Tue Sep 07, 2021 5:27 am

Moderatus Rana
MP3 250 and 2 MP3 500s
Joined: 11 Jul 2008
Posts: 22157
Location: Nashville, Indiana
 
Moderatus Rana
MP3 250 and 2 MP3 500s
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Posts: 22157
Location: Nashville, Indiana
Tue Sep 07, 2021 5:27 am linkquote
This is in transit to me right now. My current MP3 is leaking oil and if my suspicions are correct it is not a worthwhile fix. Jess had his 2009 just sitting so he offered it to me. I like the yellow. Going to take all the regular maintenance you would do on a bike that has been sitting but I think that investment will pay off.



Tue Sep 07, 2021 5:34 am

Ossessionato
1991 Vespa T5 Pole Position, 2008 Vespa S 125, 2013 Peugeot Metropolis RS
Joined: 06 May 2011
Posts: 3767
Location: Staffordshire England
 
Ossessionato
1991 Vespa T5 Pole Position, 2008 Vespa S 125, 2013 Peugeot Metropolis RS
Joined: 06 May 2011
Posts: 3767
Location: Staffordshire England
Tue Sep 07, 2021 5:34 am linkquote
Custard beast

are you going to Darkside it?

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Tue Sep 07, 2021 7:33 am

Moderaptor
The Hornet (GT200, aka Love Bug) and 'Dimples' - a GTS 300
Joined: 26 Aug 2007
Posts: 40415
Location: Pleasant Hill, CA
 
Moderaptor
The Hornet (GT200, aka Love Bug) and 'Dimples' - a GTS 300
Joined: 26 Aug 2007
Posts: 40415
Location: Pleasant Hill, CA
Tue Sep 07, 2021 7:33 am linkquote
That was the very first scooter I rode in the US in 2010. I borrowed it for a week or so, added the highway pegs as a 'thank-you' and rode several thousand miles. Did my first Three Peaks Challenge on it as well.
Tue Sep 07, 2021 9:15 am

Moderatus Rana
MP3 250 and 2 MP3 500s
Joined: 11 Jul 2008
Posts: 22157
Location: Nashville, Indiana
 
Moderatus Rana
MP3 250 and 2 MP3 500s
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Posts: 22157
Location: Nashville, Indiana
Tue Sep 07, 2021 9:15 am linkquote
fleece wrote:
Custard beast

are you going to Darkside it?
Not right away. Going to replace all tires with city grip 2's, and do a bunch of other stuff, to get a baseline for how it handles without the slight road noise you get riding straight up with a car tire. Fortunately I now will have four front wheels and three (I bought an extra years ago) rear wheels so I can have a variety of skins mounted to swap out.
Tue Sep 07, 2021 9:18 am

Moderatus Rana
MP3 250 and 2 MP3 500s
Joined: 11 Jul 2008
Posts: 22157
Location: Nashville, Indiana
 
Moderatus Rana
MP3 250 and 2 MP3 500s
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Posts: 22157
Location: Nashville, Indiana
Tue Sep 07, 2021 9:18 am linkquote
jimc wrote:
That was the very first scooter I rode in the US in 2010. I borrowed it for a week or so, added the highway pegs as a 'thank-you' and rode several thousand miles. Did my first Three Peaks Challenge on it as well.
I have a vague memory of this. So you probably put most of the miles on it? Thanks for adding the pegs. One less thing I'll have to get it ready so I can get some riding in before the winter sets in.
Tue Sep 07, 2021 9:29 am

Moderatus Rana
MP3 250 and 2 MP3 500s
Joined: 11 Jul 2008
Posts: 22157
Location: Nashville, Indiana
 
Moderatus Rana
MP3 250 and 2 MP3 500s
Joined: 11 Jul 2008
Posts: 22157
Location: Nashville, Indiana
Tue Sep 07, 2021 9:29 am linkquote
jimc wrote:
That was the very first scooter I rode in the US in 2010. I borrowed it for a week or so, added the highway pegs as a 'thank-you' and rode several thousand miles. Did my first Three Peaks Challenge on it as well.
It wasn't "notchy" when you rode it was it? Was the issue fixed by piaggio by 2009. I can't remember.
Tue Sep 07, 2021 11:54 am

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The Hornet (GT200, aka Love Bug) and 'Dimples' - a GTS 300
Joined: 26 Aug 2007
Posts: 40415
Location: Pleasant Hill, CA
 
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The Hornet (GT200, aka Love Bug) and 'Dimples' - a GTS 300
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Tue Sep 07, 2021 11:54 am linkquote
stickyfrog wrote:
It wasn't "notchy" when you rode it was it? Was the issue fixed by piaggio by 2009. I can't remember.
No, it was fine. I took it over the 10,000 mile mark IIRC...
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Fri Oct 08, 2021 5:28 am

Moderatus Rana
MP3 250 and 2 MP3 500s
Joined: 11 Jul 2008
Posts: 22157
Location: Nashville, Indiana
 
Moderatus Rana
MP3 250 and 2 MP3 500s
Joined: 11 Jul 2008
Posts: 22157
Location: Nashville, Indiana
Fri Oct 08, 2021 5:28 am linkquote
So the scooter arrived on October 5th. Haul Bikes did a good job and is very economical for transporting bikes in the US as long as you are not in a hurry. The driver told me they will transport over 32,000 bikes this year. My only complaint is even after Jess told them how to tie down an MP3, when they moved it to another truck in Vegas they used the handlebars to tie it down. No damage that I've seen though.

