OK Hi it's me again in London.
I have finally taken delivery of my new shiny silver MP3 250 and have been riding in and around London for the last few weeks.
My comments ....
It's a little slow but I am still running in the engine. I have been on the motorway (freeway to you Americans) and was surprised at the good stability when riding around large trucks. Must be to do with the 200 kgs weight. I wish though that the screen was slightly bigger than the standard version and not as big as the giant windscreen that is a currently available option. It would be nice not to have to pick the flies out of your teeth in the summer.
This scoot gives one the feeling of great confidence when charging through the traffic in London as the brakes are superb and the handling is very stable at lean-angles that I would not have attempted with the Vespa GT. The big suprise is that the overall width of the handlebars is around 1" (yes one whole big inch) narrower than the Vespa GT. I have not once knocked off any unfortunate car owners door mirrors when scything through the narrowest of gaps in my race to get to work.
Luggage capacity far exceeds the Vespa even with that ugly and insecure top box I used to have. You can even carry long rolls of wrapping paper or lovely fresh and fragrant french breads from the bakery with aplomb in the well designed compartment.
So far the only gripe that I have with the scoot is that it is quite difficult reversing such a heavy machine in to a tight parking space but conversely it is a pleasure to just jump on and ride out without having to squash your legs on other bikes whilst struggling to take it off a centre stand.
Overall I am riding around with a huge grin on my face as I know that this machine is FAR more capable than most others in its class. I am a little peturbed however about the stares I get, this makes me quite paranoid!
Would like to hear any other comments from MP3 users, especially if you riding in London.