2010 Piaggio MP3 500 Sport: grey = better?

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Piaggio_MP3_500_Sport.jpgHere’s one that flew under the radar at the EICMA show last week. The 2010 Piaggio MP3 500 Sport is mechanically identical to the regular old Piaggio MP3 500, it just gets grey bodywork and natural metal tubes for the bodykit, handlebars and grab handles. Do you really need a new model name for a different paint color? 

  • Papasan

    Local dealer here in Arizona rents these for $50+tax [24hrs], it’s a blast to ride…
    I guess sales are a bit slow, considering the price tag, $8500…

  • CafeRacer1200

    I rode one at a dealership I used to work at. Lots and lots of fun but still….
    It was a nice place to visit but I wouldn’t want to live there.

  • Sean Smith

    Meh. Technically, it ain’t even a motorcycle. It’s got too many wheels.

    • AceCafeClipOns

      “…it ain’t even a motorcycle. It’s got too many wheels”

      WISE WORDS!

  • Isaac

    Looks like something that Balthazar from the Klatuuuuuuuuuuuuu Nebula would drive.

  • http://www.motor-infos.com Charles

    It’s really a new model but a rebadged one. In Europe, it has been sold since several years as the Gilera Fuoco.

    But I guess Piaggio is far more famous in the US than Gilera so they put the Fuoco in the MP3 range.

  • Harley Rider

    This and the CanAm Spyder are not motorcycles. They are great if you are too old to ride a motorcycle or a women.

    • Sean Smith

      Whoa there, that’s dangerous territory. I actually know quite a few ladies that can hang with the best of em. Old guys too.

  • feds

    I rode a 400 on a dealer-test day. Like the proverbial fat chick: Lots of fun, but you wouldn’t want your friends to find out.

    Feels like a regular motorcycle 95% of the time. Only the fraction of a second where you would normally put your feet down does it get all crossed up. Once you got the use of the lock switch into muscle memory, it wouldn’t be an issue.

    Overall, more authentic motorcycle (scooter?) experience than the Spyder, but too much money for not much benefit. Unless you really need 3 wheels.

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  • JimInSF

    I test rode one of these for several hours over the course of two test rides, one with passenger and one without, and I think the folks who are knocking it either haven’t tried one or haven’t really exercised it. I’m an experienced sport and sport-touring rider – 20 years on street bikes, more if you count off road, various track schools including time at Laguna, Loudon and Willow, etc., so I know of whence I speak, and this thing adds a real and substantial safety factor.

    I stopped it hard on wet metal (surrounding railroad tracks, on which I was riding parallel), with a passenger, with nary a hiccup, and most riders, possibly including myself, would likely have thrown away any ordinary bike in the same situation. I also weaved it back and forth turning hard over a lip in the road in a construction area that would catch a tire, etc., and generally tried everything I could that would upset the chassis, lose traction, etc., all the things they tell you to watch out for or avoid on a motorcycle, and this thing was absolutely unflappable by comparison. The security this adds is really cool, and the only thing that kept me from buying it so far is that I’m so used to riding bikes with triple the horsepower (or more). On the freeway, and lane splitting, I could really feel the difference and this actually made me feel slightly less secure, though overall I’d still give the advantage to the MP3 – I’d just definitely have to change my lane splitting habits on this thing.

    I still may pull the trigger, and if you haven’t spent some time on one, don’t knock it ’til you’ve tried it, and tried it in a way that reveals the advantages.

  • Ron

    No ****? It’s not a real motorcycle? Too many wheels, no gears? That must make it a SCOOTER.. Why must idiots come around and trash simple scooters for commuting and leisure? We know they are not “real” motorcycles and hardcore like yourselves so quit comparing apples and oranges.

  • Kevin

    I almost bought this scooter, but instead went for the 2010 Vespa GTS 300. I felt like the MP3 500 was too new of a technology, complex, if I had to fix on the side of the road, it happens. Where as the Vespa has been perfected over 50 years. I would have like to have seen ABS on the MP3, even as an option. The price was also a factor, about $3K difference! The most important thing is ride comfort, the MP3 sat too low for me at the handle bar, the Vespa sits a lot taller, and I’m 6’4″…

  • Ben

    I have one of these and love it. I’m 5’4″ and the seat’s too high. I wish Piaggio would offer seat height options so tall and short people could be comfortable. It’s quick, economical, safe and fun to drive. What more could you want.

  • Pappabiker

    Well, now guys, I get what you’re sayin’ about it not being a “real” motorcycle – and okay it ain’t. But let me tell you. At 75, after riding my beloved Triumph for many years (and a near fatal, with broken bones), I’m looking for something with pizzazz looks, and zest that act a bit beefier and doesn’t look like a tiny Vespa carrying home a gallon of milk from the corner 7-11. This could very well be it . . .