This bike has a long MV history. The original owner was Len Smith then Jess bought it. Jimc put a lot of miles on it in 2010 and added the foot pegs. And now I am keeping it in the family.

I dropped a charged battery in two days ago and blipped the starter just to see if it would engage. Not only did it engage but it started right up. I was amazed considering how long it has been since it has been ridden. I took it for a short spin up my road. No notch and it felt great aside from a stiff throttle.

Last night I flushed and refilled the cooling system and then drained the oil. I will refill it today then start on brakes and other stuff that needs fixing. There is quite a bit of sun faded plastic and I need to fix the paint so if anyone has suggestions on this I will appreciate them. I am optimistic that this bike has a lot of miles left to travel.

Haul Bikes driver.


I had to rent a trailer for the last two miles since the truck could not go up our road.


Sitting in front of its new barn.




It is alive!


Jimc can be seen riding it in this Three Peaks Challenge video in 2010. Patrick is in it as well.
Fri Oct 08, 2021 6:06 am

Petty Tyrant
0:7
Joined: 11 Oct 2005
Posts: 32613
Location: Bay Area, California
 
Petty Tyrant
0:7
Joined: 11 Oct 2005
Posts: 32613
Location: Bay Area, California
Fri Oct 08, 2021 6:06 am linkquote
stickyfrog wrote:
I have a vague memory of this. So you probably put most of the miles on it?
I did ride it to Canada and back, along with one day of SCB2010. And I did some commuting on it as well, but eventually favored my BMW R12R for my then-long 100-miles-per-day commute.

Quite happy to see it back on the road again!
Sat Oct 09, 2021 11:50 am

Hooked
Piaggio Bevery 300 ie - 2012
Joined: 08 Aug 2021
Posts: 224
Location: Belgium
 
Hooked
Piaggio Bevery 300 ie - 2012
Joined: 08 Aug 2021
Posts: 224
Location: Belgium
Sat Oct 09, 2021 11:50 am linkquote
stickyfrog wrote:
So the scooter arrived on October 5th. Haul Bikes did a good job and is very economical for transporting bikes in the US as long as you are not in a hurry. The driver told me they will transport over 32,000 bikes this year. My only complaint is even after Jess told them how to tie down an MP3, when they moved it to another truck in Vegas they used the handlebars to tie it down. No damage that I've seen though.
(...)
Aside the footrests there seem to be extra I do not know what. Are that some sort of external footrests? What is the purpose of these?
Sat Oct 09, 2021 12:20 pm

Petty Tyrant
0:7
Joined: 11 Oct 2005
Posts: 32613
Location: Bay Area, California
 
Petty Tyrant
0:7
Joined: 11 Oct 2005
Posts: 32613
Location: Bay Area, California
Sat Oct 09, 2021 12:20 pm linkquote
PeterCC wrote:
Aside the footrests there seem to be extra I do not know what. Are that some sort of external footrests? What is the purpose of these?
Those allow a foot-forward riding position with outstretched legs. It's generally a more comfortable riding position on the MP3, which suffers from the same seat design torture device as most Piaggio bikes.

See:
2010 MP3 Footpeg Bracket waiting list
MP3 Footpeg brackets - old thread
MP3 Footpeg Brackets - SOLD OUT
Sat Oct 09, 2021 2:05 pm

Hooked
Piaggio Bevery 300 ie - 2012
Joined: 08 Aug 2021
Posts: 224
Location: Belgium
 
Hooked
Piaggio Bevery 300 ie - 2012
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Posts: 224
Location: Belgium
Sat Oct 09, 2021 2:05 pm linkquote
jess wrote:
Those allow a foot-forward riding position with outstretched legs. It's generally a more comfortable riding position on the MP3, which suffers from the same seat design torture device as most Piaggio bikes.

See:
2010 MP3 Footpeg Bracket waiting list
MP3 Footpeg brackets - old thread
MP3 Footpeg Brackets - SOLD OUT
OK, I see.
I have no issue with the standard footrests on my Beverly 300. I find them quite comfortable.
But everyone his taste.
Sat Oct 09, 2021 3:39 pm

Petty Tyrant
0:7
Joined: 11 Oct 2005
Posts: 32613
Location: Bay Area, California
 
Petty Tyrant
0:7
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Location: Bay Area, California
Sat Oct 09, 2021 3:39 pm linkquote
PeterCC wrote:
I have no issue with the standard footrests on my Beverly 300. I find them quite comfortable.
But everyone his taste.
It's not the footrest so much as the Piaggio seat, which forces the rider to the front nose of the seat and doesn't provide a lot of leg room between the seat and the inside of the legshield. These two things together mean the rider is forced into a kind of squatty-potty position (especially for those with longer legs). The outboard footpegs alleviate that somewhat.
Sat Oct 09, 2021 7:45 pm

Moderatus Rana
MP3 250 and 2 MP3 500s
Joined: 11 Jul 2008
Posts: 22157
Location: Nashville, Indiana
 
Moderatus Rana
MP3 250 and 2 MP3 500s
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Posts: 22157
Location: Nashville, Indiana
Sat Oct 09, 2021 7:45 pm linkquote
Getting into it. Throttle is still being a bitch even after continuous doses of throttle lube. Probably will have to replace but won't be such a bitch of a job since I'm going to pull all of the Tupperware.

