Tue Sep 28, 2021 4:03 pm

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MP3 400
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Tue Sep 28, 2021 4:03 pm linkquote
Good evening everyone,

Within a couple of days I will be going to the dealer to pick up the new MP3. I inquired earlier about the proper way to strap down the scoot and the salesman indicated I should use a Canyon Dancer Harness. I seem to remember reading something previously about avoiding connecting anything to the handlebars as it may have an adverse effect on the hydraulics for the front wheels. Any input would be greatly appreciated. I did find a site where a person indicated he has secured his MP3 with this arrangement numerous times and travelled thousands of miles.
https://www.goldwingfacts.com/threads/canyon-dancer-handlebar-cup-tiedown-helper.669785/
I just want to make sure I go about this the right way.

Thanks,
Greg
Tue Sep 28, 2021 9:10 pm

Addicted
2015 MP3 500 ie Business
Joined: 29 Oct 2019
Posts: 567
Location: Belgium
 
Addicted
2015 MP3 500 ie Business
Joined: 29 Oct 2019
Posts: 567
Location: Belgium
Tue Sep 28, 2021 9:10 pm linkquote
Use the attachment points on the front suspension arms.

However, be aware that these points have been eliminated from the newest MP3s. The holes are still there, but you'll need to order the 4 brackets and 16 Allen bolts&washers to restore that feature at the end of the beams that make up the parallelogram. Piaggio nickel and diming here.

Transport should be done as shown in the pic below, plus other straps at other parts of the bike. Scoots tend to bounce around a lot when being hauled.

Strap directly at the frame. Do not use other points, such as handle bars, passenger grab rails, top box mounting plate, etc. For the rear, the best spot is the tubular point next to the rear shock mounting point.

And transport with the tilt lock disabled and without using the centre stand. Once the bike compresses down a couple of inches you're good to go. Let the straps do the work. The grip from the tires will stop it from bouncing around when the straps are under tension.





Wed Sep 29, 2021 11:57 am

Moderatus Rana
MP3 250 and 2 MP3 500s
Joined: 11 Jul 2008
Posts: 22154
Location: Nashville, Indiana
 
Moderatus Rana
MP3 250 and 2 MP3 500s
Joined: 11 Jul 2008
Posts: 22154
Location: Nashville, Indiana
Wed Sep 29, 2021 11:57 am linkquote
I would consider getting a ride from someone to the dealership and then riding it home.
Wed Sep 29, 2021 2:50 pm

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MP3 400
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Wed Sep 29, 2021 2:50 pm linkquote
Thanks for the input. It appears that Piaggio does not provide any input or advice when it comes to securing the bike to a trailer. The dealer has plenty of experience with transporting the MP3 and indicated they always use the Canyon Dancer harness and never encountered any issues. I entertained the notion of having someone take me to the dealer and then drive it home but that would require time spent on a major interstate just outside Philly and I'm going to err on the side of safety. Thanks so much for the responses.
Wed Sep 29, 2021 3:25 pm

Molto Verboso
2012 BV 350, 2013 BMW C650 GT, 2015 Indian Chieftain
Joined: 20 Feb 2009
Posts: 1959
Location: Brentwood, TN
 
Molto Verboso
2012 BV 350, 2013 BMW C650 GT, 2015 Indian Chieftain
Joined: 20 Feb 2009
Posts: 1959
Location: Brentwood, TN
Wed Sep 29, 2021 3:25 pm linkquote
I thought someone else would weigh in by now, but canyon dancers have caused problems with the steering tubes on the older model MP3's and are not recommended - there is a very good tie down point just above the front wheels in the wheel well - there are old threads that show great pictures.
Wed Sep 29, 2021 11:10 pm

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2015 MP3 500 ie Business
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Location: Belgium
 
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Posts: 567
Location: Belgium
Wed Sep 29, 2021 11:10 pm linkquote
TN_Sooner wrote:
I thought someone else would weigh in by now, but canyon dancers have caused problems with the steering tubes on the older model MP3's and are not recommended - there is a very good tie down point just above the front wheels in the wheel well - there are old threads that show great pictures.
^Exactly, hence I why I said to get the suspension arm tie down brackets if your new MP3 does not have them.

This dealer sounds like a lot like one of those "we work on all makes & models" without having extensive real world MP3 experience.

If it were me, I'd just ride it home unless we are talking distances in excess of 200-300 miles
Thu Sep 30, 2021 5:57 am

Moderatus Rana
MP3 250 and 2 MP3 500s
Joined: 11 Jul 2008
Posts: 22154
Location: Nashville, Indiana
 
Moderatus Rana
MP3 250 and 2 MP3 500s
Joined: 11 Jul 2008
Posts: 22154
Location: Nashville, Indiana
Thu Sep 30, 2021 5:57 am linkquote
The 500 is very at home on an interstate and in my opinion, though it can be boring, you are probably safer than on surface roads. No intersections to deal with. The only issue I found riding on interstates is getting behind 18 wheelers. You get buffeted pretty hard if you are close.
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