Sat, 22 Oct 2022 09:42:45 +0000

Lurker
mp3 400 ABS
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Location: Stafford Springs,CT USA
 
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mp3 400 ABS
Joined: Sat, 22 Oct 2022 09:20:35 +0000
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Location: Stafford Springs,CT USA
Sat, 22 Oct 2022 09:42:45 +0000 linkquote
I am considering buying a 2009 Piaggio mp3 400 from a dealer for $3999 US with 11,000 miles.Dealer won't let me test ride says insurance too much of issue.It could also be they think I might break it. I weigh around 390lbs. Can these scooters take my weight? They sell mostly used bikes. Is this a good price? Kelly Blue Book for listing price around $4130 US. Private listings seem to be for even more. Dealer says comes with a ton of paperwork.

Is it just me or have scooter and motorcycle prices in last few years gone banana? I've been a licensed motorcycle rider since 1983. I've not ridden more than a few hundred yards in probably close to 10 years. My last 2 bikes were both 1984 Kawasaki ZN 1300 voyagers. You want some major pucker factor try riding on ice with a near 900lb. touring bike. I did it twice I forgot the icy spot in the road same one. It was a different year. though. LOL

How much different do scooters ride than motorcycles? The closest I've ever ridden to a scooter was a moped in 1982. I was only around 260 then.
Sat, 22 Oct 2022 11:21:33 +0000

Molto Verboso
GTS 300ie Touring 2013 - Signora D'argento & GTS 300ie HPE 2022 - Regina Arancione.
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Molto Verboso
GTS 300ie Touring 2013 - Signora D'argento & GTS 300ie HPE 2022 - Regina Arancione.
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Sat, 22 Oct 2022 11:21:33 +0000 linkquote
The kerb weight of the MP3 400 is 558 lbs. The maximum permissable weight (bike including rider and any luggage) is 981 lbs. This means you and any luggage must not exceed 423 lbs. So in theory you would be able to ride the MP3. How this would work in practice I don't know as I am not an MP3 owner.

It might be an idea if someone from admin can move this question across to the MP3 section of the forum.

Welcome to MV btw.
Sat, 22 Oct 2022 13:57:27 +0000

Veni, Vidi, Posti
MP3 500, GTS 250 (both 2008 MY), 2013 Piaggio BV 350, 2014 Can Am Spyder RT
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Veni, Vidi, Posti
MP3 500, GTS 250 (both 2008 MY), 2013 Piaggio BV 350, 2014 Can Am Spyder RT
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Sat, 22 Oct 2022 13:57:27 +0000 linkquote
Your weight won't be a problem; I used to ride all the time with my wife as pillion, along with clothes, etc., for weekend trips. All told probably ~425 lbs or so. Highways and hills were no issue. Granted this was on an MP3 500 but the two aren't that much different from each other.
Sat, 22 Oct 2022 14:52:33 +0000

Ossessionato
2020 MP3 500 HPE Sport ABS/ASR
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2020 MP3 500 HPE Sport ABS/ASR
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Sat, 22 Oct 2022 14:52:33 +0000 linkquote
The MP3 400 rides just like a motorcycle and, just like any motorcycle, has its own feel and characteristics. It can also tip and crash just like any motorcycle.

Just take it easy and get used to it. While riding, you won't see or feel that it has two front wheels.

I rode my MP3 400 for 40,000 miles. I sold it to a BMW rider who rode off on it with no problem.
Sat, 22 Oct 2022 18:29:01 +0000

Veni, Vidi, Posti
GTS 300ABS, Buddy 125, Buddy Kick 125
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Location: Oregon City, OR
 
Veni, Vidi, Posti
GTS 300ABS, Buddy 125, Buddy Kick 125
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Location: Oregon City, OR
Sat, 22 Oct 2022 18:29:01 +0000 linkquote
As mpfrank said above - the MP3 rides just like any other large scooter. In other words, it is not any more stable underway. That is especially true when starting out and when stopping as it is fairly heavy. What special characteristics are you looking for in an MP3?
Sat, 22 Oct 2022 22:33:30 +0000

Veni, Vidi, Posti
Neutrino MP3 492.7 AK, 2013 Moto Guzzi Norge
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Location: Harriman, Tennessee, Tn
 
Veni, Vidi, Posti
Neutrino MP3 492.7 AK, 2013 Moto Guzzi Norge
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Sat, 22 Oct 2022 22:33:30 +0000 linkquote
I personally think the pricing is high for the 2009 .
Sun, 23 Oct 2022 00:37:51 +0000

Veni, Vidi, Posti
MP3 500, GTS 250 (both 2008 MY), 2013 Piaggio BV 350, 2014 Can Am Spyder RT
Joined: Sat, 02 Mar 2013 22:00:49 +0000
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Location: Madison, Wisconsin
 
Veni, Vidi, Posti
MP3 500, GTS 250 (both 2008 MY), 2013 Piaggio BV 350, 2014 Can Am Spyder RT
Joined: Sat, 02 Mar 2013 22:00:49 +0000
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Location: Madison, Wisconsin
Sun, 23 Oct 2022 00:37:51 +0000 linkquote
old as dirt wrote:
I personally think the pricing is high for the 2009 .
Fair point. I sold an MP3 400 in 2017 for $3750.
That said, the dollar just isn't worth what it used to be.
Sun, 23 Oct 2022 13:21:11 +0000

Hooked
Beo 50 2t, Beo 500GT, Mojito 125
Joined: Sat, 30 May 2015 10:00:32 +0000
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Location: Chelyabinsk, Russia
 
Hooked
Beo 50 2t, Beo 500GT, Mojito 125
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Location: Chelyabinsk, Russia
Sun, 23 Oct 2022 13:21:11 +0000 linkquote
Don't worry, buddy! I used to had same amount of extra kilos, and had 250cc one which I rode with my then-GF. I felt extra load, but didn't feel anything really bad from my good old mp3.



AWWW, I still miss it.





Mon, 24 Oct 2022 02:12:14 +0000

Hooked
2020 Liberty 150, 2020 MP3-500
Joined: Tue, 06 Oct 2020 17:35:13 +0000
Posts: 469
Location: Reno
 
Hooked
2020 Liberty 150, 2020 MP3-500
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Location: Reno
Mon, 24 Oct 2022 02:12:14 +0000 linkquote
I stop put my feet down, lock the tilt
Locking the tilt while in motion takes some getting used to
Real handy to be able to move the scooter around with the tilt locked. especially parking

The front feels odd when one wheel slips or hits a bump & the other doesn't
Scooters have small wheels, but a relaxed steering angle, nice controlled broad slides

The power in underwhelming, but effective from a cvt,
Pulling away from a light or merging onto a freeway, reasonable, pretty much pin it until you get to speed.

Rear brake on the left lever take some getting used to, you'll instinctively pull in the clutch, only to rear brake instead
   

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