Sun Nov 21, 2021 5:30 am

Lurker
Mp3 300 sport
Joined: 21 Nov 2021
Posts: 3
Location: Sweden
 
Lurker
Mp3 300 sport
Joined: 21 Nov 2021
Posts: 3
Location: Sweden
Sun Nov 21, 2021 5:30 am linkquote
Hello all experienced mp3 drivers!
I would need some advice regarding long legs and piaggio mp3. So here it is; I am just over 2 meters tall and wonder what options there are for me to fit better on my scooter. that is, if there is another type of seat, variant of handlebars or covers that allow me to fit better?

Thank you for all the help;)
Sun Nov 21, 2021 7:20 am

Addicted
2015 MP3 500 ie Business
Joined: 29 Oct 2019
Posts: 572
Location: Belgium
 
Addicted
2015 MP3 500 ie Business
Joined: 29 Oct 2019
Posts: 572
Location: Belgium
Sun Nov 21, 2021 7:20 am linkquote
Based on your height alone, the previous generation Honda Africa Twin CRF1000L (2016-2019) would be a better fit IMO. I'm 1m87 and I barely fit the MP3.

The CRF1000L has a base seat height of 870mm, which was a source of complaint for those of smaller stature, and the seat height can be raised to 900mm.

Sounds like this could be the ideal choice for you. Do chose the DCT (dual clutch transmission) version, it is well worth it.
Sun Nov 21, 2021 9:26 am

Lurker
Mp3 300 sport
Joined: 21 Nov 2021
Posts: 3
Location: Sweden
 
Lurker
Mp3 300 sport
Joined: 21 Nov 2021
Posts: 3
Location: Sweden
Sun Nov 21, 2021 9:26 am linkquote
Well ive got other bikes but is there any better seats than the orginal ones that will fit the mp3. Im driving instructor and having the mp3 for educational use - stuck with it from this year and next.

Is there anyone who know anyplace where we i can find some kind of blueprint/pdf based schematics of the seating? The tiny book that followed the bike is a joke;)
I would also like to know how to tune it somehow with diffrent weights/tires etc.etc
Sun Nov 21, 2021 11:43 am

Moderaptor
The Hornet (GT200, aka Love Bug) and 'Dimples' - a GTS 300
Joined: 26 Aug 2007
Posts: 40442
Location: Pleasant Hill, CA
 
Moderaptor
The Hornet (GT200, aka Love Bug) and 'Dimples' - a GTS 300
Joined: 26 Aug 2007
Posts: 40442
Location: Pleasant Hill, CA
Sun Nov 21, 2021 11:43 am linkquote
Highway pegs will be your friends - but no-one is making the support brackets/floorboards at the moment.
Sun Nov 21, 2021 1:35 pm

Hooked
2020 Liberty 150, 2020 MP3-500
Joined: 06 Oct 2020
Posts: 246
Location: Reno
 
Hooked
2020 Liberty 150, 2020 MP3-500
Joined: 06 Oct 2020
Posts: 246
Location: Reno
Sun Nov 21, 2021 1:35 pm linkquote
Add a pad [40-50mm], which will let you slide back further against the butt stop built into the seat
or
Take the cover off the seat, using a serrated bread knife, trim the butt stop foam so the seat is flatter
Be careful of the sensor
Have a upholstery guy do it if the resulting pucker in the cover is a problem

Not much you can do with the stock suspension, crank up the preload on the rear shocks for passengers

The Bars & controls are fixed and unique enough to complicate taller bars, I haven't seen any after market solutions
Thu Dec 02, 2021 8:50 pm

Ossessionato
2020 MP3 Sport 500 HPE ABS ASR
Joined: 25 Aug 2007
Posts: 4301
Location: El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora Reina de los Ángeles sobre el Río Porciúncula
 
Ossessionato
2020 MP3 Sport 500 HPE ABS ASR
Joined: 25 Aug 2007
Posts: 4301
Location: El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora Reina de los Ángeles sobre el Río Porciúncula
Thu Dec 02, 2021 8:50 pm linkquote
I am not quite as tall as you, but I have the same problem with the seat. On my MP3 400, I had a custom seat made which really helped, but was expensive.

On my current 2020 MP3 500, I put this on it which, while not as good as the custom seat, made my riding position much more comfortable.

