso
MP3 500
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Sun Jul 04, 2010 4:45 pm quote
rjeffb
O.K. "Don't get your panties in a bunch".
Try this german Fuoco 500
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MP3 250
Joined: 05 Mar 2008
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Location: San Carlos CA
Sun Jul 04, 2010 5:07 pm quote
Beer Keg


330 mile non-stop bike

Molto Verboso
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Sun Jul 04, 2010 6:39 pm quote
Re: rjeffb
Maynard Schweigert wrote:
O.K. "Don't get your panties in a bunch".
Try this german Fuoco 500
You could lead a horse to water, but ...

Maroy,
You might wanna get off and stretch your legs every hour or so. And, just curious...
Do you find it kinda top-heavy after each fill-up?
(Sorry, I didn't get to talk to you in San Antonio.)
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Sun Jul 04, 2010 7:03 pm quote
Re: rjeffb
Maynard Schweigert wrote:
O.K. "Don't get your panties in a bunch".
Try this german Fuoco 500
OK, so I'm an idiot!

Gonna start examining that. Hey, there was a discussion a while back about plug-n-play LED SIGNAL REPLACEMENTS - was there ever a consensus about the winner? (I recall that the ones that were looked at were limited in brightness increase due to the room available inside the reflector)
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MP3 Sold
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Sun Jul 04, 2010 8:52 pm quote
Here's mine.......

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Vinyl press/remove Decals

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MP3-250 Tiger 1050 Moto Guzzi V7 Stone
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Mon Jul 05, 2010 5:20 am quote
I'd have to say the Givi windscreen had the greatest impact on performance for me, getting the wind off my chest allowed for a higher top speed.
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Red MP3 500 RUBY DRAGON
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Mon Jul 05, 2010 8:43 am quote
If I know where I'm going, the JCosta.
If I don't Know where I'm going, the GPS.
If it is cold the windscreen and hand guards.

I consider the other mods I made corrections to a design flaw.
Molto Verboso
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Mon Jul 05, 2010 8:54 am quote
Zinfan wrote:
I'd have to say the Givi windscreen had the greatest impact on performance for me, getting the wind off my chest allowed for a higher top speed.
Boy, that must be some seriously hairy chest!?

Molto Verboso
MP3 500, Honda PCX
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Mon Jul 05, 2010 12:29 pm quote
It depends on what I'm doing, sushiman007. At 75 on the highway my sound system has no use. At 30 in town it is the best. I love all my mods.
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MP3 250
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Mon Jul 05, 2010 9:21 pm quote
Re: rjeffb
sushiman007 wrote:
You might wanna get off and stretch your legs every hour or so. And, just curious...
Do you find it kinda top-heavy after each fill-up?
(Sorry, I didn't get to talk to you in San Antonio.)
Stretching ones legs is a luxury on the cannonball. But the cannonball is designed for 250 CCs or less so we tend to stay off the highways. That being the case we go through a lot of one stop light towns or towns with very low speed limits. One gets very adept at stretching ones legs at stop lights and stop signs. If the speed limit through town is low enough one can stand on the running boards for three or four minutes while moving. Stop lights are also where one chugs their beverage and eats their power bars. I would not be exaggerating if I were to tell you that some riders have actually used condom catheters although I prefer a convenient out of the way tree or shrub.

Anyway the tank has baffles to prevent sloshing and, when it is full, it adds 25 pounds to the rear on the bike. That is often less than people carry in their top case and way less than if you ride two up. At cannonball speeds the tank is empty in just over three hours, the main tank will run dry about three hours after that.