Pulled the top case, seat and windscreen and gave it a first scrub down. Got polymer resto products on the way. The zen of motorcycle repair is on me. A therapy I most need right now. Thanks Jess. I mean that sincerely.





Sat Oct 09, 2021 9:19 pm

Petty Tyrant
0:7
Joined: 11 Oct 2005
Posts: 32613
Location: Bay Area, California
 
Petty Tyrant
0:7
Joined: 11 Oct 2005
Posts: 32613
Location: Bay Area, California
Sat Oct 09, 2021 9:19 pm linkquote
stickyfrog wrote:
Thanks Jess. I mean that sincerely.
You've got that backwards. I should be thanking you for helping me thin my herd in a very painless way.

So thank you, sincerely, for giving this bike a new life.
Sat Oct 09, 2021 9:46 pm

Ossessionato
GTS300 Super (Heinz) GTS250 Super (Bulger)
Joined: 16 Jan 2010
Posts: 4068
Location: Tempe, AZ
 
Ossessionato
GTS300 Super (Heinz) GTS250 Super (Bulger)
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Posts: 4068
Location: Tempe, AZ
Sat Oct 09, 2021 9:46 pm linkquote
Does that mean that you are now 0:6 Jess?
Sat Oct 09, 2021 9:58 pm

Veni, Vidi, Posti
In garage: Yamaha Tricity 155 Urban 2019 - MV Agusta 125 RS 1956
Joined: 21 Jul 2007
Posts: 8127
Location: Latina (Italy)
 
Veni, Vidi, Posti
In garage: Yamaha Tricity 155 Urban 2019 - MV Agusta 125 RS 1956
Joined: 21 Jul 2007
Posts: 8127
Location: Latina (Italy)
Sat Oct 09, 2021 9:58 pm linkquote
MP3 Dyna Glide..?
First time I see a scooter with HD style footpegs.
Sun Oct 10, 2021 5:47 am

Moderatus Rana
MP3 250 and 2 MP3 500s
Joined: 11 Jul 2008
Posts: 22157
Location: Nashville, Indiana
 
Moderatus Rana
MP3 250 and 2 MP3 500s
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Posts: 22157
Location: Nashville, Indiana
Sun Oct 10, 2021 5:47 am linkquote
Attila wrote:
MP3 Dyna Glide..?
First time I see a scooter with HD style footpegs.
Those are the first generation foot peg mounts that OldAsDirt created.
Sun Oct 10, 2021 7:01 am

Petty Tyrant
0:7
Joined: 11 Oct 2005
Posts: 32613
Location: Bay Area, California
 
Petty Tyrant
0:7
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Posts: 32613
Location: Bay Area, California
Sun Oct 10, 2021 7:01 am linkquote
Syd wrote:
Does that mean that you are now 0:6 Jess?
I was at 0:8, already adjusted to 0:7.
Sun Oct 10, 2021 3:08 pm

Moderatus Rana
MP3 250 and 2 MP3 500s
Joined: 11 Jul 2008
Posts: 22157
Location: Nashville, Indiana
 
Moderatus Rana
MP3 250 and 2 MP3 500s
Joined: 11 Jul 2008
Posts: 22157
Location: Nashville, Indiana
Sun Oct 10, 2021 3:08 pm linkquote
So two applications per side of this Chemical Guys headlight restorer did wonders for the Piaggio windscreen. I'll probably get anal about it and do 175300 more applications but looks pretty good.[/url]











Sun Oct 10, 2021 3:39 pm

Petty Tyrant
0:7
Joined: 11 Oct 2005
Posts: 32613
Location: Bay Area, California
 
Petty Tyrant
0:7
Joined: 11 Oct 2005
Posts: 32613
Location: Bay Area, California
Sun Oct 10, 2021 3:39 pm linkquote
stickyfrog wrote:
So two applications per side of this Chemical Guys headlight restorer did wonders for the Piaggio windscreen. I'll probably get anal about it and do 175300 more applications but looks pretty good.[/url]
Oh, that's actually pretty impressive!
Sun Oct 10, 2021 4:31 pm

Moderatus Rana
MP3 250 and 2 MP3 500s
Joined: 11 Jul 2008
Posts: 22157
Location: Nashville, Indiana
 
Moderatus Rana
MP3 250 and 2 MP3 500s
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Posts: 22157
Location: Nashville, Indiana
Sun Oct 10, 2021 4:31 pm linkquote
Yeah I think it works well on milder oxidation but would probably need fine sanding for worse cases. Trying it out now on the front plastics. Already seeing improvement though not as stark.


Left side is where I applied it.

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