Motorcycle Gel Seat Cushion
Brand: Born Behind Barz


https://tinyurl.com/y3u7e9wr
Fri Dec 03, 2021 12:50 pm

Member
Piaggio MP3 300 HPE
Joined: 22 Aug 2020
Posts: 40
Location: Croydon
 
Member
Piaggio MP3 300 HPE
Joined: 22 Aug 2020
Posts: 40
Location: Croydon
Fri Dec 03, 2021 12:50 pm linkquote
sbaert wrote:
Based on your height alone, the previous generation Honda Africa Twin CRF1000L (2016-2019) would be a better fit IMO. I'm 1m87 and I barely fit the MP3.

This is interesting. I'm 168cm (admittedly with a tiny inseam) and I can't flat foot. So there is a sweet spot between the two.
Sun Dec 05, 2021 8:19 am

Member
Waiting
Joined: 01 Dec 2021
Posts: 11
Location: Alberta Canada
 
Member
Waiting
Joined: 01 Dec 2021
Posts: 11
Location: Alberta Canada
Sun Dec 05, 2021 8:19 am linkquote
imadequavers wrote:
This is interesting. I'm 168cm (admittedly with a tiny inseam) and I can't flat foot. So there is a sweet spot between the two.
Many people forget there is a difference in how height is measured. I am only 5'7" (170 cm) but have a long inseam @ 32" (81.25 cm). On many bikes I can reach the ground, but the "reach to the bars" can be a stretch. In the process of having the seat on my V85 TT redone to push me forward 2"s. I have a feeling I will have to do the same if I purchase the MP3 500



Sun Dec 05, 2021 10:49 am

Hooked
2020 Liberty 150, 2020 MP3-500
Joined: 06 Oct 2020
Posts: 246
Location: Reno
 
Hooked
2020 Liberty 150, 2020 MP3-500
Joined: 06 Oct 2020
Posts: 246
Location: Reno
Sun Dec 05, 2021 10:49 am linkquote
I'm a 32" inseam, but 73" tall, long torso & arms
I can Flat foot on my MP3[2020] at a stop, I'm #250, so the suspension is compressed some
I added a thin foam pad & a sheepskin cover
The stock foam is firm & could be flattened some to spread the weight away from your tailbone

With my butt against the buttstop my knees are several inches away from the dash, back straight, elbows bent some
The legroom is better than on a Burgman

There is room for you to sit forward
Sun Dec 05, 2021 10:16 pm

Hooked
50cc Beo, MP3 400 2012, BigBeo 2003
Joined: 30 May 2015
Posts: 368
Location: Chelyabinsk, Russia
 
Hooked
50cc Beo, MP3 400 2012, BigBeo 2003
Joined: 30 May 2015
Posts: 368
Location: Chelyabinsk, Russia
Sun Dec 05, 2021 10:16 pm linkquote
Garthhh wrote:
The legroom is better than on a Burgman
True. I'm 75 inches, have long legs and really fat ass which also steals some space. So I just didn't manage to sit on Burgman (neither of them) and rotate the handlebar. And my first mp3 was bought exactly because it was roomy enough for me.

BTW the Big Beo has less knee space. But better than Burgman or Silver Wing.
Mon Dec 06, 2021 9:51 am

Hooked
2020 Liberty 150, 2020 MP3-500
Joined: 06 Oct 2020
Posts: 246
Location: Reno
 
Hooked
2020 Liberty 150, 2020 MP3-500
Joined: 06 Oct 2020
Posts: 246
Location: Reno
Mon Dec 06, 2021 9:51 am linkquote
I had one of each
To be fair if you take the adjustable butt stop off the burgs you gain some leg room
The burg floorboards have highway position built in, full lazyboy slouch
Mon Dec 06, 2021 8:02 pm

Hooked
50cc Beo, MP3 400 2012, BigBeo 2003
Joined: 30 May 2015
Posts: 368
Location: Chelyabinsk, Russia
 
Hooked
50cc Beo, MP3 400 2012, BigBeo 2003
Joined: 30 May 2015
Posts: 368
Location: Chelyabinsk, Russia
Mon Dec 06, 2021 8:02 pm linkquote
Yep, when I tried the 650 one, I had to remove the backrest to fit. And regarding the highway position, yep, sometimes I miss that with mp3, but in such case I just slide to passenger's seat for a time.
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