Most cannonball days are ~330 miles, depending on conditions that could be between 5 and 7 hours (for the 250s) I have seen a vintage guy go for 13 hours and this year we might have one or two 50. I suspect those guys will spend 12 or more hours on the road each day.
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Tue Jul 06, 2010 1:40 pm quote
old as dirt wrote:
sushiman007 wrote:
Richard @ High-Gain Tuning just added those LED taillights as a regular item, so now y'all could order directly off his site
just placed my order thanks for posting this.
Me too
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Molto Verboso
MP3 500
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Tue Jul 06, 2010 2:53 pm quote
Nice color selection very cosmopolitan.
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mp3 400
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Tue Jul 06, 2010 3:08 pm quote
With out a doubt it eas the Corbin seat. At 6'2" I was a little cramped, but Corbin added a little heitght and cut the back farther. Very comfy. 400 mile days are a breeze now.
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Piaggio Mp3250
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Tue Jul 06, 2010 4:03 pm quote
I have a 32" inseam, I think you call it, and ride with my heels on the pillion footrests. this has been sliding me forward down the seat.

Beginners guide to modding 2.

The saddle is held to the scooter by three bolts at the front

1) Unscrew the centre bolt.

2) Take it to a hardware store and ask for the same but longer. About 2" will do.

3) Go back to the hardware store for the other two bolts.

3) Go back to the hardware store again and buy about 50 large washers about 1" across, with a hole in the middle that fits the bolts.

4)Lining up 15 washers and getting the bolts back in to their hole while steadying the saddle is a bit of a fiddle, but persevere.

5) Either wrap the washers in a sort of duct tape tube to steady them, or give in and get somebody to hold the saddle while you start the bolts into their holes.

6) tighten the bolts, or maybe the machine screws, if that was all they had in the hardware store. (A bolt has a hexagonal top and you use a spanner to loosen and tighten it, a machine screw has a slot or cross indented in the top and you use a screwdriver)


It has made a huge difference. Thank you MV, I learned of this many moons ago, but only just got round to it. should've done it months ago!

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Sorry these are night shots, just couldn't wait to share!

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.........and very sorry the scoot is grubby, but didn't wait to wash it for same reason.
Elegant it isn't, comfortable it is!

The front is only about 3/4" higher, the difference is dramatic.

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Piaggio Mp3250
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Tue Jul 06, 2010 4:25 pm quote
Beginners guide to Modding 3.

If the handbag hook and saddle raise is too daunting.

1) Buy an Mp3 with the full comfort screen.

2) Drive to nearest Starbucks and whatever size drink you choose, have the 'Barista' serve it in a large.......... okay, Vente........ coffee cup.

3) Wedge large..........okay,Vente (stupid bloody word that, means nothing, but woe thrice woe that any system of sizing uses the word 'small '!) between screen and console, it is a perfect fit.

4) Go back to Starbucks and get one of those little green vent hole blockers and turn cup so that hole is to the rear, or get a napkin, cover the hole with that, and with the hole to the front wedge it in so that the napkin is pinched between the screen and the cup lid to catch any spill.

5) drive gently to favourite spot to enjoy coffee, or if really daring and not an Toreador Pants kind of person, drive around town enjoying the occasional sip of blandness, impressing everybody with your great taste in scooters and your poor taste in coffee..

6) Clean windscreen.

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step 1)

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Step 2), 3) and 4)

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'09 Mp3-500 - Gone Now
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Tue Jul 06, 2010 4:35 pm quote
Fay Presto wrote:
Beginners guide to Modding 3.

If the handbag hook and saddle raise is too daunting.

1) Buy an Mp3 with the full comfort screen.

2) Drive to nearest Starbucks and whatever size drink you choose, have the 'Barista' serve it in a large.......... okay, Vente........ coffee cup.

3) Wedge large..........okay,Vente (stupid bloody word that, means nothing, but woe thrice woe that any system of sizing uses the word 'small '!) between screen and console, it is a perfect fit.

4) Go back to Starbucks and get one of those little green vent hole blockers and turn cup so that hole is to the rear, or get a napkin, cover the hole with that, and with the hole to the front wedge it in so that the napkin is pinched between the screen and the cup lid to catch any spill.

5) drive gently to favourite spot to enjoy coffee, or if really daring and not an Toreador Pants kind of person, drive around town enjoying the occasional sip of blandness, impressing everybody with your great taste in scooters and your poor taste in coffee..

6) Clean windscreen.
Kinda like first mod of the day...
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