Being a BMW K1200LT owner, I was a little skeptical about how I would like riding the MP3, but Darragh & Kevin at Vespa of Walnut Creek assured me that I would be impressed, although given my height at 6'3", my weight at 255# and my inseam of 34", they said the scooter might feel cramped and the power might be a little wanting.
Well, I have owned a few scooters over the past 50 years of riding, but none of them felt as stable as this machine. The front end is completely forgiving and predictable. I knew the scooter would be good in the tight twisties, but I was amazed how good it handled in the long sweepers. I rode it up Castle Crest Drive, a very steep and long road in Walnut Creeek. I took it out Reliz Valley Road to Moraga and split lanes in Lafayette and Walnut Creek. This scooter did everything I asked and then some!
I did a rear lock-up on purpose, let the rear end swing out a little and released the rear brake. There was not even a hint of high siding me. I took it out on E/B Hwy 24 and went over potholes and large pavement gaps, and still the ride was comfortable and stable. I cruised it at between 125-130kph, and the engine was strong, never giving a hint that I was pushing it to hard. The water temperature gauge stayed right where it belonged.
For a guy my size, I'd have to have a seat made, because the stock one is to low and pitched me to far forward. If I had Russell make me a saddle about 2" taller, I'd be good to go. My wife, who is 5'10", found the rear accomodations o.k., but the foot room was cramped for her. When everything is said and done, we'd be better off with 2 scooters, which we could tailer to our personal preferences.
If you have a chance to ride the MP3, take it! You won't regret it. I got plenty of looks while riding it around St Mary's College, Lafayette and Walnut Creek; but the most attention was on the freeway!