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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 08-23-2013, 09:21 AM Thread Starter
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My V's new cousin

I got this just this week so I can take the wife 2up as the V is too tall for her. I myself am not confident yet to take on a passenger on it.

Solution: The Piaggio mp3 500, single cyl, 500 cc, 40 bhp, 60 mpg, top speed 80-85 mph.

She's taking the MSF course in the spring, so this will be her bike.

Does any other V owners "SCOOT" around as well? Comments welcome.
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What a great idea.
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You ended up getting it!
Cool ;D
Sooooooo.........Tell us what it's like to ride!
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Cool toy. I love the steering step up on these scooters. Wish the Can-Am's had the same. Absolutely looking forward to some reviews and action photo's!
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I got this just this week so I can take the wife 2up as the V is too tall for her. I myself am not confident yet to take on a passenger on it.

Solution: The Piaggio mp3 500, single cyl, 500 cc, 40 bhp, 60 mpg, top speed 80-85 mph.

She's taking the MSF course in the spring, so this will be her bike.

Does any other V owners "SCOOT" around as well? Comments welcome.
Had a Kymco Exciting 500, and my wife had an Exciting 250 a few years back. Not bad for a scooter (either one) except for the weight. Also spent a day on an MP-3 500 and had a ball. Loved to come to a stop, lock the suspension, and watch people being amazed at my astounding sense of balance.

Sold both to buy my Versys and my wife's Suzuki 650 Boulevard. Each is lighter than its predecessor. That's a good thing for us because the older we get the heavier stuff becomes. Strange isn't it.

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I had a Genuine Blur ss220i for a while. That was an amazing and fun little scooter to ride. I've toyed with the idea of picking one up again. They're a lot of fun.
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You ended up getting it!
Cool ;D
Sooooooo.........Tell us what it's like to ride!
I've only ridden it from the dealer to the house and around town for a total of 25 miles, but went on local streets with some twists, state highways going at 55-60 mph and I was surprise with the power. Acceleration is nothing like our Vs, but once it gets going, you crank the throttle, and she goes. One feature I really like is on turns and lane changes, the bike leans unlike the can-am due to its independent suspensions in the front.

Also, there is a lock switch that you can engage at about 6 mph as you approach a stop and the 2 front wheels lock and you stop without putting your feet down. This enables one to not use the center stand when parked as the bike stands on its own. If you are looking for something different and fun, this is a great choice, a combination of economy, and power (some).

The wife and I will practice riding 2 up this weekend so I can take her on rides with my moto group. Next spring she will take the MSF course for her license and this will be her ride, SOLO... or 2up with me as passenger! LOL

Below is a link of motorcycle.com's review.
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Cool!

When I was going over the top of the world about a month ago I ran into a guy and his wife on the biggest spider they make. Man he loved that thing and it really ripped!

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I rode a friends 250 MP3 and it was a hoot. Enjoy your ride!!
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Rode 2 up with the Wife-Yahooooo!!!

Finally, I went out 2 up with the wife on my V's cousing for about 30 minutes and to my surprise it handled rather well! Better than my expectation, granted we only took the local streets. We did encounter an uphill climb which was no problem at all going 40 mph.

Turns are a hoot, as it leans just like a moto. Stability is WOW! I have not used the suspension lock, which when engaged at a stop will hold the bike upright without sticking my leg out. For now, I am putting my foot coming to a stop. Handling was very good, leaning at turns and changing lanes. Avoidance is another plus on this scooter. I saw a couple of pot holes, which I avoided with the scooter's timely response.

Overall, I am happy with this scooter, and will be happier when the wife takes the MSF next spring and ride it herself.
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My family has a small moped we keep at the beach, but my mother hates riding it, as she feels it will tip over. Unfortunetly that is bigger than 49cc's so it requires a license. Mopeds anyone can ride.

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My family has a small moped we keep at the beach, but my mother hates riding it, as she feels it will tip over. Unfortunetly that is bigger than 49cc's so it requires a license. Mopeds anyone can ride.

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They have various models with different displacements. Go to the website piaggiousa.com or google it for all the models and specs along with the prices. Note that the few authorized dealerships in my area and nearby NYC do not carry the latest models. The most recent one that I found was 2010, for some reason they do not bring them to the US YET.
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Is the brake really on the left? Why did they do that?

Looks fun though!
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Automatic scooters now dont have foot pedals, brakes are on the handles
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